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The 6th Annual British Columbia Beer Awards & Festival takes place on Saturday October 24, 2015 from 4 – 9pm at the Croatian Cultural Centre. The signature consumer tasting event of BC Craft Beer Month, this festival celebrates the very best in craft brewing from across the province. A one-day only event, it features both the BC Beer Awards ceremony hosted by CBC's Stephen Quinn and a craft beer festival with over 50 breweries. Also returning will be our community booths and on site judging for our Brewers' Challenge! 2015 has been dubbed by the craft beer community to be the Year of the Sour Beer and we have challenged BC's Brewers to create something that will dazzle your taste buds and perhaps make you pucker up! 

NEW this year is the “Richard Buell Sutton LLP Rookie of the Year Award” for BC's top new brewery! We've also invited a handful of BC's cideries to join in on the festival for your tasting enjoyment. There will be crafts provided by artists associated with The Craft Council of BC and an official BC Beer Awards After Party.

Last year's BC Beer Awards judging drew over 460 unique entries from over 60 BC breweries and brewpubs, with winners selected in 17 distinct categories. This year over 580 entries and 20 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).

Tickets: Early Bird tickets are on sale from August 26th to September 30th for $30 (plus fees & taxes). Each ticket will include 4 drink tokens as well as a 4oz taster glass (yours to take home). Additional tokens are $1.25 each. There is an ATM on site. Get them early, because on October 1st, the tickets increase to $35 (plus fees & taxes). (Last year we SOLD OUT before Early Bird tickets sales ended so don't wait!) 
Outside: Le Tigre Food Truck
Inside: Tap & Barrel and BierCraft

Our charity of choice is the Greater Vancouver Food Bank. All coat check fees will be donated and they will also be collecting non perishable food and cash donations at the door, so please help us help out. Tap & Barrel will also be holding a “coin toss” with proceeds going to the Food Bank. 

Vine & Hops Wine and Craft Beer Tours will be providing a free shuttle service from Commercial Drive Station to Croatian Cultural Centre for the hour before the event (3 – 4pm). Pick up location will be at Skytrain entrance by Safeway on Commercial drive going Eastbound (there will be signage). Get Home Safe by the BC Liquor Distribution Branch have supplied us with transit tickets for your ride home. They will be available at the event. 

After Party
We're pleased to announce the official BC Beer Awards After Party will take place at Doolin's and The Belmont Bar. Event guests will shuttled from the event downtown via bus. Please show your electronic BCBA event pass or industry pass to gain VIP entry.

The BC Beer Awards & Festival would not be possible without the generous support of our sponsors. The exclusive media sponsor and sponsor of the People's Choice Award is CBC Vancouver. This year we also have Tap & Barrel, Richards Buell Sutton LLP, Chrislan, Direct Tap, Brew Culture and Hops Connect on board.

As with all of our events, we're strictly 19+, ID will be checked at the door and Serving It Right Rules apply. Sorry, no refunds.

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