Victoria Beer Week is a nine-day festival of events highlighting a broad selection of BC craft breweries while educating Greater Victoria residents about craft beer. The week features a wide variety of events that pair BC craft beer with local Victoria food vendors, with a clear focus on showcasing quality BC craft beer and educating beer enthusiasts. Smaller tastings, seminars and micro-events happen at various venues throughout the week.
The Victoria Beer Week Society is a non-profit organization whose mission is to facilitate various beer-related events at locations around Greater Victoria. We aim to educate and build “beer ambassadors” out of craft beer newcomers and seasoned beer geeks alike, as well as to increase business for all facets of the BC craft beer industry, including breweries, pubs, liquor stores, restaurants and home brew supply stores.
Our team consists of a few beer-fanatic characters, each infamous in their own way for their passion and dedication to Victoria’s craft beer scene. Bringing the same discerning eye to our programming calendar as they do to a fresh pint of beer, the board of the Victoria Beer Week Society works year round to plan and ensure that Victoria Beer Week is providing Victoria’s craft beer community with engaging, adventurous events that look to educate beer enthusiasts as well as introduce them to new and exciting beers.
Victoria Beer Week Society Members
Sheleena Gutierrez – Director
Sheleena Gutierrez was born to manage your event needs. Highly organized and effective, Sheleena has helped to organize major events around Victoria for several years, including Ryder Hesjedal’s Tour de Victoria, Power to Play, the Amazing Chase, and the TC10K. She is the owner of Rio Strategies, an event management company based in Victoria.
Aidan Henry – Co-Producer
Ryan Malcolm – Director
Ryan is a jack of all trades beverage consultant and mixologist. His experience at all levels in bars, breweries, distilleries and everything in between give him a well rounded expertise in the Victoria craft beverage world. Named as one of Victoria’s top five masters of mixology, Ryan helps out all over town making sure wherever you go that you receive a well crafted beverage. @rye_victoria
Chris Nohr – Director, Treasurer
Chris Nohr is a Victoria-raised technologist and ideas man with a passion for toys, gadgets and the occasional pint. Having worked with many local Victoria businesses over the last decade, Chris is a passionate champion of Victoria’s small business ecosystem. When he’s not working on his jeep, he steers the ship over at the Number’s office in Rock Bay.
Jay Nowak – Director
Jay is Fernie Brewing’s Vancouver Island sales representative. Prior to taking on that role, Jay managed the Garrick’s Head Pub, Victoria’s first craft beer tap house, and oversaw the creation of its sister pub, The Churchill. Since moving to Vancouver Island from Ontario in 1999 he has developed a beautiful relationship with craft beer and is proud to be one of Victoria Beer Week’s founders. @jayknowak
Glen Stusek – Director
Glen is excited to be part of the great team bringing Victoria Beer Week from idea to reality. He is the long-time President of the Victoria Branch of the Campaign for Real Ale Society of British Columbia (CAMRA BC), which is an independent organization of consumers who enjoy and want to learn more about craft beer. He has also volunteered for many years with the Great Canadian Beer Festival.
Joe Wiebe – Producer
Joe Wiebe, the Thirsty Writer, is the author of Craft Beer Revolution: The Insider’s Guide to B.C. Breweries (Douglas & McIntyre, May 2013; revised edition 2015). He writes for the Growler, Northwest Brewing News and many other publications and is the Content Director for the BC Ale Trail. @thirstywriter
BC Craft Brewer's Guild
At 2017's event, we were excited to pair up with the BC Craft Brewer's Guild to not only showcase some quality BC breweries, but also generate some revenue for the Guild, which is working to build bridges between the provincial government and BC craft breweries.