KPU Brewitaly: Craft Beer & Italian Food Tasting Event

Enjoy an evening of craft beer and Italian food while supporting the art of brewing and culinary students! This special event is a collaboration between Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) Brewing students from Rome, Italy and Vancouver Community College (VCC) Culinary Arts students.
Italian brewing students will be featuring a selection of their beer made in the KPU Brewing summer program and VCC Culinary students will be serving finger foods with an Italian influence, specially paired with the beers.
Guests will get to chat with the Italian brewers, as well as KPU Brewing instructors and local craft brewers, while enjoying delicious beer and food.
Ticket price is inclusive of beer and food tastings, making it a great value!
Date: Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019
Time: 5:00-9:00 pm
Venue: VCC Downtown Campus | Vancouver, BC
Price: $40 in advance | $50 at the door (includes beer and food)
Must be 19+ to attend. Lots of parking nearby and close to transit.
For more details visit  kpu.ca/brew 

Strathcona Beer Company Launches Releases at Hart House Brewmaster’s Dinner

If you like beer and have not yet been to the Hart House Restaurant in Burnaby, here is a great chance to enjoy new beer releases and top notch food.  Here is the press release about the dinner which is on Friday, March 22, 2019.

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On Friday, March 22 2019 the Strathcona Beer Company will introduce its spring releases at a Brewmaster’s Dinner hosted by Burnaby’s Hart House Restaurant. The dinner will give guests a chance to taste the new crop of locally made beers paired with outstanding Pacific Northwest cuisine.
Strathcona is all about celebrating the local and homegrown. Based in Vancouver’s Strathcona neighbourhood, the brewery creates top-quality craft beer, but it also promotes social development and sees itself as a positive part of a vital community. Strathcona Brewmaster and founding partner Michael “Fezz” Nazarec will be on hand at the dinner to comment on Strathcona’s new releases, which will be paired with a menu designed by Hart House Chef Mike Genest. The evening’s cuisine will emphasize local ingredients that complement the BC craft beers.

Canapé Reception
Beach Lemon Mandarin Radler
One
Dungeness Crab & Scallop Fritter
Preserved Lemon Aioli
Premium Pilsner
Two
Smoked Veal Tongue “Reuben”
Bone Marrow Focaccia, Beer-Braised Onions, Emmental Cheese, Pickled Mustard Seeds, Mustard Greens
All That And Then Some Pale Ale
Three
Seared Sturgeon + Curried Sturgeon & Potato Samosa Duo
Charred Pineapple & Passionfruit Chutney, Curried Crème Fraiche
Get Down On It India Pale Ale
Four
Beer-Braised Lamb Breast
Barley Risotto, Root Vegetables, Black Garlic Braising Jus
Headbanger Triple India Pale Ale
Five
Dark Chocolate Ganache
Beer-Soaked Cherries, Cherry Gel, Crème Fraiche Cremeux, Cherry Tuille
Love Buzz Cherry Sour Berliner Weisse

Tickets for the event are $78 per person, or $71 per person for groups of 6 or more.
They may be purchased online.

Strathcona Beer Company Brewmaster’s Dinner at Hart House
Friday, March 22 2019

$78 per person including taxes and gratuities
Groups of 6 or more $71 per person

Hart House Restaurant at Deer Lake
6664 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby

BC Liquor Store e-News for January 2019

DEALS OF THE MONTH AT BC LIQUOR STORES

Start off 2019 with these amazing deals, limited time offers and new products! Our Savvy Savings has everything you need for entertaining, meal pairings, or even just sipping by a warm fire.

