Vancouver Craft Beer Week Festival – June 4th, 2017


Every year I hope to make it to more Vancouver Craft Beer Week events and every year my schedule gets stupid right at that time.  This year I finally made it out to the big festival at the historic PNE Fairgrounds on the second day day on Sunday June 4th, 2047.  This was the final day of Craft Beer Week and was a festival of epic scale covering a massive area in the PNE grounds.

The festival ran from 1pm to 6pm and hosted 100 craft breweries and cideries with over 300+ beer and cider being poured.  For the full list of breweries click here.  The tickets were a great value at $39.99 and included 2 drink tokens.  More could be purchased for a $1.5 each.  Breweries came from not only Canada but also from around the United States and I think there were some from around the world also.

The festival hosted live music also as well as a bunch of food truck options, art installations, market stalls, brewing demonstrations and a game area and barber shop.

With the festival being so spread out it never felt overly busy on the Sunday and I never had to wait more than a minute or two to get a sample of beer.  I had to leave early so I don’t know if it was this the entire time but I really enjoyed the fact that I could just walk up and get a sample of any beer I wanted without waiting forever in line.  I think VCBW might be onto something with this festival and I am glad that I was finally able to make it out to the PNE festival.  I would always recommend going to as many events during VCBW as you can but I know not everyone is made of money.  If you can only make it to one event you would not be doing yourself a disservice going to this one.  Tons of different beers to try with some of the latest breweries that have opened in BC as well as breweries from out of town you may or may not have had the chance to try.

If you have not made it out to VCBW yet then you need to head to their website and bookmark it for next year!

http://vancouvercraftbeerweek.com/

Rookies & Legends – VCBW – June 5th, 2015


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Vancouver Craft Beer Week has once again come and gone. From all accounts the entire week was a massive success.

Due to my schedule and many other factors I was only able to make it out to one event this year.  This one event happened to be the Rookies & Legends event at 12 Kings Pub.  The event brought together 24 BC breweries 12 Rookies and 12 Legends and raised money for the BC Craft Brewers Guild.

Rookies: Yellow Dog, Bomber, 4 Mile, Powell Street (New Location), Moody Ales, Bridge (New Location), Postmark, Steel & Oak, Strange Fellows, Barkerville, BC Craft Brewers Guild, 33 Acres

Legends: Hoyne, Tree, Stanely Park, Fernie, Central City, Philips, Parallel 49, Red Truck, Townsite, Vancouver Island, Steamworks, Whistler, Four Winds

All of the breweries were on hand mixing with the crowd at the event.  The 12 Rookies were poured at the regular bar in the pub while the 12 Legends were poured in a backroom that I did not even know existed.  The back room also housed the food table which made it a popular room.

I was happy to see that some of the breweries brought out some new or limited release beers to make things interesting as many events cater to the new craft beer fan not the experienced aficionado.  Having two bar setups instead of different stands for every brewery meant for quick thinking for every sample of beer.  You had to have your decision made before you made it to the bar as they were trying to make everything move quickly and smoothly.  They did a great job of trying to keep the lines moving really quickly also!  The event was sold out but it went off without a hitch with really good service and smiles all around.  I look forward to next years Vancouver Craft Beer Week as well as the next event they hold at 12 Kings Pub!

Pacific Beer Chat Podcast #3


Re-posted from Pacificbeerchat.com

Breweries, events and cross Canada beers (Pacific Beer Chat Podcast #3)

<span style=”color:#ff0000;”>I apologize for the lac of video for the first 9:39 of the video I screwed something up and lost that portion of video (Mike Mikescraftbeer).</span>

Welcome to Episode 3 of Pacific Beer Chat.

Bloggers involved include;
mike G of <a href=”http://www.mikescraftbeer.com&#8221; rel=”nofollow”>http://www.mikescraftbeer.com</a&gt;,
Terry of <a href=”http://westcoastbeergeek.com/&#8221; rel=”nofollow”>http://westcoastbeergeek.com/</a&gt;
Steve also of <a href=”http://www.mikescraftbeer.com&#8221; rel=”nofollow”>http://www.mikescraftbeer.com</a&gt;.

