The BC Beer Awards and Festival 2017 RAISE A GLASS TO THE BEST OF BC CRAFT BEER
FEATURING A NEW FORMAT & NEW AWARDS!
Tickets on sale Tuesday August 15th
Vancouver BC, August 11, 2017 - The 8th annual BC Beer
Awards and Festival (BCBA) is set to return on October 21, 2017 to the
Croatian Cultural Centre in Vancouver. The
signature consumer tasting event of BC Craft Beer Month, this
festival celebrates the very best in craft brewing from across the
province. A one-day only event, it features both the BC Beer Awards
ceremony and a craft beer festival with over 65 breweries, and a
selection of BC ciders presented by The BC Farmed Craft Cider
We are pleased to announce a new format this year! We recognize that not everyone wants to pause to
watch an awards ceremony in the middle of a beer festival. For those
that do, and the industry folks, it's a special time! Well now you have
the choice. Ticket holders can choose between two ticket types: VIP Awards Hour
Ticket grants early entry at 4pm and live viewing of
the awards ceremony hosted by CBC’s Stephen Quinn in the main
ballroom, and starting at 4.15pm. These tickets will be for industry
folks and a limited number will be available for sale to the
Admission Ticket runs 5 - 10pm does not include
the live awards ceremony viewing, yet still offers a full 5 hours of
festival as before.
will be presented for 30+ categories including the CBC
People's Choice Award, Richards Buell Sutton LLP Rookie of the Year
Award, and the Krones Brewers Challenge. New this year -
The Tap & Barrel Brewery
of the Year Award. More award announcements to
come! Last year the BC Beer Awards challenged Brewers to show off the
wonders of the almighty Mild Ale. This year we want them to SMaSH it out
of the park, by showcasing how a single malt and single hop can really
make a beer shine! The Growler is also back hosting a
Brewer’s Collaboration Booth.
Event Details Where:
Croatian Cultural Centre (3250 Commercial Drive, Vancouver) When:
Saturday, October 21st, 2017 from *4 - 10pm Tickets: On sale Tuesday August 15th @
VIP Awards Hour Tickets
- $55 + tax (no early bird)
Tickets - Early bird $35 + tax until October 1st,
tickets include 4 x 5 oz drink tokens
The Full Story:
The BC Beer Awards & Festival (BCBA) has become one of the most
anticipated beer tasting festivals in the Lower Mainland. We will be
returning to the Croatian Cultural Centre (3250 Commercial Drive,
Vancouver) again this year as this venue has been the perfect location
for our event for the past five years.
Last year's BC Beer Awards judging drew over 600 unique entries from
over 80 BC breweries and brewpubs, with winners selected in 30 distinct
categories. Judges included certified beer judges, cicerones,
sommeliers, journalists, as well as noted beer and food lovers. The BC
Beer Awards adheres to standards set by the Internationally recognized
Beer Judging Certification Program (BJCP).
The mandate of the BC Beer Awards is to reward excellent beers even if
not brewed exactly to strict style guidelines. Secondary is ensuring
that every beer brewed in BC can be entered regardless of whether it
fits in a style or not. Craft Brewers across the province are
well-known for their innovation and creativity, something that the BCBA
organizers are keen to help celebrate. With 20+ new breweries having
opened in BC in 2016 and more to come in 2017, we’re well over 125
craft breweries in BC now!
LABEL OF LOVE: THE CREATIVE WORLD OF MODERN BEER CAN ART
REBECCA WHYMAN • OCTOBER 15, 2018 Clockwise from top left: Electric Bicycle Brewing Co.; Mikkeller’s Hallo Ich Bin Berliner Weisee; the beer label artwork of Vancouver artist Patrick Wong; Superflux’s Superfluousness. Contributed/file photosYou can’t help it, I can’t help it—we all judge beers by their labels, maybe as much as we judge the beer itself. Beer labels have been around for ages: 83 years on cans, and much longer than that on bottles. It appears we’ve been loving beer labels for that whole time—just check out all the vintage labels you can buy on eBay! Doesn’t it seem, though, that we’re loving beer labels extra hard right now? Maybe it’s that size matters. Beer cans, especially those tall boys, offer lots of real estate for labelling. Large-format bottles provide a sizeable canvas as well. Maybe it’s as simple as habituation. Humans aren’t that different from crows; we’re attracted to bright, shiny objects. And with soc…
DOES BEER HAVE TERROIR?
REBECCA WHYMAN • JULY 13, 2017 iStock photo
The concept of terroir and its influence are enthusiastically debated in the wine world. Very few of the beer geeks I asked cared one whit about terroir, and hadn’t even given it a thought before I asked.
After some debate, they decided that although it was an interesting philosophical question, terroir didn’t matter to their beer drinking experience or influence their beer purchases.
The casual beer drinker isn’t interested in the minutiae of which malts or hops are chosen for the beer, let alone where they’re grown. They just care that the final product tastes good. So there you have it. The beer world doesn’t care about terroir.
Enter Harley Smith and Tracy McLean of Longwood Brewing. They care. They care a lot.
But before we get to why they care, and why you might also, allow me to drone on about what “terroir” means. Indulge me please, I read a LOT on the topic. …