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BC Craft Beer News & Events Roundup
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TBT throwback to amazing times at Victoria Beer Week 2017. Tickets for VBW 2020 go on sale tomorrow. Photo: Brian K. Smith

Black Friday weekend brings holiday beer gift ideas

This weekend, the Black Friday deals in the US and Canada mean shoppers will be out in full force stocking up for the holiday season. But there are many #BCCraftBeer-related gift ideas that you can snag from your couch courtesy of our Holiday Gift Guide.

With the beginning of December this Sunday, we have a number of key 2020 event ticket sales launches. Here’s our guide to what’s on Early Bird sale this weekend.

VBW announces 2020 event lineup, ticket sales kick off tomorrow

Tickets for the sixth annual Victoria Beer Week go on sale Friday, November 29th at 10am. And now you can check out the fresh new events that VBW will be offering for 2020, because the full schedule has been releasedAnnouncement | Schedule | Tickets →

OFOA, VCBW Early Bird tickets launch Sunday

Early Bird tickets go on on sale Sunday for the 25th annual Okanagan Fest of Ale. This quarter century celebration is one not to be missed. Announcement | Tickets →

Vancouver Craft Beer Week has announced that Early Bird ticket sales will begin this Sunday. Also, see their other big news below. Announcement | Tickets →

GOBF Black Friday special, WVBF sale ends Sunday

The organizers of next May’s Great Okanagan Beer Festival have decided that this Black Friday, they’re holding Beer Friday, starting right now. Save on GOBF tickets using the promo code BEERFRIDAY19. Tickets → 

Also, Early Bird pricing on next year’s Whistler Village Beer Festival tickets is available until this Sunday, December 1st. Announcement | Tickets → 

Hopwired announces 2020 date, Early Bird tix on sale

February’s Hopwired announced today that it will be held on the Leap Year date, Feb 29th. The coffee + beer festival is currenly offering Early Bird pricing. Announcement | Tickets → 

In other news, it seems that Wild Night Out, planned for this Saturday by the same organizer, has been postponed. Stay tuned here for more details.

Amazing CBW getaway on Early Bird until end of year

BC’s most exotic craft beer gift idea is on promotional pricing until December 31st. Check out the Craft Beer & Wilderness Experience: Details | Tickets → 

VCBW Festival changes format, moves to new location for 2020

There are big changes coming to Vancouver’s largest beer festival! For 2020, VCBW Festival moves to Concord Community Park, near to Science World. The schedule is being changed to accomodate four different sessions from Friday to Sunday. Surprisingly, tokens are being discontinued, and event tickets will now include all beer and cider samples. Full story → 

Beer Careers

Coquitlam’s Mariner Brewing is looking to hire fun, hardworking, craft beer enthusiasts! Announcement → 

Pemberton Brewing Company is looking for a Brewer / Assistant Brewer to join their team. Announcement →

More Beer Careers below and at Beer Me BC → 



Last chance to share your opinion to win!

The 7th annual Beer Me BC BC Craft Beer Survey has been giving away $1000 in #BCCraftBeer prizes during Novembeer, and there are more to be had.

Take the 5 minute survey to enter to win event tickets, gift certificates, brewery tours & tastings, clothing and swag. Enter here by end of day Saturday Nov 30th → 


with Ed Kaye


It looks like this is one of the last busy week of beer events for the year, before everything slows down for the holidays, so get out there and share a few beers with friends before all your time is taken up by shopping and family events.

Tonight, Darby’s in Kitsilano is hosting a tap takeover by The Beer Farmers. They will have four beers on offer from this brewery and working farm from Pemberton.

Meanwhile, Callister Brewing in East Vancouver is holding their annual Festival of the Dark Arts. This internal dark beer tap takeover features a few new releases and some aged favourites. Then the next day, they will be holding a launch event for Altitude Beer’s new Vistula Baltic porter.

On Friday night, The Bakery Brewing in Port Moody will be hosting a tap takeover by Chuckanut Brewing, where they will have three beers on offer from this multiple award winning brewery from Bellingham, WA

In Victoria, the 4th annual Christmas Craft Beer Show returns to Save-on Foods Memorial Area on Friday and Saturday. This year’s event showcases a large selection of beers from local breweries, as well as some from as far afield as Toronto and Washington State. As well as tons of seasonal beers, the event will feature ciders and a number of palate cleansers.

