Tri-Cities Cask Festival Winter 2017 Pro-Am – Coquitlam

On January 22, 2017 I finally attended the Tri-Cities Cask Festival Winter 2017 Pro-Am.  What a festival it turned out to be.


As beer festivals go this has to be one of the best fests for your buck in the province.  With $49 dollars getting you 10 samples, a custom burger and custom poutine you just can not go wrong.  I also love that this beer fest is 100 percent casks!  Basically every beer that was on offer was a one off creation just for this festival and that seems to be lost in the majority of beer fests these days.  When I saw that 577 people would be in attendance for this festival I expected the room at the Executive Plaza Hotel & Conference Centre to be larger.  Somehow with even this many people in the space it never seemed super busy.  I never had to wait more than a minute to get a sample of a beer I wanted to check out.

Here are the breweries that took part in the cask festival:

One of the more interesting facts about this festival was that it was a pro-am so there were also casks from some home brew clubs that were made in collaboration with local breweries.

Here are the home brew clubs involved:

Everyone that I talked to at the festival was having a great time and seemed to be really happy with the cask beer that was on offer.  I have to say that the burger and the poutine were also awesome!

The following photos are of the different beer that I was able to sample while enjoying the festival.  Every beer that I consumed was enjoyable but like all experimentation some were better than others and some were next level.

I had a great time tying out all of the beers that I did try and I wish that I could have tried more.  Here are my winners for the ones that I was able to try.

Best Commercial Brewery – Storm Brewing – Vanilla Brandy Black Plague

Best Home Brew Club – Full Barrel Brew Club (Langley) – Maple barrel Imperial Stout

Most Intriguing Beer – Mango Habanero Play Dead IPA

My Best of Show – Full Barrel Brew Club (Langley) – Maple barrel Imperial Stout

Now the festival had awards that were voted on by the ticket holders of the festival.  All voting was done via a website and near the end of the festival the winners were announced.  While one of the awards Lines up with mine the other one did not.  Here are the festival winners as per the overall festival goers.

Best Amateur – Full Barrel Brew Club (Langley) – Maple barrel Imperial Stout

Best Pro – Fuggles & Warlock Craftworks – Haze For Daze

Best of Show – Fuggles & Warlock Craftworks – Haze For Daze

There is no doubt in my mind I will be attending more festivals in the future put on by the Tri-Citires Cask Festival people and you should check one out too!  They consist of great beer, food, people and you never have to wait long for a sample like you do at some festivals. Also as the BC government opens up the liquor laws these pro-am events may become even more easy to host.

The next festival they are holding is taking an whole new spin on the festival and making it about the Women in Beer in the Province of British Columbia.  Not all of the women involved will be brewers per say but they are all integral in making their brewery awesome and will help make the casks for the event!

Make sure to check out Siris Cask Fest coming up on April 22nd, 2017.  An added bonus for the women out there the first hour is only open to Women!


Celebrate Craft… Beer! 2016 – Vancouver

Craft Beer can sometimes help support other Crafts.  That is where this event “Celebrate Craft… Beer!” comes in.


Celebrate Craft… Beer! was held on Saturday November 5th between 7:30-10pm at Performance Works on Granville Island.  The event was held to raise funds for the delivery of the Craft Council of BC’s Craft Heritage & Me program for under-served youth.  Sixteen breweries showed up to pour their beers and help with this cause.  Here is the original list although Driftwood Brewery and Old Yale Brewing had to pull out due to differing issues.


Being an event about Crafts there were also many artists selling their products in the middle of the room.  Here is a sampling of what they were selling.

There was also a blind silent auction with lots of good prizes to be won.


This event was very well attended for the small venue it was held in.  The people both loved the crafts that were on sale and the craft beer that was served.

To top everything off the organizers of this festival held a competition for the best seasonal beer poured at the event.  The competition was judged by Rebecca Whyman, Chad McCarthy & Ken Beattie and the winning brewery won a a cool glass trophy as well as a handmade tap that will be designed and created by a noted local artist.

The winner of the award was Luppolo Brewing the brand new brewery on the block in Vancouver!


I hope that the fundraising was as was as successful as the event itself as it was a great time with a great mix of people some very new to craft beer and some that know the local industry inside and out.

Dusk Pale Ale – The Parkside Brewery

​From Port Moody’s The Parkside Brewery comes their “Dusk Pale Ale”. The beer pours a golden copper colour with an off white head. The aroma consists of citrus, floral hops and some biscuit. The flavour is of biscuit and grain, grassy hops, citrus, citrus rind, floral hops and very mild bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 5.3% with an IBU of 30. This is a well made Pale Ale and well worth picking up if you see it in stores. 

The Parkside Brewery – Port Moody

The Parkside Brewery in Port Moody is the latest brewery to open up on Murray Street the only street in the city currently with breweries.  The Brewmaster Vern Lambourne is well known in BC as the former small batch brewmaster for Granville Island Brewing.


This post spans two visits to the brewery as I was not able to get a peak at the brewery side the first time there.

The tasting room looks great with a mix of colour and shades that come together to make you feel very welcome.  The tasting racks are awesome as they are small park benches.  Each one is hand made and stained in a different way.  My favourite feature in the tasting room though is the huge sliding door at the front that can be opened to make you feel like you are sitting on a patio even though you are inside.

The brewery is located right behind the bar and can partially be seen from the tasting room.  The 30HL brewhouse is located right behind the bar and is a nice three vessel system.  The tank farm is located along the far right wall as well as the hot and cold liquor tanks.  On the far left you will find the grain mill room.  At the far back you will find the area that they fill the kegs and store the grain.

Parkside Brewery is new kid on the block but they are already doing great things.  Make sure to check them out when you do a crawl on Murray Street.

The Parkside Brewery

Parkside Facebook

2731 Murray Street
Port Moody
(604) 492-2731

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Graffiti IPA – The Parkside Brewery

From Port Moody’s The Parkside Brewery comes their “Graffiti IPA”.  This glass was from their newest batch and has been changed up to have more of a hops punch.  The beer pours a cloudy orange colour with a white head.  The aroma consists of citrus, tropical fruits and really just an overall fruity aroma with a floral hops finish.  The flavour is of citrus, orange, pineapple and other tropical fruits, citrus rind, resin, biscuit malts and bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 6.9% with an IBU of 60.  The first batch was quite good but this knocks it out of the park.

graffiti ipa