Thirsty: Vancouver Craft Beer Week – May 18 – 26

Joe Wiebe | May 2012

Vancouver Craft Beer Week is back with a ‘party like a rock star’ theme and a new neighbourhood focus that features nightly events held in Gastown, Downtown/Yaletown, Kits and Steveston and on Commercial Drive and Main Street.

The nine-day craft beer festival begins with an expanded opening night launch at the Roundhouse Community Centre. Most of last year’s popular signature events will return, including Hoppapalooza—a celebration of hop-forward beers at the Alibi Room— and the BierCraft Belgian Showcase, this year expanded to both the Cambie and Commercial Drive locations of BierCraft.

The popular Women in Beer event returns under a new name, Sisters of the Tap, once again featuring a panel of the many talented women who work in BC’s craft beer industry. This year VCBW introduces a complementary Brothers in Hops event on the same evening, showcasing four prominent male brewers—two from BC and two from south of the border.

New this year is the Hop-Headbangers Ball, a BBQ and craft beer party with an ‘80s metal rock star theme at the Woodland Smokehouse. Also new is a beer cocktail competition at the Clough Club—simulcast on CCTV at the Lamplighter—while the cicerone versus sommelier event has grown into a signature event at the Salt Tasting Room.

The week will close with a two-day beer festival at the Salt Building in the Olympic Village. Each night will feature a diverse showcase of Canadian, American and Belgian brewers.

Some of the more exciting neighbourhood events include the Dix Brewpub Reunion at the Stackhouse Burger Bar and the official opening of the new Portland Craft restaurant on Main Street.

Go to to buy signature event tickets and to find out where you can try the VCBW collaboration beer, a special Cascadian Dark Ale brewed by 25 different BC brewers, with profits going to charity.