On Sunday, Parallel 49 in East Vancouver is holding their first annual Imperial and Strong Beer FestivalThis event takes the place of their annual Brawnywine festival, with an expanded variety of boozy beers like imperial stouts, baltic porters, eisbocks, and more.



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BC Craft Beer Holiday Gift Guide

Where's the best place to shop for craft beer gift ideas? At your local brewery or cidery.

But sometimes you want something they don't have. Or maybe you need to get your shopping done from work or home. That's why we've compiled a collection of links to get you started, with many unique new picks since last year.

Check out the 2019 Holiday Gift Guide →


Newsroom Editor: Navin Autar


 Holiday beer pairing options by Mathieu Poirier Holiday invitations often come with the question of what to bring. While the tried and true gift of a bottle of wine is still a nice touch, it’s a tradition easily re-energized with some amazing local beers instead.  Rustic Reel Brewing offering more than beer to Kelowna community Rustic Reel Brewing Company is literally a one-woman show and in three short months of opening her business, Susi Foerg has become a shining star on the local craft beer scene.  



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 It’s a CRAFTMAS Miracle! Craft beer market launches Kelowna’s first holiday themed pop-up bar.  Hopwired leaps to a new day in 2020 Canada’s Festival of Artisan Coffee and Collaboration Beers turns three (or stays two?) years old on February 29 2020 at the Croatian Cultural Centre on Commercial Drive in Vancouver.  Great Little Box Company Inducted into the Richmond Chamber’s Hall of Fame Each year the Richmond Chamber recognizes a company at their Business Excellence awards for their long-term contribution to the Richmond Community and GLBC is proud to receive this year’s honour.  Strange Fellows and OH Studio Present the 2nd Annual KRAMPUSMARKT Four days of old world-inspired festivities to light up the dark season, all in celebration of our favourite baddie – Krampus!  Fernie Brewing Co. Announces the Launch of the Kootenay Collaborative Brew – “Powder Hwy Dark Saison” Brewing Co. to Release Kootenay Collaborative Brew - “Powder Hwy Dark Saison”, in Partnership with Nelson Brewing Co., Mt. Begbie Brewing Co. and Whitetooth Brewing Co.



From Beer Me BC

Category 12 – Blackberry Sour

By Beer Seekers
Category 12 has a spring release that’s worth noting even when it’s out of season. It’s their Blackberry Sour, part of their Elemental Series of limited edition releases. The Blackberry Read review →

Trench Brewing- The Fang IPA

By Ted Child
You might never have been to the Fang Caves, though you might be inspired to after drinking the beer that is named after it. Prince George’s Trench Brewing, following their Read review →



By Bring Your Porter To The Slaughter

The latest BC Beer Releases include:

 Field House Brewing Collaborates with Strange Fellows on “Norwegian Wheat Ale”

 Slackwater Brewing Releases “Intruder” IPA

 Russell Brewing Releases “Schnapsidee” German-style Pilsner

 Russell Brewing Collaborates with Citizen Brewing on “Smoked White Stout”

 Steel & Oak Brewing Collaborates with 2 Crows on “Nouveau” Dry Hopped Pale Ale with Wine Yeast

 Moon Under Water Brewery Releases “Sour Series: Vic Secret”

 Moon Under Water Brewery Releases “The Shaft” Espresso Imperial Stout

 Steamworks Brewery Releases “Espresso Stout”

 4 Mile Brewing Launches Brewmaster series with “Raspberry Wit”

 Twin Sails Brewing Releases “Shine” No. 5 Fruited Sour with Pink Guava

Visit the full listing for more new BC beer launches →



From Beer Me BC

Assistant Brewer

We are calling on all beer enthusiasts looking to get new or further experience in the brewing industry as an assistant brewer. Experience is not mandatory but considered an asset. View Job →

Sales Team Member

Riot Brewing Co., located in Chemainus BC, is looking to add a full-time sales team member to represent its products and brand on Vancouver Island. The ideal candidate must have View Job →


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