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The BC Beer Awards & Festival (BCBA) has become one of the most anticipated beer tasting festivals in the Lower Mainland. To cap off October’s BC Craft Beer Month, the event is set to return to the Croatian Cultural Centre on October 25.

VCBW Rare Brews and BBQ-1

Following on the heels of last year’s successful awards event, a few new elements have been added for even more sparkle! This year, there will be four Education Classes to choose from. The classes, taught by our industry’s finest, include Off Flavours, Malts, History of Beer, and Hops.

The Oakwood Kits opening - drinks and craft beers on tap
[BC craft beer represents at Oakwood Bistro]

The festival organizers have also increased 2014’s class sizes to accommodate their popularity. Class tickets cost $15 each. Tickets for both the BC Beer Awards & Festival and the Education Classes are now on sale.

VCBW 2012 Opener-24

2013’s BC Beer Awards judging drew over 400 unique entries from 39 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). This year, two more categories have been added: the Purl Cask Award and CBC People’s Choice Award.

Craft Beer Market Opening-20

The mandate of the BC Beer Awards is to reward excellent beers—even if not brewed exactly to strict style guidelines. Secondary to this mandate is ensuring that every beer brewed in BC can be entered regardless of whether it fits into a particular style or not. Craft brewers across the province are well known for their innovation and creativity, something that the BCBA organizers aim to showcase.

A few of the craft beers on tap at Luke's

Visit BC Beer Awards online for more details.

2014 BC Beer Awards & Festival

Date: October 25, 4 to 9 pm
Venue: Croatian Cultural Centre, 3250 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Tickets: $27, available online at Early Bird pricing through October 10; $32 after October 10

Get social!

BC Beer Awards on Facebook
BC Beer Awards on Twitter – official event hashtag: #BcBeerAwards
BC Beer Awards on Instagram

The BC Beer Awards & Festival is generously supported by Vancouver Brewery Tours, Chrislan Cermaics, Donnelly Group, Hops Connect, and Canada Malting.

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