“Taken both together, the cask festival and awards offered a neat summation of where the brewing scene in B.C. is at… It was a sensational, inspirational showcase of brewing talent and what beer can be.”
– Jan Zeschky, Vancouver Province, October 16, 2012
After only four years, two of them independently, the BC Beer Awards & Festival (BCBA) has become one of the most anticipated beer tasting festivals in the Lower Mainland.
The 4th Annual BC Beer Awards & Festival returns to Vancouver on Saturday, October 19, 2013 from 1-6pm at the Croatian Cultural Centre (3250 Commercial Drive). The marquee consumer tasting event of BC Craft Beer Month, this festival celebrates the very best in craft brewing from all across this great province. A one-day only event, it features both the craft beer festival and the BC Beer Awards ceremony.
This year, the BCBA is adding its first master class, the Hops Connect Hops Class, which is open to both consumers and trade. For only $10 per person, CAMRA Vancouver's Education Liaison Danny Seeton will guide 50 guests on a tour of hops and their influence on craft beer. The one-hour session, from 11am-12noon will include samples, demonstrations and a Q&A with industry experts.
The 2012 BC Beer Awards judging drew over 400 unique entries from over 35 BC breweries and brewpubs, with winners selected in 12 distinct categories. Judges included certified beer judges, cicerones, sommeliers, journalists, as well as noted beer and food lovers. The BC Beer Awards adheres to standards set by the Internationally-recognized Beer Judging Certification Program (BJCP).
The overall mandate of the BC Beer Awards is to celebrate excellent beer, judging each hand-produced, artisanal beverage on its own merits. Craft Brewers across the province are well-known for their innovation and creativity, something that the BCBA organizers are keen to help honour.
Raise a glass and enjoy!