B.C. Beer Awards and Festival tickets on sale today!

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Tickets to the 6th Annual B.C. Beer Awards & Festival went on sale today (Aug. 26). The annual beer-appreciation event is being held Oct. 24 at the Croatian Cultural Centre (3250 Commercial Drive).

What makes this year’s festival exciting for craft beer enthusiasts is that the local beer community has, apparently, declared 2015 to be the Year of the Sour Beer. Organizers of the B.C. Beer Awards have challenged B.C. Brewers to create some flavourful sours, all of which you’ll be able to try at the festival.

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B.C. Beer Awards and Festival tickets on sale today!

Craft beer lovers unite at two new restaurants, including Western Canada’s largest

Tap & Barrel Shipyards | Image sourced from Facebook

Tap & Barrel Shipyards | Image sourced from Facebook

It’s easy to find great craft beer in Vancouver these days–and it’s not just at brewery tasting rooms. Restaurants around the city are taking as much pride in their beer lists as their wine lists and offering some of British Columbia’s finest on tap.

Two new restaurants have just opened that put craft beer front and centre.

On July 28, Tap & Barrel Shipyards made its debut on Lower Lonsdale. The North Vancouver location is the third in the Tap & Barrel chain–and this one’s a biggie.

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Craft beer lovers unite at two new restaurants, including Western Canada’s largest

30 Days of IPA Returns for another Hoppy Year This August

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Third annual celebration includes beers never tapped before in BC!

While craft beer trends come and go, India Pale Ale, better known as IPA, remains the signature style of Pacific Northwest craft beer culture. With the Donnelly Group’s third annual 30 Days of IPA set to kick off August 1st, now is the time for fans of this iconic beer style to pick up a calendar and start planning their month of hops.

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30 Days of IPA Returns for another Hoppy Year This August

Session Cask Festival showcases low-alcohol beer

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With Vancouver gone craft beer crazy, we keep seeing “session” beers available at various tasting rooms and brewpubs around town. With the Session Cask Festival on Saturday, July 4, these brews get a showcase of their own.

A session beer is one that is brewed to be 5 per cent alcohol or less. In addition, flavour isn’t sacrificed in the malt to hop balance, which results in extremely drinkable beer that won’t put you under the table. In other words, you can drink plenty without overwhelming the palate in the same way, say, an afternoon of India Pale Ale would, or knocking out the senses of the imbiber, the way stronger beers might. These ales allow for repeated consumption over a long “session.”

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Session Cask Festival showcases low-alcohol beer

5 can’t-miss events at Vancouver Craft Beer Week 2015

Photo credit: Two Peas Photography | Vancouver Craft Beer Week on Facebook

Photo credit: Two Peas Photography | Vancouver Craft Beer Week on Facebook

The countdown is on to Vancouver Craft Beer Week, and there’s still time to get your ducks—er, bottle caps–in a row.

The biggest craft-beer festival in Canada starts at the end of this month and runs from May 29 to June 7 with beer-pairing dinners, festival tastings, and party upon party.

Tickets to some of the signature events (such as the Rare Brews & BBQ) have already sold out but, but there are plenty of others to choose from.

Here are five to whet your whistle.

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5 can’t-miss events at Vancouver Craft Beer Week 2015