Three things to do during B.C. Craft Beer Month 2014

A flight of Persephone Brewing Company beer. Carolyn Ali photo.

A flight of Persephone Brewing Company beer. Carolyn Ali photo.

October is B.C. Craft Beer Month, and that means…a very good excuse to drink beer.

But really—Vancouver is buzzing with beer-related events over the next few weeks, and the barley glitterati will be out in full force. Here’s a quick rundown on the local highlights of the annual month celebrating the best in British Columbian beer.

Vancouver Island Brewery's Hermannator Ice Bock won the Best in Show at the B.C. Beer Awards 2013. This photo of the 2010 edition is from VIB's Facebook page.

Vancouver Island Brewery’s Hermannator Ice Bock won the Best in Show at the B.C. Beer Awards 2013. This photo of the 2010 edition is from VIB’s Facebook page.

BC Beer Awards & Festival

The signature event, which recognizes the best beers in the province, happens at the Croatian Cultural Centre on October 25 from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. While that’s still a few weeks away, tickets sell out every year, and they’re expected to go by mid-October. (Need another incentive? The price increases from $27 to $32 on October 10.)

The B.C. Beer Awards  ceremony happens first—hosted by CBC’s Stephen Quinn–and then the festival sampling begins.

There will be at least 30 breweries pouring up to four beers each. Each ticket includes four drink tokens and a four-ounce taster glass to keep. Additional tokens are $1.25 each.

Hops growing at Persephone Brewing Company in Gibsons, B.C.. Carolyn Ali photo.

Hops growing at Persephone Brewing Company in Gibsons, B.C.. Carolyn Ali photo.

Beer education

Earlier in the day on October 25, before the BC Beer Awards action, there will be four seminars at the Croatian Cultural Centre that will help you better appreciate what you’re drinking. Topics include hops, malts, off-flavours, and the history of beer.

The seminars will be taught by beer experts including Joe Wiebe, author of Craft Beer Revolution, and Chad McCarthy, a cicerone and beer judge. Each lasts 1-1/2 hours and costs $15.

Craft Beer Market hosts many brewmasters dinners. Photo from Craft Beer Market's Facebook page.

Craft Beer Market hosts many brewmasters dinners. Photo from Craft Beer Market’s Facebook page.

Cask nights and brewmasters’ dinners

Vancouver restaurants will be highlighting B.C. beer this month with special events around town. For example, on October 20, the Cascade Room will be doing a tap takeover with Vancouver’s Main Street Brewing, as well as a three-course brewmaster’s dinner for $50.

On October 28, Craft Beer Market is hosting a Tree Brewing brewmaster dinner, pairing four courses with beer for $60.

Many events are still being confirmed and details will be released shortly—for example, there will be a Women and Beer dinner on October 23 at Rogue Kitchen & Wetbar downtown. Check back to the B.C. Craft Beer Month event page for more information.

Oh, and don’t forget to check out Beerlesque on October 10, another signature event that still has tickets for sale.

Which beers do you think will top the 2014 B.C. Beer Awards? Leave a comment below.

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One Response to Three things to do during B.C. Craft Beer Month 2014

  1. Just wanted to add to your BC Craft Beer event list. The 3rd Annual Harrison Beer Festival and Oktoberfest Dance. Takes place October 24 & 25th with 3 unique events.
    visit http://www.harrisonbeerfest.com for all the details.