HARRISON BEER FESTIVAL RETURNS ON OCTOBER 25 - 26, 2013
HARRISON HOT SPRINGS, September 19, 2013 - Harrison Hot Springs is celebrating Craft Beer Month with three must-attend events over two days: Cask Night, Harrison Beer Festival and Oktoberfest Dance. Beer lovers and weekend adventurers alike are invited to partake in the celebrations and stay for the weekend to enjoy scenic Harrison Hot Springs.
The festivities begin on Friday, October 25th with Cask Night, a fun night of song and games with a warm and friendly British pub feel complete with evening piano music. Participating breweries include: Aldergove-based Dead Frog, Chilliwack’s Old Yale Brewery (Gold winner in the Canadian Brewing Awards), Penticton’s Cannery Brewing and local Mission Springs, whose brewery’s quirky memorabilia collection is worth a visit. Admission includes a complimentary sampling glass and three free tasting tokens. Tickets start at $18.
On Saturday, October 26th, beer aficionados will compare the finest crafted beers in BC (and one Ontario participant) at the Harrison Beer Festival, including:
• Lower Mainland’s Parallel 49, founded by East Vancouver locals; and Central City Brewing (2012 World Cup of Beer’s Gold & Bronze Medal winner).
• Three breweries from Vancouver Island: Driftwood Brewery, Phillips Brewing Company and Vancouver Island Brewery.
• British Columbia’s interior representatives: Tin Whistle Brewery from Penticton, Mt. Begbie Brewery from Revelstoke (founded by nuclear physicist Bart Larson) and family-run Fernie Brewing Company.
• Eastern Canada’s sole delegate: Mill Street Brewery, hailing from Toronto.
• From Northern BC: Pacific Western Brewing, established in Prince George in 1957, Canada’s longest running, British Columbian-owned brewery and the first Canadian brewer to export to Mainland China in 1991 and to Russia in 1996.
On Saturday evening, the celebrations continue with the traditional Oktoberfest Dance. The traditional saying to start Oktoberfest is “O’zapft is!” or “It is tapped!” The Beer Barrels will add music to the evening with their own blend of oompa-pa and polka music. Complete with beer, pretzels and bratwurst, it will be a true Bavarian party - lederhosen optional!
For more information and to buy tickets, please visit the Harrison Beer Festival website.
Responsible Drinking – This is a licensed event open to those 19 years of age and over. Tourism Harrison encourages all attendees to drink sensibly. Participants are encouraged to:
• Stay overnight, thanks to special festival packages available at local hotels
• Pick a designated driver before you arrive to ensure you have a sober driver on the way back.
• Take advantage of the shuttle bus service to Agassiz and Chilliwack.
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