Victoria Beer Week is a nine-day festival highlighting a broad selection of BC craft breweries and educating Victorians about craft beer. After a very successful launch that saw more than 3,000 people attend 14 events held in venues throughout Greater Victoria in early March, 2014, Victoria Beer Week is returning in 2015 with 22 events celebrating craft beer in Victoria.
#VBW2015 is bringing back some of the most popular events from 2014 and expanding by adding some more exciting options. The festival will once again kick off with the Opening Cask Night at the Victoria Public Market on March 7. This year the event will feature every Vancouver Island craft brewery, including several new ones that have opened in the past year, along with three cideries and even a mead producer. They are also proud to offer gluten-free food and drink options at this event (cider and mead only, not beer).
New in 2015 is a major mid-week event called Thunderdome, which will feature 10 brand new, never-before-brewed beers launched by 10 of BC’s best craft breweries. That will take place on March 11 at 7pm under a thunderdome (OK, it’s a heated tent) at Wheelie’s Motorcycle Café in Rock Bay.
#VBW2015 has also expanded to include a second cask event at the Victoria Public Market, the Closing Cask Night on March 14, which will showcase more than 20 Mainland breweries, including several of the hottest new breweries that have opened in Greater Vancouver in the past two years.
The festival will once again finish with the Brewmaster’s Brunch at the Atrium on March 15 – a delectable affair that includes six beer-paired brunch courses prepared by premier chefs from the Island Chefs Collaborative.
Beyond these marquee offerings, numerous other events are scheduled at various Victoria venues throughout the week.
While some events are ticketed, others are open to the public (19+), and many of the city’s pubs, bars and restaurants will also be participating with their own events or daily craft beer specials.
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