I expected to enjoy many good holiday beers this Christmas season, but instead my beer drinking and merry making have been derailed by a gastrointestinal virus. Luckily for me, I’ll have plenty of chance to make up for lost time in the new year what with three cool events coming up.
- Feast of The Five Firkins – The Whip restaurant hosts a five course feast with each course paired with a wonderful craft beer. This is the third annual feast and I’ve heard each of the previous were wonderful. The feast will be held January 10th and tickets are available from The Whip for $85 each.
- Belgianfest 2010 – The Washington Beer Commission presents the first ever Belgianfest, a craft beer event featuring Belgian style beers brewed by Washington craft brewers. The event will be held Saturday, January 23rd at Georgetown Studios at The Engine Room in Seattle (close enough to Vancouver). Tickets are $30.
- Beer Wars Screening – I don’t have many details on this one, but I’ve heard there will be a screening of Beer Wars at District319 in Vancouver on January 17th.
I hope your holidays have been better than mine thus far.
This year I became a member of CAMRA Vancouver and I’m pretty excited about it. For those of you who don’t know, CAMRA stands for Campaign for Real Ale and it is an organization that promotes the creation and consumption of quality beer. It began in the UK to combat the proliferation of mass produced, generally poor quality lagers that began to dominate the beer market. CAMRA has really caught on amongst beer enthusiasts worldwide, so much so that we have our own Vancouver chapter.
You might be wondering what the point of joining an organization like CAMRA is. For me the benefits are quite obvious. With my 2009 CAMRA Vancouver membership I get:
- 10% off at Brewery Creek, the best beer store in Vancouver
- 10% off at Firefly, the second best beer store in Vancouver
- 10% off food at the Alibi Room, a great place to drink beer in Vancouver
- Special pricing at local beer related events
- A newsletter containing info on all the great local beer related happenings
The membership only costs $25, which I will recoup within a month by saving 10% on my Brewery Creek purchases. In additon to the financial benefits of joining CAMRA, members also play an important role in encouraging our local brewing community, which will surely lead to increased quantity and variety of quality beer produced in Vancouver. Sadly, I’ve already missed out on the first CAMRA affiliated event of 2009, the sold out Feast of the Five Firkins at The Whip, next time…
If you are a beer enthusiast, I suggest joining your local CAMRA chapter. At the very least, sign up for the mailing list. I think you’ll find it well worth it.