Vancouver Craft Beer Week is celebrating its 10th anniversary with a VCBW 10th Anniversary Ale.
Vancouver Craft Beer WeekWhen: May 31 to June 10Where: PNE grounds (2901 E. Hastings St.)Tickets and info: From $39; vancouvercraftbeerweek.comThirsty for some fun in the sun this weekend? Well then, you may want to check out Vancouver Craft Beer Week.The event, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, features some of the best craft beers and ciders from B.C. and beyond — as well as music, art, food and more.We asked Leah Heneghan, the festival director and co-founder of the festival, to dish on five things to know before you go to this year’s festivities. Here’s what she came up with:1. Kickoff party: “This year’s kickoff party is a special one — 10 years of Vancouver Craft Beer Week is an amazing feat, and we’re taken aback by how quickly the time has flown. Aluminum is the official 10-year anniversary metal and we are hoping that everyone will really get into the spirit by donning their best shiny outfits to celebrate our big anniversary. There are over 45 breweries (along with some gluten-free and non alcoholic options) participating in our kickoff party on May 31 at the Beaumont Studios this year — that’s the most we’ve ever had at the opening event. The night will highlight music, food and art, as well as delicious, delicious craft beer served in cans.”2. Anniversary Ale: “We’re super-excited about this year’s commemorative collaboration beer: Ten. It is a highly sessionable (4.2-per-cent ABV), dry-hopped table saison with tropical notes, and it is delicious. Four Winds, Dageraad and Powell brewed up the recipe and proceeds from Ten will go to benefit the B.C. Hospitality Foundation. The Ten design on the can created by the one and only Luke Ramsay, a prolific Canadian artist, is a testament to how far VCBW has come, B.C. craft beer as a whole, really. Its design features 10 moments from the past decade of VCBW, and the road that got us to where we are today.”3. City-wide events: “The 10-day celebration takes place across the entire Lower Mainland at bars, restaurants and of course brewery-tasting-rooms host events to showcase how fantastic craft beer is here in B.C. You’ll see some really great events popping up during VCBW, a few classics are returning plus some new: Cicerone versus Sommelier at the Sutton; the return of fan-favourite Hoppapalooza, celebrating the Alibi Room’s 1,000th menu and their 13th birthday; Burlesque returns with Flower Power Beers & Burlesque at the Cascade Room; the U.S. Brewers Association hosts an American craft beer takeover at Brewhall; and so many more — it’s going to be an amazing 10 days.”4. Beer and cider highlights: “We have over 300 different beers pouring at the VCBW festival this year, and there is definitely something for everyone. You’ll find that fruit sours are prevalent right now and House of Funk (new to the fest) is bringing two amazing examples. Ravens will be pouring a low ABV (three-per-cent) Kviek Table beer that is incredible and the VCBW Tenth Anniversary Ale will be poured by Four Winds. There will also be beer from the farthest reaches of B.C. on the B.C. Ale Trail(er), over 30 beers from across the border presented by the U.S. Brewers Association, and plenty of cider at the B.C. Farm Crafted Cider Association’s Cider Row.”5. Beer and beyond: “The VCBW festival on June 8 and 9 is like a giant party with the guest of honour being craft beer. There is really so much more to do, see, hear and taste so it’s not only about the beer. Each day features an incredible music lineup of bands and DJ’s including DJ Knight and The Tanglers on Saturday, Dead Soft and BB on Sunday and VCBW favourite Mark Woodyard and Friends on both dates in the Not-So-Secret Garden, plus many more great acts. There is live interactive painting presented by the Vancouver Mural Festival, and a delicious selection of eats provided by the city’s best food trucks and purveyors including DownLow Chicken Shack and Big Day BBQ … This 10th anniversary year is going to be one epic party, that’s for sure.”