The 4th Annual BC Beer Awards & Festival returns this weekend to showcase and celebrate the very best craft beer brewed in British Columbia. The one-day event, held at the Croatian Cultural Centre, welcomes the public to both an awards ceremony and beer festival. BC’s best breweries will be on site showcasing their talents and the fruits of their labour. The BC Beer Awards & Festival is the signature event of the 3rd BC Craft Beer Month.
Craft beer has become wildly popular in the past couple of years, with a number of microbreweries and nanobreweries opening in Vancouver. Several local Vancouver breweries will be celebrated at the BC Beer Awards & Festival, including Parallel 49, Steamworks, Granville Island, 33 Acres, R&B Brewing, and Powell St Craft Brewery.
Last year’s awards drew over four hundred unique entries from over thirty BC breweries and brewpubs. Winners were selected in twelve distinct categories such as “Lager”, “Pale”, “Porter/Brown”, and “Fruit”. Judges included certified beer judges, sommeliers, journalists, and cicerones, and adhered to standards set by the Beer Judging Certification Program. The overall mission of the BC Beer Awards is to celebrate excellent beer and honour craft brewers for their innovation and creativity.
Tickets to this year’s BC Beer Awards & Festival are $35. Tickets include entry to both the awards ceremony and festival, four drink tokens, and a 4oz taster glass to take home. There will be no door sales available, so make sure to buy your tickets in advance.