Yahoo! No snow for a few weeks now means that maybe Spring is really here. Soon the good weather will shine down upon us. Better yet, there are a whole slew of great beer festivals to look forward to.
One of the most exciting developments is the return of a cask festival to Beatty Street. Case in point: Central City’s newly announced Easter cask festival. It’s exciting because they’ve added a new twist to their cask series: for the first time, you can use tokens to get food as well as beer.
Have you ever attended Central City’s Cask Festival series? They generally happen twice a year: Winter and Summer. Any beer enthusiast in the BC Lower Mainland should put this event on their to-do list. Here’s why.
The story of Central City Cask Fest
Vancouver cask festivals originated about a dozen years ago in the now-defunct Dix BBQ & Brewery on Beatty Street. CAMRA Vancouver, who would hold their meetings at that location, showed leadership in developing the ‘Caskival’ template for these events. There was a time in our recent history when such festivals were rare, and due to scarcity the entirety of the local craft enthusiast community could be found at any such event. Eventually the Dix Caskivals died along with the brewery itself.
Probably the first brewery to step up and create an ongoing series matching the quality of the legendary Caskivals was Central City, who were hosting a top-notch event by 2008. Over the years, countless great memories have been made at Central City’s Summer and Winter extravaganzas. The people involved in organizing the event have always been amazing hosts, taking good care of the patrons and the brewers attending. The Surrey brewpub’s expansive but channeled layout made for a wide distribution of the many casks available, causing much mingling, socializing and discussion of beer (just as one would experience back at Dix).
As fate would have it, Central City eventually took over the very Beatty Street location where the cask festivals all started. Last year’s Summer festival was held at Dix’s replacement: the new Red Racer Restaurant. See below for photos of what you can expect to see at a Central City event.
Central City Easter Cask Festival
Sunday April 16, 2017
11:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Red Racer Restaurant
871 Beatty Street, Vancouver
includes souvenir glass, food token and 3 starter beer tokens.
Beer List: featuring Parallel 49 Brewing Company, Doan’s Craft Brewing Company, Parkside Brewery, Townsite Brewing, Luppolo Brewing Company, Strathcona Beer Company, Hearthstone Brewery, Bridge Brewing Company, Postmark Brewing and more. Stay tuned to Facebook for more details: