In just over two weeks, the annual Vancouver Craft Beer Week festival kicks off, and if you’re any sort of a beer lover, this is the festival you absolutely cannot miss.
This year promises to be another spectacular week, with ten days jam packed with activities. Of course the signature VCBW beer is back, this time taking the combined talents of the four breweries that make up “brewers row” in Port Moody: Yellow Dog, Moody Ales, Twin Sails and Parkside. The beer is a hazy pale with passion fruit and guava, which sounds AMAZING. Better yet, partial proceeds of the beer go to the SPCA.
So what can you expect besides the signature beer? Here’s the full breakdown of activities throughout the week. These are official VCBW events, and there are often other events running during the week as well.
Raise a glass as Vancouver Craft Beer Week kicks off it’s 8th fantastic year with Music, Food, Beer and Art at the Yaletown Roundhouse! Featuring a curated list of 20 of the province’s best breweries and cideries pouring 40+ beers and ciders.
Celebrate Vancouver Craft Beer Week at Big Rock Urban Eatery with the Big Rock/VCBW Collaboration Tap Takeover. Collaborations include the following breweries: Ravens, Bridge, Four Winds, Steel & Oak, Bomber, Persephone, Red Racer, Powell Street, Twin Sails, Field House, Callister, Dogwood and many more!
Head to the The Cobalt and watch Brewers, Cellarmen/women, Barkeeps and Plain-Old-Full-Time-Strong-Folk, compete in Push Up Competitions, Phonebook/The Growler tearing, Keg Stacking, and possible, but not guaranteed, shirtless-totem-poling.
A VCBW annual tradition, the Belgian Beer Showcase at BierCraft Bistro is a celebration of the great craft brewing tradition of Belgium. This event features a wide cross section of Belgian beer styles from the old world and the new and includes food and 15 beer samples!
An evening featuring Fruit Beers, Fruit Wheat Beers, Belgians, and Sours from 20 BC Craft Breweries. An homage to the extremely popular Portland Fruit Beer Festival, Forbidden Fruit invites you to try these unique beers BC style at the Devil’s Elbow Ale House.
Portland Craft hosts the 5th Anniversary of bringing the best beers of Portland Oregon to Vancouver. This is your chance to try some one of a kind brews without having to deal with the border line ups or the I-5 traffic. Come and chat with the brewers and owners of some of the most exciting breweries the Rose city has to offer.
Lamplighter invites you to experience the first ever Whole Hog Cookout + Crawfish Boil. They’ll be spinning a full pig on the patio while they boil up a massive pot of spicy & seasoned crawfish & veg. While you feast you can sample the Haziest selection of IPAs available.
Join VBCW and the Vancouver Mural Festival to celebrate Vancouver’s art and beer scenes in their gallery and HQ. With local craft beer and dj’s this mixer will be a window in to where the magic is made, behind the scenes at VCBW and Mural Fest.
The 8th annual VCBW Festival, Western Canada’s biggest and best craft-only beer fest is back at the historic PNE Fairgrounds on June 3rd and 4th, from 1pm – 6pm, where you’ll find over 100 craft breweries and cideries pouring 300+ beer and ciders.
In addition to the biggest selection of craft beer and cider in one place, the VCBW Festival also features art installations, live music, deejays, food trucks, market stalls, brewing demonstrations, and a games area with pinball and foosball, a pop up barber shop and more!