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Great Canadian Beer Festival Celebrates 30 Years

Canada’s oldest beer festival will celebrate its 30th year on September 6 & 7, 2024
at Topaz Park in Victoria, BC.


The Great Canadian Beer Festival (GCBF) was launched in 1993 and has been held annually
since then except for 2020 and 2021 due to the pandemic. The festival, which celebrates craft
beer from across Canada, will take place on Friday, September 6 from 4-9 pm and Saturday,
September 7 from 12-5 pm. Tickets for this popular event go on sale Thursday, June 20th.
This year, GCBF will have a new home at Topaz Park, moving from Royal Athletic Park where
the festival has been held for the last two decades. “The move to Topaz Park gives us a blank
slate to reimagine the festival not only for the 30th anniversary but many years to come,” said
Ryan Malcolm, Executive Director of the Victoria Beer Society.


GCBF gives festival-goers the opportunity to taste beers they can’t find anywhere else in British
Columbia. This premium tasting event will feature up to 250 different beers from up to 80
breweries from coast to coast, many of them served by the brewers themselves. It’s a rare
opportunity to talk to these folks about what makes their beer special, and to try some new and
classic brews from their lineups. The full brewery and beer list will be announced in the summer.
Special hotel packages have already been set up and are available on the website.


Over the coming weeks, GCBF organizers will continue to work hard to ensure that the event
features a diverse mix of beers. The brewery line-up is shaping up to be as exciting as ever with
breweries spanning across BC and featuring several out-of-province breweries as well. The BC
Ale Trail
will also be in attendance showcasing hand-picked BC beers.


The festival is also organizing fun and original ways to celebrate the 30th year. GCBF founders
Gerry Hieter and John Rowling, who retired and handed the festival over to the Victoria Beer
Society
in 2018, will be in attendance to lead the media tour and ring the opening bell.
This year, GCBF is excited to offer a Premium Ticket option for the first time ever. Indulge in a
masterfully crafted beer-and-food pairing provided by Chef Brian Tesolin of the Courtney Room.
Featuring four collaboration brews between the Courtney Room and Victoria beer standouts, Île
Sauvage Brewing, Herald Street Brew Works, Small Gods Brewing and Whistle Buoy Brewing,
each beer will focus on a foraged ingredient to then be paired with gourmet snacks, curated just
for Premium ticket holders. Add in perks like separate entry, six extra beer tokens and a
Premium lounge, and it’s the ultimate way to elevate your GCBF adventure.


Save the Dates: 30th Great Canadian Beer Festival: September 6 & 7, 2024 in Victoria, BC.
Tickets on Sale: June 20, 2024

Website: victoriabeersociety.com/gcbf/