Friday, 18 May 2012


It’s been 365 days since VCBW 2011 shook the core of British Columbia’s craft beer scene with our second annual nine-day celebration of fermentation. For year three we’re turning up the volume to 11 by bringing you 9 Headliner events, 6 Opening Acts, 36 Neighbourhood Gigs, and 12+ week-long specials dedicated to all things craft beer. Ticket sales and full details for all these rockstar worthy gatherings can be found in the Events and Specials pages on this very website. Make sure to check out our 60+ participating Breweries, and show a little love to the Sponsors who help make this whole thing possible. As always please drink responsibly, serving-it-right rules apply, and whatever you do, Do NOT drink and drive!

Friday, 11 May 2012

Beer, Dogs and Charities

Looking for something to do on the weekend with your 4 legged friend ? 

A great annual event happens each year in Oregon. The Brewers Memorial Ale Fest which benefits Dog charities of Oregon, will take place May 18-20,  2012. A $10 admission fee gets you a Festival Mug and 3 taster tickets. Approximately 3500 people are expected and close to 1,000 of their doggy friends.
The festival was created in memory of Rogue Brewmaster John Maier’s faithful companion Brewer, who passed away May 2006. Brewer grew up in the brewery and eventually rose to the rank of CEO of Rogue Ales. The dog-friendly brew festival is held inside the Rogue Ales Brewery and includes 50+ Microbreweries, Live Music, Doggy Musical Chairs, Dog Wash, Dog Dancing and Celebrity dog look-alikes (Rin-Tin-Tin, Lassie, Benjy and of course, Brewer).


Thursday, 10 May 2012

Wold Beer Cup

Now in its 9th year, the World Beer Cup winners were announced early on Sunday morning (just about the time the hangovers where setting in??

The event was hosted by the 2012 Craft Brewers Conference which included submissions from 799 breweries across 54 countries and 45 US states. All in all, the 211 lucky adjudicators got to judge 3921 beers in 95 style categories. 5 Breweries and Brewmasters were named champions in Various size categories:

Small Brewing Company Category: Brauerei Michael Plank, Michael Plank
Mid-Size Brewing Company Category: Firestone Walker Brewing Company, Matthew Brynildson
Large Brewing Company Category: AB InBev, Claudio Ferro
Small Brewpub Category: Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant, Iron Hill Brewery Team
Large Brewpub Category: Pelican Pub & Brewery, Darron R S Welch

Of the BC winners:
Central City Oaked Porter, from the Central City Brewing Co., Surrey, BC won Bronze in the Wood and Barrel Aged Beer category.

 IP’Eh!, from the Russell Brewing Co., Surrey, BC. Won Silver for their English-Style India Pale Ale and
Red Racer ESB, also from the Central City Brewing Co., Surrey, BC won Gold for their Extra Special Bitter


Saturday, 5 May 2012

Top Selling American Craft Breweries in 2011

The Brewers Association released its annual list of the top 50 craft beers last month.

The Brewers Association came up with the rankings using beer sales volume numbers from 2011. In the last 15 years, craft brewing has gone from 1% of the overall beer market to almost 6% in 2011, a slow increase but getting stronger each year.

Here are some of our favourites, by taste, name or just a sexy label !

1   Boston Beer Co. Boston MA
5   Deschutes Brewery Bend OR
7   Bell's Brewery, Inc. Galesburg MI
9   Lagunitas Brewing Co. Petaluma CA
12 Dogfish Head Craft Brewery Milton DE
18 Great Lakes Brewing Co. Cleveland OH
26 Flying Dog Brewery Frederick MD
34 Blue Point Brewing Co. Patchogue NY
47 Smuttynose Brewing Co. Portsmouth NH
49 Left Hand Brewing Co. Longmont CO
50 Four Peaks Brewing Co. Tempe AZ

For a full listing of the 50 Craft Brewing Companies:


Tuesday, 1 May 2012