What's Brewing 30th Anniversary Summer 2020

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GATHERING AN AUDIENCE

VCBW Fest Year 2 (at the time, known as the Brewery Creek Beer Festival): Beatty Street Drill Hall & Armory, May 2011

BREAKING THROUGH TO THE CROWD

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y the late 2000s, it was clear that craft beer momentum was growing again in BC, especially in Vancouver. However, there wasn't a specific touchpoint to bring the movement into mainstream awareness. That would all change in 2010, when a series of annual events made its debut.

Canada's First Craft Beer Week In conjunction with a growing number of events that CAMRA Vancouver hosted after I became President in 2008, membership expanded. The next step was to garner a higher profile for craft beer in the mainstream media. This finally came together when I established the Vancouver Craft Beer Week team in November 2009. With the first VCBW held the following May, we succeeded in achieving significant mainstream media exposure. Interest in craft beer in BC subsequently soared. - Rick Green When we started VCBW in 2010, it was truly a labour of love. Just a dream of our team of self-professed beer nerds hoping to change the beer culture of Vancouver—an idea first nurtured over pints at the Alibi Room. How perfect is that? I don't think any of us could have known how quickly the craft beer scene would explode in popularity, but it has been an incredible honour to be part of the history of craft beer in BC. - Leah Heneghan

A Decade of Recognizing Excellence For the past ten years, we've grown BC Beer Awards to accommodate the needs of the BC beer industry. My first event as an executive member was over seven years ago, hosting around 300 people. We nearly tripled that for our ten year anniversary. It's just wild! On top of all the amazing and well deserved wins, some key highlights include launching BCBA merchandise, presenting awards to our beer community Legends, our Starter Kit Collaboration Bursary Program, Kwantlen Polytechnic University winning Brewery of the Year...and, of course, attending every single event, even before I was an Owner and Director. Our community is full of incredible talent, creativity, compassion, collaboration and hard work. Being able to celebrate that through the BC Beer Awards is a true honour. I can't wait to see what each next year of craft beer has in store for us. - Amanda Barry-Butchart

The Year Two BC Beer Awards team, in 2011

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