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to save big. Drop by your nearest BC Liquor Store today and stock up! Some of our highlights include:

TARIMA ALICANTE MONASTRELL
Spain 895680 750 ml
Reg. $15.99
Now $13.99*
91 Points, Jeb Dunnuck – “The 2016 Tarima Monastrell offers more dark fruits, pepper, and earth in a rich, full-bodied, expansive, charming character. It’s another terrific value.” Only available at BC Liquor Stores!
ANGELO MONTEPULCIANO D’ABRUZZO
Spain 226098 750 ml
Reg. $11.99
Now $9.99*
This down-to-earth expression of Montepulciano is a great value. Aromas of black cherry, strawberry and plum accented by floral, herbal and spicy nuances flow to a smooth and well-balanced palate. Only available at BC Liquor Stores!
SMOKY BAY CABERNET SAUVIGNON
Canada? 799221 3 L
Reg. $31.99
Now $28.99*
This Cabernet Sauvignon sourced from South Eastern Australia is medium-bodied with soft tannins and notes of raspberry, blackberry, plum, pepper, vanilla and oak. Sip with steak or burgers. Only available at BC Liquor Stores!
ARTIUS CHARDONNAY
USA 188496 750 ml
Reg. $12.99
Now $9.99*
Chardonnay in California reflects the sunshine state that ripens this grape like nowhere else. So hints of tree fruits of apple, tropical notes like pineapple and light butter and spice round out the package. Only available at BC Liquor Stores!
TORRECORTA TERRE SICILIANE CATARRATTO PINOT GRIGIO
Italy 182202 750 ml
Reg. $12.99
Now $9.99*
This blend of Pinot Grigio and Catarratto, indigenous Sicilian grapes, has fresh and fruity aromas of pear, green apple and white peach. The palate is crisp with a clean finish. Only available at BC Liquor Stores!
BOLLA PROSECCO
Italy 226157 750 ml
Reg. $16.99
Now $14.99*
Appealing ripe fruit aromas on the nose with hints of apple, pear and peach follow through to a fresh and fruity palate. The fine streak of acidity injects freshness and length to the lively finish. Only available at BC Liquor Stores!
REFRESHMENT
SOCIAL LITE PINEAPPLE MANGO 
Canada 232884 4 x 355 ml
Reg. $10.79
Now $9.79*
Fresh cut pineapple on the nose leads to pineapple with a hint of coconut and smooth mango aftertaste. This is made from natural ingredients, unsweetened and only 80 calories. It’s a crowd favourite.
BEER
STEAMWORKS PREMIUM CRAFT LAGER
Canada 175370 12 x 355 ml
Reg. $19.99
Now $17.99*
Appealing to both new and experienced craft beer drinkers alike, this craft lager was steam-brewed and deliberately aged to create an easy-drinking and flavourful beer that is crisp, clean and refreshing. Only available at BC Liquor Stores!
SPIRIT
FIREBALL
Canada 642264 1.14 L
Reg. $32.49
Now $29.49*
Rumour has it Fireball was developed in the 1980’s after one the coldest winter in Canada. The smooth taste of whisky with the added kick of spicy cinnamon warms the senses. Try it in a hot beverage this season.

 

July Special Events at BC Liquor Stores

From BC Liquor Stores; enjoy!

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Here is your inside track to some of the upcoming events in July. We have a variety of exciting events in our stores this month. Join us and taste Australia’s finest wines, learn how to make the perfect cocktail or try this summer’s best brews.

MULTIPLE LOCATIONS

RUM SUMMER MUSIC EXPERIENCE!
Friday, July 6th at Langley & 39th & Cambie
3:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Friday, July 13th at Alberni & Bute & Kelowna Orchard Park
3:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Friday, July 20th
3:00 – 6:00 p.m. at Nordel Crossing

Friday, July 27th at Fleetwood
3:00 – 6:00 p.m.

BACARDÍ amplifies the summer music experience with the best cocktails and the best way to keep the tunes playing all summer long.

COURVOISIER – DISCOVER CANADIAN HIP HOP
Friday, July 6th at Park Royal
7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Saturday, July 7th at 39th & Cambie
1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Join Courvoisier and learn how you can discover more Canadian hip hop artists. This event will also give consumers the opportunity to receive a personalized label.

WINES OF AUSTRALIA
Friday, July 6th & 20th at Alberni & Bute
3:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, July 7th & 28th at Langley
1:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Saturday, July 14th
1:00 – 5:00 p.m. at 39th & Cambie

Saturday, July 21st
1:00 – 5:00 p.m. at Park Royal

Join Wine Australia for a trip down under to get up close with trendy Australian Wines paired with delicious gourmet cheese.

