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Victoria Beer Week Launches Full Schedule

March 7-15, 2015, Victoria, BC

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Victoria Beer Week is a nine-day festival highlighting a broad selection of BC craft breweries and educating Victorians about craft beer. After a very successful launch that saw over 3,000 people attend 14 events held in venues throughout Greater Victoria in early March, 2014, Victoria Beer Week is returning in 2015 with 22 events celebrating craft beer in our city.

#VBW2015 is bringing back some of the most popular events from 2014 and expanding by adding some more exciting options. The festival will once again kick off with the Opening Cask Night at the Victoria Public Market on Saturday, March 7. Last year’s Cask Night was one of the most exciting beer events ever held in the city, and this year the event will feature every Vancouver Island craft brewery, including several new ones that have opened in the past year, along with three cideries and even a mead producer. We are also proud to offer gluten-free food and drink options at this event (cider and mead only, not beer).

New in 2015 is a major mid-week event called Thunderdome, which will feature 10 brand new, never-before-brewed beers launched by 10 of BC’s best craft breweries. That will take place on Wednesday, March 11 at 7:00pm—outdoors under a thunderdome (OK, it’s a heated tent) at Wheelie’s Motorcycle Café in Rock Bay.

#VBW2015 has also expanded to include a second cask event at the Victoria Public Market, the Closing Cask Night on Saturday, March 14, which will showcase more than 20 Mainland breweries, including several of the hottest new breweries that have opened in Greater Vancouver in the past two years.

The festival will once again finish with the Brewmaster’s Brunch at the Atrium on Sunday, March 15—a delectable affair that includes six beer-paired brunch courses prepared by premier chefs from the Island Chefs Collaborative.

Beyond these marquee offerings, numerous other events are scheduled at various Victoria venues throughout the week (see full schedule below).

All ticketed events are for sale through EventBrite at VictoriaBeerWeek.com

Physical tickets are available at Garricks Head and other locations  as of Friday January 16.


Opening Cask Night – $50 plus tax & service fee
7:00pm to 10:30pm
Victoria Public Market, 1701 Douglas St.

At our opening event, we’ll be celebrating with fantastic food vendors and a selection of unique cask-conditioned beers from up to 20 Vancouver Island breweries, as well as cider & mead. We are proud to offer gluten-free food options from Victoria Public Market vendors, as well as gluten-free beverage choices (cider and mead only, not beer).


Pedalin’ For Pints on International Women’s Day – $59 plus tax & service fee
12:45pm to 5:30pm
Multiple brewing locations around Victoria – WOMEN ONLY

We’re celebrating International Women’s Day with The Pedaler, home of Victoria’s best cycling tours. Join Rose Lee from The Pedaler as she leads a cycling tour around town to visit some prominent females involved in Victoria’s brewing scene. The tour ends with a pint and some food at Canoe Brewpub.

Beer School Vol 1: The History of Beer – $25 + tax & service fee
Noon to 1:30pm
Swans Brewpub, 506 Pandora Ave

Ken Beattie from Eureka Beer Guide and Prud’homme Beer Certification will take you on a trip from the dawn of civilization all the way to the start of the Horseshoe Bay Brewery in BC in 1982. To properly illustrate his points, beers that have historical significance will be served.

Swans will be providing a special offer lunch menu for attendees who wish to stay at Swans and eat between the two Beer School courses.

Beer School Vol 2: Victoria – Brewing Since 1858 – $25 + tax & service fee
3:00pm to 4:00pm
Swans Brewpub, 506 Pandora Ave

Join renowned local beer historian Greg Evans for an illustrated presentation exploring noteworthy pioneer brewers who established, developed and promoted Victoria’s brewing industry.

This ticket includes one pint of Swans beer. Swans’ regular beer menu will be available throughout the presentation.

Rookies & Legends Tap Takeover

A Fundraiser for the BC Craft Brerwers Guild – $25 + tax & service fee
7:00pm to 10:00pm
Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub, 308 Catherine Street

It’s no secret that BC’s craft brewing community is growing. Our province’s rich lineage of influential veteran breweries is balanced with a bubbling crop of exciting new brewers. Rookies & Legends gathers a wide array of breweries at Spinnakers, BC’s original brewpub, for an evening of beer, food, and good ol’ Island socializing. Doubling as a fundraiser for the BC Craft Brewers Guild, this event will see brewers from all over the province in one room, serving their beers alongside some delicious food offerings from Spinnakers. Visit bccraftbeer.com for details about the Guild.


