The 2010 Great Canadian Beer Festival is behind us, and we’re back to work now. This was a really great weekend to hang out with friends and meet new people, and more importantly it was a shining testament to the shift in beer culture here in BC. It was so great to see that many excited people talking, drinking, thinking and living beer for the better part of 3 days.
There were 55 breweries in attendance this year, and the line up of beers was spectacular. We were proud to have Upright Brewing there with us. We poured the Four, Five and Six from their regular lineup. My personal favourite of all the beers I tried was from the Czech Mate Pilsner from Saskatchewan Brewery Paddock Wood. It was a very traditional Czech Pilsner, bursting with hoppy snap and freshness. It seemed as though a lot of work went into perfecting this beer.
Other notables seemed to be the Red Racer Imperial IPA, which was served on cask, and the Pumpkin Ale from Steamwork’s, the latter of which had the biggest lineup I waited in. Also, BC’s two newest brewing operations were exhibiting: Plan B Brewing from Smithers, and Moon Under the Water (a new brewpub) from Victoria.
I want to say a HUGE thank you to Alex and Raquel from Upright Brewing for coming all the way up from Portland and helping, as well as to Ryan O’Connor and Jen Schwetje for helping us behind the taps! Can’t wait for next year!!!