Granville Island Brewmaster’s Dinner at The Sandbar

Friday, October 14th, 2011 — 3:01pm PDT
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Something I’ve come to appreciate in recent years is the Brewmaster’s Dinner. While you may have had wine pairings with your meal courses, just wait until you have perfectly matched brews to go with everything from your salad to your banana cream pie. If you haven’t yet discovered this wonderful culinary experience you’re in luck as The Sandbar will be presenting the Granville Island Brewmaster’s Dinner Monday, October 24th.

Granville Island Works Tour - The Sandbar

When Monday, October 24, 2011 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Where The Sandbar on Granville Island
What An autumn-inspired 5-course dinner with beer pairings designed by Executive Chef Will Tse and Granville Island Brewing’s Brewmaster, Vern Lambourne.

Here’s what the menu looks like so far:
Pan-seared marinated halibut » Cypress Honey Lager
West Coast seafood chowder » Lions Winter Ale
Island lager granita » Island Lager
Apple wood roasted 8oz ribeye steak » Pumpkin Ale

Tickets are currently on sale for $60 (not including tax and gratuity) and they’re bound to go fast. Contact or call (604) 638-1633 to reserve.

Granville Island Brewing

The Sandbar has consistently been voted the best place to take out-of-town guests (in the Georgia Straight’s Best of Vancouver) but it’s also a beautiful place for locals to dine. If you would like to win your way into the GIB Brewmaster’s Dinner, I happen to have two tickets to give away. Here’s how you can enter to win:

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I entered to win tickets to @The_Sandbar’s Granville Island Brewmaster’s Dinner with @ItsGoodtoBeHere from @Miss604

I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 10:00am Thursday, October 20, 2011. Must be 19 years of age or older to enter and win. Please enjoy responsibly and plan a safe ride home. I would highly recommend taking a mini-cruise on the False Creek Ferry or Aquabus if you need to get back to Yaletown or the West End.

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Update The winner is @cbercs!

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  1. Natalie says:

    This menu looks AMAZING! And the beer to go with it!

  2. Kathy says:

    I love Sandbar and the view of the bridge and the water is so stunning at night. This feast sounds so delicious and I’ve never been to a Brewmaster’s Dinner before.

  3. Bailey says:

    Ack! the 24th is my birthday! How perfect would this be (I know hubby would love to be able to get out of cooking!! *hee hee*) This dinner looks fabulous though, I would love to attend! Thank you for this contest!

  4. Jessica says:

    this sounds like the perfect night out!

  5. Don Foran says:

    Is the Island lager granita amuse-bouche palate cleanser like a beer slurpee?

  6. Rachel says:

    The menu looks awesome! I’ve never been to Sandbar and would love to try it!

  7. Aaron B. says:

    Sounds like a good night, count me in!

  8. Nancy says:

    The menu looks delicious.

  9. Kevin says:

    Beer beer beer, tiddly beer beer beer…

  10. Ed says:

    This looks awesome.

  11. Shannon says:

    Oh my goodness! I want in!

  12. Jen says:

    Sounds great! I love the SandBar πŸ™‚

  13. Jeremy says:

    Yummm….beer and delicious food!

  14. Megan says:

    Mmmmmmm sounds like a terrific night!

  15. Brenda says:

    Looks like fun!

  16. Cliff says:

    The food and beer pairings look delicious.

  17. Don McQueen says:

    I have never eaten at the Sandbar. This would be a great opportunity to enjoy a great meal.

  18. Diana says:

    Cheers to the fantastic GIB!! I took my then bf, now fiancΓ©, to their Brewmasters Dinner in May. It was wonderful!!

  19. Katie says:

    Would love to get to partake. This looks amazing.

  20. Greg Shackelton says:

    I Love this restaurant!!!

  21. Matty says:

    I pair beer with everything. This sounds perfect.

  22. Jenny Magenta says:

    Too bad it is Granville Island Beer. I would barely call that a brew master’s dinner. They used to be a great brewery and now…too many preservatives. So few people like GI beer it is surprising that Sandbar has chosen them to head up the beer there. I think of a brew master as someone like James from Storm Brewing….smaller batches. I know this isn’t the definitive way to describe one but, these days with all of the great beer in Vancouver it always surprises me when GI beer shows up.

  23. lori says:

    looks like a fabulous evening πŸ˜€

  24. Jas says:


  25. Lindsey says:

    This sounds like so much fun!

  26. Leanna says:

    This looks delightful and delectable. GIB’s Pumpkin Ale is a new fave of mine.

  27. Sara Cooper says:

    This sounds fantastic! Please put my name in!

  28. Vanessa says:

    This sounds delicious!

  29. B says:

    I’ve been to Sandbar twice, but never tried the lager.

  30. Teresa says:

    Looks fun!

  31. Joey says:

    I love Granville Island brews. I hope the Winter Ale is back!

  32. Lindsay says:

    I want to try the pumpkin ale, hmm!

  33. tania says:

    dinner is delicious

  34. rino says:

    What a night out!

  35. Gazza says:

    Sign me up to win this one!

  36. Alana says:

    Pick me pick me

  37. Meline says:

    Perfect for a night out! Nyum

  38. Jan says:

    That would be a great night out.

  39. Graeme Baitz says:

    This sounds it will be a lot of fun!

  40. Tooth Fairy says:

    Sweet treat for dining out!

  41. Tracy says:

    Sounds like a yummy time!

  42. Dani Fecko says:

    This looks amazing! I’d love to be there.

  43. heather says:

    I would love to go!!

  44. Lisa says:

    OHMYGOSH! I need to win this, sounds delicious!!

  45. Brad says:

    Pick me! I would love to take my girlfriend

  46. Andrew says:

    Love GIB and the Sandbar!

  47. Pete Shpak says:

    This looks Killer! Thanks for sharing the info πŸ™‚

  48. Deidre says:

    This would be a great night out!

  49. Vince says:

    I would love to attend this dinner out

  50. Sandra W. says:

    The menu sounds great! Sounds like fun!

  51. Tracey says:

    In all my 30 years, all my years at uni, I have never had a glass (a can?!) of beer. Seriously. I love the Sandbar, so what a better time to try to beer than with a pairing?! Sweet!!!

  52. Britt says:

    I recently moved to Vancouver and would LOVE to try The Sandbar! Thanks for hosting such great contests, Miss 604!

  53. Tamryn says:

    Haven’t been to the Sandbar but would love the chance to take my hubby out for dinner.

  54. Eileen says:

    Its so great that the restaurant and local craft beer are both in such a picturesque place.

  55. Steph says:

    This looks delicious!

  56. Sherry says:

    I have never had a beer pairing but why not….love Granville Island’s Raspberry Ale in the summer. Haven’t tried the pumpkin one yet….Hope I win!

  57. Michelle W. says:

    Sandbar looks great! Haven’t been yet!

  58. Beth says:

    I’m sooo excited that Lions Winter Ale is back on store shelves for the season!

  59. liz says:

    What a wonderful October evening that would be.The suggestion of a mini boat cruise is also very appealing.Another great idea from Miss 604.Thank You.

  60. Steven says:

    I’d love this for my wife and I!

  61. Grace says:

    This sounds like an amazing dinner!

  62. Karen says:

    Local beer, delicious food AND a view of the False Creek? Sign me up! Thanks!

  63. Nicole says:

    Restaurant with awesome views. Love their patio.

  64. AppleHead says:

    Love Beer! Love the idea!

  65. Raia says:

    I’ve never been to Sandbar(yet), but I love GIB!

  66. Alex says:

    go Sandbar!

  67. Genina says:

    YUM!!! I love The Sandbar, and of course Granville Island Beer!

  68. Kate C-H says:

    Banana Cream Pie + Beer? I’ll give that a shot!

  69. sue says:

    Would love to go! it would be good to be here πŸ˜‰

  70. Veronica says:

    Never been to the Sandbar, this seems the perfect chance!!! πŸ™‚

  71. Katie says:

    Looks good!

