craft beer cruise

this one ain't a three-hour tour!
it's a five day tour!!

Design a Beer, Be Part of History, and Explore BC’s Islands On Tugboat Swell: Inaugural Coastal Craft Beer Cruise

The 5-night coastal craft beer cruise aboard the classic tugboat Swell, with a who's-who of BC brewing experts, and plenty of beautiful scenery and wildlife, too.
Victoria, BC, August 11, 2015 – Be part of beer history and explore the nature and culture of BC’s remoter Gulf Islands on the Coastal Craft Beer Cruise Oct 25-30.  It’s been a popular trip for a decade, but this is its first year aboard the roomy tugboat Swell. To celebrate, Maple Leaf Adventures is inviting this October’s guests exclusively to be involved in the design of a craft beer that the company will serve on all of its award-winning trips on Swell. As creators, this year’s guests will get their name on every future bottle.
The Coastal Craft Beer Cruise is a 5-day culinary trip that explores the nature, culture and history of the British Columbia coast, seen through the lens of its exceptionally rich craft beer industry.

The tugboat MV Swell, at anchor in the Gulf Islands, BC. Photo by Kevin Smith.
Guests will sample 50+ of BC’s best beers, paired with food. Aboard the 80-foot tugboat and at select locations ashore, guests will enjoy special meals and conversation with a who’s-who of the BC brewing scene, not available to the general public. Entertaining social history by renowned brewing historian and raconteur Greg Evans provides added depth, and frequent shore excursions in the protected island archipelago add the sense of discovery found on Maple Leaf trips. It’s rounded out by the guidance of Maple Leaf Adventures crew and guides who take travellers to explore the beauty of special places and wildlife havens in the Gulf Islands and southern Vancouver Island area.
The tasting trip – which Maple Leaf Adventures carefully bills as not a booze cruise – is limited to a maximum of 12 guests. A personalized experience, cruising through stunning scenery and optional dips in the ship’s hot tub are other highlights.
This year’s beer creation is a once-only opportunity. To welcome the trip aboard the tugboat Swell, this year’s guests will also receive commemorative gifts, including a special edition t-shirt.
Details: Oct 25-30, 2015, 5 days / 4 nights from Cdn $3275 (approx USD $2450) all inclusive. Depart and return: Victoria, BC.

Paul Hadfield, the "father of modern craft beer brewing in BC" hosts a private tasting aboard with guests, including some special things from his private cellar. Photo by Greg Shea.
You can view a slide show from a previous trip on the schooner Maple Leaf (different ship) here:


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