CanCity is the latest annual craft beer festival happening in Vancouver. CanCity is put on by WetApe and West Coast Canning and is a 100% canned craft beer festival held in the Queen Elizabeth Theater Plaza. The tickets cost $25 presale and $30 at the door.
With canned beer being all the rage these days it only made sense that canned craft beer would get its own festival. The Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza made for a great location for a beer fest in the heart of downtown near transit and again in the middle of the forest of towers.
The breweries and cideries in attendance were as follows: Barkerville Brewing (Quesnel), BC Tree Fruits Cider (Kelowna), Bomber Brewing (East Vancouver), Category 12 Brewing (Victoria), Deep Cove Brewers & Distillers (North Vancouver), Dogwood Brewing (Vancouver), FieldHouse Brewing (Abbotsford), Fuggles & Warlock Craftworks (Richmond), Granville Island Brewing (Vancouver), Hearthstone Brewing (North Vancouver), Howe Sound Brewing (Squamish), Lonetree Cider (Okanagan Valley), Moody Ales (Port Moody), Old Yale Brewing (Chilliwack), Postmark (Vancouver), Red Truck Beer (Vancouver), Steel & Oak (New Westminster), Twin Sails Brewing (Port Moody) and Whistler Brewing Co. (Whistler).
Trying to help the environment the festival decided to use plastic cups made of compostable material unlike the other beer fests that have non-recyclable glassware. Just like the glassware here the can locally is much more environmentally friendly as it is far easier to recycle than glass. It is especially true as most glass bottles locally in British Columbia are crushed each time they are used to be melted down and remade into bottles.
This festival was a ton of fun especially on this hot sunny summer day (one that seems to be rare this year). I look forward to what this beer festival brings next year as they will have one more year to plan and learn from this year.