Vancouver Craft Beer Week returns
– by Shawn Conner
With the 34th Annual Vancouver Playhouse International Wine Festival in full swing (until March 4), it seems only fair to mention another annual drinking fest, although one still in its comparative infancy. Vancouver Craft Beer Week, which launched in 2010, returns to the city May 18 – 28.
VCBW spokesman Chris Bjerrisgaard says that organizers expect the event to attract more beer-lovers this year than last. “We’re going to be offering up more events that do not require tickets,” Bjerrisgaard said in an email. This year, some events will be a la carte, offering more casual attendees to pick and choose what they want to attend, without buying advance tickets.
Bjerrisgaard adds that many of the same venues as last year will be used, “although the Armoury will not house the end of week beer festival. This year the festival is going to a new location – one that is really going to showcase the level of production we’re putting into VCBW this year.”
Venues from last year such as the Alibi Room will again host events, with new venues including the Roundhouse, Ensemble Tap, and more. Returning events include the Biercraft Belgian Showcase and Hoppapalooza 3, along with “a much bigger and better opening night extravaganza,” says Bjerrisgaard.
Stay tuned for more details as they become available.