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Victoria Beer Week

Join Victoria Beer Week March 1-9, 2014

Victoria Beer Week - March 1 - 9, 2014

Victoria Beer Week is a nine-day festival highlighting a broad selection of BC craft breweries and educating Victorians about craft beer. The week will kick off on Saturday March 1 with a Cask Night at the Victoria Public Market and close with a Brewmaster’s Brunch at the Atrium on Sunday March 9, with additional tastings, seminars, movies and micro-events happening at various venues throughout the week.

Victoria Beer Week’s goal is to electrify Victoria through the first week of March, igniting beer lovers’ sense of excitement and exploration and offering newcomers to craft beer the opportunity to learn more about BC’s diverse and thriving craft beer industry. While some events are ticketed, others are open to the public (19+), and many of the city’s pubs, bars and restaurants are also participating with their own events or daily craft beer specials.

Victoria Beer Week will be firmly rooted in Downtown Victoria venues that are integral to the vitality of our city’s core. The kick-off Cask Night will be held at the still-fresh Victoria Public Market, featuring 30 breweries from across BC. Other downtown locations include the Vic Theatre, Little Jumbo, the Guild Free House, the Atrium, Lucky Bar, and Garrick’s Head Pub, which will act as Victoria Beer Week’s Headquarters, selling tickets and providing general information to the public.

Outside of ticketed events, we will be running a unique “Feature Schedule” throughout the week at local pubs and restaurants, encouraging deals on local beers and in many cases, custom selections of beer on tap throughout the week. Admission to these venues for these specials and features is free (unless otherwise indicated).

Since the Victoria Beer Week website was launched in January, response and energy for the festival has been extremely positive—a handful of events have already sold out. Victoria Beer Week is set to become another linchpin annual event for Victoria’s public to look forward to year after year.


Victoria Beer Week Event Schedule

Cask Night at the Victoria Public Market
Saturday March 1 – 7:30pm to 11:00pm
$50 + s/c at or Garrick’s Head Pub
One-off casks, fantastic food vendors and a selection of unique cask-conditioned beers from 30 of BC’s finest craft breweries all inside the beautiful Victoria Public Market. Ticket includes: 10 tokens for beer samples, 2 tokens for food samples, and a complimentary Victoria Beer Week sample glass. Additional tokens will be available for purchase on site.

Beerfest & Strange Brew: Beer Movie Double Feature at the Vic Theatre
Sunday March 2, 6:00pm to 10:00pm
$15 + s/c at or Garrick’s Head Pub
That’s right: steins and toques, you hosers. Ticket grants entry to both films. Beer from Phillips Brewing, Vancouver Island Brewery and the Moon Under Water may be purchased throughout the evening. Plus, dress up as Bob & Doug McKenzie or in Oktoberfest garb—prizes will be awarded for the best costumes.

The Ultimate Beer & Pizza Party at Pizzeria Prima Strada
Monday March 3, 6:30pm (SOLD OUT)
Beer and pizza: is there a better marriage in the world of food and beverage? We think not Join four of BC’s best breweries (Dead Frog, Townsite, Lighthouse and Parallel 49) for special custom pairings at Pizzeria Prima Strada’s Bridge Street location.

Beer Cocktail Challenge at Little Jumbo
Monday March 3, 7:00pm to 10:00pm (SOLD OUT)
The challenge? Make a cocktail using two craft beers hand-picked by our experts. Watch four of Victoria’s best bartenders go head-to-head. Featuring: Fernie Brewing and Whistler Brewing.

Beer, Cheese, More Beer at Garrick’s Head Pub
Tuesday March 4, 7:00pm to 9:00pm (SOLD OUT)
Wine & cheese?? Think again! Long the staple of foodies in the know, beer and cheese is a match made in gastro-heaven. Featuring: Longwood, Driftwood, Phillips, Swans, Salt Spring Island and Vancouver Island Brewery, along with cheese from Salt Spring Island, Chirelli’s, Ottavio, Hillary’s and Little Qualicum.

Beer Hunter: Hunting Great Beer with Michael Jackson at the Oak Bay Beach Hotel
Wednesday March 5, 7:00pm to 10:00pm
$25 + s/c at or Garrick’s Head Pub
$20 tickets for CAMRA members at Garrick’s Head only
Shuttle between Garrick’s Head Pub and the Oak Bay Beach Hotel includedIn conjunction with the Campaign for Real Ale Society of British Columbia, Victoria Beer Week is proud to present Beer Hunter, a documentary film about the influential beer journalist Michael Jackson (different Michael Jackson!). His TV series, The Beer Hunter, inspired countless brewers and beer enthusiasts, helping to shape the course of the craft brewing revolution sweeping the world. Ticket includes beer samples from two of BC’s newest breweries, Barkerville and Bomber, and pre-movie snacks. Popcorn and more beer will be available for sale throughout the event.

