The Great Canadian Beer Festival – Victoria BC – 2014

GCBF 2014 – Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

In its 22nd year, the Great Canadian Beer Festival (GCBF) held in beautiful Victoria, British Columbia, Canada brings together the very best of North American craft breweries showcasing some of the country’s best craft beers.

With 58 beer booths, there was definitely something for everyone.

If it’s your first time on the beer festival grounds, the first thing you’d likely notice is how well everything has been organized and set up. One of the biggest disappointments for large scale events like this is the usual lack of organization which tends to lead to such things as: running out of water, food or other product, not having enough staff, not enough porta potties, not enough / no security etc.

It was obvious that the people behind the GCBF have been tweaking things year after year and, after 22 years they’ve got everything down pat.  With upwards of 1000 volunteers and over 10,000 beer lovers in attendance at the 2014 Great Canadian Beer Festival, you couldn’t have asked for a better time – beautiful weather, beautiful people and great tasting brews.  What more could you ask for?

Brasseurs Sans Gluten
Our ambition was to brew the best gluten-free beers. In our enthusiasm, we created some of the world’s best tasting beers, period.

Cider Riot
Cider Riot! LLC is dedicated to producing high quality ciders from Cascadian grown apples. With tradition as our guide and our roots firmly planted in the rich soils of our bioregion, our urban cidery will produce refreshing, flavorful ciders.

Old Yale Brewing Co
Our philosophy is that when life gets too hectic, it’s sometimes best to take a step back and enjoy the simpler things in life.

Russell Brewing Company
Fanatical about beer, we believe that the passion and quality that goes into creating Russell beer comes through in the taste.

Mill Street Brewery
We are East Toronto’s first commercial brewery to open in more than 100 years, producing handcrafted beers in a neighbourhood once renowned for its beer.

Fuggles and Warlock Craftworks
We are brewers with Super Powers induced by consuming excessive amounts of great craft beer and a lifetime of epic video games.

Wheelhouse Brewing Company
Adding to the enjoyment of food and culture in the North Pacific by providing locally produced quality microbrewed beers in Prince Rupert.

Spinnakers Brewpub
Spinnakers is the Oldest Brewpub in Canada. It opened for business May 15, 1984!

Green Leaf Brewing
Our philosophy at Green Leaf Brewing is to place Quality and Sustainability before profit or growth for growth’s sake. All of our beers are brewed using carefully selected ingredients, patience and attention to detail, as well as genuine love and respect for the products.

Red Truck Beer
The Red Truck Brewing Co is one of the fastest growing breweries in B.C. Red Truck Beer is a North Vancouver based operation that is focused on making and delivering the freshest beer available. We’ll take quality over quantity every time, if we are ever out of your favorite kind of Red Truck Beer, don’t worry we’re making more as slowly as we can.

Howe Sound Inn & Brewing Company
The Howe Sound Inn & Brewing Company, established in 1996, is a character North-West boutique hotel located in the town centre of Squamish, BC 45 minutes north of Vancouver, BC.

Four Mile Brewery
A happy hoppy marriage of West Coast vibe meeting traditional British know-how to create a distinctive fresh clean family of beers, run by a family of beer connoisseurs.
Ask yourself beer drinkers, who do you want brewing your beer?

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Mt. Begbie Brewery
Mt. Begbie Brewery is located in beautiful Revelstoke, a small town with a rich history, in the heart of British Columbia’s spectacular Columbia mountain range. The company is named after Mt. Begbie, a majestic glacial mountain that dominates the Revelstoke skyline.

Vancouver Island Brewery
Vancouver Island Brewery was the Island’s first craft brewery. From humble beginnings in a small warehouse in Central Saanich in 1984 we began by handcrafting a small selection of draught only products for pub customers on Vancouver Island.

Tree Brewing Company
BREWED. BY US. FOR U. KELOWNA BC. Since 1996, we’ve been taking craft beer seriously. We brew in small batches using only water, malt, hops and yeast to produce the highest quality, award winning beer.

Lighthouse Brewing Company
Lighthouse Brewing Company is a progressive thinking microbrewery producing a distinct range of all natural beers. We began our brewing tradition in 1998 when the first kegs of Race Rocks Amber Ale rolled out to the Victoria public.

