Beer in Vancouver and the Canada Cup of Beerby
I’m always a huge fan of roadtrips that have a theme. It’s a secret desire of mine to drive across North America finding the “biggest” things ie. biggest easter egg in Vegreville, Alberta or the biggest ball of twine in Minnesota. A while back Metroblogging authors from DC did a Brewpub Tour of Vancouver:
It wasn’t until I saw these posts that I realized how much beer there really is flowing out of and brewing in Vancouver which leads into its (fitting) role as the host of the 2008 Canada Cup of Beer.
To be a truly national competition we have invited brewers and beer importers from across Canada to the festival. A select panel of beer experts (you, the event patrons!) will judge beer in various categories and award prizes for a variety of beer styles, flavours and packaging. The awards won’t stop at just the beer, the Canada Cup of Beer will include marketing categories for t-shirts, and beer names.
The event takes place at UBC Thunderbird Stadium on July 5th (B-Day aka Beer Day) from 1:00pm – 7:00 pm. Tickets are $20 ($25 at the door) which include 5 sample tokens (1 token equals 1, 4-ounce sample, some specialty items are 2 tokens or available in 2-ounce pours). More info can be found on the official B-Day website.
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As an avid beer enthusiast and home brewer, I can’t express how awesome a beer festival is for even the novice beer nerd. You’ll get to try beers and styles that you just can’t get here. Everyone pulls out all the stops for a festival and brews special release beers, crazy styles that they couldn’t necessarily market on a day-to-day basis. In Victoria each year we have the Great Canadian Beer Festival (http://GCBF.com) which is a fabulous event. The 4 ounce size prevents you from getting totally waste (well, at least prolongs it for awhile) so you can taste many different beers.
Hmmmm…. BEER (says Raul with his best Simpson’s voice)
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