Strange Brews – The Butcher & Bullock

For Halloween The Butcher & Bullock in Downtown Vancouver held and event to celebrate.  The event was called Strange Brews and was held on Friday October 28th.

Photo taken from Butcher & Bullock facebook page.

Tickets to the event cost $15 and inclucded on 14oz sleeve of one of the 4 feature beers.  From that point sleeves of feature beers cost $5.  There were 4 feature beers at the event including Rogue Ales Dead Guy Ale, Category 12 Brewing’s Zombie Repentant Ale (The anti pumpkin beer), Parallel 49 Brewing Schadenfreude Pumpkin Lager and the Howe Sound Brewing Pumpkineater Imperial Pumpkin Ale.

Each brewery involved (Or Agent in the case of Dead Guy Ale with Copper & Theory and With Zombie Repellent Ale UnTapped) decorated their booths up in Halloween spirit.  Category 12 Brewing / UnTapped did one better and themed their booth after Stranger Things the TV show.

For me the best booth was a two way tie.  Both the Rogue Ales and Category 12 booths were epic!  Also both booths had costumes to go with their booths.

Now every good Halloween Party has great costumes.  This party was no different as there were so many great outfits.

This party was an epic time with 4 really tasty beers on offer and lots of great people to meet and hang out with.  It was so much fun that I stayed out later than I have in years without even knowing that it had happened.  That is always the sign of a good time!

If you have never heard of the Butcher & Bullock its time you checked out this pub.

The Butcher & Bullock
911 West Pender Street
Vancouver, BC


Whistler Village Beer Festival (Main Festival) – Whistler BC


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.


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

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

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

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

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.

Whistler Village Beer Festival

The Blackbird Game Night + Suffleboard Tournament (YVRBeerTweetup) – Vancouver

On May 21st 2014 YVR Beer Tweetup held a Game Night + Shuffleboard Tournament at the Blackbird Public House & Oyster Bar.  The event started at 7pm and once all the teams showed up the tournament began.  Each team was made up of two people and played to 10 points (I think).  Each person got one free Double Mountain Kolsch supplied by Unttaped BC.

Blackbird pours full 20oz pints and had a good although small selection of Craft Beer on tap.  They could have used some more staff for all the people there that night but what can you do.  Nick and Jonny of YVR Beer Tweetup put on a great event once again with tones of fun and lots of great people.  Congrats Nick and his partner for winning the Tournament for Deep Cove Brewery.