Once again Vancouver Craft Beer Week has come and gone running from May 25th through June 3rd, 2018. Starting in 2010 Beer Week has come a long way and seems to only grow every year and 2018 was no different.
Sadly this year I was only able to attend the festival on the Sunday but from what I heard the events all week were all a ton of fun as always. Like always the official Vancouver Craft Beer Week beer was a collaboration this time being brewed at Backcountry Brewing in Squamish with Beere Brewing in North Vancouver and Coast Mountain Brewing in Whistler. You can check out my review of the strong lager here.
The festival was held on the Pacific National Exhibition grounds in Vancouver and ran from 12pm to 5pm on Sunday June 3rd, 2018. This year the festival brought us more than 100 breweries and cideries from all over British Columbia, some from other parts of Canada as well as the United States Brewers Association tent that poured over 30 US beers many never coming to Canada.
The weather was not all that great on Sunday and it kept the crowds down compared to Saturday. This definitely made for shorter lines which makes for a better time for the attendees. This year seemed to have even more exciting breweries in attendance inducing all of the best New England IPA brewers locally.
I sampled a ton of great beer at the event as always. I think my favourite two were Two Straws from Twin Sails Brewing and also Rio Bravo Brewing Company’s Pinon Coffee Porter a brewery out of New Mexico.
I look forward to going to VCBW and I hope that next year I can hit up a bunch of events. This festival was on par with all of my favourite festivals locally and it only gets better every year.