Vancouver Craft Beer Week: Riverboat Showdown at The Portside Pub

Comments 54 by Rebecca Bollwitt

Vancouver Craft Beer Week (“VCBW”) kicks off this Friday and many events have already been sold out for weeks. Through partnerships and collaborations with venues, pubs, and breweries there is a wide variety ways to get involved. The #YVRBeerTweetup group has partnered with The Portside Pub (7 Alexander St) in Gastown to host The Riverboat Showdown on Thursday, June 6th starting at 7:00pm.

In keeping with this year’s VCBW theme, The Portside Pub will be decked out like a riverboat casino and attendees will be able to take part in 5 casino games with professional dealers, served by ladies and gentlemen in true ‘saloon style’ costume.

Attendees will vote for their favourite brews on-site (each brewery bringing a special cask just for this event) and the #YVRBeerTweetup hosts will be posting updates and results from the awards portion out to Twitter.

Participating breweries for The Riverboat Showdown include: Deep Cove Craft Brewery and Distillery, Lighthouse Brewing, Vancouver Island Brewery, Parallel 49 Brewing, Central City Brewing, R&B brewing, Red Truck Brewing, Russell Brewing, Howe Sound Brewing, and Tofino Brewing.

Tickets are available online for $25 and admission includes “casino” playing tokens, a VCBW tasting glass, a ticket for one 4oz. cask taster, and live music from The Sweetpea Swing Band. Additional cask tickets are only $1 each. There will be prizes and other fun surprises throughout the night. Attending in costume is highly recommended!

If you would like to attend this event, I have a pair of tickets to give away. Here’s how you can enter to win:

  • Leave a comment here naming a participating brewery at this event (1 entry)
  • Post the following on Twitter (1 entry)
RT to enter to win tickets for The Riverboat Showdown from @YVRBeerTweetup & @Miss604

I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 5:00pm on Sunday, June 2, 2013. Must be legal drinking age. Please enjoy responsibly and plan a safe trip home.

Update The winner is Rosemary!

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54 Comments  —  Comments Are Closed

  1. Aaron B.Wednesday, May 29th, 2013 — 10:36am PDT

    Tofino Brewing

  2. NathanWednesday, May 29th, 2013 — 10:37am PDT


  3. staceyWednesday, May 29th, 2013 — 10:41am PDT

    Parallel 49 Brewing!

  4. KatieWednesday, May 29th, 2013 — 11:02am PDT

    Lighthouse Brewing

  5. Ria A.Wednesday, May 29th, 2013 — 11:35am PDT

    Central City Brewing

  6. jocelyneWednesday, May 29th, 2013 — 11:45am PDT

    Howe Sound!

  7. Radhika KWednesday, May 29th, 2013 — 12:09pm PDT

    Driftwood Brewery (@radicalradhika)

  8. SpencerWednesday, May 29th, 2013 — 12:16pm PDT

    R&B Brewing!

  9. EmelWednesday, May 29th, 2013 — 12:36pm PDT

    Howe Sound Brewing!

  10. maggieWednesday, May 29th, 2013 — 12:45pm PDT

    Central City Brewing

  11. saraWednesday, May 29th, 2013 — 12:46pm PDT

    Howe Sound

  12. janWednesday, May 29th, 2013 — 12:55pm PDT

    my fav – Driftwood

  13. LindsayWednesday, May 29th, 2013 — 1:01pm PDT

    Central City Brewing

  14. MoniqueWednesday, May 29th, 2013 — 1:26pm PDT

    Parallel 49 Brewing!!!

  15. Marc PascuaWednesday, May 29th, 2013 — 1:53pm PDT

    Vancouver Island Brewery

  16. Billy QuirkeWednesday, May 29th, 2013 — 2:17pm PDT

    Central City Brewing

  17. Megan HarrisWednesday, May 29th, 2013 — 2:56pm PDT

    Parallel 49 Brewing

  18. Yuri ArtibiseWednesday, May 29th, 2013 — 3:16pm PDT

    Parallel 49 Brewing, my favourite brewery!

