Canada’s longest-running beer fest features new attractions for 2018

The 26th Annual Great Canadian Beer Festival returns to Victoria BC on September 7 & 8, 2018. This year, 60+ breweries and cideries will  feature over 250 beers and ciders. In its 26th year, the GCBF is the longest running beer festival in Canada.


Alberta Brewers Tent

A new Alberta booth will showcase and pour beer from four Alberta Brewers:

  • Blind Enthusiasm Brewing
  • The Dandy Brewing Co
  • Blindman Brewing
  • Town Square Brewing

BC Ale Trail-er

New this year is the BC Ale Trail-er which aports an additional 8+ breweries serving up beer from breweries around BC:

  • Backcountry Brewing
  • Fieldhouse Brewing
  • Kettle River Brewing
  • Strange Fellows Brewing
  • Twin City Brewing
  • Whistler Brewing
  • Yellow Dog Brewing

First-Time Breweries

In total, GCBF reports the following new and first-time breweries attending from these provinces:

  • BC:
    • Britannia Brewing
    • Crossroads Brewing
    • East Van Brewing
    • Iron Road Brewing
    • Mariner Brewing
    • Small Block Brewing
    • Smithers Brewing
    • Sooke Brewing.
  • AB:
    • Blind Enthusiasm Brewing
    • The Dandy Brewing Co
    • Blindman Brewing
    • Town Square Brewing
  • ON:
    • Collective Arts Brewing
    • Blood Brothers Brewing
  • YT:
    • Winterlong Brewing

The full list of attending breweries is here. 2018 Breweries ≫

Photo: Lauren DeGaine



Performers at GCBF will include:

Food Trucks

Local food vendors this year are:

  • Ali Baba Pizza
  • Greek on the Street
  • DeadBeetz
  • Mama Rosie’s Kitchen
  • Taco Justice
  • L’Authentique Poutine & Burgers.

Gluten-free options

  • Glutenberg Brewing
  • Merridale Cider
  • Tod Creek Cider


A number of Victoria hotels have provided significant discounts on accomodation. Visit the GCBF Travel page for offers like these:

  • Carlton Plaza Hotel: 20% discount
  • Hotel Grand Pacific: $80 savings until Aug 17
  • Hotel Rialto: 10% discount
  • Sandman Hotel: Quote Group Code #339119 for discounted rates
  • Swans Brewery, Pub and Hotel: use code “GCBF” for a discounted rate


It’s organized by the Great Canadian Beer Festival Society, a not-for-profit organization created for the purpose of introducing consumers to new brews and to raising awareness of craft brewing in BC. 

Tickets are on sale now at TicketRocket. $40.00 includes: ~ Entry, taster glass, printed festival program and BC Transit Get Home Safe bus ticket.

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Friday, September 7, 2018 @ 4:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Saturday, September 8, 2018 @ 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Royal Athletic Park
1014 Caledonia Ave
Victoria, BC V8T 1E8

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