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CAMRA Vancouver Summer Beer Festival

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St. Augustine’s will be featuring some great and unique beers from across BC at their CAMRA Vancouver Summer Beer Festival this Saturday, August 14th. Saturday’s festival, the first CAMRA Vancouver festival held at St. Augustine’s, will feature over twenty beers from twenty BC breweries. Many of the beers featured will be cask-conditioned. These seasonal releases, experimental batches, and one-offs have all been crafted by local brewers with the discerning craft beer lover in mind.

Many brewers have gone beyond the use of brewer’s yeast in their offerings this weekend. These brewers have instead created sour or ‘wild’ beers with the use of lactic acid bacteria and Brettanomyces, a wild yeast traditionally viewed as a contaminant in the production of most beer styles. This weekend’s festival will feature three examples of these sour or otherwise wild beers from BC craft brewers.

Russell Brewing will have a pin of their 100% Brettanomyces beer entitled “Brett Lambicus and the P-Funk All-Stars”. As the name suggests, this is a pale beer fermented and aged six months exclusively with Brettanomyces Lambicus.

Iain Hill of Yaletown Brewing will have a cask of his Brick and Beam IPA cask-conditioned with Simcoe hops and Brettanomyces. Iain cultured this Brettanomyces strain from a bottle of Orval, which gives the IPA a sweet, fruity Brettanomyces aroma.

Dave Woodward over at High Mountain will have a keg of his Berliner Weisse, a light, refreshing sour wheat beer.  This beer underwent a secondary fermentation for several months with Lactobacillus delbrueckii to create what Dave describes as an extremely well attenuated beer with a light lactic nose and tart finish.

The above beers are just the beginning of the creative, interesting beers present at this weekend’s festival. Here’s a complete list of the casks and kegs at the CAMRA Vancouver Summer Beer Festival.

Cask lineup:

  • Big Ridge IPA dry-hopped with Centenial
  • Central City  dry-hopped Pale Ale
  • Driftwood White Bark Wheat Ale
  • Howe Sound Zesty Orange Wheat Ale
  • Lighthouse Fisgaard 150 dry-hopped with whole-leaf Cascade
  • R&B Brewing Red Rice Bitter
  • Red Truck Purple Haze Blueberry Ale
  • Russell IP’Eh dry-hopped with Cascade and Willamette
  • Russell Brett Lambicus and the P-Funk All Stars
  • Swans ESB dry-hopped with Simcoe
  • Spinnakers Spinnakers Ale dry-hopped with Tettnanger
  • Storm  Root of all Evil Root Beer
  • Taylor’s Crossing English Summer Ale
  • Tree Brewing Cut Throat Pale Ale dry-hopped with Amarillo
  • Yaletown Brick and Beam IPA cask-conditioned with Simcoe hops and Brettanomyces

Draught lineup:

  • Central City Imperial IPA
  • Dead Frog Sahti
  • GI  Raspberry Wheat Ale
  • Phillips Raspberry Wheat Ale
  • Steamworks Frambozen
  • High Mountain Berliner Weisse

After the festival (and just a quick Sky-Train ride away!) is Central City’s Farmer’s Market Beer Dinner. What better way to finish a day of local craft beer than to sit down to an expertly-crafted meal that celebrates locally grown produce and locally produced beer. Designed by executive chef Carl Sawatsky, this five course vegetarian dinner will pair dishes centered around local produce with Central City beer. The dinner will also feature a cheese course from Farmhouse Natural Cheeses, with cheesemaker Debra Amrein-Boyes in attendance to discuss her cheeses.

St. Augustine’s CAMRA Vancouver Beer Fest
Saturday, August 14 @ noon – 5:00pm
Place: St. Augustine’s, 2360 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Cost: $25 (includes 3 samples and a souvenir glass)
Tickets: Online sales are now closed. Tickets may be available at the door.

Central City Farmer’s Market Beer Dinner
Saturday, August 14  @ 5:30pm
Central City Brewing, 13450 102nd Avenue, Surrey
$50 (includes 5 course meal paired with 5 beers)
RSVP: (604) 582 6620


Written by Ryan

August 13, 2010 at 6:29 pm

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  1. I am setting up a trip to Vancouver for the fall, what would be some good dates to get up there and experience the brew world?

    Glass Bottles

    August 16, 2010 at 8:23 am

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