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04/26/2012 - Tripping the Light Hoptastic - Vancouver Craft Beer Week May 18-26

From May 18 - 26, 2012, Vancouver Craft Beer Week will send pints of fermented joy through the veins of Vancouver craft beer fans. Newbies and aficionados alike are invited to enjoy worldly brews, local specials and entertainment planned just for the event.

The annual, nine-day beer showcase involves more than 60 breweries and venues hosting daily signature events across Vancouver. Here is a glimpse:

  • Friday, May 18 - Opening Night at the Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre in Yaletown, from 6-11 p.m.  Move from station to station sampling a range of craft beer creations and small bites. Tickets are $55 each (plus service fee and HST), with partial proceeds going to support the Roundhouse.

  • Monday, May 21 - BierCraft Belgian Showcase - Commercial Drive and Cambie St., 6pm to closing. Two BierCraft Bistro locations will be pouring more than 50 Belgian and Belgian-style beers paired with Belgian-influenced hors d'oeuvres. Sample to your palate's content. Tickets are $75 each (plus service fee and HST).

  • Thursday, May 24 - Sisters of the Tap, hosted by ensemble Tap, 990 Smithe St. (downtown), 6pm to closing. Meet the women behind some of BC's best-known craft beers in this 5-course beer and food pairing event with creations by Top Chef Canada Dale MacKay and ensemble Tap executive chef Brad Hendrickson. Tickets are $60 (plus service fee and HST).

  • Friday/Saturday, May 25 - 26 - VCBW Beer Festival presented by Legacy Liquor Store and BierCraft, Salt Building, Olympic Village (False Creek), 5-10pm Friday and from 2-7pm Saturday. Socialize, check out Salt Building and sample the best the craft brewing industry has to offer at this tasting event. Tickets are $35 (plus service fee and HST) and include a take-home VCBW commemorative taster glass.

    Other notables include a beer cocktail competition presented by Clough Club in Gastown, a Cicerone vs. Sommelier pairing duel at Irish Heather Gastropub in Gastown, duelling beer pairing paddles at St. Augustine's on The Drive and a DIX BBQ and Brewery Reunion (one of our favourite former pre-game destinations) at Stackhouse Burger Bar on Granville Street.

    Popular VCBW events are selling out fast, so get your tickets early. And don't forget to plan for a safe ride home. For a complete guide to this year's showcase and to buy tickets, visit

    Looking for craft beer in Vancouver? Check out an alphabetical or mapped list of venues in our Bars section.

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