B.C.’s Best Craft Brews Take Centre Stage at Coquitlam Beer Festival - WestCoastFood

By Sonu Purhar

On Saturday, March 9, craft beer fans will flock to Westwood Plateau Golf & Country Club for the fourth annual Coquitlam Beer Festival. The hoppin’ event shines a spotlight on craft beer production across Canada’s West Coast with more than 45 craft breweries sharing their suds.

Breweries participating in this year’s festival include Dead Frog, whose founder opened the brewery with the recipe for its popular nut brown ale (now known as the classic) scrawled onto a bar napkin; Fuggles & Warlock, whose “keep beer weird” motto particularly appeals to those with adventurous tastes; Townsite Brewing, based in Powell River with the only known Belgian-born brewmaster in all of British Columbia leading the helm; and many more.

Attendees can also visit the “Quirky Brews” room, featuring palate-popping picks from Lighthouse Brewing, TWA Dogs Brewery, Taylight Brewing and more.

Here are some of what you can expect in the Quirky Brews room:

Lighthouse Brewing Company
You can try “Caribbean Storm IPA”, “Nightwatch Coffee Lager”, and ” Lemon Lime Sour”.

Russell Brewing Company
They’re featuring “Coffee Belgian Table Beer”.

Stanley Park Brewing:
Their “Rosé Saison” is brewed with hibiscus, lime and rhubarb.

Strathcona Beer Company
A cask of “Head Banger Triple IPA” includes El Dorado, Mandarina Bavaria and Citra hops then cask conditioned with champagne yeast.

Taylight Brewing
Their “Golden Grahams Braggot” is a mix of mead and beer fermented together and a Sour Soother Ale, inspired by sour keys candy.

Coquitlam beer festival
Image by Alan Bailward

Guests can pair their brews with bites from Coquitlam-based restaurants and caterers, carefully curated to enhance the flavours of featured brews. Market samples include fresh-out-of-the-oven bread at COBS Bread, piping hot perogies from Mike’s Perfect Perogys, and gourmet olive oils and balsamic vinegars from Olive the Best. Canape-style bites will be served by eateries like Craft & Cork Kitchen, Rogues Bar & Grill at Westwood Plateau and others.

Beer fans can visit the festival between 12:30pm and 3pm (tickets cost $55), or between 7pm and 9.30pm (tickets cost $65). All ticket prices include entry, unlimited beer samples and snacks. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit coquitlambeerfestival.com.

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