Sharing quality BC craft brew news.
Last spring, after celebrating VBW’s fifth anniversary, it was time to reflect on our accomplishments to date and reimagine what our next five years might bring. As a society, we reaffirmed our passion to bring diverse craft beer selection and education to the Victoria craft beer community year-round, in addition to the success of Victoria Beer Week each March. This led us to begin designing an expanded calendar of new events which will be launched throughout 2019 and beyond.
So when the founders of GCBF reached out last fall and asked us take on the legacy of their 26-year old festival, we took that as a sign that we were headed in the right direction! We are so honoured to celebrate the history of this amazing event while adding our own special touch. After all, how could we say no to Canada’s oldest beer festival?
As the newly relaunched Victoria Beer Society we will still produce Victoria Beer Week in March along with the Great Canadian Beer Festival at Royal Athletic Park in September as our two main anchor festivals, along with an expanded calendar of events throughout the rest of the year – including some summer street closures and pop-ups that celebrate craft beer culture, beer education, and offer a diverse selection of BC craft beer in BC’s craft beer capital. Watch for announcements about these events on our website and in the next issue of this gazette in the spring.
In response to our new year-round programming, we needed to evolve our VBW magazine to a new quarterly format where you can catch up on good beer news, and find more information about our line-up of events. In our February issue, you will find lots about Victoria Beer Week, including the full schedule and some highlighted events. From the first pour at Lift Off! on March 1 to the final drop of cask-conditioned beer at Saturday Night Casks on March 9, it’s going to be another year of good beer and good times, so we hope to see you there!
Throughout VBW, you’ll notice our brand new Victoria Beer Society membership program developed for Victoria’s craft beer consumers, providing perks and discounts at our events. Find out more on the back cover and look for us at all the Victoria Public Market events. With a renewed and reinvigorated mandate for education and diversity in Victoria’s craft beer landscape, we are excited to showcase what’s in store for Victoria’s craft beer culture.
You can pick up the magazine at local shops and breweries, the Victoria Public Market, and at the Victoria Beer Week events.