Beer, Pizza, More Beer – $25 + tax & service fee
7:00pm to 9:00pm
Pizzeria Prima Strada, 2960 Bridge St.

Beer and Pizza! Is there a better marriage in the world of food and beverage? We think not, and our friends over at Pizzeria Prima Strada agree with us. Another returning event from our first year, this ultimate beer and pizza party sees four of BC’s best breweries collaborate with Prima Strada for custom pairings with specialty pizzas.

Slow Beer Club – $25 + GST & service fee
7:00pm to 9:00pm
The Churchill Pub, 1140 Government St.

The Sours are coming! You may have noticed a persistent chatter about “sour beers” among beer enthusiasts all over the province. After hoppy IPAs dominated the game for a while, BC brewers are starting to explore this new category with energy, excitement and creativity. Victoria Beer Week is excited to host an evening at The Churchill dedicated to sour, slow and barrel-aged beers – come check out the new style of beer that has beer fans everywhere curious.


Beer, Cheese, More Beer – $30 + tax & service fee
7:00pm to 9:00pm
Garrick’s Head Pub, 1140 Government St.

Wine & Cheese?? Think again! Long the staple of foodies in the know, beer and cheese is a match made in gastro-heaven. Whether it’s the unpredictable robust match ups of flavour or the fact that beer is such a fantastic palate cleanser, ales and good quality cheese typically make for a big dose of DELICIOUS. One of VBW2014’s biggest successes (hint, it sold out QUICK), this fun event returns to Garrick’s Head for 2015!

Drink in the Story – $32 plus tax & service fee

7:00pm to 9:00pm
The Drake Eatery, 517 Pandora Avenue

We invite you to the Drake Eatery, Victoria’s newest craft beer hot spot, for an evening of storytelling paired with beer and food, and hosted by Joe Wiebe, the Thirsty Writer. Over the course of the night, you’ll hear three renowned BC brewers tell the story behind their breweries and one of their beers, offering insight into some of their inspiration, frustration, education and craft. Each story will be followed by a question period and some casual socializing.


Thunderdome – $35 plus tax & service fee
7:00pm to 10:00pm
Wheelie’s Motorcycle Café, 2620 Rock Bay Ave

We’re extremely excited to bring you something new for #VBW2015… we call it the THUNDERDOME. The premise is simple: Thunderdome will feature 10 brand new, yet-to-be tasted beers from some of BC’s finest craft breweries. Gathered at one of Victoria’s greatest new haunts – Wheelies Cafe in Rock Bay – this event will offer attendees a chance to check out what some of BC’s finest have in store before anyone else! And all of it under one singular dome of thunder!


Fantast Beer Label Art Show – FREE (guestlist registration required)
7:00pm to 10:00pm
Wolfsheep Arthouse, 1215 Government Street

Last year we made up a bunch of fantasy beers and had local artists do up some great creative for them… it was such a hit that we decided to bring it back. This year it will be held at Wolfsheep’s fantastic arthouse right in the heart of downtown Victoria. Expect to see at least 8 originally designed beer labels for fantasy beers that we’ll reveal the names of leading up to the event. This is a night to enjoy some art and socialize! We’ll be pouring beer from four different breweries (TBA).

The Definitive Victoria Brewery Crawl NIGHT 1 – $65 plus tax & service fee
5:00pm to 9:00pm
Various locations around Victoria

Last year’s brewery crawls were a brilliant success, so we decided to bring them back, and sure,  one more night can’t hurt right? Victoria Beer Week and Brink Events temam up for three nights of upscale brewery crawls fit only for the most sophisticated beer drinkers. Enjoy a behind-the-scenes look at the craft brewery scene in Victoria. Learn about the history of each brewery, while savouring 3 taster samples at each stop. Like last year, we’ll visit all your favourite Victoria breweries and brewpubs plus offer a mystery stop at a unique location, where we’ll showcase three breweries you’re not likely to be expecting! Oh, did we mention you will be escorted via limo bus? This isn’t your typical university pub crawl. Please dress gentlemanly and lady-like for this swanky beer excursion.


Craft Beer Revolution Town Hall – $15 plus tax & service fee
7:00pm to 10:00pm
Victoria Event Centre, 1215 Government Street

Our Craft Beer Revolution Town Hall event last year brought together some of BC’s most lively and influential craft beer characters. This year, we’ll be bringing a new cast to the stage to discuss the exciting new development of neighbourhood breweries in Vancouver. We’ll also ask the question: what will craft beer in Victoria look like in 2020?