Topics of Discussion:
1 Upcoming and recent events attended
2 Latest breweries frequented
3 Beer from across Canada

Audio Only Version

Establishments and breweries mentioned in this podcast include, R&amp;B Brewing, Central City Brewers &amp; Distillers, Howe Sound Brewing, Big River Brewpub, Red Truck Beer, Doan’s Craft Brewing Company, Dageraad, Elizabeth Station, Moody Ales, 33 Acres, bomber brewing, stone brewing, tru du diable, dieu du ciel, unibrue, trois pistoles, great lakes brewery, half pints brewing, fort gary brewing, lake of the woods brewing, toolshed, west coast liquor, kerrisdale, laurelwood public house and brewery, mill street brewery, leavenworth, great Canadian beer festival, vcbw, vancouver craft beer week, great okanagan beer festival, moylan’s brewery, beerthirst, london pub, 12 kings pub, hoyne, fernie brewing, phillips brewing, parallel 49 brewing, yellow dog brewing, powell street craft brewery, bridge brewing, farimont hotsprings, east kootenay beer festival

Rookies & Legends (Happening Soon!) – VCBW – June 5th, 2015


Well its almost that time again this year!  Vancouver Craft Beer Week is just around the corner running from May 29th to June 7th, 2015.

For the sixth annual Vancouver Craft Beer week things have only gotten bigger once again.  The event that I can not wait to attend is the “Rookies & Legends” event at the 12 Kings Pub on June 5th, 2015 between 6pm and 10pm.  Tickets run at $49 plus taxes and fees but include the beer and sample sized snacks in that price.  This event brings 24 breweries to pour their wares.  12 Rookies and 12 Legends in the local beer scene.

Pouring for the Legends:
Hoyne Brewing
Tree Brewing
Stanley Park Brewing
Fernie Brewing
Central City Brewers & Distillers (Red Racer)
Phillips Brewing
Parallel 49 Brewing
Red Truck Beer
Townsite Brewing
Vancouver Island Brewing
Steamworks Brewery
Whistler Brewing
Four Winds Brewing

Pouring for the Rookies:
Yellow Dog Brewing
Bomber Brewing
4 Mile Brewpub
Powell Street Craft Brewery
Moody Ales
Bridge Brewing
Postmark Brewing
Steel and Oak Brewing
Strange Fellows Brewing
Barkerville Brewing
BC Craft Brewers Guild (Steel and Oak – Vancouver Island Brewery colab)
33 Acres

The lineup of breweries sound great and I am sure they will be bringing some amazing beer to share with the crowd.  The following is a little blurb from the VCBW website on the event.

“It’s no secret that BC’s craft brewing community is growing. Our province’s rich lineage of influential veteran breweries is balanced with a bubbling crop of exciting new brewers. Rookies and Legends gathers 24 of the BC Brewers Guild’s finest (12 Rookies and 12 Legends) at 12 Kings Pub for an evening of beer, food and good ol’ socializing. Doubling as a fundraiser for the BC Craft Brewers Guild, this event will see brewers from all over the province serving their beers alongside some delicious food offerings from 12 Kings! Your ticket is inclusive of beer samples and a variety of sample-sized food offerings.”

So if this sounds good to you like it does to me pick up your tickets now.  They will not last forever!  If you snooze you loose.  If you do purchase tickets make sure to tap me on the shoulder and say hi!

Click here to purchase your tickets now.

12 Kings Pub is located at
395 Kingsay, Vancouver
12kingspub.com

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O’hare’s Beer Club – June 2014


It is already time for a new beer box just in time for the nicer weather.  For the first time (I think) I have had at least 4 beers in this beer box.  No worries though as they are great beer!

Drum Roll Please!

Beer Included is as follows:

Green Leaf Brewing – Les Saissoners
Mikkeller – Summit Single Hop IPA
Black Kettle Brewing Company – Wheat Beer
Deschutes Brewery – Fresh Squeezed IPA
Breakside Brewery – Salted Caramel Sout
Base Camp Brewing – Lost Meridian Wit
Fermie Brewing Company – Quiet Rye’t IPA
Noli Brewhouse – Jetstar Imperial IPA
VCBW Collaboration – PreVale
Moon Under Water – Light Side of the Moon

Full Sized photos can be found here.

Reviews will come as I enjoy the Beer.  Once again O’hare’s has outdone themselves!  Thanks O’hare’s!!!

O’Hare’s Gastropub & Liquor Store
5031 Steveston Hwy
Richmond BC
V7E 2K5
Liquor Store 604-241-8513
info@ohares.ca
http://www.ohares.ca/Store

Click here to check out the O’hare’s August 2012 Beer Club Box.
Click here to check out the O’hare’s October 2012 Beer Club Box.
Click here to check out the O’hare’s December 2012 Beer Club Box.
Click here to check out the O’hare’s February 2013 Beer Club Box.
Click here to check out the O’hare’s April 2013 Beer Club Box.
Click here to check out the O’hare’s June 2013 Beer Club Box.
Click here to check out the O’hare’s August 2013 Beer Club Box.
Click here to check out the O’hare’s October 2013 Beer Club Box.
Click here to check out the O’hare’s December 2013 Beer Club Box.
Click here to check out the O’hare’s February 2014 Beer Club Box.
Click here to check out the O’hare’s April 2014 Beer Club Box.