Canadian Beer Festivals & Events – May 8th to 14th, 2015

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This is the latest in a regular series of posts here on Canadian Beer News listing beer festivals and events for the coming week (Friday through Thursday) with a bit more detail than what is featured on our popular Beer Festival Calendar page. Watch for a new installment to be posted here each Thursday – assuming there are any events scheduled for the week ahead, of course.

Mon, May 04, 2015Sun, May 10, 2015
LA BIERE WEEK
various locations in Montreal, QC
Some would argue that the number of events taking place at bars and breweries in Montreal during Mondial de la Bière each June has turned that festival into a de facto “beer week” for the city, but La Biere Week is the first event to officially take on the mantle of “Montreal Beer Week”. The website lists participating venues and the specials & events they’re offering, and any updates will be posted on Facebook or Twitter.

Thu, May 07, 2015Sat, May 09, 2015
GREAT OKANAGAN BEER FESTIVAL
Waterfront Park – Kelowna, BC
Building on the success of the Whistler Village Beer Festival, organizers Gibbons Festival & Events are heading a bit further west and presenting the first annual edition of this off-shoot event in Kelowna. The ambitious launch has participation from more than 40 breweries ranging from local producers to favourites from across Canada and the US. The Festival also features food vendors, brewery highlight sessions, and spin-off events at local bars and restaurants.

Fri, May 08, 2015
NORTH AMERICAN CRAFT BEER EXPERIENCE
Berkeley Church, 315 Queen St. E. – Toronto, ON
Presented by Drink Inc., the organizers of a number of beer, wine and spirit tasting events in Toronto, this mini-festival is focused specifically on the breweries represented by beer import and promotional agency North American Craft. Expect to find products from Smuttynose, Arch, Dead Frog, Bards Beer, Propeller, Parallel 49, Double Trouble and Wellington, including a number of rare and one-off brands.

Mon, May 11, 2015Sun, May 17, 2015
NOVA SCOTIA CRAFT BEER WEEK
various locations throughout Nova Scotia
The first large scale event to be presented by the Craft Brewers Association of Nova Scotia, this celebration of Nova Scotia’s rapidly-growing craft brewing culture will feature events throughout the province including brewery tours and tastings, beer pairing dinners, a Brews Cruise on Tall Ship Silva, the Full House Craft Beer Festival, and much more.

Wed, May 13, 2015
BREWERS PLATE TORONTO
Corus Quay, 25 Dockside Drive – Toronto, ON
An annual charity event that brings together some of Ontario’s top chefs and craft brewers in a celebration of local and sustainable food and drink, this year’s Brewers Plate will have more than 20 breweries on hand pouring their beer in support of Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation, and will feature a rock’n’roll theme, with attendees encouraged to wear their favourite concert or band t-shirt.

Thu, May 14, 2015
THE SEARCH FOR THE PERFECT PINT
Port Moody City Hall – Port Moody, BC
Presented by the Rotary Club of Port Moody, this new festival will feature beer from 18 mostly local breweries, food from a half-dozen area restaurants, and live entertainment.

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