Hosted by the CBC’s Khalil Akhtar, expect some laughs, some discussion and some healthy investigation into what lies ahead for craft beer in BC.

The Definitive Victoria Brewery Crawl NIGHT 2 – $65 plus tax & service fee
5:00pm to 9:00pm
Various locations around Victoria

Night 2 of our brewery crawls around Victoria.


Cooking With Beer– $45 plus tax & service fee
Noon & 3:00pm
The London Chef, 953 Fort Street

We all know that beer paired with food is a no-brainer, but how about using beer as an ingredient?! Join us alongside the London Chef for an exploration of delicious meals that pair and integrate craft beer with next level dishes. Each attendee can expect to eat a meal by the end of the course, with sample servings of each of the beers used in each dish.

Homebrewing Workshop at Category 12 – FREE (registration required)
11:00pm to 5:00pm
Category 12 Brewing, 2200 Keating Crossroads

In collaboration with BrewVic, Victoria Beer Week presents a FREE comprehensive homebrewing workshop at Victoria’s newest brewery, Category 12 Brewing, led by Michael Kuzyk, homebrewer-turned-brewmaster. Victoria’s vibrant craft beer scene has deep roots in the homebrewing culture. This event offers a fantastic glimpse into the fundamental processes, practices and knowledge that has propelled many a select beer drinker from inquisitive enthusiast to brewmaster.

The Definitive Victoria Brewery Crawl NIGHT 3 – $65 plus tax & service fee
5:00pm to 9:00pm
Various locations around Victoria

Night 3 of our brewery crawls around Victoria.

Closing Cask Night – $50 plus tax & service fee

7:00pm to 10:30pm
Victoria Public Market, 1701 Douglas St.

After our Island-focused opening event, we’re ending a fantastic week with a cask night celebrating the finest selection of craft breweries from Vancouver, the Lower Mainland and the Kootenays.


VBW Finale: The brewmaster’s Brunch – $65 plus tax & service fees
11:00pm to 3:00pm
The Atrium, 800 Yates St.

There’s no better way to end a week of beer-fueled fun than with a custom beer-paired brunch! We’re bringing back last year’s smash finalé, a fun collaboration with the Island Chef’s Collaborative we like to call The Brewmaster’s Brunch. The premise is simple, but delicious: six courses of brunch, each paired specifically with a 4oz portion of BC craft beer.

Additional events will be organized with restaurants and pubs around town, with tap takeovers, beer-paired lunches and other free events announced closer to March.

Mandate and Focus
Victoria Beer Week’s goal is to electrify Victoria during the dreary days of mid-March, igniting beer lovers’ sense of excitement and exploration, and offering newcomers to craft beer the opportunity to learn more about BC’s diverse and thriving craft beer industry.

While some events are ticketed, others are open to the public (19+), and many of the city’s pubs, bars and restaurants will also be participating with their own events or daily craft beer specials.

Victoria Beer Week is firmly rooted in Downtown Victoria venues that are integral to the vitality of our city’s core. In addition to the Victoria Public Market, other downtown locations include the the Atrium, the Drake Eatery, the Churchill, Swans Brewpub, the Canoe Brewpub, and Garrick’s Head Pub, where tickets for many of the events can be purchased.


Victoria Beer Week Society is a non-profit organization with a mission to facilitate various beer-related events at locations around Greater Victoria. We aim to educate and build “beer ambassadors” out of craft beer newcomers and seasoned beer geeks alike, as well as to increase business for all facets of the BC craft beer industry, including breweries, liquor stores, restaurants, pubs and home-brew supply stores.

Tree Brewing Red Wood Wine Barrel Aged Ale

red woodWhat? Wine and beer? Well sort of. This lovely ale arrived in it’s pretty package and I was excited to get it chilled and sample. The Kelowna Brewery sourced some local wine barrels and then aged there Hop Head IPA within them. It’s amber in colour and has aromas of toasty oak, citrus notes, toffee, coffee, and a nutty presence.

It’s a flavourful number that did not disappoint. Noticeable hops, somewhat toasty with some mocha characteristics. Nice and creamy. Please pour me more!


Dageraad Brewing Opening Party At Tangent Cafe

dageraadCongrats to Dageraad Brewing! Join them on July 19, 2014 for a celebration of Belgian music, food and, of course, beer.

