Vancouver Craft Beer Week kicked off a few weeks ago from May 27th to June 5th. There are events throughout the week, but the 3 days festival on Friday, Saturday and Sunday was where the largest numbers were in attendance.
People flooded to the PNE Fairgrounds to experience 100+ breweries & cideries pouring 350+ craft beers & ciders from across the globe.
Entry and Tokens
General admission was $35 and covers entrance and a souvenir mug. You have to buy beer tokens for $1.50 each.
There are different areas of the PNE and there was event a Port Moody brewery area that included Twin Sails, Parkside Brewery, Moody Ales and Yellow Dog. All amazing breweries and within walking distance of each other. If you love beer, you’ll love Port Moody and the beer scene out there.
One of my favourites was Tofino Brewing for their blonde ale! I jump at any chance to drink this beer since its so light and refreshing.
Sunday Cider is Vancouver’s first cidery brought to you buy the guys who created Bestie. Since the restaurant closes on Sunday, they would spend this time crafting different recipes until they found a few good batches.
Dageraad Brewing is a brewery located in Burnaby and they have a Belgian-style beer called Burnabarian.
Stiegl is an amazing Austrian brewery and even since I visited back in 2008, I have fallen in love with their beer. One drink in particular which is amazing is the Stiegl-Radler Grapefruit.
They are a popular brewery from Victoria, BC. Besides brewing beer, they also have a soda company and a distillery.
I tried one of their lighter beers – Pilsner that also has a clean, crisp and bright taste.
Driftwood Brewery is another local brewery out of Richmond and has grown in popularity quite quickly. I tried the White Bark Witbier. Light, refreshing and has a citrus finish.
Fuggles & Warlock pushes traditional styles of beer to the limit, by adding a West Coast flair. Expect some adventurous brews aimed toward adventurous palettes. The branding has a distinct focus on “Geek Culture” with references to video gaming, and pop culture.
I had to try the Strawberry Wit and wow, it was refreshing and had strong strawberry flavours. Very unique especially among the Metro Vancouver craft beer scene.
Similarly, Fruli makes premium strawberry beer to but their flavour profiles are quite different.
It was a fun few hours at the Vancouver Craft Beer Week and trying all the different types of beer from all over the world. Good to try some good ol favourites and finding those new ones that tickled my taste buds.