  72. Peter H says:

    ahh, winter ale.. hands down best beer ever.

  73. Candice says:

    Tour de beer!

  74. Megan Seely says:

    Looks like a nice dinner! I <3 the Sandbar. πŸ™‚

  75. Kevin says:

    A pavilion of food & BEER!

  76. Michael says:

    Sounds delicious!

  77. Sally Jackson_dent says:

    Comming in to vancouver this weekend as there is no good place FOR SEAFOOD IN SALMON ARM BCAND i CANT TAKE IT ANY LONGER i NEED A GREAT MEAL

  78. Christine says:

    A great night out!

  79. Michelle says:

    What a great contest! Thanks for the opportunity!

  80. Lynn says:

    Sounds like a great way to celebrate a family birthday!!

  81. Sanaz says:

    Beer and BBQ’d meat go well together

  82. Mitch says:

    Great contest as always!

  83. Sharon says:

    What a great event. Would love to go.

  84. Marilou says:

    Sounds amazing! Would love love love to go!

  85. Tyler C says:

    beer+dinner sounds amazing

  86. Nothing better than crafted beer and seafood!

  87. Darcy says:

    I’ve heard some great things about the Sandbar…

  88. jeanie says:

    be a fun way to try out this place! =D

  89. Erica says:

    Sounds amazing!

  90. mary says:

    heard its amazings there

  91. I’d love to go to the Sandbar.

  92. Caitlin Enright says:

    Would love to take my husband to this for a fun night out πŸ™‚

  93. Stacey says:

    Love the sounds of this! I even have an out of town friend visiting that night- what a perfect Vancouver outing!

  94. Sunshine G says:

    Haven’t been but would love to!

  95. Rob says:

    This sounds great!

  96. jeff says:

    Always up for some good food and drinks.

  97. Scott says:

    Would love to go!

  98. Julia says:

    This would be a great experience to win!

  99. Tiffany Kalanj says:

    I hope that I win!

  100. Jennifer Breakspear says:

    I don’t much enjoy beer but the food looks amazing πŸ™‚

  101. Darryl says:

    What a great way to try a new restaurant and new beer.

  102. Daryl says:

    Sounds great!

  103. Tom says:

    We really enjoy the food at The Sandbar.

  104. taylor loren says:

    wow, this would be INCREDIBLE!

  105. Danika says:

    This menu looks amazing. And the beer is so yummy!!

  106. Trevor says:

    How could you go wrong with beer pairings at The Sandbar?

  107. Scott Simpson says:

    Looks Awesome! Winter Ale and Chowder sounds amazing

  108. Bernadette says:

    The sandbar is a great place, great ambiance and food. My favorite place for my son and I whenever we go out for mommy and me time…:-)

  109. Stephanie Dacre says:

    Beer + Pie= Priceless.

  110. This looks great! I would love to win!

  111. x says:

    The Sandbar and the GIB are two of my favourite Vancouver establishments. I’d love this!

  112. Sara says:

    I would love to win this, for a fabulous date night with my boyfriend! he would think i am the best girlfriend ever!

  113. Bo says:

    Love to go!

  114. Adrienne says:

    MMMMmmmmmmm beer.

  115. Lloyd says:

    Beer with dinner, yummy.

  116. john says:

    Sounds perfect, best friend’s birthday that night

  117. Beer + Banana Cream Pie = Delicious!

  118. amanda says:

    favourite restaurant in Vancouver!

  119. Lisa Yuen says:

    Perfect setting, perfect season, amazing menu…. Each item perfectly paired – Yum!!

  120. Sandi Amorim says:

    As a beer connoisseur and foodie, my husband Mark would jump for joy to win this prize!

  121. Charles says:

    Beer! Oh and food!

  122. Rae says:

    I love GIB and Sandbar!

  123. chrissy says:

    sounds super fun!

  124. Brenda says:

    I love Sandbar!

  125. Hailley says:

    Sounds fab!!!

  126. janine zuppiger says:

    My boyfriend and I have been meaning to have a date at the sandbar… brewmasters dinner seems like the perfect op!