Speed Dating: Meet the Brewer at the Guild
Thursday March 6, 7:00pm, 8:00pm or 9:00pm (three heats)
$20 + s/c at or Garrick’s Head Pub
Ever wanted to ask the maker of your favourite beer what inspired its creation? Then this is the event for you! Three separate heats of speed dating with Hoyne, Russell, Stanley Park and Steamworks, plus food samples from The Guild.

State of the Craft Beer Revolution/Fantasy Beer Label Art Show at Rifflandia HQ
Thursday March 6, 6:00pm to 10:00pm
FREE EVENT (19+) – Limited Occupancy/First Come, First Served – Beer For Sale
Eight local Victoria artists are crafting custom large-scale beer bottle labels for imaginary, fantasy beers. Then at 7:30pm, Joe Wiebe, the Thirsty Writer, author of Craft Beer Revolution: The Insider’s Guide to BC Breweries, will lead a Town Hall style event involving some of BC’s most notable craft beer personalities: Paul Hadfield (Spinnakers), Kevin Hearsum (Driftwood), Gary Lohin (Central City), Dean McLeod (Lighthouse), Brent Mills (Four Winds), Matt Phillips (Phillips), and Graham With (Parallel 49).

The Definitive Victoria Brewery Crawl (2 nights)
Friday March 7, 5:00pm, 5:30pm or 6:00pm & Saturday March 8, 4:00pm, 4:30pm or 5:00pm
$50 + s/c (SOLD OUT)
Brink Events presents an upscale brewery crawl fit only for the most sophisticated ale and lager drinkers. Enjoy a behind-the-scenes look at the craft brewery scene in Victoria. Learn about the history of each brewery, while savouring three taster samples at each stop.

IPA Tap Takeover: Meet the Masters of the Hops at Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub
Friday March 7, 5:30pm to 10:00pm
FREE EVENT (19+) – Limited Occupancy/First Come, First Served – Beer For Sale
Ahhh… Hops. We love them here on the west coast, don’t we? More than 15 of BC’s best IPAs will be on tap at Spinnakers all night as selected by Joe Wiebe, Victoria’s own Thirsty Writer. Expect a handful of BC’s most notable brewmasters on hand to chat about hop backs, hop bills and dry hopping techniques. ‘Nuff said.

Women and Beer: A Screening of The Love of Beer + Panel Discussion at the Vic Theatre
International Women’s Day – Saturday March 8, 3:00pm to 6:00pm
$15 + s/c at or Garrick’s Head Pub
Victoria Beer Week is proud to celebrate International Women’s Day with a screening of The Love Of Beer – an intimate portrayal of women who have dedicated their lives to craft beer. The filmmaker, Alison Grayson, will be in attendance from Portland, OR, and the film will be followed by a panel discussion involving some of BC craft beer’s most prominent females, including Leslie Fenn (Howe Sound Brewing), Kala Hadfield (Spinnakers), Becky Julseth (Salt Spring Island Ales), Chelsea Potter (Moon Under Water), and Claire Wilson (Dogwood Brewing), as well as the filmmaker. Two special casks are being prepared by some of the panelists, and additional beer will be available for sale at the event.

VBW Finale: The Brewmaster’s Brunch at the Atrium
Sunday March 9 – 11:00am to 3:00pm
$65 + s/c at or Garrick’s Head Pub
A monumental partnership with the Island Chef’s Collaborative, pairing VBW breweries (Driftwood, Hoyne, Salt Spring Island, Spinnakers, Tofino and Tree) with an epic multi-course long table brunch! Going out in style.

Victoria Beer Week Educational Events

Home Brewer’s Workshop at Lighthouse Brewing
Sunday March 2, 11:00am to 6:00pm (Free event/Registration Full)

Beer School Vol. 1: An Introduction to Beer at Vancouver Island Brewery
Sunday March 2, 1:00pm to 2:30pm ($15 plus S/C)

Tap That! Draught Wise Workshop at Lucky Bar
Sunday March 2, 2:00pm to 3:30pm (Free event/Registration limited)

Beer School Vol. 2: The History of Beer at Vancouver Island Brewery
Sunday March 2, 3:00pm to 4:30pm ($15 plus S/C).

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