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Vancouver prepares for its biggest annual craft beercelebration

Photo: 2018 Vancouver Craft Beer Week Festival at the PNE Fairgrounds. Photo by Claudia Wyler.


Vancouver Craft Beer Week serves up epic 10th-annual 10-day citywide party

Vancouver, B.C., May 24, 2019—Vancouver Craft Beer Week (VCBW) is all set for its 10th-annual 10-day celebration of craft beer happening from May 31 to June 9. VCBW will kick things off at the edge of one of Vancouver’s most iconic brewery districts on May 31, and continue throughout the week with dozens of citywide events across Metro Vancouver. The festivities culminate on June 8 and 9 with the VCBW Festival at the historic PNE Fairgrounds, and will feature live music, food, games, and art along with the largest craft beer and cider selection of any festival in B.C. poured by 100 craft breweries and cideries.

The VCBW 2019 event calendar offers a selection of impressive venues, events, and promotions. Beer lovers can find the delicious details of each VCBW beer and cider event at

VCBW 2019 Kickoff: 10th Anniversary Party • May 31, 2019
Kicking things off on May 31, VCBW sets the tone for its milestone year with what promises to be an incredible party at The Beaumont Studios. All beverages will be served in cans as a riff on the traditional 10th anniversary gift of aluminum, and partygoers are encouraged to dress in their silvery, sparkly and glittery best for the occasion.
Friday, May 31, 6-10pm at the Beaumont Studios
316 W 5th Ave., Vancouver
Tickets $25 (includes entry and one beer) at

VCBW 2019 Festival at the PNE Fairgrounds  June 8-9, 2019
The most anticipated craft beer and cider festival in Western Canada returns to the PNE Fairgrounds for a full weekend of live music, food, art, craft beer and cider, games and good times. The 10th annual Vancouver Craft Beer Week Festival caps off a 10-day citywide celebration with more than 100 craft breweries and cideries pouring over 300 beers and ciders. For a complete list of participating breweries, food trucks and bands, and to purchase tickets, visit the VCBW website.
Saturday, June 8 from 2-7pm, and Sunday, June 9 from 12-5pm
PNE Fairgrounds, Vancouver
Single day, weekend passes, and VIP tickets starting at $39 available now at

2015 Vancouver Craft Beer Week Hoppapalooza at the Alibi Room. Photo by Two Peas Photography.

VCBW 2019 Citywide Events • May 31-June 9
Vancouver Craft Beer Week celebrates craft beer culture and community across the entire city with a wide variety of fun events at restaurants, bars, and breweries. Beer aficionados can play beer-themed trivia, learn how to shuck oysters, and set sail aboard craft-beer harbour cruises in honour of VCBW’s 10th anniversary. This year sees the return of some classic hopped-up events together with a fresh batch of happenings from May 31 to June 9. Highlights include:

North Vancouver Beer Bike Tours  May 31, June 1, June 7 and June 8
Canadian Craft Tours hosts a tour of three North Vancouver breweries on their 15-passenger beer bike.

Strange & Fancy Fare  May 31-June 9
Pourhouse and Strange Fellows Brewing have teamed up for a week-long tap takeover featuring beer flights and bites.

Just the Two of Us • May 31-June 9
The Mackenzie Room is plating a five-course two-person menu, paired with local seasonal collaboration and mainstay beers throughout VCBW.

Backcountry Two Year Anniversary Party: Vancouver Edition • June 1
Backcountry Brewing is bringing the mountain to Vancouver with the city edition of their second anniversary party, featuring a 10-tap takeover and DJs at Open Studios.

Sommelier vs Cicerone • June 1
The Sutton Place Hotel hosts an epic showdown of wine versus beer with the Sommelier vs Cicerone Best of BC Championship.

Hoppapalooza  June 2
The Alibi Room is bringing back one of the most beloved VCBW events of all time in celebration of their 13th birthday and 1000th beer list.

Woo Hoo Classic Simpsons Trivia  June 3
The VCBW edition of this fun and boisterous monthly event at The American features a Strange Fellows eight-tap takeover, Simpsons episodes and trivia, plus door prizes.

Beer Trivia  June 4 and Amicia Della Birra  June 6
Luppolo is also getting in on the trivia action with Beer Trivia; later in the week they will also be releasing special collaboration beers for Amicia Della Birra.

Sour Session with Iain Hill • June 5
Strange Fellows Brewing presents an informative evening spotlighting sour beer.

6×6 Langley VCBW Cask Festival • June 6
Dead Frog Brewery is bringing Vancouver Craft Beer Week to Langley with their 6×6 Langley Cask Festival, featuring six brews by six local craft breweries.

American Craft Beer Night  June 6
Brewhall is hosting the U.S. Brewers Association for an All-American Tap Takeover, featuring the best craft beer from south of the border.

Barley Pop Pilgrimage Tap Takeover • June 6
From 3pm until the taps run dry, Timber will feature five nomadic breweries including Good Buddy Beer, Superflux, Boombox, Doan’s and Sundown Brewing.

Flower Power Beers & Burlesque • June 6
The Ladybirds present a London-themed dinner floorshow at The Cascade Room.

Brewery Creek IPA Tap Takeover • June 6
Big Rock Brewery presents a 10-tap takeover of IPAs from the breweries of Brewery Creek Beer District.

Forbidden Fruit • June 6
The Devil’s Elbow Ale & Smoke House will feature over 20 fruity and sour beers from B.C. craft breweries.

Learn to Shuck with Big Shucker • June 6
Twin Sails Brewing and Big Shucker are featuring a Learn To Shuck session, at which guests will enjoy the fruits of their shucking labour paired with craft beer.

Whole Foods Market VCBW Beer Night • June 6
Whole Foods Market is featuring unique local beers at happy hour prices all evening at their Cambie, North Van and Robson locations.

Brews on Board • June 6
Magic Yacht Charters is setting sail with a three-hour sunset cruise featuring craft beer, snacks and a DJ.

A complete list of VCBW citywide events is available at Check back often, as this list will be continuously updated.

VCBW is committed to providing a safe space for adults of all genders, ethnicities, sexual orientations and abilities to responsibly enjoy craft beer. All volunteers, staff, and attendees should enjoy their experience free from harassment, assault or intimidation—any such behaviour will not be tolerated. As with all VCBW events, Serving It Right rules apply—attendees must be 19+ years of age and provide two pieces of ID. VCBW guests are reminded to drink responsibly and plan a safe ride home.

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