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Rare Brews Beer & Food Festival Returns to beloved Vancouver Pub

8th Annual Rare Brews Festival Returns to Darby’s Pub on Saturday, May 28th

Established in 1981, Darby’s Pub has served Vancouver for over 40 years, during which time they’ve been known as an early supporter of the craft beer scene. In recent years, that support ramped up to the point that they installed a massive wall of over 40 beer and cider taps. But once a year it gets even better than that.

One of What’s Brewing’s favourite opportunities to enjoy this ground-breaking establishment is during their annual Rare Brews event, during which some of BC’s best breweries are invited to really showcase what they can do with one-off and rare creations.

Brendan Bonfield and team welcome you to Rare Brews!

It’s been a few years since patrons were able to gather property to celebrate this yearly destination event, but Rare Brews is BACK in full force next week Saturday, May 28th!

We had a word with publican Brendan Bonfield regarding what attendees can expect at the event. Brendan notes,

We are looking forward to hosting Rare Brews again after two years and showcasing the creativity and skill of BC breweries. Rare Brews is a unique opportunity for guests to try new, rare or limited beers and mingle with folks from 32 of BC’s best breweries in a more intimate setting.

The tickets to Rare Brews include the guest’s food, drinks, and Rare Brews beer glass —no extra costs.

Rare Brews will set you back $80 + fees, but with 32 breweries (see below) doing their best to surprise the most discerning beer geek, it’s one of those events that justifies the investment. To attend, visit Eventbrite and choose between the Matinee and Afternoon sessions.

Tickets: Eventbrite →

Rare Brews 2022

Sat, May 28, 2022

Session One: 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Session Two: 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm


  • Rare Beers from 32 of BC’s great breweries
  • Special food menu created by Chef Anuj Sharma
  • Access to chat with and learn from folks representing many of these fine breweries
  • Rare Brews beer glass

Tickets: Eventbrite →

8th Annual Rare Brews

Breweries Attending in 2022

  1. 33 Brewing Exp
  2. Andina
  3. Angry Hen
  4. Backcountry
  5. Barnside
  6. Beere
  7. Brassneck
  8. Brewhall
  9. Camp Beer Co.
  10. Dageraad
  11. Four Winds
  12. House of Funk
  13. Hypha Project
  14. Ile Sauvage
  15. La Cervesceria Astilleros
  16. Locality
  17. Luppolo
  18. Moody Ales & Co
  19. Neighbourhood
  20. North Point
  21. R&B
  22. Slackwater
  23. Slow Hand
  24. Steamworks
  25. Strange Fellows
  26. Strathcona
  27. Studio
  28. Superflux
  29. The Beer Farmers
  30. The Parkside
  31. WildEye
  32. Yellow Dog

Tickets: Eventbrite →

Memories Gallery: Good Times at Rare Brews

Here are a few selected Rare Brews memories from the lens of What’s Brewing.

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