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Craft beer lovers! Mark your calendars: The 25th Annual Great Canadian Beer Festival (GCBF) returns to Victoria on September 8 and 9 with ticket sales starting this Saturday, July 22 at 9 am. The GCBF is a non-profit society that aims to introduce consumers to new brews as well as to raise awareness of craft brewing in the local community and beyond.

Great Canadian Beer Festival

We had a great time attending this a couple of years back and it’s a wonderful way to check out some of your faves as well as to sample new beers on the scene.

Great Canadian Beer Festival

This is Canada’s longest-running craft beer festival! The inaugural GCBF took place in 1993 at the Victoria Conference Centre with 2,000 attendees. The event’s grown to cover two days at Royal Athletic Park, a venue that can host up to 9,000 thirsty fans.

Great Canadian Beer Festival

New this year, the Friday night session will run an hour later to allow those just getting off of work a chance to enjoy more festival time. You can’t go wrong sipping craft beer at the end of the week with the setting sun as a backdrop.

2017’s festival will host booths for 66 breweries and two cideries; that’s over 240 beers and ciders. Another new addition this year is The Drake Eatery Cask Tent, introducing eight additional breweries serving unique cask beer.

Great Canadian Beer Festival

A variety of local food vendors will again be on-site, together with live entertainment featuring bands, buskers and more!

Great Canadian Beer Festival

25th Annual Great Canadian Beer Festival

Dates: September 8, 4 to 9 pm; September 9, noon to 5 pm
Venue: Royal Athletic Park, 1014 Caledonia Ave, Victoria
Tickets: $40 per person (plus fees). Price includes a taster mug and program.
Tokens: Beer tokens available on site for $1.50 per four-ounce taster (**cash only**)

Great Canadian Beer Festival

Visit GCBF online for details and attending breweries.

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