Vancouver, BC (October 5th, 2022) – After a few years away, the BC Beer Awards and Festival (BCBA) is set to return for an 11th year on November 5, 2022, to the Croatian Cultural Centre in Vancouver. And folks, we’re so excited! This year we haved moved away from the traditional beer festival format, and are moving to full service, serving tall cans (473ml) across a number of style-focused bars throughout the venue (think IPA Bar, Lager/Pilsner Bar, Dark Beer Bar, etc). We’ve curated a great list of beers from 70 breweries across BC, plus some local ciders. A variety of non-alcoholic options are included in your ticket as well. This one-day event features both the BC Beer Awards Ceremony and a beer festival boasting more than 120 different beers! The beer menu will be provided when we make our online brochure available before the event.
Awards will be presented for 30+ beer categories plus top awards including Best in Show, the *NEW* CBC Judge’s Choice, Rookie of the Year, Brewery of the Year, Innovator of the Year and The Legend Award. Returning again is the Creative Industry Awards, recognizing breweries for crafting unique items and experiences that enhance the craft beer lovers’ brand awareness.
We’re pleased to be welcoming back our host, Stephen Quinn from The CBC. Food trucks on site will be courtesy of Between 2 Buns, and Top Rope Birria serving meat and veg-friendly options! Entertainment for the evening includes live music by local performer David Morin, a free-play arcade area provided by East Van Amusements, and lawn games. We’ve also got a few surprises we’re saving for the big day!
- Where: Croatian Cultural Centre (3250 Commercial Drive, Vancouver)
- When: Saturday, November 5th, 2022 from 4 – 9pm (The Main Awards will be presented in the 1st hour so get here early!)
- Tickets: $60 + fees, and includes a commemorative koozie as well as your first tall can – A Raspberry and Lemon Salted Sour Ale we brewed in collaboration with BREWHALL and Powell Brewing. Only a handful of tickets remain until we’re sold out – buy them here!
- Tokens: Additional tokens are $5 each, taxes included. Each token is the value of 1 tall can (473ml) of beer. We accept card payments at the token booth, and there is an ATM on site for cash payments.
THE BAR LAYOUT
There are 8 bars across the 2 main event rooms, separated by general style:
- Lager | Pilsner | Kolsch
- IPA | Hazy/NE IPA
- Pale Ale| Hazy Pale
- Sour | Fruit Beer
- Stout | Porter | Dark
- Saison | Belgian | Wheat
- Cream Ales | Blonde Ales | Light Ales
- Cider | Non-Alc Beer | Soda
The full beverage list will be available when we launch our online brochure leading up to the event. Availability and quantity of products will vary from bar to bar, as we anticipate some styles to be more popular than others. Please share with us which styles of beer you’d like to drink at BCBA this year!
We are not offering our traditional tasting festival format this year in an effort to reduce touch points throughout the venue. We understand our guests may still want to try smaller samples of beer – so we encourage our patrons to bring old tasting festival glasses from years past and share a few cans with friends!
THE SIDE ROOM
Join us in the side room for free-play arcade games, courtesy of East Van Amusements! That’s not all – we’ll have a super fun photo booth set up to capture all the fun times! Our coat check is once again being run by the good folks at A Loving Spoonful. A Loving Spoonful provides free nutritious meals and nutritional counseling to men, women and children affected by HIV/AIDS in the community.
We will be selling an array of BCBA merch! Crew neck sweaters, toques, totes, and patches! Available for purchase beside our token booth in Auditorium B.
CODE OF CONDUCT
The BC Beer Awards is an inclusive organization and event that is committed to providing a welcoming and safe environment for everyone, regardless of gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, age, race, or religion. Having a ‘Safe Space’ environment at our events and affiliated events means that each and every guest should feel welcome to participate in activities, services or events free of threats, intimidation, harassment, unwanted advances, and the deliberate, or negligent, creation of unsafe conditions. Harassment of participants in any form will not be tolerated and will result in the immediate banishment of the BC Beer Awards Judging, BC Beer Awards Event Ceremony and all future BC Beer Awards affiliated events.
Please note we will be in compliance with the current provincial government covid policies at the time of the event. We will have sanitizer throughout the venue and respectfully request anyone who has symptoms to please stay home.
Participating Breweries, Cideries and Beverage Vendors
2022 BC Beer Awards & Festival
Saturday November 5th, 2022
4pm – 9pm
Croatian Cultural Centre
3250 Commercial Drive – Vancouver BC, V5N 4E4