Vancouver Craft Beer Week is Coming…

If you weren’t sitting at your computer waiting on the VCBW website for ticket sales to go live, you should probably know that some events have already sold out. Oh, you didn’t know that Hoppapalooza sells out faster than a Maroon 5-Metallica-Justin Bieber-Prince festival? Yes everyone it is that time of year again – Vancouver Craft Beer Week comes for its 4th year. From what the crew at VCBW tell me – This Year is the most imaginative set of events ever. Let’s get the main ones out of the way first – Opening night is un-real, and if you haven’t been… go. The weekend tasting will be bigger than ever, as the location has changed from the old pepper building to River Rock. More space means more beer and more beer means more breweries. You get the idea.

Now for the fun part: What is the Donnelly Group up to this year at our Vancouver Bars and Pubs?

Well, not much time to spare actually. Check it out:

The Queens Republic Presents the 2nd Annual Battle of the Bartender Beer Cocktail Competition

Driftwood Brewing and The Queens Republic have joined forces to present the second annual VCBW Beer Cocktail Competition. Some of Vancouver’s Top Bartenders will square off at The Queens Republic with only bar tools and creativity to create a beer cocktail using one of Driftwood Brewing’s limited release beers. Their Prize? A trip for two to visit the Great American Beer Festival in Denver Colorado! Attendees will be served canapés based on The Queens Republic amazing modern pub-food menu and will be able to samples each cocktail made by the competitors themselves right after they present to the judges to help with the people’s choice award.

Contact / Address: 958 Granville St. Vancouver BC.

Event Times: First Competitor at 6pm, Awards at 11pm

Price: $50 (includes 2 Driftwood beers, samples of competitor cocktails, small food element (kitchen will be open)


Brothers in Hops 

They are brothers from different mothers, but all sons of the hop. Four Pacific Northwest brewers have teamed up to host a night of Hop-tastic food and drink. Each brewer will be bringing signature styles of hoppy brews for guests to sample, taste and discuss at The Butcher & Bullock. The night’s featured brewers will be Ben Love of Gigantic Brewery, Gary Lohin of Surrey’s Central City Brewing, Jaime Floyd of Ninkasi brewing, and Graham With of Parallel 49 brewing. We’ll also have a featured home brewer that evening to showcase the hobbyist’s point of view. Come down, grab a pint and meet the Brothers in Hops. Ticket includes samples of the beers in question along with beer paired food stations. Additionally each guest will receive a gift bag that includes giveaways from Dominion Barbers and other “Brother” favorites. (Gift bag valued at $75).

Contact / Address: 911 Pender, Vancouver BC

Event Times: (6pm -10pm)

Price: $75

All or Nothing Pub Crawl 

When it comes to craft beer we’re all or nothing! With that in mind, the Donnelly Group is proud to present the Donnelly Public House All or Nothing Pub Crawl. During Vancouver Craft Beer Week visit any Donnelly Group Public House and purchase an All or Nothing passport for only $6.00 (includes your first sleeve), allowing you to start your crawl. From there, each Donnelly Pub location will be offering a special selection from Ninkasi Brewing. Try the different beers at each location, collecting a passport stamp at each venue. Once you’ve completed the tour everyone is invited to the Donnelly Group All or Nothing Pub Crawl VCBW after-party on Sunday, June 9th 5pm-1am, where they can submit the completed Passport to enter to win a trip to the Ninkasi Brewery.

Passport cost is $6 and includes your first sleeve – other sleeve price varies by location. 400 Passports available.

Craft Beer Pub Crawl features the following Ninkasi Beer Styles:

Total Domination – Believer – Tricerahops – Oatis – Babylon Double IPA – Little One – Sterling Pilsner -Redunkulous

Passports available all week leading up to VCBW and will be accepted only on Sunday.

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