It’s the week that beer lovers wait all year for. Vancouver Craft Beer Week will be kicking off on Friday, May 6, and continuing to Saturday, May 14. The nine-day event features 55 breweries, with activities at more than 70 different venues around the city.
It’s safe to say that craft beer and craft breweries have found a happy home in Vancouver and British Columbia. While back in the dark days of the early 1990s it was almost impossible to find a decent local ale or lager in the city, these days dozens – if not hundreds – of varieties of handcrafted beer are available in bars, restaurants and liquor stores around town.
There’s just one big challenge with Craft Beer Week: There’s so much beer flowing in so many different places that it can be a little overwhelming. Among the highlights is the Opening Night Extravaganza, Friday, May 6, at the Granville Island Brewing Taproom. No less an eminence that Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson will be tapping a special keg containing a collaborative brew from 28 B.C. breweries. But if you want to be at this event, you’ll have to get creative: Tickets are already sold-out.
Here are some other events to watch out for:
The Dead Famous Pub Crawl: Dress up like your favourite historical personage and join this trek to four downtown bars and pubs. Five beers, three appetizers and a barbecue meal are provided along the way. Tickets are $80. Saturday, May 7. More info
Belgian Bier Showcase: Sample more than 50 Belgian beers at Biercraft Bistro on Cambie Street. The $60 ticket includes beer tastings and unlimited Belgian frites and Belgian bier & beef stew. Monday, May 9. More info
Golden Stag Awards: Held at the London Pub on Main Street, these awards recognize some of Vancouver’s outstanding home brewers. The $20 tickets include four, four-ounce tasting tokens. Wednesday, May 11. More info
Women and Beer II: This event at Republic on Granville Street profiles women brewers. Five small-plate courses will be paired with craft ales, including a special ladies-only collaboration from Spinnakers on Vancouver Island. Thursday, May 12. More info
Those are just a few of the more than 70 events planned during the course of Craft Beer Week. If you know of any other highlights, please share them with us by leaving a comment below.