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Vancouver Craft Beer Week: Riverboat Showdown at The Portside Pub

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013 — 10:33am PDT
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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!

Current contests on


  1. Aaron B. says:

    Tofino Brewing

  2. Nathan says:


  3. stacey says:

    Parallel 49 Brewing!

  4. Katie says:

    Lighthouse Brewing

  5. Ria A. says:

    Central City Brewing

  6. jocelyne says:

    Howe Sound!

  7. Radhika K says:

    Driftwood Brewery (@radicalradhika)

  8. Spencer says:

    R&B Brewing!

  9. Emel says:

    Howe Sound Brewing!

  10. maggie says:

    Central City Brewing

  11. sara says:

    Howe Sound

  12. jan says:

    my fav – Driftwood

  13. Lindsay says:

    Central City Brewing

  14. Monique says:

    Parallel 49 Brewing!!!

  15. Marc Pascua says:

    Vancouver Island Brewery

  16. Billy Quirke says:

    Central City Brewing

  17. Megan Harris says:

    Parallel 49 Brewing

  18. Parallel 49 Brewing, my favourite brewery!

  19. Sanaz says:

    Central City Brewing

  20. Tom says:

    Tofino Brewing! Love em.

  21. wono99 says:

    love to go, howe sound brewing.

  22. Brian d says:

    Parallel 49 brewing

  23. Chelle says:

    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 Beauchamp says:

    Tofino Brewing

  25. Christopher says:

    Parallel 49

  26. Krissy says:

    Parallel 49 Brewing

  27. cindy says:

    Central City

  28. Jeremy Dyson says:

    Parallel 49!

  29. Katie says:

    Parallel 49

  30. valerie says:

    Central City Brewing – one of my faves!

  31. luc says:

    Tofino Brewing

  32. Ramona says:

    Parallel 49 Brewing… yum!

  33. Cheryl says:

    Tofino Brewing.

  34. Greg Honeybourne says:

    Central City Brewing.
    My favourite!

  35. Stacey says:

    Parallel 49!

  36. Michelle W. says:

    Sounds fun!

  37. Michelle W. says:

    Parallel 49!

  38. Brenda says:

    Vancouver Island Brewery

  39. A.J. says:

    Vancouver Island Brewery!

  40. Tammy says:

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

  41. Dana says:

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

  42. Rosemary says:


  43. Swapnil S says:

    Deep Cove Craft Brewery and Distillery

  44. Dayna Wilson says:

    Parallel 49 Brewing

  45. Deb says:

    Parallel 49

  46. Ray says:

    The great Graham With and P49!

  47. richard says:

    Love some red truck!

  48. dean says:

    Central City

  49. Varley says:

    Central City Brewing

  50. tim says:

    vancouver island brewery

  51. Jenn S says:

    Red Truck brewing

  52. kerri says:

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

  53. diana r says:

    tofino brewery

  54. Leora says:

    Lighthouse Brewing

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