For the 2017 edition of the Abbotsford International Airshow they added a new attraction to the weekend. For all three days running August 11 to 13th they held the Brew North Strong Craft Beer Festival. The beer fest was held near the Static plane display on the far side of the Airshow grounds.
The beer fest was a bit of an extra cost on top of the Airshow but well worth it. The breweries that came out to celebrate were Ravens Brewing, Hathi Brewing, Highway 97 Brewing, Chaos & Solace Brewing, Mt Begbie Brewing, Two Wolves Brewing, Cannery Brewing, Dead Frog Brewery, Granville Island Brewing, 4 Mile Brewing and Stanley Park Brewing. The fenced off area was located on a nice grass field with seating at the front on the runway side. You could either buy designated seating up front or just pay to go into the beer fest and get very similar seating and a beer fest thrown in at the basically the same price.
Being a big beer nerd there were not a ton of beers I had not had but there was still the odd one. But the breweries still brought some really tasty stuff and made for an exciting time for new beer drinkers and seasoned craft fans alike. Shout out to 4 Mile Brewing for bringing some unique releases that I have not seen. I could not believe the view of some of the airshow acts from the festival grounds. Check out the videos below to see some of the acts.
F18 Super Hornet does a high speed flyby.
Impressive turning capabilities of F18
Entertaining staged scary flight.
But when you go to the Abbotsford International Airshow you really need to check out the planes. This year saw a handful of American and Canadian military planes with some coast guard, police and private planes rounding out the lineup with one exception. There was one really cool stealth fighter that came to the show and I think it came from Norway but I am not sure anymore.
This is definitely a must attend event. Be it for the craft beer like me or even just for the planes. Make sure to make it out next year to see for yourself. I will leave you with this video.
For more videos click on this link.
For more info on the airshow click on the link below.
Abbotsford International Airshow
For more info on the beer festival click on the link below.
Brew North Strong Craft Beer Festival