Every Delicious Thing You Need To Know About The “Brewery & The Beast” Meatfest

May 13, 2013.


The coming of Brewery & The Beast (June 16th) is giving local foodies and beer lovers serious pleasure palpitations, and for good reason. Aside from helping to benefit the BC Hospitality Foundation (an awesome group that supports people in the restaurant industry during times of need), Brewery & The Beast is all about allowing our top toques the opportunity to express their love of high quality, hormone and antibiotic-free, ethically raised meats sourced from farms around Vancouver Island, the Lower Mainland, the Fraser Valley, and Northern Alberta. That means sausages, smoked meats, cured meats, barbecued meats, whole lamb and pig roasts, and much more. It’s a meatery, a meat-in, a meatfest, a meatasborg, a meat heaven — the kind of one day feast that discerning carnivores would fast for, complete with live music from The Electric Timber Co.. The official word…

The original concept was simple: a large-scale meat-themed event held in the backyard at The Phillips Brewery, featuring well-known chefs skewering, grilling, and carving their creations for enthusiastic guests. “Overall it was a huge success and it inspired us to bring a fun, unique, and educational event to other markets,” says Scott Gurney, Event Coordinator and Creator of Brewery & The Beast. “We are excited to introduce Vancouver to the concept and showcase local and regional farms through the talent of Vancouver’s top chefs.”

If the Victoria event sounded fantastic (and it did), consider Vancouver’s line-up: Wildebeest, Hawksworth, Forage, Vij’s, Maenam, Campagnolo, Bestie, The Butcher & Bullock, CinCin, Peckinpah, Big Lou’s, The Bottleneck, The Cove, Lolita’s, Two Rivers Specialty Meats, Houseguest, Black + Blue, Edible Canada, Nuba, Oru, The Refinery, The Dirty Apron, West, Pourhouse, Glowbal, Cibo, Meat & Bread, Memphis Blues, Ebo, Tap & Barrel, Elements (Whistler), Bull Chophouse (Sunshine Coast), and Smoken Bones Cookshack (Victoria). That’s a lot of kickass right there! Attendees will be refreshed with the good stuff from the Phillips Brewing Company, Vancouver Urban Winery, and Mamette Lake’s own Left Field Cider. They can also expect plenty of homemade sodas and traditional iced teas.

The beery, 19+ event goes down outdoors at the Concord Pacific Lot (88 Pacific Boulevard – see map above) from 1pm to 4pm on Sunday, June 16th. That’s Father’s Day, folks! Tickets are $79, limited, and available in advance only (score yours here right now). We can’t stress this enough: there won’t be any tickets for sale at the door. You must purchase your tickets in advance.

We can’t tell you what everyone will be roasting or BBQing or sausaging or otherwise making, but this video and the photos below it – shot at the first Brewery & The Beast event in Victoria last summer – will give you a good idea of what to expect…

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We’ll be seeing you there, just so long as you don’t forget to buy your tickets ASAP.


  • http://www.islandchef.ca Matt R.

    ha nice photo of me. BBQ sauce fountain was ridiculous, as were the $1200 worth of cold smoked rib eye steaks on that grill. If you are at all on the fence with regards to this event, don’t be. Scott Gurney is total pro and you will have your meat socks knocked off.

    Don’t fill up on beer.

  • Nancy

    It would be awesome if bands played, too.


    As the above link describes NY’s Googamooga: The cool-kid food-and-music extravaganza is back in Brooklyn for its second year, kicking off with a Friday night concert, headlined by NYC alt-rockers Yeah Yeah Yeahs and the Flaming Lips, and a marathon lineup of grub from a whopping 85 joints. Hardcore aficionados of pizza, burgers or bacon can pig out in specially themed areas such as Hamageddon—the fiery porcine place where newbies Pig and Khao, Pork Slope and the Meatball Shop offer gut-busting tributes to pork. Turn down the heat with your choice of 100 wines and 75 brews, poured by the city’s finest watering holes: Corkbuzz will serve Chartogne Taillet Le Rosé in the vino tent, and Brooklyn Brewery will have a saison: the Radius. While you dine and drink the day away, 20 music acts–including Brooklyn indie-rock duo Matt & Kim on Saturday and the soulful Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings on Sunday–will rock out on multiplestages, and trailblazing toques like Daniel Boulud (Daniel) will show off their culinary chops in live cooking demos. An extra $80 upgrades you to the buzzed-about VIP Cocktail Experience curated by Julie Reiner (Flatiron Lounge), complete with tipples prepared by seasoned barkeeps from the Dead Rabbit and Death & Company. If you want in, buy now—tickets went on sale March 28 and will be gone before you can say “GoogaMooga.”

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