Saltspring Island Ales
From deep in our mountain spring comes the cleanest, freshest water for our Saltspring Island Ales. Piped straight from the spring into our tiny brew house, this gorgeous water is combined with natural ingredients to create a lineup of distinctly Island-made ales. Our beer is made in small batches using traditional, unhurried methods.

In 1995, when we first took hold of our historic Gastown brewpub location, we discovered that the building had a rare steam heat system. A remnant from forward thinkers of a century past.

Tofino Brewing Co
Our brewery was built around a few basic ideas: brewing great beer, being a positive addition to our town, and operating in a sustainable and locally focused manner.

Yukon Beer
Yukon Brewing opened its doors in 1997 under the name Chilkoot Brewing Co. Ltd. Owners Alan and Bob conceived their idea like many Yukon babies – around a campfire on a canoe trip. Both Ontario natives, they’ve lived and worked in the Territory for a good deal of their adult lives. From that inaugural conversation grew plans for a craft brewery that would service the north with quality beer while keeping jobs and money in the territory.

Big Rock Brewery
1984 was a simpler time. Men were men, hard drives were just how you got to Edmonton and beer was either “lager A” or “lager B”. But noted beer fan Ed McNally was thirsty for a real choice. And rather than complicate matters by tracking down established import brews, Ed took the “easy” way out and started his own brewery.

Coal Harbour Brewing
We are one of Vancouver’s newest craft breweries.
We brew classic lagers and award winning ales, and anything else left of center. Rather than make beer that you would only want to try once, we want you to enjoy a satisfying, ‘sessionable’ experience with your pint!

Bomber Brewing
I suppose you could say it’s a truly Canadian story – hockey, friendship and beer. From the ice rink to the brewery, Bomber Brewing is the shared dream of three friends with a passion for playing hockey and savouring good beer. We drafted a team, combined our skills, and in February of 2014, we launched one of the newest micro-breweries to hit the Vancouver scene.

Cannery Brewing
Located amidst the breathtaking scenery of Penticton, British Columbia, Canada, our micro-brewery produces individually crafted fine ales and lagers of unmistakable complexity and balance. This flavour is the result of wonderful combinations of premium quality malted grains and carefully chosen Pacific Northwest hops.

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Postmark Brewing
In the spring of 2013, three long-time friends with a passion for great beer dove head first into crafting their own quality-driven recipes – while having too much fun throughout the process. Postmark Brewing was born, and will soon be ready for enjoyment. With a work hard / play hard mentality Postmark Brewing will boast a lineup of sessionable craft beers that cater to the BC leisure + activity lifestyle. Look forward to throwing a few back June 2014

Longwood Brewpub
Nestled within beautiful landscaping and natural west coast wilderness, the Longwood Brew Pub is easily accessible via the Nanaimo Parkway from Victoria, Duke Point ferry terminal, or the old Island Highway from Departure Bay ferry terminal and all points north. Longwood Brew Pub is central Vancouver Island’s first Brew Pub and Nanaimo’s favorite rendezvous destination.

Prohibition Brewing Company
We are 100% B.C. owned and operated and strive to bring clean, crisp and refreshing traditional beers while supporting local suppliers and communities. Bringing you back to a time when ordering a beer was worth the risk. We brew beers so good, you’d ask for them even it was prohibited.

Granville Island Brewing
In 1984 something happened that forever changed the local beer industry: Granville Island Brewing opened the doors to Canada’s first microbrewery. And in doing so, we opened hearts and minds to a whole new beer drinking experience. Driven by a firm belief that the West was ready for a premium, natural, unpasteurized beer Granville Island Brewing introduced locals to our now famous Island Lager.

Stanley Park Brewery
Like the stone guardians of the Lions Gate Bridge, the proud lion on our label symbolizes a powerful link. We bring together a commitment to the future and a passion for the time-honoured traditions of Frank Foubert, Belgian brewmaster of the original Stanley Park Brewery, which he founded in 1897

Creemore Springs
At Creemore Springs, we’re renowned for being different – in part because we remain 100 years behind the times, in deed and in thought. We make our beer in small batches, in an open flame copper kettle, using the same painstaking methods as the European brew masters of the 1800’s.

