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Down to the wire: Swans GCBF Package

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If you haven’t finalized plans to attend the GCBF yet, you may be out of luck getting tickets through regular channels, especially for Saturday. However, there is an opportunity to get both your ticket and accommodation in one handy package:

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August 7, 2008 at 5:05 pm

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Real Ale Extravaganza at Dix Summer Caskival

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Exterior of Vancouver brewpub, Dix BBQ & Brewery at Beatty & Smithe streets.

Exterior of Vancouver brewpub, Dix BBQ & Brewery at Beatty & Smithe streets.

Tony Dewald’s (currently Dead Frog brewmaster) semi-annual cask festival tradition continues under the tutelage of Derrick Franche with the upcoming Summer Caskival at Dix BBQ & Brewery on August 9. With the support of CAMRA Vancouver, Caskival is a showcase of live, all-natural, preservative-free, unfiltered, unpasteurized cask ales from the creative talents of B.C.’s leading craft brewers.

This year, there will be approximately two dozen different beers to sample over the course of an afternoon. According to Franche, more brewers have gone experimental with their casks this time. Caskival seems to be evolving into a freestyle beer event that gives brewers an opportunity to experiment in a way that would otherwise be financially risky. Sometimes you may get a bum beer, but then there’s the extraordinary ale that more than makes up for the former. It’s exciting to be on B.C. beer’s cutting edge!

In addition to the regular food menu, there will be featured food specials — an entree ($12-$14), an appetizer, and Chef Zai Kitigawa’s special beef jerky.

Dix Summer Caskival
Saturday, August 9, 2008
Dix BBQ & Brewing
871 Beatty Street, Vancouver
Tel: (604) 682-2739

Cost: $15 CAMRA members, $20 non-members for entry; 4oz samples $1.00 each; souvenir t-shirts $20.00. There are no tickets for pre-purchase.

I will post more information about the participating brewers and their beers as the information becomes available.

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July 27, 2008 at 3:34 pm

GCBF Tickets Going Fast

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Tickets to Victoria’s Great Canadian Beef Festival are selling out fast, especially for the Saturday session. With over 45 craft brewers from across Canada, Belgium, and the Pacific Northwest and more than 7,000 people attending, it’s no surprise. (Their Web site must be getting a lot of hits since it’s hard to load up some of the pages, unless I’m getting throttled by my ISP…)

If you still want to attend this year, you’ll need to act quick in searching for a ticket and booking accommodation. Unfortunately, the GCBF Web site doesn’t provide full contact details for any of the outlets. But if you can’t get one from the nearest location, you might try checking others. If they have any, perhaps they might send you one if you offer to pay for shipping and handling.

If you come up empty, there are at least three other options:

  1. post a request on CAMRA Vancouver’s Facebook wall
  2. post a request on craigslist — Vancouver, Victoria
  3. volunteer at the festival

If there is one beer festival in B.C. you should absolutely visit, this is the one. The quality of the beer is uniformly high, a large number of brewers are in attendance, the festival is well-run, and the crowd is very appropriate for the size of the venue. As a bonus, outside of festival hours, you have an excellent selection of brewpubs to choose from within a walkable radius (see my B.C. Beer Blog Map in the top right margin). It’s a great excuse for a long weekend.

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July 27, 2008 at 1:30 pm

2008 Canada Cup of Beer Awards

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Just Here for the Beer, organizers of Vancouver’s Canada Cup of Beer, have just released the 2008 Canada Cup of Beer Awards based on voting by the festival’s attendees. They are:

Favourite Canadian Lager
Dead Frog Lager – Dead Frog Brewery, Aldergrove, B.C.
Honourable Mention: Rebel – Tree Brewing Company, Red Truck Lager – Red Truck Beer Company

Favourite Canadian Ale 
Cutthroat Pale Ale – Tree Brewing Company, Kelowna, B.C.
Honourable Mention: Dead Frog Pale Ale – Dead Frog Brewing, Hophead – Tree Brewing Company 

Favourite Import Lager 
Efes Pilsener – Efes Beverage Group, Turkey
Honourable Mention: Estrella Damm Lager – Spain, Holsten – Germany 

Favourite Import Ale 
Liberty Ale – Anchor Brewing Company, San Francisco
Honourable Mention: Efes Dark – Turkey, Duvel – Belgium 

Best Booth Display 
Rickard’s – Vancouver, B.C. 
Honourable Mention: Red Truck Beer Company, Tree Brewing Company

Favourite Summer Cask Ale
Granville Island Raspberry – Granville Island Brewing
Honourable Mention: Dix IPA – Dix BBQ & Brewing, Red Devil Pale Ale – R & B Brewing

Favourite Beer Name
Thirsty Beaver Amber Ale – Tree Brewing Company
Honourable Mention: DUDE Beer – Pacific Western Brewing, Dead Frog – Dead Frog Brewing

Friendliest Servers
Red Truck Beer Company – North Vancouver, B.C.
Honourable Mention: Rickard’s – Vancouver, Tree Brewing Company – Kelowna

Favourite Microbrew Beer
Howe Sound Brewing – Squamish, B.C.
Honourable Mention: Tree Brewing Company – Kelowna, Dockside Brewing Company – Vancouver, Dead Frog Brewing – Aldergrove

Favourite Booth 
Campaign For Real Ale Vancouver – Vancouver, B.C.
Honourable Mention: Tree Brewing Company, Dead Frog Brewing, Efes – Sebucom International

Noteworthy for this year’s CCoB was the featuring of cask ale. Given that CAMRA was voted Favourite Booth of the festival, the fact that they served four firkins of local cask ale (BigRidge Clover Ale, Dix IPA, R & B dry-hopped Red Devil Pale Ale, Taylor’s Crossing Irish Honey Ale) means that more mainstream Vancouver beer drinkers are coming to appreciate the qualities of live, unfiltered, unpasteurized beer.

Where to find B.C. cask ale (see B.C. Beer Blog Map at top right margin):
BigRidge Brewing
15133 – 56th Avenue, Surrey
 – last Friday of each month at 5:00pm

Central City Brewing
13450 – 102nd Avenue, Surrey
 – Surrey Summer Cask Festival in July

Dix BBQ & Brewing
871 Beatty Street, Vancouver
 – every Thursday at 5:00pm; Summer Caskival in August, Winter Caskival in December

Great Canadian Beer Festival
Royal Athletic Park, Victoria
 – first Friday & Saturday after Labour Day (September 5 & 6, 2008)

Taylor’s Crossing
1035 Marine Drive, North Vancouver
 – first Friday of each month at 5:00pm

The Whip Restaurant & Gallery
209 East 6th Avenue, Vancouver
 – every Sunday at 4:00pm

The Wolf & Hound
3617 West Broadway, Vancouver
 – last Wednesday of each month at 6:00pm