APEROL SPRITZ – A TASTE OF SUMMER IN ITALY
Saturday, July 7th
1:00 – 5:00 p.m. at Park Royal

Friday, July 13th, 20th & 27th
3:00 – 7:00 p.m. at Park Royal

Saturday, July 28th
1:00 – 5:00 p.m. at 39th & Cambie

This event will educate consumers on creating the perfect Aperol Spritz at home. A great cocktail for summer!

GRANVILLE ISLAND BREWING – REFRESHING BREWS OF SUMMER
False Creek Raspberry Ale, Lions Summer Ale, and Leinenkugel’s Lemon Shandy are refreshing favourites that go with sunny days, beaches, barbecues and picnics. Fruit pastries will be served alongside these two beers. Please check our website for event dates.

BC LIQUOR STORES NEW & EXCLUSIVES
Thursday, July 19th

Looking to excite your palate with something NEW? Join our Product Consultants for an opportunity to taste new and exclusive offerings–only available at BC Liquor Stores. Come and try products hand-picked by our experts in an informative tasting session. Talk one-on-one with our Product Consultants to learn about the latest and greatest products that will be the perfect accompaniment to your everyday meals or that special occasion. Please check our website for a list of stores and times.

PARK ROYAL

ENJOY CANADA’S COCKTAIL ALL SUMMER LONG
Saturday, July 14th
2:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Enjoy Canada’s cocktail all summer long and try Mott’s Clamato Caesar drinks paired with fresh summer appetizers.

39TH & CAMBIE

SAILING INTO SUMMER WITH MOUNT GAY
Friday, July 13th
5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Gez McAlpine, Brand Ambassador for Remy Cointreau will lead a Mount Gay educational seminar, product tasting and discussion about rum.Tickets are $20 and may be purchased at any BC Liquor Store location.

ELEVATE YOUR SUMMER!
Friday, July 27th
3:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Introducing ‘Le Grand Fizz’. Elevate your summer with Grey Goose paired with ST-Germain Elderflower Liqueur!

Strathcona Beer Company Celebrates One Year with Special Edition Beer Launch and More

Strathcona Beer Company

Strathcona Beer Company

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 7, 2017 (Vancouver, BC) – Strathcona Beer Company will celebrate their one-year anniversary this November 17th and 18th with a special edition beer launch called Primo, a Double IPA, and a weekend-long open house with brewery tours. In addition, they will release new branded clothing and feature an art installation in the tasting room from the infamous New York graffiti legend, KR.

Located on the corner of East Hastings and Campbell Street in the heart of Strathcona, Vancouver’s oldest residential neighborhood, this world class beer company and tasting room has quickly become a neighborhood favorite for both locals and visitors from outside the area. In their first year, they have experienced substantial growth with their lineup of classic, local and international beer styles, winning several awards, while constantly striving to push the boundaries of craft beer and design.

Strathcona Beer Company’s collective interests in art, music, skateboarding and design have influenced all aspects of the brand’s contribution to the craft beer scene. They are a community based brewery that is focused on supporting local, from charitable and non-profit groups to incorporating local ingredients into their product.

“We are proud to be located in the Strathcona neighbourhood working in collaboration with local artists like Andrew Dadson and Matt Aiken along with international creators such a Rob Cristofaro from Alife and Craig Costello from Krink.” says Strathcona Beer Company President, Tim Knight. “This has been a year of learning, improving and being humbled by the incredible growth we have experienced to date. We look forward to our second year in business and what we will be able to accomplish together as a team and community.”

Strathcona Beer Company’s Primo Double IPA is a limited release and will be available exclusively for tasting and purchase in the brewery’s tasting room (895 East Hastings St.) starting on Friday, November 17th.  An official anniversary party for customers will take place on that same date from 6pm to 11pm with music by special guest DJ Flipout.

