Perfect Pairing: Craft beer + burlesque dancers at Vancouver’s Beerlesque fest

Photo credit: QuinnDombrowski | Flickr

Photo credit: QuinnDombrowski | Flickr

What pairs better with a fine craft beer than . . . scantily clad dancers?

Craft beer and risque burlesque dancing come together again for the third annual Beerlesque festival in Vancouver’s Roundhouse Community Centre, Friday, Sept. 20.

The unique event fuses two movements firmly in fashion in Vancouver right now.  First, there’s the beer.  Locally made, craft-brewed, hop-infused suds have won a fanatical following among city drinkers.  Accordingly, 15 breweries will be on hand to showcase the best brews that B.C. has to offer.  The lineup includes local favourites like Central City, Parallel 49, Steamworks and Red Truck, as well as Vancouver Island’s Lighthouse, Driftwood and Vancouver Island Brewing.

Then, the dancers take the stage.  

Photo courtesy of Roundhouse Community Centre

Photo courtesy of Roundhouse Community Centre

Burlesque, of course, may look like a little like strip tease, but it’s anything but.  The saucy mix of theatre, irony, bawdy comedy, social commentary and costume has taken off in Vancouver in recent years, with burlesque nights a regular feature at bars and clubs around town.  Drinkers will be treated to a pair of shows at the Roundhouse, featuring the stylings of such creatively named dancers as Burgundy Brixx, Nicky Ninedoor, Rebel Valentine and callio p cock.

Now, this hedonistic paean to flesh and malted beverages might be considered a bit scandalous – if it weren’t for a good cause.  Proceeds from the event go to support programming at Yaletown’s Roundhouse Community Centre, which offers a mix of recreation, arts and history year-round.  Built from the historic outbuildings of the old CPR railyards, the Roundhouse is perhaps best known for its historic locomotive, Engine 374, which completed the first transcontinental rail journey in Canada.

Beerlesque III is Friday, Sept. 20, from 6 p.m.-11 p.m. at the Roundhouse Community Centre (181 Roundhouse Mews).  Tickets (19+ only) are $55 and include beer and entrance to either the 7 p.m. or 9 p.m. burlesque show.  Tickets can be purchased online via Eventbrite.

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