On September 21st 2012 the second annual Beerlesque event was held at the Roundhouse Community Centre in the Yaletown area of Vancouver. Put on by Vancouver Craft Beer Week and Giles this event brought two of the best things in life together, Craft Beer and Burlesque. The event cost $55 but all the beer and entertainment was included only food was extra. The main area of the centre was set up with brewery tables with taps and a few booths with stuff for sale on 3 of 4 sides. On the 4th side was a stage that had a great live band called Blackberry Wood playing music while there were no shows going on in the theatre. The theatre was where all of the burlesque and other shows were held. There was also a photo booth set up in one corner for people to have their photos takin in their amazing outfits! Just outside the back doors there were come great food carts set up for people to chow down between sips of beer. Both Steve and I of Mikescraftbeer.com were on site for this wonderful event along with my Step Brother Matt and Steve’s Finance Sarah.
There were 13 breweries on site for this amazing event including the following from BC Storm, Central City, Tofino, Big Ridge, Brewhouse Whistler, Red Truck, Steamworks, Lighthouse, Howe Sound, Driftwood, Parallel 49 and from the USA Elysian, Green Flash (Via Beerthirst). No beer at this event was worse than really good but that is just how the scene in BC is getting these days! It is getting rare to find a sub par local beer. My personal highlights of the event were poured by the owner of Storm Brewing both the Basil infused India Pale Ale and the Whiskey soaked vanilla bean scottish ale. Everyone was showcasing their pumpkin beer as well as it is getting into the fall season even if it does not yet feel like it here in Metro Vancouver.
The nights entertainment started with a comic strip show a 3 man funny strip show with comic interludes and some crowd participation. Even the men of the crowd really had fun with this trio even if they were half-naked. Next up there was a weird clown show with the clowns Twit and Twat. This show was a bit odd and we went out for more beer during their piece. After that there was the Danger Thrill Show with some great thrills including darts being thrown into the guys back! Yikes!!! There was a break in the entertainment after this where the band Blackberry Wood played some more. Once back in the theatre the burlesque started with well known ladies including Burgundy Brixx, Melody Mangler, Nicky Ninedoors, Jenny Magenta, Rebel Valentine, and Diamond Minx. In the middle of the burlesque there was a break where a corset fashion show took place. The tastles flew and the fashion was great as would be expected! The last show was amazing where the dancer stripped down and then redressed in a different outfit in a very sexy way all while singing!
Once the entertainment was done everyone went back out in the hall and enjoyed more beer! there was also a raffle with some wonderful prizes and a contest for the best dressed person. All in all this was one amazing event and I can not wait for next years festivities.
Thank you Giles and Vancouver Craft Beer Week!
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