About Strathcona Beer Company:

Strathcona Beer Company is driven to provide a premium, fresh and quality product. The company was founded by an impassioned group of friends with deep-rooted connections to the neighbourhood and an appreciation for local and international beer. Proudly located in the heart of Strathcona, Vancouver’s oldest and most diverse commercial and residential neighbourhood, the world class brewing facility produces a modern style of traditional beer coupled with unique offerings to tempt the palette of the most discerning beer drinkers. www.strathconabeer.com   @strathconabeer  #strathconabeer

Taste Of Tulalip Oktoberfest 2017: A Bavarian Journey

Bratwurst, sauerkraut, and beer.  Sounds fun doesn’t it.  That and more is what you can expect at the Oktoberfest celebration as part of the Taste of Tulalip in WA state.  Below is the announcement about the festival.  Have fun!

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Taste of Tulalip Oktoberfest

Tulalip WA — Holding true to Tulalip Resort Casino fashion, the culinary team will draw from the original Munich Oktoberfest for their first annual Taste of Tulalip Oktoberfest on Friday, September 22 from 6 pm to 9 pm at The Draft Sports Bar and Grill Patio. Sommelier Tom Thompson and Executive Chef Perry Mascitti will showcase authentic German dishes along with imported, local, and domestic Oktoberfest inspired beer at the enjoyable Taste of Tulalip celebration. Tickets are priced at $45 per person, ages 21 and over.

The Draft’s Chef Brent Clarkson carefully prepared the menu with options including hearty platters of Uli’s Famous Brats and Sauerkraut, Beer and Cheese Soup with Bavarian Pretzel Crouton, and a traditional Spätzle Bake (German Spätzle pasta lightly buttered and layered with Black Forest ham and Emmenthaler cheese topped with caramelized onions). Rounding out the selections are a Savory Bavarian Pretzel Bread Pudding with mustard caraway rye cream, Pork Schnitzel “Pops” topped with bacon and wild mushroom cream sauce, and a Cheese and Wurst Display, featuring traditional German frankfurter and classic Weiss Wurst sausages (served with an assortment of cheeses, pickled vegetables, gherkins, and breads).

Tom Thompson’s team will serve up a grand selection of beers from noteworthy breweries featuring: Backwoods Brewing, Deschutes, Dru Bru, Georgetown Brewing, Leinenkugel’s, Sam Adams, Sierra Nevada, Hofbräu, Paulaner, and the Hacker-Pschorr.

“Oktoberfest is a time of year where millions of people gather to celebrate great Bavarian food and beer throughout the world to honor this German tradition,” shares Executive Perry Mascitti. “The good news is you don’t have to purchase a plane ticket to Germany in order to celebrate this Oktoberfest.”

During the evening’s festivities, guests can take their chance with lady luck and enter to win from one of two raffle drawings. The two prizes will each include two tickets to the Robert Cray show on November 17, 2017, one overnight stay at Tulalip (some restrictions may apply) and a $100 dining credit applied to the winner’s room.

Doors open for the Taste of Tulalip Oktoberfest 2017 at 6 pm and tickets are priced at $45 per person all-inclusive. To purchase tickets, call (360) 716-1625. All attendees must be 21 and over.

The Resort didn’t think a one day celebration was enough for this beloved, time honored Bavarian festival, so they started the celebration early at the following eateries, which will feature German fare from September 5 through October 31, 2017:

Cedars Cafe will serve Bavarian style Wiener Schnitzel with warm sweet and sour coleslaw, mashed potatoes; topped with crispy onion straws, lemon beurre blanc, and blackberry sauce. Dessert includes Cedars’ Black Forest Ice Cream Sundae with chocolate ice cream, Kirsch cherry compote, whip cream, and chocolate shavings.

Blackfish Wild Salmon Grill presents their Seared Apple Marinated Duck Breast with apple-duck demi & Thuringer sausage with apple-mustard demi, along with onion potatoes, green beans, red cabbage and bacon and a dessert featuring Apple-Raisin Strudel with vanilla bean ice cream.

Carvery/Hotel Espresso makes their mark with Bavarian Ham Sandwich Black Forest ham on a fresh Bavarian pretzel roll, Munster cheese, dill pickles, and stone ground mustard.

