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14 non-BC breweries to try at Great Canadian Beer Fest this September


Victoria plays host to the oldest beer fest in Canada and this year is the event’s 29th year celebrating the combination of yeast, hops and malt!

In less than two weeks, the Great Canadian Beer Fest will open the doors of Royal Athletic park to every beer-lover who wants to get a taste of the latest that breweries in BC and across Canada have to offer. 

There will be over 250 beers made by 80 breweries from coast-to-coast-to-coast and in many cases, staff from the brewery will be serving attendees who may want to know more about the process behind the beer they are drinking. 

Some of these breweries may even bring special, limited quantity casks along with them, just for the festival.

Of the 80 breweries that will be in attendance, the vast majority will be representing all regions of BC with many from right here on Vancouver Island. 

This year, only 14 breweries from outside BC will be slinging beers. They will be representing Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec and the Maritimes.

Here’s a list of the non-BC breweries that will be at the Great Canadian Beer Fest this year:

  • Trial & Ale Brewing Co. – Alberta
  • XhAle Brew Co. – Alberta
  • Low Life Barrel House – Manitoba
  • Bellwoods Brewing – Ontario
  • Blood Brothers Brewing – Ontario
  • Town Brewery – Ontario
  • Burdock Brewery – Ontario
  • Fairweather Brewing – Ontario
  • Nickel Brook Brewing – Ontario
  • Dieu du Ciel – Quebec
  • Les Trois Mousquetaires – Quebec
  • Brasserie Dunham – Quebec
  • Banished Brewing – Newfoundland
  • 2 Crows Brewing Co.  – Nova Scotia

The full list of breweries, including the BC-based ones, is available on the Great Canadian Beer Festival’s website, here

Tickets to the festival cost $25 for a single day pass, $45 for a single day pass along with 10 tokens to trade for beer or $80 for a full weekend pass, which also comes with 10 drink tokens per day. 

Great Canadian Beer Fest

  • Where: Royal Athletic Park, 1014 Caledonia Avenue
  • When: Friday, September 8th, from 4 to 9 p.m. and Saturday, September 9th from 12 to 5 p.m.
  • Tickets: Available online

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