Powell Street Craft Brewery
PSCB is a nano-brewery transitioning into a Micro Brewery, focused on producing high quality full flavoured handcrafted beers using all natural, and preferably, local ingredients. Awarded ‘Beer of the Year’ in Canada 2013 for their Old Jalopy Pale Ale

Three Ranges Brewing
At Three Ranges Brewing we strive to provide you with the best beer around. Pride in local brewing within the heart of the British Columbia Mountains.

33 Acres Brewing Company
Our vision was born out of enjoyment for the binding elements of life. The spirit of community sharing; Drink, food, conversation, space, and ideas. We carry a strong appreciation for the boundless limits created by hard work. We’re influenced by the natural elements of our surroundings, fueled by creative thinking, and driven to make the highest quality product.

Hoyne Brewing Company
Very few people get to study craft beer under one of the pioneers of the North American micro-brewery movement. Frank Appleton taught me what it means to make great beer, and I am truly grateful for that.

“Make great beer,” Frank told me. “The rest will follow.” While my understanding of the craft has matured over the years, Frank gave me the foundation I needed. I strive to create interesting and thoroughly enjoyable beer. Beer that looks good in the glass, feels good in the mouth, and lifts the spirit—and for that, I am proud.

Deepcove Brewers & Distillers
Co-founders Shae and Shawn wanted to create a company that reflected their lifestyles – laid back and filled with fun. With a focus on inspiring good times and laughter, story telling and memory making they have worked towards a company that would have an emphasis on tradition, passion and craftsmanship.

Canoe Brewpub
Located at the foot of downtown Victoria’s historic Chinatown, CANOE features waterfront patios and the best western exposure along Victoria’s Inner Harbour. Come down to CANOE for great handcrafted beer, real food made with care and live music every Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights.

Driftwood Brewing Company
We love brewing beer so much; we want to share. We brew the beers we love. No gimmicks, no flashy ads. Just inspired, lovingly crafted classic beer styles.

Brassneck Brewery Lounge
First & foremost, we are a manufacturer. We make beer. That’s it. The public space at Brassneck, i.e. the Growler Shop & Tasting Room are designed to have you, our customers feel as though you are part of our process. The brew house & cellar wrap around the tasting room & growler shop putting you in the very heart of the Brewery. We have a special type of liquor license. A Brewery Lounge. Patrons do not have to be seated as in many other Food Primary locations. This combined with our communal tables makes for a pleasant social environment.

Central City Brewers and Distillers
We are Canada’s Brewery of the Year, and the 2012 World Cup of Beer’s Gold & Bronze Medal winner. Our BC Brewery is focused on being the best, not the biggest.

Parallel 49 Brewing Company
Driven by thirst. Brewing up quality craft beers that will inspire the enthusiast in all of us. Visit our tasting room at 1950 Triumph St, 12-11pm daily.

Phillips Brewing Company
We are a small-batch craft brewery located on the bottom of a medium-sized island on the left coast of a very large country.

Moon Under Water Pub & Brewery
The Moon is a false “beer bar”, which means a selection of only the finest brews, paired with food designed for every taste and even serving the beers in new glassware appropriate to the style of beer.

The new Moon beers can be described as ‘German-fusion’ and are Brewmaster Clay’s West-coast interpretation of traditional German styles. All beers are 100% natural, unfiltered and naturally carbonated. Guest beers are handpicked to showcase some of the best Craft Beers in British Columbia and served alongside the house brewed beers.

Dead Frog Brewery
Dead Frog Brewery – creator of the finest beer in the universe – is committed to infinite prosperity, social responsibility, gratitude, family, faith and a HOPPIN’ GOOD TIME!

Townsite Brewing
Townsite Brewing Inc is a microbrewery located in the historic Townsite district of Powell River, at the top of BC’s beautiful Sunshine Coast.