The Draft Sports Bar will offer Pork Schnitzel Pops bite sized pork thinly pounded, skewered, breaded, fried golden brown and topped with bacon and wild mushroom cream sauce. Served with warm bacon potato salad and braised apple and red cabbage.

Tulalip Bay’s menu is embellished for the season with Spicy Sausage and Truffle Potato Fritter with stone ground mustard sauce and a dessert of Linzer Torte with beer ice cream.

Eagles Buffet will offer Amber Ale Braised Beef Brisket with buttered Spätzle in September and Bavarian Pork Ribs with braised red cabbage in October.

For more information about Oktoberfest 2017, visit TulalipResort.com. Don’t forget to wear your lederhosen!

Port Moody Tasting Plates – What To Try

Vancouver Foodster took us to a brand new part of the lower mainland for his latest Tasting Plates experience, Port Moody.  Located to the northeast of Burnaby, the restaurants and breweries wanted to show us what they have to offer.  There are several breweries in Port Moody, and during this event we sampled craft beers from two of them; Moody Ales and The Parkside Brewery.  There was also sweet and savoury at the Tasting Plates.  Enjoy the pictures that I took during the event, along with my brief commentary.

My Port Moody Tasting Plates Notes

Starting off with savoury, we visited Spacca Napoli Pizeria and Meat Craft Urban Butchery.  Spacca was very busy, and from discussions, seems to be busy all the time.  They offered us a meatball, frittelle (a fried fritter that had pieces of seaweed inside), Rigatoni Bolognese, and a slice of Neapolitan style pizza.  I really enjoyed the flavour of the tender meatball along with the tomato sauce.  The slice of pizza was also good, but could have been served hotter.

Spacca Napoli pizza, pasta, and meatballs

Spacca Napoli pizza, pasta, and meatballs

Meat Craft Urban Butchery offered us a choice of a mini-smokie in a bun topped with slaw, and a side of potato salad.  Although the specialize in meat, their slaw and potato salad were excellent.  One smokie was garlic flavoured, and the other two had beer from either Yellow Dog or Moody Ales.  I tried the Moody Ales flavoured smokie.  It was grilled lightly.  You could get the flavour of the ale without it being over-powering.  A place to visit to buy more smokies, kebabs or other meats for the future.

Meat Craft Urban Butchery with grilled sausages, slaw, and potato salad

Meat Craft Urban Butchery with grilled sausages, slaw, and potato salad

With some food in me, the next stops were to Moody Ales and The Parkside Brewery.  Both offered us 4 beers to taste.  My preference was for the darker, brown ales, while my friend preferred the lighter lagers.  Between the two breweries, and the others just down the street, there is something for everyone to enjoy.  I have also been told that on weekends you can find food trucks beside the breweries, so grab a bite and a brew!

Moody Ales Lager, Brown Ale, IPA, and Hopped Red Ale tasters

Moody Ales Lager, Brown Ale, IPA, and Hopped Red Ale tasters

The Parkside Brewery Pilsner, Pale Ale, IPA, and Murray Mild flight

The Parkside Brewery Pilsner, Pale Ale, IPA, and Murray Mild flight

After our fill of savoury food and beer, it was time for dessert.  First stop was Rocky Point Ice Cream, a well-loved establishment in Port Moody, and the new Gabi & Jules pie shop.  Rocky Point Ice Cream made 3 special treats for us:  a mini Sweet Georgia Brown sundae, a strawberry ice cream with basil and balsamic reduction in a chocolate cup, and a mini ginger-molasses and pumpkin spice ice cream sandwich.  All were very tasty.  I enjoyed the sundae and the chocolate cup the most.  The sandwich cookie was a little too hard, and would have been spectacular if it was a bit softer.  The basil and balsamic reduction showed flair and really worked with the strawberry ice cream.  I highly recommend this place for ice cream.

Rocky Point Ice Cream creations for Tasting Plates Port Moody

Rocky Point Ice Cream creations for Tasting Plates Port Moody

Gabi & Jules rounded out the evening with a slice of pie; mine being apple and blackberry.  Apple pie is in general my favourite type of pie.  The blackberries, scattered throughout, added a floral note to the pie.  It was not overly sweet, and the crust was very flaky.  Enjoyed this with a cup of decaf coffee.

