Whistler Village Beer Festival (Main Festival) – Whistler BC


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On Saturday September 13th, 2014 the Second Annual Whistler Village Beer Festival was held.  The festival was held at the Whistler Olympic Park in the Whistler Village.  The event started for average attendees at 1pm (opened at 12 for gatecrashers) and ran until 5pm (last call at 4:45).  The event cost $35 or $45 for gatecrashers and included a branded 4oz mug, 5 beer tokens and a $5 off-site food voucher.  extra tokens cost $1.5 with a maximum of 10 tokens purchased at a time.

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Breweries involved included the following

British Columbia
Red Racer (Central City Brewers & Distillers), Whistler Brewing Co, Dead Frog Brewery, Lighthouse Brewing, Deep Cove Brewers & Distillers, Parallel 49 Brewing, Driftwood Brewery, Old Yale Brewing, Granville Island Brewing, Canuck Empire, Howe Sound Brewing, Four Winds Brewing, Hoyne Brewing, Postmark Brewing, Mission Springs Brewing, Cariboo, Okanagan Springs, Scandal Brewing, Phillips Brewing, Mt Begbie Brewing, Powell Street Craft Brewery, Fernie Brewing, Vancouver Island Brewery, Prohibition Brewing, Big Surf Beer Co, Red Truck Beer, Bomber Brewing, Russell Brewing, Bowen Island Brewing, Stanley Park, Brewhouse Whislter, Steamworks Brewing

Canada
Unibroue, Glutenberg, LTM, Alexander Keith’s Hop Series, Big Rock Brewery, Creemore Springs Brewery, Mad & Noisy Brewing, Steam Whistle

America
Ninkasi Brewing, Shock Top, Sierra Nevada, Pyramid Breweries, Hub, Lakefront Brewery, Oskar Blues Brewery, Samuel Adams, Double Mountain, Scuttlebutt Brewing, Worthy Brewing, Brooklyn Brewery, Magic Hat, Deschutes Brewery, Gigantic Brewing, Lagunitas Brewing, Lost Coast Brewery

World
Watsteiner, Konig Ludwig Weissbier, Ankerbrau, Grolsch, Peroni, Pilsner Urquell, Brouwerij Vansteenberge

Importers
TruCraft Beverages, Bravo Beer Corp, Copper & Theory, Untapped, Beverage Concepts Int’l Network Agency

The second annual Whistler Village Beer Festival seemed to be a big success with over 3500 attendees.  People from the biggest craft beer aficionados to people that like Macro beer but wanted to try something new were in attendance.  Having this festival in the middle of this mountain paradise made for one of the looking craft beer festivals that I have ever attended.  This festival may be smaller than the Victoria event but I would say that it is giving it a run for its money!

Like all craft beer festivals the people at the festival were very friendly and loved to chat!  I had all kinds of great conversations while walking around and taking photos.  I had even better encounters when I was at breweries tents.  Here are some of my more candid photos taken with my phone.

 

If I could only pick one Beer Festival per year I would have to say that it would be hard not to pick this event!  Between the amazing selection of breweries almost all being craft beer to the great food and the event better location nestled in the mountain resort town of Whistler.  I would not hesitate to recommend this festival to any craft beer fan or anyone that is interested in expanding their palate.  With all of the extra events that happen around this festival I would recommend coming up on the Thursday and staying until Sunday.  It may be a pricy weekend but you will not regret it!

Fool sized photos can be seen here.

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Steveston Beer Fest 2013 – October 5th 2013


On October 5th, 2013 O’hare’s Gastropub and Liquor Store held the first annual Steveston Beer Fest an event raising money for the Richmond Christmas Fund.  Tickets cost $40 and included all beer, one German Sausage on a bun and lots of other food samples.  There was also a 50/50 draw and lots of merchandise for sale.

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Steveston may not seem like the most likely place for a beer festival being a small village in Richmond but a location like the Gulf of Georgia Cannery a National Historic Site built in 1894 turned out to be an amazing location!  It does not hurt that transit from Vancouver to Steveston is very easy taking the Canada line and then one of two buses.  The Gulf of Georgia Cannery is a really interesting Museum that displays the history of fisheries in the area.  The layout of the museum was great for having beer booths and food booths spread out over the large 55,000 square foot area.

There were many breweries involved in the event mostly from British Columbia but also from Washington, Oregon, Ontario, Quebec and around the world.  Here is a partial List.

Beer Agents and Breweries:

AFIC Group
Beerthirst
Beverage Concepts
Big Surf Beer Co
Bravo Beer Co
Cannery Brewing
Central City Brewing
Copper and Theory
Driftwood Brewery
Fernie Brewing Co
Four Winds Brewing
Granville Island Brewing
Horizon Beers
Howe Sound Brewing
Hoyne Brewing
Just Here for the Beer
McClelland Beers
Mill St. Brewery
Modern Malt
Ninkasi Brewing
Parallel 49 Brewery
Peacock & Martin
Prohibition Brewing
Shock Top
Skagit River Brewing
Stanley Park Brewery
Steam Whistle Brewing
Steamworks Brewing
Tree Brewing
Tin Whistle Brewing
Unibroue

Other Venders Involved:

Bean & Beyond Cafe
Bell’s Bake Shop
Blue Canoe Waterfront Restaurant
D Original Sausage Haus
Happy Water
Hog Shack Cook House
Mandalay Lounge & Steakhouse
O’hare’s Gastropub
Paho’s Fish and Chips
Richmond Christmas Fund
Steveston Pizza Co
Tapenade Bistro

Enough with words for a second.  Here are the photos from the event.

The event was full of amazing beer and amazing people but then if you are into the craft beer scene you would come to expect this already.  I am a sucker for Craft Beer events and I am always happy to help raise money for a Charity so this event was the best of both worlds!  I would like to thank O’hare’s Gastropub for putting on this amazing event and I can not wait until next year to see what you have in store for us!

Full sized photos can be found here.