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Summer brings cidery spotlight, craft beer getaway, VCBW top picks and more

This issue, our BC Craft Cider columnist Jeff Nairn presents a spotlight of two cideries: Nomad Cider of Summerland and Northyards Cider in Squamish. Check out Jeff’s thoughts about the state of BC cider. Preview below. Full story →

With the great weather lately complementing some great events this month, and more big event on the way, the summer beer season feels like it’s in full swing! Here’s what to know this week, and what’s around the corner.

Event Preview: Wilderness retreat for craft beer fans only!

Consider it the ultimate early Father’s Day gift. The second annual Craft Beer & Wilderness Retreat, to be held June 8th to 12th in Nootka Sound, is a beer holiday in a class of its own. Although not cheap nor for the faint of heart—the $1699 price tag includes a $300 discount off the full price—its attendees will likely never undertake a more memorable and exotic beer getaway. With brewers from some of BC’s most respected craft breweries on hand, guests will learn and participate in beer tasting, beer appreciation and actual brewing, as well as opportunites for yoga, paddleboarding and other outdoor activities. 

Find out what’s in store at this truly unique BC craft beer getaway from expert travel photographer Brian Keith Smith, who was there to witness Year One firsthand. Full story →

Big Birthday wishes to one of BC’s top craft supporters

Happy 40th Birthday to our Events Desk Editor, Ed Kaye! The man who runs perhaps BC’s best beer blog was diligent enough to submit his weekly WB column from his vacation destination, Brussels in Belgium.

Ed, you are a true champion of craft, and a champ in many other ways as well. Enjoy the rest of your holiday!

Our VCBW Event Picks

As Ed mentions in his column, some Vancouver Craft Beer Week events kick off next week! You already know about the crowning event, VCBW Festival, because it’s Western Canada’s largest beer event. But don’t forget that VCBW is a Week!  Here are some of our Upcoming Top Picks for VCBW week, which include some of the Lower Mainland’s best beer parties of the year.

May 31: VCBW’s 10th Anniversary Kickoff Party 

@ The Beaumont Studios, 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Celebrate ten years of VCBW! Break out your sparkles & sequins, show off your shine and dance the night away! View Event →

June 1: Rare Brews & BBQ 2019

@ Darby’s Pub & Liquor Store
Some of the best, most interesting beers served inside and on the upstairs patio of Darby’s Kits. Highly Recommended. View Event →

June 1: Backcountry Brewing 2 Year Anniversary

@ Open Studios 7 pm-late
An epic night of music, celebration and great beer as Backcountry rings in 2 incredible years. View Event → 

June 1: Cicerone vs Sommelier

@ The Sutton Place Hotel Vancouver, 6.30-10pm
Come out and vote for your favourite pairing! Dianne “Super Somm” Fisher battles Paul “Brew Paul” Pyne for the chance at taking home the Best of BC Championship belt. View Event →

Jun 2: Hoppapolooza 2019 x 13 Year Anniversary x 1000th Beer List! 

@ The Alibi Room, 11:00 am – 11:00 pm
It’s the Alibi’s 13th Birthday, their 1000th Beer List, and the 10 Year Anniversary of Hoppapolooza, all in one! MUST NOT MISS. View Event → 

June 6: Forbidden Fruit

@ Devil’s Elbow 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Vancouver’s original annual fruit beer event! Until recently, the only way to get your fruit (including belgian, wheat, sour) beer fix. Highly Recommended. View Event → 

June 6: 6×6 Langley VCBW Cask Festival 

@Dead Frog Brewery, Langley
Bringing VCBW to Langley with the 6×6 Langley Cask Festival! Casks from six Fraser Valley breweries. View Event →

View the full VCBW citywide schedule at

Check out more upcoming events in Ed’s column below.
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