It’s practically mid-October which means that we’re already halfway through BC Craft Beer Month. What have you missed and what’s still to come?
Well naturally the big kickoff was BC Hop Fest which you probably saw me going on about last week. There were also Oktoberfest and fresh hop events aplenty. But now the real business starts – no pun intended there’s actually a Business of Craft Beer event on Friday, October 14th.
BC Beer Awards
By far the biggest ticket of them all this month is the BC Beer Awards, Saturday October 15th at the Croatian Cultural Centre. Always a highlight of the year, the BCBAs are sure to impress and delight. Or at the very least, provide an opportunity to drink some fantastic beer from your favourite BC breweries all in one place and see who wins the coveted trophies.
Each year, breweries the organizers come up with a style that breweries can choose to brew specifically for the event. Last year’s style was the sour. This year’s challenge: the mild. What kind of milds will we see? Participating brewers will be presenting beers that are 4% alcohol or less, but that are still full-flavoured. I for one am eager to see how each brewery interprets the guidelines.
Last year there was a big lineup of awards for beers being judged in 20 categories. This year, they’ve increased the categories up to 30! In 2015 I recall that there were a number of beers winning awards that seemed anomalous in their categories so my hunch is that the increase is to accommodate those beers so they’re competing against the appropriate styles.
Sadly if you haven’t already picked up your tickets the event is sold out. However, they are taking names on a waitlist so if you’re desperate – and why wouldn’t you be? – then you can always put your name down there and hope for the best.
If you were lucky enough to get your ticket, don’t forget that there’s a free Vine&hops shuttle to take you from Commercial / Broadway station to the event every 15min between 3pm and 4pm.
Some more BC Craft Beer Month Events
But although we’re nearly clear-through October there are still plenty of other events going on that might tickle your fancy. Here are a few other highlights that caught my eye, but to see them all check out the events listing at BC Craft Beer Month.
Tuesday, October 18th – Cask nights at both Parallel 49 and Craft Beer Market: you can’t argue with a cask night. One-off beers like these give you an opportunity to try something new and interesting that you’ve probably never had before. Plus, it’s a great excuse to get down to the pub or brewery for a pint! Check the event listing at BC Craft Beer Month since there are a couple of other opportunities to get some cask beer if you miss this one.
Friday, October 21st – Beer Panel and Kwantlen Polytechnic University Scholarship Fundraiser at Barley’s Home-brewing Supplies in New Westminster. A panel of heavyweights answer your questions. Proceeds from beer sales help raise funds for the KPU Brewing program scholarship. Get your tickets here.
Saturday, October 22nd – Beerlesque at the Roundhouse Community Centre. Enjoy a burlesque show with beer! The event was immensely popular last year and is likely to sell out. All proceeds go to benefit the Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Society. You can find tickets for the event here.
Sunday, October 23rd – Brewer’s Row Road Trip with Vancouver Brewery Tours. Hop on the VBT bus outside St Augustine’s at 11am and take a tour out to visit the four breweries out in Port Moody on the aptly named Brewer’s Row. Seating is limited so get your tickets soon.
Friday, October 28th – Harrison Beer Festival. This is an event I’ve attended at last year, and the year before and in my opinion it’s a great reason to get out of the city. With a typical beer festival, as well as a Cask night and an Oktoberfest dance, it’s definitely unique on the beer festival scene. There are still tickets left but there’s no telling how long they’ll last so get your hands on some if you can.
Happy BC Craft Beer Month!