Gabi & Jules apple blackberry pie and a decaf coffee

Gabi & Jules apple blackberry pie and a decaf coffee

Thanks to all the restaurants and breweries for letting us sample from them, and for Vancouver Foodster for branching out of the well-known foodie areas of Vancouver.

1st Ever Vancouver Foodster Tasting Plates in Port Moody Sept 21

The newest Tasting Plates adventure takes you to Port Moody.  You can either drive there, or take a skytrain to Lougheed Mall then a bus.  It is an easy ride.  There are several craft breweries in Port Moody, and you get to try 2 on this Tasting Plates event.  I will be there.  Join me!

Here is the tasting announcement.

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Tasting Plates Port MoodyTantalize your taste buds at several restaurants and breweries in Port Moody. This evening tasting extravaganza goes from 6pm until 9:30 pm and is presented by Vancouver Foodster.

Each restaurant will be serving up Tasting Plates and Tasting Cups for guests to enjoy and you will have a chance to visit many different types of restaurants throughout the event, meet some new food loving friends, meet the chefs, and learn about each of the participating restaurants.

If you haven’t been to our previous Tasting Plates events, Novus TV featured one of our previous events on City Lights (view here).

Visit our Tasting Plates site and view our past events, photos and more!

Registration: Gabi & Jules – this is where you will show us your printed or digital tickets and will pick up your Tasting Plates Cards and menus.

Some of the Participating Restaurants: 

Gabi & Jules

2302B Clarke Street

Twitter: @gabiandjules

Instagram:@gabiandjules

Type: Bakery

 

The Parkside Brewery

2731 Murray Street

Twitter: @ParksideBrewery

Instagram: @parksidebrewery

Type: Brewery

 

Spacca Napoli Pizzeria

2801 St Johns Street

Twitter @Spacca_NapoliPM

Instagram:@pizzeriaspacca

Type: Italian Cuisine

 

Moody Ales

2601 Murray Street

Twitter: @MoodyAles

Instagram:@moodyales

Type: Brewery

 

Rocky Point Ice Cream

2800 Murray St

Twitter: @RPIceCream

Instagram: @rockypointicecream

Type: Ice Cream

 

Meat Craft Urban Butchery
114 Moody Street
Twitter: @MeatcraftPM
Instagram:@meatcraftpm
Type: Butcher and meats

Early-Bird Tickets: $33 per person before August 31, 2016

Advance Tickets: $45 per person after August 31, 2016

Regular Tickets $60 per person after September 18,, 2016

Note: Eventbrite fee and GST is extra on all tickets purchased online.

Ticket price includes tasting plates at each of the participating restaurants throughout the evening. (Beverages are included at some restaurants which will be noted, you are welcome to purchase wine, beer, cocktails or mocktails at each of the participating restaurants).

Note: ALL Tickets must be purchased in advance online. All ticket sales are final. No exchanges or refunds; however you are welcome to transfer the ticket to another person for the same event if you notify us at least 48 hours in advance with name (s) of who will be attending in your place. Participating restaurants subject to change. Event produced by CMI Chat Media Inc. This is an all ages event.

WHENWednesday, September 21, 2016 from 6:00 PM to 9:30 PM (PDT) – Add to CalendarWHEREGabi & Jules – 2302B Clarke St, Port Moody, BC V3H 1Y8 – View Map

Calgary International Beerfest on May 6 and 7 – Get Your Tickets

Calgary International BeerfestThe Calgary International Beerfest is rated as one of the 10 best beer festivals in the world.  The 2016 edition will cover over 250,000 sq ft on Stampede Park in Calgary making it the largest beer festival in Western Canada! Everyone will find a new favourite with over 500 local, national and international craft beers, while being able to sample tasty food from over 30 of Calgary’s best restaurants, pubs and eateries.

If you are in BC and enjoy tasting new beers, you may want to consider catching a short flight to Calgary and expanding your beer horizons.  I think there is a lot going on to keep you busy if you attend one day, or both days.  It sounds like lots of fun.

When?

