The Beer Brief is a new round-up of all the local beer-related news and events we think you should know about. Got news brewing? Send it to thalia [at] scoutmagazine.ca and we’ll do our best to include it!
GET FOLKSY | Brewery Row will get folksy this Saturday when the Moody Ales Folk Festival goes down at the Port Moody brewery. The all-day event includes live bands, a market featuring local vendors and a couple of food trucks slinging delicious vegetarian eats. Proceeds are being donated to the Port Moody Ecological Society. Find out more.
HOPPY BEER-DAY | Commercial Drive craft beer mainstay St. Augustine’s is turning 10 years old this month! In celebration of this milestone, the pub will be pouring sixty “exclusive and elusive” beers. The official tap list is going to remain a mystery until the event day, but impatient beer-lovers can watch their Instagram feed for clues. Seriously, though, who doesn’t like a good surprise?
BEER ATLAS | Local beer lovers can now easily explore the deliciously complicated past and present of their sudsy affections with Scout’s new Craft Beer Atlas of Vancouver. Many months in the making, it is our most ambitious editorial/historical endeavour to date, and we are super excited to share it with you. Watch for new additions and amendments every week!
BEER OR DIE | Spoiler alert: Port Moody’s Parkside Brewery revealed their contribution to the St. Aug’s birthday bash via their Instagram feed. At 4.5%, the SKATE OR DYE Mango ISA may be low in ABV but it’s got no shortage of vintage punk rock attitude. If you can’t make it to the party on Saturday (or make it through the beer list) take note that the SKATE OR DYE will be released in cans the following day (August 10).
JOY FEST | The festival game is strong this August, with the eternally festive Strange Fellows Brewing taking the lead with Joy Fest on August 11th. Expect a full day packed with great food and beer (of course), a Vinyl pop-up shop, and a range of entertainments that include live music, a community art project…oh, and magic and illusions! Because we wouldn’t expect anything less than the unexpected from the strangest brewery in East Van. Find out more.
VMF + BEER | It’s Vancouver Mural Fest time! While you’re out and about drinking up the new public artworks with your eyes, be sure to hit up the 4th Avenue parking lot, located slightly West of Main Street, which is being transformed into an epic craft beer garden for the main event. Expect a dozen awesome breweries, including the art-loving peeps of Collective Arts Brewing. Find out more.
BEER CRUISE | If you’ve never drank beer on a boat then maybe it’s time to check that experience off your list, because the Vancouver Brew Cruise is happening on August 11th. The three-hour long harbour front sailing is essentially a floating beer festival, featuring a selection (yet to be disclosed) of local breweries. If hobnobbing with beer-loving peers and brewers on the Magic Spirit yacht sounds like floats your boat (har har!), then this event is not to be missed. Find out more.
DINNER | Phillips Brewing is opening up their Tank Farm area for the first time ever, in honour of their inaugural Farm to Tank dinner on August 11th. Tickets are only available for purchase directly from the Brewery, but if you happen to be a Victorian then you should definitely make the effort to score seats for this special opportunity. The four course dinner will be prepared by the local meat masters of Jones Bar-B-Que authentic Texan restaurant, and paired with beers by Phillips (duh). Seriously, these are the nights that summers were made for…Find out more.
VICTORIA | Speaking of Victoria, consider taking a trip to the Island mid-month for Lighthouse Brewing’s 20th year anniversary block party. The party will feature all of the usual accoutrements, like a BBQ and radio station booth blasting nostalgic 90s jams to commemorate the occasion. The event also marks the grand opening of the brewery’s brand-spanking-new tasting room. Find out more.
THE FORCE IS STRONG | There’s an epic-sounding IPA festival going down in Richmond this month. On August 18th, Fuggles & Warlock Craftworks will be hosting thirteen local breweries to showcase their latest and greatest hoppy brews at the first ever The Hop Strikes Back celebration. Sounds like the perfect way to geek out over some exceptional beers! Find out more.
CASKAPALOOZA This year’s ‘palooza beer line-up includes a whopping three dozen casks specially concocted by a bunch of local breweries. The price of your ticket includes enough sampling tokens (12) to make a sizeable dent in the offerings, and partial proceeds from sales are going towards the BC faction of Make-A-Wish. Speaking of wishes, one lucky cask beer drinker will have their Whistler Village Beer Festival wish granted, since tickets gain you entry into a raffle for attendance for four to this year’s festival, including roundtrip transportation. Snag your tickets here.