For the last few years the Craft Brew Cruise has been held in Vancouver but I have been unable to attend until this year.
The cost of the ticket was $50 for the cruise and it went for around 3 hours if I remember correctly. Beer tickets were $1 and the samples were either 1 ticket for half a glass or 2 tickets for a full 6oz glass. There were three sailing for the boat cruise including Friday August 19th at 7pm and two on Saturday August 20 at 2pm and 7pm. I attended the August 20th sailing at 7pm. The sailing departed from right behind the Edgewater Casino in False Creek near the Plaza of Nations. The boat consisted of three levels with the top level being a full open deck and the other two being enclosed. The two enclosed decks had beer stations set up. The breweries pouring included Lighthouse Brewing, Parallel 49 Brewing, Strathcona Beer Company, Hearthstone Brewery, Callister Brewing, Lightheart, Red Truck Beer, Steamworks Brewing, Granville Island Brewing and Old Abbey Ales.
Lets start with the views that the boat tour had.
Of course the main event of the brew cruise is not the view but the beer itself. Some of the breweries only brought their standard lineup but some brought some new and interesting creations. There was even a new brewery for me in Lightheart Brewing who brought a cask of Terry’s Chocolate Orange Ale.
This Craft Brew Cruise was not only a great cruise but it was a well run little beer festival and I look forward to attending next year! My only quibble was that there was no free water available on board. This is a good way to cause cases of alcohol poisoning as beer was cheaper than water.
If you live in Hamilton or Toronto they also hold Brew Cruises there also so check it out.