(Photo Credit: John Forde and Jennifer Steven/Tofino Whale Centre)

It’s not every day you get to indulge in a beer garden on the floating Breakwater Barge, and when Vancouver Island Brewing hosts an event that promises great drinks, good eats, live music AND benefits local coastal wildlife – count us in!

Pod Fest will be taking place on Saturday, July 20th and is a coastal collaboration that benefits our resident killer whales.

This 19+ event will include brews from participating breweries such as Vancouver Island, White Sails, Twin City, Île Sauvage, and Land & Sea.

The event will also feature live music, food truck vendors, as well as a special screening of the Pod Pack documentary, and is happening in two sessions from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. or 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

You can grab your tickets in advance for $10, and they include one drink ticket as well as a $5 donation to the Pacific Salmon Foundation!

Following the event, you’ll also be able to purchase a Pod Pack, a collaboration between local island breweries who want to preserve our coastal wildlife. One dollar from every pack will be donated to preserving wild BC salmon stocks, a vital food source for our southern resident killer whales.

The Pod Pack will include four 473 ml cans consisting of White Sails Ocean Sun Double IPA (8% abv), Twin City Rainshadow Blackberry-Raspberry Sour (5.5% abv), Île Sauvage Mystic Dry-Hopped Sour (5% abv), and Land & Sea Deadhead Hazy Session IPA (4.5% abv). The four beers are named after one of the southern resident killer whales, and the packs will be available in local liquor stores!

You can also continue the party afterwards at Dylan’s Sports Bar & Grill, with the collaboration beers and more! Donations will be accepted for Pacific Salmon Foundation throughout the evening.

Pod Fest presented by Vancouver Island Brewing

  • When: Saturday, July 20th – two sessions, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. or 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Where: Breakwater Barge, 201 Dallas Road
  • Tickets: Available online for $10.00 (plus tax & fees), which includes your first drink and a $5.00 donation to the Pacific Salmon Foundation