Our core values are:

1. Brew world-class beers

2. Promote beer culture and the responsible enjoyment of beer

3. Use sustainable business practices

4. Promote local economy and regional self-reliance

5. Support environmental stewardship and social responsibility

6. Kindle social, environmental and cultural change

Barkerville Brewing Company
The BC craft brewery whose beers tell the story of the Cariboo gold rush. Our mission is to create tasty craft beers that tell one of the great stories in Canadian history.

Dageraad Brewing
Dageraad Brewing is named after the Dageraadplaats, a neighbourhood square on the east side of Antwerp, Belgium. The brewery is my effort to transport a small piece of the beer culture I found in that square home to British Columbia.

Four Winds Brewing
We are small craft brewery in Delta BC focusing on West coast, Belgian and innovative styles of beers. New world innovation while staying false to old world techniques.

Fernie Brewing Company
Although one of the smaller micro-breweries, we’re about as passionate and thirsty for making great beer as you can get.

Located just off Hwy 3 east of Fernie BC, our Brewery features a Tap Room and Store, alongside our ever-expanding on-site production facility. It is also home to Fernie’s finest beer aficionados and creative beer-fuelled minds.

Wolf Brewing Company
Locally owned and operated, Nanaimo’s oldest micro-brewery is committed to bringing quality craft beer to Vancouver Island and beyond.

Crannóg Ales
Crannóg Ales is Canada’s first Certified Organic farmhouse microbrewery, one of only a handful of such breweries in the world. We opened in 2000, after a year of establishing our organic farm. We brew unfiltered, unpasteurized ales using only organic ingredients, some of which come right from our own farm. All our ales reflect the Irish tradition of brewing full-flavoured, complex ales which are also great session beers.

Steel & Oak Brewing Co
Steel & Oak Brewing Co. symbolizes the modernness of today while paying homage to the craftsmanship of years long past. Materials of strength and durability, steel and oak house, protect and nurture what we stand for most – exceptional tasting craft beer.

Swans Brewpub
Experience our warm and friendly Brewpub, alive with character, heritage architecture, stunning original artwork and First Nations’ carvings. Enjoy the views from our unique sunny, glassed/open air patio, overflowing with our signature flowers in the spring and summer.

Whether you are looking for a great place for weekend breakfast, lunch, dinner or drinks, you can’t go wrong at Swans. We have something for everyone!

Steam Whistle
Our focus is on making one beer – a premium Pilsner that Canadians can be proud of. We believe that world-class results require focus and concentration, so we developed a distinctive recipe for our single brand based on Europe’s renowned brewing standards. We use traditional brewing techniques and only four natural ingredients including spring water, malted barley, hops and yeast – all GMO-free. There is a fifth ingredient in every refreshing bottle, and that is the passion of our dedicated Brewmaster and staff.

Muskoka Brewery
Nestled in the heart of Muskoka, Muskoka Brewery handcrafts premium beers as unique and refreshing as the region they’re from.

Persephone Brewing Company
Beer, Farm Fresh. Persephone’s 11-acre farm-based brewery prides itself on the FRESHEST BEER. We grow our own hops and use BC grain in every sip. Not content with simply making the best and freshest beer, Persephone is committed to making the world a better place through early adoption of ecologically positive systems and working as a social venture to employ people who need it most. Every can, glass, growler or keg you purchase helps us achieve these goals as a team, which now includes YOU! Thank you for your support and ENJOY THIS BEER!

Yellow Dog Beer
Yellow Dog Brewing is a family-run brewery focused on producing high quality locally crafted beer for everyone to enjoy.

Whistler Brewing Company
First established in 1989, the Whistler Brewing Company is an originator in the BC craft brewing movement. And today, while many craft breweries have come and gone, we are still proudly 100% BC owned and 100% BC brewed.

Authentic. Hand Crafted. Artisan Beers. That’s the Whistler beer experience. More flavor. More Character. More to Experience.

There is a little bit of Whistler in every one of our products. We want to share the stories, the experiences, and our simple love of craft beer.

Merridale Estate Cidery
At Merridale, we use cider apple varieties that have been proven for centuries in England, France, and Germany to make the best cider. All of our ciders are made from 100% pure juice, and only the first pressing is used. We do not add water or re-press the apples to increase the yield because we believe this compromises the flavour.

Don’t miss next years 2015 Great Canadian Beer Festival!