East Side Beer Fest (The 2nd Annual) – The Wise Hall


On March 5th, 2014 Liberty Wines and the Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society held a Beer Fest and food drive at the Wise Hall in the heart of East Vancouver.  Food and money were both collected for the food bank.  The ticket cost $25 and some non-perishable food items.

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A bunch of local breweries stepped up to the plate for this event including Bomber, Central City, Driftwood, Four Winds, Howe Sound, Parallel 49, Phillips, Liberty Distillery as well as an Ontario Brewery Mill Street Brewing.  Local distributors Liberty Specialty Imports, Modern Malt, Peacock & Martin, Trucraft Beverages, Untapped Craft Imports also stepped up to the plate and brought out a ton of beer from around the world.  Snacks were supplied by Uprising Breads and Santa Barbra Market.

Full Drink List

Bomber Brewing – Bomber Pilsner, Bomber ESB, Shout Out Stout
Bravo Beer Co. – Saison Dupont, Gulden Draak 9000, Saxo Belgian Pale, Troublette Belgian Wit
Central City Brewing – Red Races ISA, Red Racer IPA, Red Racer ESB
Driftwood BreweryFat Tug IPA, White Bark Wit Ale, Farmhand Saison, Blackstone Porter
Four Winds BrewingSaison, Pale Ale, Tripilicity, Brett IPA
Howe Sound BrewingLager, Anvil Dark Lager, Pothole Filler Imperial Stout, Cloudburst Lemongrass IPA
The Liberty Distillery – Truth Vodka, Railspur No. 1 White
Liberty Specialty Imports – Famille Grandval CRU de Cambremer AOC Pays D’auge 2012
Mill St. BreweryOrganic Lager, Tankhouse Ale, Portage Cream Ale, Spring Thaw Smoked Maple Ale
Modern MaltOccidental Kolcsh, Occidental Alt, Base Camp Rye Pils, Base Camp IPL, No-Li Red Ale, No-Li IPA
Parallel 49 BrewingHay Fever Saison, Robo Ruby, Hoparazzi IPL, Gypsy Tears Ruby Ale
Peacock & Martin – Corsendonk, Tempelier, Fraoch Heather Ale
Phillips Brewing – Bottle Rocket ISA, Elsinore Pilsner, Blue Buck Ale
Trucraft Beverages – Super Bock, Lagunitas Hop Stoopid, Brooklyn Lager, Hopworks Lager
Untapped Craft ImportsTrou Du Diable Shawinigan Handshake, Glutenburg Pale Ale, Double Mountain Vaporizer Pale Ale, Double Mountain IRA, Scuttlebutt IPA, Dieu Du Ciel Belgian-Style IPA, Reverend Nat’s Hopricot Cider

Not only was a ton of food collected and lots of money as well they also had a silent auction full of different beer stuff.  Most baskets were a mix of beer, glasses and swag.  I bid on one of the silent auction prizes and won!  It was full of all kinds of great things.

Full Sized Photos Can Be Found Here

I would like to thank all of the organizers of this great event as not only was it a fun little event for a few hours but it supported a great cause!  You never know if one day you might need the food bank so when you have the ability to help others you should!  I look forward to more events like this in the future.

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Great Canadian Beer Festival 2013 – Victoria BC – September 7th


Well its that time of year again!  The Great Canadian Beer Festival in Victoria has come on gone.  The festival ran on Friday September 6th between 3pm – 8pm and Saturday September 7th Noon to 6pm and was held at the Royal Athletic Park.  I was lucky enough to go this year but was only able to go to the Saturday event.

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The breweries involved came mostly from BC but also came from all over Canada and the Western United States.  The breweries that came included 33 Achres, Big Rock, Brasseurs Sans Gluten, Cannery, Canoe, Central City, Coal Harbour, Creemore Springs, Dead Frog, Deep Cove, Double Trouble, Driftwood, Elysian, Fernie, Four Winds, Gigantic, Granville Island, Green Flash, Hogsback, hopworks, Howe Sound, Hoyne, Lighthouse, Longwood, Merridale, Mill Street, Moon Under Water, Mt. Begbie, Muskoka, New Belgium, Nickel Brook, Ninkasi, Noble Pig, Okanagan Springs, Old Yale, Paddock Wood, Parallel 49, Phillips, Powell Street, Prince Albert, Prohibition, Russell, Salt Spring Island, Sound, Spinnakers, Stanley Park, Steam Whistle, Steamworks, Swans, Tin Whistle, Tofino, Townsite, Tree, Unibroue, Vancouver Island, Whistler, Wolf and Yukon.

One of the great things about this festival was that many of the booths were serving casks of their beer.  It is always great to try one off beer and standard beer hopped in a different way.  Due to the fact that I know way to many people now I did not get to try all that many beer.  I did however try some amazing beer as well as meet all kinds of new people and visit with lots of local beer friends.  My beer list was as follows:

33 Acres – 33 Acres of Sunshine
Driftwood – Old Cellar Dweller cask
– Crooked Coast altbier
Canoe – Galaxy ESB
– Summer honey wheat ale (Blackberry infused)
Granville Island – The Pumpkining cask
Howe Sound – Hopraiser IPA
– Megadestroyer Stout
Hoyne – Devils Wet Dream
Ninkasi – Maiden In the Shade Dble IPA
Old Yale Brewing – Chilliwack Blonde
Paddock Wood – Black Friars Porter
Phillips – Kaleidoscope Mosaic IPA cask
Salt Spring Island – Spring Fever Gruit Ale
Tin Whistle – Strawberry/rhubarb cask
Townsite – Westview wheat
– Blackberry FestivALE

My pick as favorite beer of the day was Driftwood Brewings Old Cellar Dweller cask although I did only have a small sampling of the beers.

This festival was just as much about the beer as it was for the people for me so here are all the photos that I took at the event!

Next year I plan on taking in both days and hopefully every brewery if not every beer.  One day will be for visiting and one day for sampling seriously.  The people that Put on the Great Canadian Beer Festival and volunteers did an amazing job and should be very proud.  I look forward to my next festival!

Larger versions of the photos can be seen on the blogs new flickr page!

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