For over ten years, Vancouver Craft Beer Week has been a highlight of the bc craft beer industry. During that time, the festival has evolved from a small intimate event, to the large scale festival held at the PNE over the past few years. Well, it looks like some more changes are coming.
VCBW is gearing up for its 11th annual festival celebrating craft beer and craft culture on June 5, 6 and 7, 2020, with some exciting changes to its venue, ticketing and format.
First, let’s talk venue. Rather than the usual PNE grounds, VCBW will now be held at the transit-friendly Concord Community Park in Vancouver’s False Creek. This change certainly makes it more convenient for those located downtown to head to the festival, and it’s a welcome switch from the norm.
Second, the festival will now be held over three days instead of two with four beer-tasting sessions to choose from. That’s one extra day to get your fill of all the beer from across BC.
But what may be the most important change, is the festival is doing away with beer tokens. That’s right, just one single price of admission gets you access to all the beer available at the festival. This is a very welcome change to the nature of the festival, and it will be interesting to see how this impacts pricing moving forward.
For now, VCBW remains at a reasonable price point, particularly if you get in early. VCBW is once again rewarding loyal craft beer enthusiasts with special discounted ticket pricing for the holidays. This year, early bird all-inclusive tickets are priced at $59 (regularly priced at $69). No more weekend passes, VIP tickets, tokens or other packages to choose from—just one price for one ticket for each of the four sessions available.
To be clear, each ticket will get you into one session of VCBW, so if you want to go to more sessions, you will have to buy additional tickets for each.
Sessions for VCBW run from Friday, June 5 from 6–10 p.m.; Saturday, June 6 from 12–4 p.m. and/or 6–10 p.m.; and Sunday, June 7 from 1–5 p.m. Discounted tickets can be purchased starting at Noon, Sunday Dec 1st at VancouverCraftBeerWeek.com, while supplies last, until midnight on Dec. 31, 2019, when regular pricing starts.