Every Awesome Thing You Need to Know About Vancouver Craft Beer Week


Vancouver, BC | Now entering its ninth successful year, Vancouver Craft Beer Week (VCBW) has become the most anticipated craft beer and cider festival in Western Canada. VCBW has evolved from Canada’s first-ever craft beer week into a cultural engine that showcases music, food, art, and craft beer at events across the city for 10 days starting the last Friday in every year. VCBW 2018 kicks off on Friday, May 25, continuing throughout the week and culminating at the historic PNE fairgrounds on Saturday, June 2 and Sunday, June 3 where over 100 craft breweries and cideries will be pouring more than 300 beers and ciders. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit VancouverCraftBeerWeek.com.
VCBW 2018 Kickoff Party: East Van Crusher on Friday, May 25

Kicking off Vancouver Craft Beer Week (VCBW) on May 25, 2018 at the Maritime Labour Centre located in the heart of one of East Vancouver’s biggest brewery districts, cans from more than twenty breweries will be cracked and crushed to the spectacle of one of the VCBW’s most revered events: Feats of Strength. Vancouver’s brewers have long been known for their ridiculous strength, and for their strength in the ridiculous. Watch brewers, cellarmen/women, barkeeps and plain ‘ol strong-folk compete in events like push-up competitions, The Growler tearing, keg stacking and so much more in this presentation of Copper & Theory’s Feats of Strength. 

Join Vancouver Craft Beer Week for this unorthodox opening night celebration featuring an incredible array of canned beer including the official VCBW 2018 Collaboration Beer, the infamous Grant Lawrence opening the 10-day celebration with the cracking of the first can, live music from Alex Maher and Hebegebe, food from Bandidas Food Truck and the glory of Feats of Strength. 

VCBW 2018 East Van Crusher Kickoff Details: 

Maritime Labour Centre, 1880 Triumph St., Vancouver, BC
May 25 7pm – 11pm | $25 (Includes entry and 2 beers) 
*Guests must be 19+ and provide two pieces of ID to enter. Please drink responsibly. 

For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit VancouverCraftBeerWeek.com
VCBW 2018 City Wide Events

To make Vancouver Craft Beer Week (VCBW) a truly citywide celebration of the craft beer community, restaurants and breweries across the city that support craft beer are invited to join in the festivities and become a VCBW approved venue. In addition to a few favourite annual events, VCBW has brewed up a fresh batch of festivities and happenings from May 25 to June 3.  A few highlights include: Forbidden Fruit presented by The Devil’s Elbow featuring fruity and sour beers from twenty-two B.C. craft breweries; The Guitar Cabaret with host Paul Pigat and special guest, Steve Pineo presented by The Anza Club along with Driftwood Brewery; East Van Comes to the West End Tap Takeover at Timber; New Kids on The Rock Tap Takeover at St. Augustine’s; Chicha and Strange Fellows Beer Dinner featuring Peruvian plates expertly paired with beers from Strange Fellows Brewery; Odd Society Spirits and Friends Tap Takeover: Distiller meets brewer with three distinct collaboration beers; Vancouver Brewery Tour’s Gastown Pub Walk; Craft Beer Market’s Brewmaster Dinner featuring the breweries of Port Moody’s Brewers Row; plus many more events and promotions happening in and around the city.  For a complete list of VCBW Citywide events (check back often as this list is constantly being updated), more information and to purchase tickets, please visit VancouverCraftBeerWeek.com.

VCBW 2018 Festival at the PNE Fairgrounds on June 2 & 3

The ninth annual Vancouver Craft Beer Week (VCBW) Festival returns to the PNE Fairgrounds on June 2 and 3, 2018. Showcasing music, food, art, and craft beer, VCBW has become the most anticipated craft beer and cider festival in Western Canada. The festival caps off a 10-day citywide celebration with two days of outdoor entertainment including live music, games, food trucks, and over 100 craft breweries and cideries pouring more than 300 beers and ciders. Single Day, Weekend Passes and VIP Tickets available now. For a complete list of participating breweries, more information and to purchase tickets, please visit VancouverCraftBeerWeek.com.
Festival Highlights 

– Create a list of must-try breweries in advance of the festival, and favourite standout beers while attending the festival through the VCBW website.
– 100 + breweries and cideries pouring more than 300 beers and ciders 
– Double the food trucks 
– BC Ale Trail-er pouring ten craft breweries from further afield along B.C.’s Ale Trail 
– Craft Beer Market Lounge and Games area
– BC Farm Crafted Cider Association’s cider row featuring 10 cideries pouring 16 different ciders
– United States Brewers Association has chosen the VCBW as their exclusive Canadian festival partner three years in a row. They are crossing the border to present 20+ breweries and 40+ beers, many of which have never been poured in Canada
– Live interactive painting with Vancouver Mural Festival
– Floral leis and crown making from the Leis de Buds solar powered flower bus
– Dedicated Evo valet parking
Festival Music Lineup (set times TBD)

Saturday, June 2, 2018
– DJ Hebegebe
– Dakota Pearl
– The Prettys
– Youngblood
– Mark Woodyard & Friends 
Sunday, June 3, 2018 
– The Great Speckled Fritillary 
– The Spillionaires 
– Tanglers
– G.I. Blunt
– Mark Woodyard & Friends

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