5 Craft-Beer Themed Events Coming to Vancouver for Dine Out 2016

Photo credit: traveljunction | Flickr

Photo credit: traveljunction | Flickr

Craft beer for breakfast?

A unique boozy breakfast and host of other craft-beer themed events are headed for Vancouver this January. It’s all part of the Dine Out Vancouver Festival, the annual celebration of all things delicious and indulgent in the city, Jan. 15-Jan. 31.

Hundreds of restaurants across Vancouver will be offering special prix-fix menus at $20, $30 and $40 price points, while dozens of special events highlight the city’s unique culinary and cultural offerings.

New this year are a series of events about one of Vancouver’s latest obsessions: craft beer. Dozens of breweries have popped up in the city in recent years, and they’re eager to share their stories – and their beer – with the world.

PrintFor those who enjoy a nice tall pint with their pancakes, there’s the Brewmaster’s Breakfast. Big Rock Urban Brewery near Olympic Village is the setting for this buffet of beer-inspired and beer-infused delicacies, from beer kielbasa and hopped hollandaise to spent-grain pancakes. Pair it all with some of Big Rock’s signature brews (Jan. 17; $20).


PrintYou can also head down to Big Rock for a unique Winter Beer Hall. (Think of it as Oktoberfest in January.) Enjoy live music and a festive atmosphere while sampling beer from a half-dozen Vancouver breweries, including Real Cask, Main Street, Bridge, Doan’s and Storm. The suds are paired with a three-course tavern-style dinner (Jan. 16; $40).


Image---480-x-2403For a different kind of pairing, check out the special Craft Beer and Sweets Tour from Vancouver Brewery Tours (a.k.a., the “yes, donuts and beer actually go really well together” tour). Guests are shuttled to three top breweries in the East Van and Main Street neighbourhoods: Strange Fellows, Brassneck and Big Rock. There, beers are matched up with artisan sweets from some of Vancouver’s best-known bakers, chocolatiers and donut-makers, including Thomas Haas Chocolates and Cartem’s Donuts (Jan. 21 and 28, $75).


rocky_mountain_flatbread0Of course, when it comes to beer pairings, it’s hard to beat pizza. The Craft Pizza Meets Craft Beer event at Rocky Mountain Flatbread puts an artisan twist on this timeless combo. First, get your hands floured up to build your very own pizza, customized with the cheeses, meats and veggies of your choosing. Then kick back and enjoy your creation with a sampler flight of local beers served up by knowledgeable “brewmasters” (Jan. 25 and 27; $30).


Image---480-x-2402Still thirsty (and hungry)? The classic Craft Beer and Food Pairing Tour from Vancouver Brewery Tours starts with a bold claim: Beer actually pairs better with food than wine.  To put this proposition to the test, the expert hosts whisk guests to three top breweries: Postmark, Main Street and Big Rock. There, each brewery’s suds are matched up with a specially prepared dish to complement and highlight subtle notes, hints and flavours (Jan. 15-16, 21-23 and 28-30; $79).

Tickets for all this craft beer-themed fun are available now on the Dine Out Vancouver Festival website.

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