BC Beer Awards

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

The 9th annual BC Beer Awards and Festival returns Saturday, October 20th, 2018 to the Croatian Cultural Centre in Vancouver. Tickets go on sale Tuesday, July 31st!

For the awards ceremony, 30+ beer categories and the Creative Industry Awards will be announced. For the festival we’ll have 55+ breweries, Cider Row, community partner booths, live music, amazing food and more!


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

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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