Sir, please step away from that Budweiser. Ma’am, put down that PBR.
Vancouver Craft Beer Week returns for another week-plus of dinners, tastings and parties, with over 60 brewers at over 30 venues. But act fast – some events are already sold-out, and many will be in the weeks leading up to the event.
Here’s a rundown of some events with tickets left. Note: there are also some unticketed, or “walk-up”, events. Visit the VCBW website for more info.
Opening Night Gala (May 31, 6 p.m. – 11 p.m.) – Get acquainted with the city’s newest breweries, which will be on hand to tap the first official VCBW collaboration cask. Canapés, local breweries old and new, raffles, door prizes and music are also part of the fun. At the Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre, 181 Roundhouse Mews, $45.
The Hillbilly BBQ (June 1, 3 p.m. – 8 p.m.) – You get a plate of barbecue courtesy of Gastown restaurant Peckinpah to go with your craft beer, including two cups’ full, for the price of the ticket. After that, the beer is four bucks a pop. Warren Murfitt and the Lonesome Curve Band provide entertainment. At Woodland Smokehouse and Commissary, 485 Commercial Dr., $32.
Canadian Comforts (June 2, 7 p.m. – 11 p.m.) – Edible Canada, the Granville Island restaurant (and artisanal food emporium), features Vancouver Island breweries as well as delectables like duck fat doughnuts, fresh spot prawns and Fiore Farms pork. Edible Canada, 1596 Johnston St, $89.
Beircraft Belgian Showcase (June 3, 6:30 – 11 p.m.) – Find out how to get smashed on a thimbleful of beer at this showcase of some of Europe’s finest (and strongest) brews. There will also be Belgian-style beers from local and U.S. breweries. Glassware and prize giveaways – including a gift-pack of the highly-coveted Westvleteren XII – as well as poutine, frikandel (Dutch hot dogs) and croquettes are included. Biercraft Bistro on Cambie, 3305 Cambie, $75.
2nd Annual Battle of the Bartender Beer Cocktail Competition (June 4, 6 p.m. – late) – If your idea of a beer cocktail is a Bloody Mary or michelada, the beer cocktail competition could change your mind (or not). Vancouver’s top mixologists square off to create a cocktail using one of Driftwood Brewing’s limited release beers. Attendees will be served canapés and two beers and, more importantly, will be able to samples each competitive cocktail. Queens Republic, 958 Granville St., $25.
PDX Beer Week in Vancouver (June 5, 5 – 10 p.m.) – Everyone knows about Portland beer, right? Well, in case you don’t, the Rose City is not only responsible for making Pabst Blue Ribbon the choice of hipsters everywhere. It’s also redeemed itself with one of the highest per capita number of craft breweries on the West Coast (note: I’m totally guessing here, but it sounds right). To acknowledge this feat, VCBW presents this preview of PDX Beer Week (which starts June 6) with guests from Portland breweries Gigantic, Ninkasi, Upright, Alameda and more. Ticket price includes samples and canapés. Portland Craft, 3835 Main St., $49.
Brothers in Hops (June 6, 6 – 10 p.m.) – Four Pacific Northwest brewers team up for this showcase of hoppy beers. For your ticket, you get samples of the suds as well as food and a gift bag, and a chance to rub elbows with the brewers. The Butcher & Bullock, 911 W. Pender St., $75.
VCBW Beer Festival (June 7, 5 – 10 p.m. and 8, 2 - 7 p.m.) – Everyone head south to the River Rock Casino Resort to sample all the beer that fits into two giant halls. There’ll also be a patio for this special occasion, which sees another Vancouver Craft Beer Week stagger off into the sunset. River Rock Casino Resort, 8811 River Rd., Richmond, $35.