  127. nance428 says:

    i love sandbar and their black cod is my all time favorite!

  128. Susan says:

    I’ve always wanted to try this out – the pairings look great!

  129. maria says:

    Sounds like an amazing event!

  130. linda says:

    this looks awesome.

  131. Kate says:

    Sounds great! I’ve always wanted to try a full beer-matched dinner.

  132. linda says:

    Haven’t done a beer paired meal yet. West Coast seafood chowder Β» Lions Winter Ale hmmmmmm!!! The pairings sounds great.

  133. Lily says:

    Never been to Sandbar!

  134. norah says:

    Mmmm, sounds decadent.

  135. Jessica R.F says:

    Mmm, sounds wonderful!

  136. Laura says:

    this looks amazing!

  137. Nick says:

    The only thing better than good beer is good beer paired with good food!

  138. Andrew C. says:

    Wouldn’t say no to being stuck at the Sandbar

  139. A.J. says:

    I enjoy the sandbar’s mussels and beer special when I can sneak away from work to catch it. Great venue and solid food!

  140. Sean says:

    looks like a great event to check out

  141. Debra says:

    I’d love to try this menu! I’ve never been to Sandbar yet!

  142. Peggy says:

    This sounds incredible! I love GIB and love Sandbar, and Granville Island is a perfect setting for a night out! Great contest!

  143. Jenny L. says:

    Sounds so yummy! Would love to eat at Sandbar!

  144. Elysia says:

    I love Sandbar, I need to go again

  145. Colin B says:

    mmmmmmmmm….steak and pumpkin beer sounds delicious!!!

  146. Lisa says:

    Would LOVE to attend this event! πŸ™‚

  147. Bon says:

    Sounds delicious!!

  148. Nav says:

    Sounds great. πŸ™‚

  149. alice irwin says:

    Yum – great food, great drinks and great views

  150. Haley Lloyd says:

    Love love love sandbar!

  151. Shae says:

    This dinner looks amazing!

  152. Jenna says:

    Winter Ale season is back! One of the best times of the year πŸ™‚

  153. Nomfundo says:

    This would make the perfect date night!

  154. Nicole says:

    I love Sand Bar and this sounds amazing! Know exactly who’d I’d take with me too if I won =D MMMMM, my mouth is watering already…

  155. Jess says:

    Sounds great! I love Granville Island beer πŸ™‚

  156. John Houlihan says:

    If not for me, then for my sweetie.

  157. Kailyn says:

    ummmm…you had me at ‘brewmaster’!

    Pumpkin ale with apple something something ribeye deliciousness? yummy GI Ales and halibut? And I don’t even know what Granita is…and frankly it doesn’t even matter….fingers crossed!

  158. Kelli Corscadden says:

    Hmmm…winter ale!!

  159. Stan Carmody says:

    This sounds absolutely amazing!

  160. Clare Tea says:

    Count me in! tweeting @icitea too.

  161. Matt says:

    I’m in for all the awesomeness.

  162. Tracey flattes says:

    Dinner and two favorite things!

  163. Bonnie R says:

    Fantastic prize! Would love to go πŸ™‚

  164. Bonnie says:

    Haven’t been to this restaurant, it sounds like a good one.

  165. Sharylin says:

    I’m intrigued by the Brewmaster’s dinner menu with beer pairings πŸ˜€

  166. Heather says:

    Sounds like a great time!

  167. HW says:

    Sounds amazing!

  168. Caitlin says:

    Celebrating my boyfriend’s birthday a day early on the 24th and he would LOVE this! Fingers crossed!

  169. Lucy says:

    Wonderful event! Hope I’m not too late to the party.

  170. Paul says:

    Would love to win and take my wife. I helped fabricate GI’s brewhouse and love their beer.

  171. gail whitworth says:

    we need a pleasant break from cancer

  172. peter says:

    thank you. ummmm…you had me at ‘brewmaster’!

  173. peter says:

    Anytime πŸ™‚ I don’t much enjoy beer but the food looks amazing

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