This summer is serving up yet another occasion for North Shore brewery fans.
After a two-year hiatus, Vancouver Craft Beer Week is returning July 9-10. This year’s event is being held at a new venue, the PNE centre grounds. There’ll be over 100 participating breweries, making it the event’s largest showing yet.
Hailing from our very own North Shore will be Deep Cove, North Point, Wildeye, House of Funk, Beere, Bridge Brewing, Shaketown, La Cervecería Astilleros, Black Kettle and Windfall Cider.
This year’s VCBW collaboration brew was hosted by North Van’s House of Funk, alongside Studio Brewing and 33 Acres Brewing. A portion of sales from the brew will go to charity Music Heals, which supports expanding access to music therapy.
Attendees can sample over 150 beers and ciders, the most the event has ever seen. VCBW will feature live performances from Missy D, Bedouin Soundclash, Titus Bank, Half Moon Run and Skratch Bastid.
For food, there’ll be chef pop-ups from Rosie’s BBQ & Smokehouse, Jamoneria by Arc, Wandering Mollusk Oyster Bar and BKH Singaporean-style BBQ. There will also be a slew of food trucks on site.
To simplify payments, this year’s event will be cashless. Attendees will receive wristbands they’ll pre-load with money. Afterwards, refunds will be given for any unused money.
VCBW will take over the entire centre grounds at the PNE, which is the space between the Forum, Agrodome and Pacific Coliseum.
The estimated crowd size is expected to be 7,500 participants each on Saturday and Sunday. According to spokesperson Claire Henwood, over 80 per cent of tickets are gone and two-day VIP tickets have sold out.
The event’s organizers aim to make VCBW the largest craft beer fest in the Pacific Northwest.
Vancouver Craft Beer Week
Where: PNE centre grounds
When: July 9-10
Cost: Single day: $30-49. Two day: $49-79. Tickets available on the event website.