  19. SanazWednesday, May 29th, 2013 — 4:03pm PDT

    Central City Brewing

  20. TomWednesday, May 29th, 2013 — 4:11pm PDT

    Tofino Brewing! Love em.

  21. wono99Wednesday, May 29th, 2013 — 4:28pm PDT

    love to go, howe sound brewing.

  22. Brian dWednesday, May 29th, 2013 — 4:29pm PDT

    Parallel 49 brewing

  23. ChelleWednesday, May 29th, 2013 — 4:46pm PDT

    I’d love to see what Deep Cove Craft Brewery & Distillery brings; I was amazed by their Scotch Ale at the Spring Cask Festival.

  24. Patrick BeauchampWednesday, May 29th, 2013 — 5:17pm PDT

    Tofino Brewing

  25. ChristopherWednesday, May 29th, 2013 — 5:56pm PDT

    Parallel 49

  26. KrissyWednesday, May 29th, 2013 — 9:54pm PDT

    Parallel 49 Brewing

  27. cindyWednesday, May 29th, 2013 — 11:26pm PDT

    Central City

  28. Jeremy DysonThursday, May 30th, 2013 — 12:43am PDT

    Parallel 49!

  29. KatieThursday, May 30th, 2013 — 7:36am PDT

    Parallel 49

  30. valerieThursday, May 30th, 2013 — 12:04pm PDT

    Central City Brewing – one of my faves!

  31. lucThursday, May 30th, 2013 — 12:33pm PDT

    Tofino Brewing

  32. RamonaThursday, May 30th, 2013 — 1:08pm PDT

    Parallel 49 Brewing… yum!

  33. CherylThursday, May 30th, 2013 — 4:10pm PDT

    Tofino Brewing.

  34. Greg HoneybourneThursday, May 30th, 2013 — 6:50pm PDT

    Central City Brewing.
    My favourite!

  35. StaceyThursday, May 30th, 2013 — 6:53pm PDT

    Parallel 49!

  36. Michelle W.Thursday, May 30th, 2013 — 8:19pm PDT

    Sounds fun!

  37. Michelle W.Thursday, May 30th, 2013 — 8:19pm PDT

    Parallel 49!

  38. BrendaThursday, May 30th, 2013 — 11:43pm PDT

    Vancouver Island Brewery

  39. A.J.Thursday, May 30th, 2013 — 11:48pm PDT

    Vancouver Island Brewery!

  40. TammyFriday, May 31st, 2013 — 11:18am PDT

    I’d love to get drunk on free beer ^-^

  41. DanaFriday, May 31st, 2013 — 12:12pm PDT

    This sounds like a fun night, would love to attend. Russell Brewing is participating.

  42. RosemaryFriday, May 31st, 2013 — 12:41pm PDT


  43. Swapnil SFriday, May 31st, 2013 — 8:41pm PDT

    Deep Cove Craft Brewery and Distillery

  44. Dayna WilsonFriday, May 31st, 2013 — 11:03pm PDT

    Parallel 49 Brewing

  45. DebSaturday, June 1st, 2013 — 10:43am PDT

    Parallel 49

  46. RaySaturday, June 1st, 2013 — 11:10am PDT

    The great Graham With and P49!

  47. richardSaturday, June 1st, 2013 — 12:53pm PDT

    Love some red truck!

  48. deanSaturday, June 1st, 2013 — 5:47pm PDT

    Central City

  49. VarleySaturday, June 1st, 2013 — 7:39pm PDT

    Central City Brewing

  50. timSunday, June 2nd, 2013 — 1:19am PDT

    vancouver island brewery

  51. Jenn SSunday, June 2nd, 2013 — 5:04am PDT

    Red Truck brewing

  52. kerriSunday, June 2nd, 2013 — 12:21pm PDT

    R&B brewing all the way. love their raven cream ale

  53. diana rMonday, June 3rd, 2013 — 9:24am PDT

    tofino brewery

  54. LeoraThursday, June 6th, 2013 — 11:09am PDT

    Lighthouse Brewing

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