Dageraad Brewing has partnered with Tangent Café to designed a menu inspired by Belgian cuisine and music inspired by the great Belgian guitarist Django Reinhardt.

Live gypsy swing from 6pm to midnight with:
Pearl Jig &
Van Django

Call Tangent Cafe at 604 558 4641 to reserve your seat for our three-course Belgian-inspired dinner. (6pm, $50, includes beer pairings.)  Limited walk-in seating also available, on a first come, first served basis (á la carte Belgian-inspired menu).


Steamworks Brassneck Firewalker Collaboration Ale

collab beerThis collaboration between brewmasters at Steamworks and Brassneck pours black with a lasting tan head that sticks right to the glass with telltale signs of how big a sip I took! Smells of smoked malt, cocoa, dried fruits with some meaty notes. On the palate it’s again smoky, nutty, with a tad of bitterness on the finish. I’d like to try this with BBQ ribs.



Townsite Brewing Perfect Storm

beer_perfect_stormPowell River’s Townsite Brewing has brewed up the perfect storm in their oatmeal stout. Pours the darkest of browns with a nice head of foam. On the nose there is molasses, bitter chocolate, toasted nuts and coffee with some baked fig.

Starts a bit sweet and follows up with cocoa, coffee and walnut flavours. Immensely complex and enjoyable. Thankfully lives up to it’s name.

Grab some freshly shucked oysters and enjoy.


Phillips Ginger Beer


Well it’s a sunny Friday and I have a little bit of a sore throat so I’ve been told ginger is good for it and hence it’s time to crack the Phillips Brewing Co. Ginger Beer. Lots of ginger in this one so I am on the right track. Pours hazy copper with a head that soon dissipated. Aromas of freshly grated and crystallized ginger along with fresh bread and herbal notes. Lots of ginger dominating the palate with a bit of caramel; very refreshing with a spicy finish. Great with sushi or ceviche of course.



The August Jack Cooks Up Exotic Meats


Kitsilano restaurant designs 4 unforgettable courses prepared with rare ingredients
What: Kitsilano’s highly anticipated and only Exotic Food Night.
When: Reservations starting after 5PM on Tuesday, June 24th,2014
Where: The August Jack. 2042 W 4th Ave, Vancouver, BC
Tickets: Call (604) 428-0075 or email chris@theaugustjack.com to reserve your table. Tickets are $50+ tax and gratuity.


The August Jack will offer a unique 4 course menu available exclusively on Tuesday, June 24th, 2014. Like any of the other dishes at the August Jack, these courses will be fresh, creative, and delicious. The difference is in the main proteins featured on each plate; which include:
Python, Crocodile, Camel

Our adventurous guests will eat unique ingredients in this once in a lifetime culinary experience.

The August Jack is a Kitsilano’s Craft Beer House boasts a portfolio of local and international Craft Beers expertly paired with a unique selection of tapas


Steel and Oak Brewing Co. Opening Soon

IMG_4389Venture out to New Westminster and you’ll soon be able to sample right from the tap at Steel Oak Brewing Co. It’s fitting that the city be home to a new brewery as it’s history of brewing dates back to the 1800’s and continued until 2005 when one of the big guys shut its doors. In fact there is a Brewery District brewing in the city.

Owned by locals Jorden Foss and James Garbutt. Beers brewed by Peter Schulz who spent time at Russell Brewing and then headed to Germany to take the brewmasters program at the Technical University of Berlin. He then worked at Guinness and at Schalander Gasthausbrauerei in Friedrichshain, Berlin before heading back to BC.

I interviewed Foss at the brewery a few weeks back and he mentioned that the beers with be “European beers with a Northwest twist”. In the works are a Red Pilsner, a Smoked Hef, an ESB, and a Pale Ale. The Oak in the name hints toward their barrel program which will get under way later in the year. For now there will be draft on tap shortly as they are just on the verge of opening and bottles towards the fall.

1319 Third Ave., New Westminster
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Bridge Brewing Company Wunderbar Kolsch

kolsch-300x300Kolsch’s are a German hybrid of ale and lager and this one tows the line using German noble hops in the fermentation. Cloudy and straw in colour, the beer is malty and yeasty like fresh baked bread with some fruity and floral and citrus notes on the palate. Medium body, with mild herby bitterness and carbonation. Well balanced at ABV 5% IBU 27.

Perfect with grilled sausages served up with sauerkraut!