BC Beer Awards

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

The 10th annual BC Beer Awards and Festival returns to Vancouver on Saturday, October 19th, 2019. Tickets are now SOLD OUT!

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BC Beer awards 2019

The 10th annual BC Beer Awards and Festival (BCBA) is set to return on October 19, 2019, to the Croatian Cultural Centre in Vancouver. The signature consumer tasting event of BC Craft Beer Month, this festival celebrates the very best in craft brewing from across the province. This one-day event features both the BC Beer Awards Ceremony and a beer festival showcasing 45 of British Columbia's best breweries. 

Awards will be presented for 30+ beer categories plus top awards including Best in Show, People's Choice, Rookie of the Year, Brewery of the Year, Innovator of the Year, and Brewer's Challenge. Last year the BC Beer Awards challenged brewers to keep things fresh by brewing their best fresh-hop beer. This year as BCBA has 'Aged 10 Years', we thought it was appropriate to challenge brewers to age their beer as well and were notified well in advance to stash their special brew away. Returning for the third year, the Creative Industry Awards recognize breweries for crafting unique items and experiences that enhance the craft beer lovers' brand awareness.  

Returning to the festival will be our community booths, food trucks and event sponsors! Once the awards ceremony is over, guests will enjoy live music. We’ll also have a selection of BC Ciders presented by The BC Farmed Craft Cider Association! 


Where: Croatian Cultural Centre (3250 Commercial Drive, Vancouver)

When: Saturday, October 19th, 2017 from *4 - 9pm (Awards 4 - 5pm, Festival 5 - 9pm)

  • VIP Awards Hour Tickets (4 - 9pm) - $60 + tax (no early bird) includes a welcome drink, 6 drink tokens, 10-year commemorative tasting glass

  • General Admission Tickets (5 - 9pm) - Early bird $40 + tax until August 31 and includes 4 drink tokens, 10-year commemorative tasting glass

Tokens: Additional tokens are $2 each per sample. There is an ATM on site.
On September 1st, the GA early bird tickets increase to $50 (plus taxes and fees) however, for the last several years we have SOLD OUT before that day.*  


BREWHALL and Great Little Box Company are excited to bring The Rec Room to the 2019 BC Beer Awards! Join us in the side room for life-sized interactive games, music, food and prizes. That's not all - we'll have a special 10 year anniversary photo booth set up for all your Instagram photo ops. While you're there, don't forget to vote for the CBC People's Choice Award and you’ll find the coat check here as well. Proceeds going to support A Loving Spoonful. A Loving Spoonful provides free nutritious meals and nutritional counselling to men, women and children affected by HIV/AIDS in the community.


You asked and we listened… Our food sponsor Tap & Barrel will be serving up a BUILD YOUR OWN TACO BAR at this year’s BC Beer Awards. Enjoy chicken, pork, or vegetarian tacos and dress them up however you’d like with the classics, pickled vegetables and an assortment of sauces. More details to come!


Be sure to check out the Branded Brewers booth in The Rec Room where you can purchase official BC Beer Awards merchandise. Actually, why not order in advance and pick it up at the festival? Check out our Raglan Crew Neck - you too can have BCBA swag. Check it out!


BC Beer Awards

BC Beer Awards & Festival Announces
2018 Official Collaboration Brew

Proceeds will be allocated to a newly established grant benefitting students enrolled in Simon Fraser University’s Craft Beer and Brewing Essentials Program 

Vancouver, BC (October 4, 2018) The BC Beer Awards and Festival is proud to present their inaugural BC Beer Awards Collaboration Brew. 

BC Beer Awards' 2017 winner of Brewery of the Year, Mount Arrowsmith Brewing (Parksville), and Rookie of the Year, Backcountry Brewing (Squamish) worked with a collaboration-focused brewery, BREWHALL (Vancouver), to create a fresh-hopped Kölsch, the official beer of the 2018 BC Beer Awards. The proceeds of this beer will be allocated to a newly established grant for students enrolled in Simon Fraser University’s Craft Beer and Brewing Essentials Program, aptly named “The BC Beer Awards Starter Kit.” In keeping with the collaborative spirit behind the making of this beer, we’ve named this beer “Group Project”.

Group Project was brewed with German malts provided by Brewers Supply Group and fresh Lumberjack™ hops, generously donated by BC Hop Company, picked at the farm just hours before brewing. These hops have notes of resin and citrus fruit along with a clean bitterness and floral aroma. Dieter, a traditional German Kölsch strain of yeast provided by Imperial Yeast, will build on the fresh lumberjack hops and malt backbone to create a refreshing and clean Kölsch-style beer, which sits at 5% ABV and 23 IBU. Releasing next week, this beer will be on tap at the 2018 BC Beer Awards, Mount Arrowsmith Brewing, Backcountry Brewing, and BREWHALL. A select few taphouses around Vancouver will also be pouring Group Project, more information below.

In partnership with Simon Fraser University’s Craft Brewing Essentials Program, the proceeds of the collaboration beer will go towards a new grant that the BC Beer Awards & Festival has created. The grant, titled “The BC Beer Awards Starter Kit” will see that a new or continuing student enrolled in the Craft Beer and Brewing Essentials program will receive $3000 towards their tuition. The BC Beer Awards recognizes the hard work and passion that their peers in the beer industry demonstrate day to day, and want to provide an opportunity for a deserving student to be involved in this community. 

BC Beer Awards would like to thank the following organizations for their support: BC Hop CoImperial Organic YeastDirect TapBREWHALL, and Brewers Supply Group.

You can find the official BC Beer Awards Collaboration Brew, Group Project, pouring at the following establishments in Vancouver: Alibi Room, St. Augustines, Central City Pub Beatty, 12 Kings Pub, Timber, Tap & Barrel Olympic Village, Tap & Barrel Convention Centre, Tap & Barrel Shipyards, Mt. Arrowsmith Brewing, Backcountry Brewing, and BREWHALL. 

The sold-out 2018 BC Beer Awards & Festival is taking place at the Croatian Cultural Centre, 3250 Commercial Drive in Vancouver BC on October 20, 2018, from 4-9pm.  


BC Beer Awards, The Full Story:

The BC Beer Awards & Festival (BCBA) has become one of the most anticipated awards ceremonies and beer tasting festivals in the Lower Mainland. We will be returning to the Croatian Cultural Centre (3250 Commercial Drive, Vancouver) again this year.

Last year's BC Beer Awards judging drew over 850 unique entries from over 90 BC breweries and brewpubs, with winners selected in 30 distinct categories. This year we received 1085 entries from 113 BC breweries. All judges were either BJCP or Cicerone Certified or professional brewers. 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 opened in BC in 2017 and more to come in 2018, we’re well over 150 craft breweries in BC now!   

Find BC Beer Awards Online:
Website: www.bcbeerawards.com
Facebook: BCBeerAwards
Twitter: @BCBeerAwards
Instagram: BCBeerAwards
Event Hashtags: #BCBA #BCBA2018 #YearoftheFreshHop

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