BC Beer Awards

The BC Beer Awards & Festival celebrates the very best craft beer brewed in British Columbia.

2017’s SOLD OUT event took place at The Croatian Cultural Centre. 30 categories were awarded in the awards ceremony plus NEW - The Creative Industry Awards. For the festival we had 60+ breweries, 9 cideries, community partner booths, live music, amazing food and more. 2018 will be Saturday October 20th. Save the date!

Media Inquiries

For all Media inquiries please contact monica@bcbeerawards.com. Applications for media accreditation will be accepted as of July 1, 2018. Check back for the link. 

Festival Media Coverage (2017)

B.C. Beer Awards: Island breweries scoop top awards, 'burbs bag many medals - The Westender / The Growler by Jan Zeschky. 

BC Beer Awards 2017 - A Toast to the Newcomers - Craft Beer Vancouver

The Complete 2017 BC Beer Awards Winners - Ale Sessions

2017 BC Beer Awards - Complete List of Winners - DailyHive

BC Beer Awards Preview Q & A with Chester Carey - VanPours

BC Beer Awards - What I Learned - Breward Inlet

BC Beer Awards 2017 Winners Announced - Canadian Beer News

BC Beer Awards 2017 | Episode 24 - Pacific Beer Chat

2017 BC Beer Awards Winners Announced - Bring Your Porter to the Slaughter

BC Beer Awards 2017: Vancouver Island breweries bag big prizes - BC Ale Trail

Brew students tap bronze at the BC Beer Awards - KPU Newsroom

RBS Sponsors the 2017 BC Beer Rookie of the Year Award - Richards Buell Sutton LLP

BC BEER AWARDS 2017 - Cascadian Beer Podcast

Island Breweries Clean up BC Beer Awards - The Growler

Parksville brewery named best in British Columbia, 7 months after opening - Chek News

Three Vancouver Island breweries among winners in 2017 BC Beer Awards - Victoria Buzz

2017 BC Beer Awards Event Recap and Winners List - VanFoodies

Brew business booming on the island - Chemainus Valley Courier

Dageraad continues winning streak at beer awards - Burnaby Now

Parksville brewery named B.C.’s best for 2017 - Parksville Qualicum Beach


The BC Beer Awards and Festival 2017


Vancouver BC, August 10, 2017 - The 8th annual BC Beer Awards and Festival (BCBA) is set to return to Vancouver on October 21, 2017 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 and a craft beer festival with over 65 breweries and a selection of BC ciders, presented by The BC Farmed Craft Cider Association. 

We are pleased to announce a new format this year! We recognize that not everyone wants to pause to watch an awards ceremony in the middle of a beer festival. For those that do, and the industry folks, it's a special time! Well now you have the choice. Ticket holders can choose between two ticket types:
The VIP Awards Hour Ticket grants early entry at 4pm and live viewing of the awards ceremony hosted by CBC’s Stephen Quinn in the main ballroom. These tickets will be for industry folks and a limited number will be available for sale to the public. 
The General Admission Ticket, which runs 5 - 10pm does not include the live awards ceremony viewing, yet still offers a full 5 hours of festival as before.

Awards will be presented for 30+ categories and include the CBC People's Choice Award, Richards Buell Sutton LLP Rookie of the Year Award, and the Krones Brewers Challenge. New this year - The Tap & Barrel Brewery of the Year Award and more award announcements to come! Last year the BC Beer Awards challenged Brewers to show off the wonders of the almighty Mild Ale. This year we want them to SMaSH it out of the park, by showcasing how a single malt and single hop can really make a beer shine! The Growler is also back hosting a brewer’s collaboration booth.

Event Details
Where: Croatian Cultural Centre (3250 Commercial Drive, Vancouver)
When: Saturday, October 21st, 2017 from *4 - 10pm
VIP Awards Hour Tickets - $55 + tax (no early bird)
General Admission Tickets - Early bird $35 + tax until Sept 14th, Regular $40 (note: we have sold out before that for the last 3 years)
Tokens: All tickets include 4 x 5 oz drink tokens

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The Full Story:

The BC Beer Awards & Festival (BCBA) has become one of the most anticipated beer tasting festivals in the Lower Mainland. We will be returning to the Croatian Cultural Centre (3250 Commercial Drive, Vancouver) again this year as this venue has been the perfect location for our event for the past five years.

Last year's BC Beer Awards judging drew over 600 unique entries from over 80 BC breweries and brewpubs, with winners selected in 30 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).

The mandate of the BC Beer Awards is to reward excellent beers even if not brewed exactly to strict style guidelines. Secondary is ensuring that every beer brewed in BC can be entered regardless of whether it fits in a style or not. Craft Brewers across the province are well-known for their innovation and creativity, something that the BCBA organizers are keen to help celebrate. With 20+ new breweries having opened in BC in 2016 and more to come in 2017, we’re well over 125 craft breweries in BC now!   

Find BC Beer Awards Online:
Website: www.bcbeerawards.com
Facebook: BCBeerAwards
Twitter: @BCBeerAwards
Instagram: BCBeerAwards
Event Hashtags: #BCBA #BCBA2017 #YearoftheSMaSH

Suggested Tweet: 8th Annual @BCBeerAwards returns Oct 21st w/ a new format, & new awards! Tickets on sale Aug 15th #BCBA2017

Media photos for download - please credit Alison Page Photography

We will be hosting a Media Tour @ 3.30pm, 30 minutes before the doors open for the VIP Awards ceremony. For more information and to sign up, please complete: Media accreditation and passes

Media Contact
Monica Frost, BC Beer Awards Director and Communications
778 990 9351