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

By Sonu Purhar

On Saturday, March 7, craft beer fans will flock to Westwood Plateau Golf & Country Club for the fifth annual Coquitlam Beer Festival. The hoppin’ event shines a spotlight on craft beer production across Canada’s West Coast with over 50 BC breweries, cideries and distilleries represented, pouring over 150 beverages.

This year, the format has changed a little bit to allow more space, and time, for tasting beer, and they’ve added some cideries and RTDs (ready-to-drink beverages) to broaden the appeal to those non-beer drinkers who find themselves at a beer-tasting festival. Also, there will be two sessions: an afternoon ‘Matinee’ from 2:00 pm to 4:30 pm, followed by an evening session from 7:30 pm to 10:00 pm. 

Breweries participating in this year’s festival are a representation of the best of the best local brewers and include newcomers Farm Country Brewing, who opened their doors recently to great fanfare in Langley City;  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.

Back this year is the popular “Quirky Brew’s Cask Corner,  featuring palate-popping picks from East Van Brewing, Fernie Brewing, Foamers’s Folly Brewing, Monkey 9 Brewing, Off the Rail Brewing, Old Yale Brewing, Persephone Brewing and Taylight Brewing.

Coquitlam beer festival
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Is all this beer making you hungry? Fear not, the intrepid “Taps & Tacos” Food Truck will be onsite offering locally focused, globally-inspired eats for purchase.

Beer fans can visit the festival for the ‘Matinee’ opening between 2:00 pm and 4:30 pm (tickets cost $45), or for the ‘Evening’ opening between 7:30 pm and 10:00 pm (tickets cost $55). As this is a non-token event, all ticket prices include entry and unlimited beer samples.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit coquitlambeerfestival.com.

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