Friday May 6: VIP 3pm to 10pm – General Admission 4pm to 10pm

Saturday, May 7: VIP 1pm to 9pm – General Admission 2pm to 9pm

Where?

  • BMO Centre at Stampede Park
  • 20 Roundup Way

SE ENTER THROUGH HALL E OR THE CORRAL

This is an 18+ event. Please bring a piece of government issued photo ID for admission to the event

Tickets?

  • Online Advance Tickets: $19
  • Weekend Passes: $30
  • Beer Geek VIP: $25
  • Beer Geek VIP Weekend Passes: $40
  • Tickets at the door are $25 and entrance is subject to capacity

Tickets available at www.albertabeerfestivals.com

VIP Beer Geeks

VIP Beer Geeks get several perks, costing only $6 more than General Admission tickets! They have their own separate entrance, early access to the event and free access to one Cooking with Beer Seminar and Brew Master Seminar of their choice. They will also receive a sampling mug, a Beerfest program and Beer Geeks will get first crack at meeting the brewers and sampling their beers! The first 100 VIPs through the door each day will receive tickets to Calgary Oktoberfest on September 23 and 24.

Calgary International Beerfest – a Sampling Event

Upon entry, each guest will receive an official sample cup to use throughout the event and take home afterwards. All beer and food can be sampled by purchasing sample tokens. Tokens are sold in sheets of 10 for $10. Each sample is a minimum of 2 tokens, but food and specialty beers may cost more. Each beer sample is a legal 4 ounces, which is 1/3 of a bottle of beer.

Festival Highlights

  1. Brew Master Seminar – Hosted by Craft Beer Market
  2. Cooking with Beer Seminar – Hosted by Rickard’s
  3. People’s Choice Awards – Presented by Metro
  4. Live Local Music at Village Square, Mill Street and Black Bridge Brewery Stages
  5. ATB Financial Beer University
  6. The Distillery District (in case you need a break from beer)
  7. ABF Social Media Lounge

Do You Like Beer, Are Artistic, and Live in Alberta?

Here is a cool contest that came across my email.  The Alberta Beer Festivals has a contest to have someone design a label for a beer specially made for their Craft Beer Festival.  You have to be an Alberta resident to apply for this contest, but it would be cool if BC Craft Beer organizers also did something similar here.

If you are from BC and traveling to Calgary in May, or to Edmonton in June, why not try to go to one of these beer festivals?

Here is the press release from the Alberta Beer Festival.

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Alberta Beer FestivalEvery year, Alberta Beer Festivals partners with the Olds College Brew Master Program to brew a beer to celebrate the Calgary International Beerfest (May 6/7) and the Edmonton Craft Beer Festival (June 3/4).  This year, ABF is holding 3 separate contests to help us CHOOSE the style of our beer, then NAME the beer, and finally design the beer LABEL for the beer.
Click HERE for a list of awesome prizes you could win!

 

NAME IT contest – February 1st to February 7th, 2016

Last week’s contest helped us name the beer and the winning name is RALE YARD RED ALE!  Congratulations Tamara Konrad of Edmonton, Alberta who wins some great prizes for having her name chosen. Thank you to everyone who participated! Now that we have a name, it’s time to Label It!

 

LABEL IT contest – February 16th to March 4th, 2016

You voted on the style and the name, now we want you to design the beer label for Rale Yard Red Ale, the official 2016 ABF beer:

  1. Go to www.albertabeerfestivals.com/label-it
  2. Review the label requirements and start designing
  3. Submit your label design before noon on March 4th, 2016 to be entered to win!

 

Design the LABEL for the official 2016 ABF beer and win! Alberta Beer Festivals wants you to design the beer label for its official 2016 beer. The winning entry will receive a fantastic prize pack, including an invitation for them and a friend to be beer judges at the Calgary International Beerfest. The winning entry will be showcased at the Calgary International Beerfest in May and at the Edmonton Craft Beer Festival in June. The winner will also be invited to be part of the team that brews the beer on March 9th, the media launches in both Calgary and Edmonton in April, and will be featured in an article in Branded Magazine!  Contest open to all Alberta residents.