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

Surrey brewer expands to Vancouver

Surrey brewer Central City is expanding. Robyn Hanson photo.

Surrey brewer Central City is expanding. Robyn Hanson photo.

Central City Brewers + Distillers is expanding out of its home in Surrey, B.C. The Vancouver Beer Club blog is reporting that the company has taken over the space previously occupied by Dix, an old brew and bbq joint located at 871 Beatty Street across from B.C. Place Stadium.

The new brewpub is scheduled to open at the end of May. Interestingly, the brewery will specialize in sour beers. According to the blog, “The room will centre around an enormous foudre,” which is a cask that will be used to house fermenting sours.

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Peek inside Dogwood Brewing, Vancouver’s first organic brewery

Photo credit: Carolyn Ali

Photo credit: Carolyn Ali

It was only a matter of time before Vancouver’s appreciation for organic, sustainable living combined with the city’s craft beer boom.

Dogwood Brewing, the city’s first organic brewery, opened in Southeast Vancouver in late March. Unlike most of the city’s craft breweries, it’s not in the Mount Pleasant Brewery Creek area. It’s located just off Marine Drive west of the Knight Street Bridge.

So what makes this microbrewery special?

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Peek inside Dogwood Brewing, Vancouver’s first organic brewery

Trend to try: Vancouver’s new craft ciders

Photo from Left Field Cider Co. website

Photo from Left Field Cider Co. website

There’s a new trend in craft beer in British Columbia and it’s not beer—it’s cider.

Two brand-new B.C. ciders will hit Vancouver liquor store shelves in April. As the interest in craft cider gains traction, expect more options in bars and restaurants throughout the summer.

Here are a few that are new to the market, plus a fun event on March 21 where you can sample not only ciders but an array of gluten-free beer.

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Trend to try: Vancouver’s new craft ciders

Molten glass + cold beer = one sizzling night

Photo credit: Terminal City Glass Co-op on Facebook

Photo credit: Terminal City Glass Co-op on Facebook

There’s something riveting about glassblowing. Maybe it’s the molten glass, maybe it’s the intensity of the 1,200° C (2,220° F) heat blasting out of the open furnace. Maybe it’s the high-pressure, make-or-break (literally) nature of the art.

Whatever it is, it’s fascinating to watch talented glass artists do their thing. And it’s even better to watch it while enjoying good craft beer.

All of this comes together for one night–Friday, March 13–at an event called Hot Glass Cold Beer. It’s the second annual fundraiser for Terminal City Glass Co-op, Canada’s only non-profit co-operative glass studio.

TCGC has invited in nine craft breweries to stage a tasting on the premises. Not only will guests sample some of B.C.’s latest craft beer offerings, they’ll do it from a hand-blown glass beer mug.

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Molten glass + cold beer = one sizzling night