The BC Beer Awards & Festival (BCBA) has become one of the most anticipated beer tasting festivals in the Lower Mainland. We will be returning to the Croatian Cultural Centre (3250 Commercial Drive, Vancouver) again this year as this venue has been the perfect location for our event for the past four years.
Tickets for the BC Beer Awards & Festival will go on sale Tuesday August 16th at the Early Bird price of $32 via BCBeerAwards.com. On September 16th tickets will be available for $37 (plus taxes). We don’t recommend people wait however, as the last two years’ tickets sold out during the early bird phase.
Last year’s BC Beer Awards judging drew over 580 unique entries from over 75 BC breweries and brewpubs, with winners selected in 20 distinct categories. Judges included certified beer judges, Cicerones, Sommeliers, journalists, as well as noted beer and food lovers. The BC Beer Awards adheres to standards set by the Internationally recognized Beer Judging Certification Program (BJCP).
The mandate of the BC Beer Awards is to reward excellent beers even if not brewed exactly to strict style guidelines. Secondary is ensuring that every beer brewed in BC can be entered regardless of whether it fits in a style or not. Craft Brewers across the province are well-known for their innovation and creativity, something that the BCBA organizers are keen to help celebrate. With 20 new breweries having opened in BC in 2015 and an estimated 20 opening in 2016, we’re well over 100 craft breweries in BC now!
The exclusive media sponsor and sponsor of the People’s Choice Award is CBC Vancouver. The BC Beer Awards & Festival would not be possible without the generous support of our sponsors. Again this year, we have Tap & Barrel and Chrislan on board, as well as Richards Buell Sutton LLP for the Rookie of the Year Award. Would you like to be a sponsor? Please contact Monica Frost for more information.