Craft breweries are a booming business here in British Columbia. From classic Lagers and Ales to full bodied Stouts and Porters, the coast has an endless variety of local breweries and cideries offering you the summer’s perfect pint and pour.
Don’t let summer fly by, grab your friends and discover your new favourite summer bevvy! From seaplane flight to tasting flight, we’ve narrowed down the list of our favourite beer and cider festivals on BC’s coast.
Brewery and the Beast – Vancouver & Victoria
When: Vancouver: July 28th | Victoria: September 22nd | Where: Vancouver: Concord Pacific Place | Victoria: Royal Athletic Park
Brewery and the Beast is an experience you can feel good about! Indulge in delectable local meats, treats and beats at this incredible event. Aimed to educate and inform its guests of the importance of being a conscientious consumer. With a fun, laid back vibe, enjoy live music while you experience a tasty lesson on these foods, their origin and where they can be purchased. With fresh brews on tap from Phillips Brewing Company, let your taste buds explore the diverse selection of their award-winning beers, paired with the chefs’ local dishes. If beer isn’t your thing, they will also be featuring premium local wines and ciders! Located at the water’s edge in False Creek in Vancouver and the grounds of Royal Athletic Park in Victoria; both events are a short cab ride or walk from our downtown terminals! For ticket holders, don’t forget to use our promo code “BATBVAN19” and “BATBVIC19” for 20% goGold and goFlex fares! Proof of attendance is required at check-in. We will see you there!
Friday Sunset Sessions at Harbour Air – Vancouver
When: Friday events during July & August| Where: Harbour Air’s Downtown Vancouver Terminal
Live music, drink specials, and the best sunset views in Vancouver! We can’t think of a better way to celebrate the end of a long work week. Each Sunset Session is proudly sponsored by a different local craft beer, cider and spirit company so you have a chance to experience new beverages and discover your favourite refreshing summer bevvy! In support of Harbour Air’s Share the Fare program, 100% of the drink proceeds from our sponsors go towards the Ride to Conquer Cancer. Help us reach our bold goal of $500,000 to find a game-changing cancer detection and treatment project. Stay and enjoy a refreshing pint before or after your flight or stop by the terminal for an evening of fun – all in the name of a good cause. Everyone is welcome; passengers, friends, neighbours and even dogs! We look forward to enjoying Friday’s sunset with you every week. See you there!
Tapped Beer Festival at Mount Washington – Comox
When: July 26th | Where: The Raven Lodge at Mount Washington Alpine Resort
Tapped Beer Festival is an annual craft beer and cider festival held at the beautiful Raven Lodge at the iconic Mount Washington Alpine Resort. During the winter months this mountain range attracts skiers and snowboarders seeking fresh powder from around the island. During the warm summer months, it’s a playground for two-wheeled adventure fanatics and hikers. In the charming mountain village below, enjoy local brews and ciders from around Vancouver Island and the lower mainland all while listening to live music and enjoying the beautiful mountain views of the island. Feel like channeling your inner mountain lumberjack? Victoria based Axe and Grind will be attending with plaid shirts to test your axe-throwing skills in a safe environment. After your flight organize a lift from friends from our terminal centrally located at the Comox Valley Marina!
Great Canadian Beer Festival – Victoria
When: September 6th & 7th | Where: Victoria
The Victoria Beer Society proudly presents the 27th annual edition of Canada’s oldest beer festival!
This legendary event is hosted at the iconic Royal Athletic Park in Victoria and will be featuring over 90+ craft breweries from around British Columbia and beyond! Not a fan of the hops? Don’t worry, this beer festival does more than craft lagers and ales. They will be featuring a variety of local cideries that will be sure to satisfy your pallet along with Victoria’s quintessential food truck pairings. Be sure to mark your calendars! This is a bucket-list event for anyone who is a fan of craft beer and a good time.
Whistler Village Beer Festival – Whistler
When: September 10th to 15th | Where: Whistler Olympic Plaza
The iconic beer festival that started it all! The Whistler Village Beer Festival is taking over the cobblestone streets of Whistler Village and Olympic Plaza. The main event takes place on September 14th and 15th and will be featuring over 70 breweries with over 140 beers and ciders. Throughout the week, signature events such as Craft Cultures and Master Crafters will be returning with Tap Takeovers along with food and beer pairings throughout the village at select restaurants! The Gibbons Group sure knows how to put on an epic event and they’re celebrating with the best craft beers, ciders and kombucha that BC has to offer. Showcasing breweries across the Sea-to-Sky corridor, the Okanagan and beyond, paired with delicious eats to keep you fueled all day long including vegan, vegetarian, and gluten free options! Leave your car and worries behind, our Whistler shuttle gets you from our dock on Green Lake to the heart of Whistler Village in minutes!
Cider Harvest Festival – The Cowichan Valley
When: September 29th | Where: Merridale Cidery & Distillery
The Cider Harvest Festival at Merridale Cider is a celebration of pure BC farm craft! This will be the 3rd annual Cider Harvest and it takes place right in the heart of Cobble Hill. Merridale Cider is a pioneer of BC’s popular cider industry and has been perfecting its craft for years. From their traditional English-style cider created from homegrown European cider apples, to the sharp and bitter taste of Merridale’s Cowichan Dry blend; you will be sure to discover your new favourite summer beverage. Meet the makers of this iconic island brand and hear their stories about the cider making process while enjoying fresh farm-to-table eats from the Merridale Kitchen. Organize a 20-minute ride with friends from our dock in Maple Bay or enjoy a Vancouver Island road trip and head north from our terminal in Downtown Victoria!
By: Alannah Kennedy