The annual Vancouver Hopscotch Festival is an event that showcases scotch, whiskey and beer. The 2009 edition starts this weekend, with the Grand Tasting Hall events taking place next Thursday and Friday, the 19th and 20th of November. Erik and I went to the Grand Tasting Hall last year and weren’t particularly impressed from a beer perspective. We don’t drink whiskey or scotch regularly enough to judge the quality of that aspect of the event, but the beers on hand were highly uninteresting. There were a few winter ales available that were good to try, but still nothing unavailable in stores. That being said, we are likely more knowledgeable about beer than the average person and someone who isn’t much into beer would likely enjoy trying the different styles on hand. For me, why would I pay for a ticket and wait in lines for tiny cups of beers I’ve already tried and can easily just buy off the shelf? The answer this year, I wouldn’t, so I’m not going. Hopscotch also provides attendees with the chance to get publicly drunk amongst a large crowd of people, which can be enticing (including to me, but not this time round).
An upcoming beer festival that I am excited about is the Dix Winter Caskival, which will feature upwards of twenty cask condition winter concoctions crafted by some of BC’s more adventurous (and talented) craft brewers. The summer Caskival was a blast, so I’m looking forward to December 5th. To get in, just line up outside of Dix at noon, no purchase of tickets beforehand required.