Vancouver’s North Shore Craft Beer Week returns next week with 8 days of awesome

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North Vancouver has quietly become a mecca for craft beer in the Lower Mainland.

To celebrate this ever-expanding lineup of world-class breweries, Vancouver’s North Shore Craft Beer Week returns for its third year all week long from October 4 – 11. Take a cruise across the harbour on the legendary SeaBus to come and toast the North Shore’s evolving beer scene with a week full of celebrations.

The event takes place across 10 unique and funky breweries with special casks, fun events, and a chance to learn more about North Shore beers!

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Vancouver’s North Shore Craft Beer Week returns next week with 8 days of awesome

Make your own gingerbread house, break out the denim and sample some barley wines: what’s happening this month at Vancouver’s craft breweries

Nothing says holiday spirit like craft beer. Well, office parties and mistletoe might be a close second.

If you’re wondering what’s happening at Vancouver breweries, here are a few special events this month.

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Make your own gingerbread house, break out the denim and sample some barley wines: what’s happening this month at Vancouver’s craft breweries

Brewers go cask-to-cask at this year’s Caskapalooza

Cask ale or cask-conditioned beer is unfiltered and unpasteurised beer served without additional nitrogen or carbon dioxide pressure. In the UK, where they can be snobs about such things, cask ale is also sometimes referred to as “real ale.”

For the third year, Vancouver breweries are getting in on the cask action. On Aug. 21, local brewers will present 36 casks at Caskapalooza 2018. Vancouver Craft Beer Market, 85 W. 1st Ave. in Olympic Village, is hosting the tasting from 4-8 p.m.

Here’s a look at some of the breweries taking part.

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Brewers go cask-to-cask at this year’s Caskapalooza

For the Love of the Craft: Valentines Day Brewery Tour

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If you have a love affair with beer, it’s time to celebrate this Valentine’s Day with a tour hosted by Vancouver Brewery Tours. The tour connects couples (or beer-loving singles) to the heart of the city’s booming craft-beer community for an exclusive “For the Love of the Craft” Valentine’s-themed tour on Sunday, February 14 from noon until 3:30pm.

If you and your loved one aren’t fans of chocolate and red wine, this is the perfect answer that will make you both… hoppy!

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For the Love of the Craft: Valentines Day Brewery Tour

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!

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

Raise a Glass with the BC Beer Awards & Festival

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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.

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Raise a Glass with the BC Beer Awards & Festival