Vancouver Craft Beer Week celebrating a 10-year milestone

Monday 03rd, June 2019 / 18:56
By Jordan Yeager

Photo by Mark Yuen

Vancouver Craft Beer Week is a staple in Vancouver’s early summer events calendar, and this year they’re celebrating a 10-year milestone. What has become a highly anticipated festival started out as a conversation between a group of friends who simply loved beer.

“I still find it hard to believe when I hear ‘10 years’ that we’re talking about Vancouver Craft Beer Week,” says festival director Leah Heneghan. “The time has seriously flown by. My first year was a whirlwind of not really knowing what was happening and trying to cobble the whole thing together with a whole lot of guesswork, luck and love, all the while with a beer in hand. 10 years on, our festival is a testament to the BC craft beer community and how fantastic it is.”

That first Beer Week 10 years ago featured 15 breweries and hosted about 100 guests. This year, thousands will sample over 300 beers and ciders from more than 100 breweries, plus food from vendors like Bandidas Food Truck, DownLow Chicken Shack, and Greek on the Street. All of this is set to a mix of musical acts, including Foxy Moron, The Spillionaires, Vinyl Ritchie, and many more.

“We put a lot of thought into curating an inclusive, diverse lineup of local talent from across different genres,” says Heneghan. “All of the artists we have at the festival are from BC. That’s one of our mandates: keeping it close to home. There’s so much talent here and we love showcasing it at every opportunity.”

“When the fest shuts down on that last Sunday each year, the four of us owners generally collapse on the grass, breathe a sigh of relief and grin from ear to ear,” she says. “Then we drink a whole lot of beer.”

PNE Fairgrounds
June 8-9
Tix: $39 single day, $65 weekend pass:

Vancouver Craft Beer Week Trivia

answered by Katharine Manson and Paul Kamon

Biggest brewery
Phillips Brewery

Smallest brewery


Oldest brewery


Youngest brewery

Twa Dogs

Most animals incorporated in branding
Parallel 49 and Yellow Dog

Most unique name
Fuggles & Warlock

Highest alcohol content
Central City, Townsite and Driftwood are known for double IPAs and Imperial style beers (up to 9 percent ABV)

Most summer friendly selections
Strathcona Beer Company

Most pop culture savvy

Most musicians employed
Brassneck, Powell and Bomber

Most beers brewed per year
Brassneck, P49 or Backcountry

Fanciest brewery
Postmark Brewing

Most sours brewed
Strange Fellows – “Iain Hill is the man when it comes to sours.”

Brewery with the most hops
Backcountry, Red Racer (Central City), Coast Mountain, Beere