2018 Vancouver Craft Beer Week

Brewers Association
Brewers Association

Event Details

Location: Vancouver, Canada
Event Type: Export Development Program
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Exclusive benefit for BA Export Development Program members

Not a member? Learn more about the Program benefits and fees.

Vancouver Craft Beer Week (VCBW) is a ten day celebration of British Columbia’s thriving craft beer scene showcasing music, food, art, and craft beer events across the city of Vancouver, British Columbia. VCBW 2018 kicks off May 25, continuing throughout the next week and culminating at the historic PNE fairgrounds for the Vancouver Craft Beer Week Festival on June 2 & 3 where over 130 breweries and cideries will be pouring.

The Export Development Program will host a American craft beer pavilion at the two day festival to showcase an assortment of U.S. craft breweries and their beers to the more than 15,000 attendees.

Beers will be collected in Puyallup, Wash. (outside Seattle) and shipped as a consolidated shipment to the event.

Kegs are due to the Washington State warehouse by Friday, May 11, 2018.

Due to the requirement that beer must be given in exchange for a token purchased by attendees, the Brewers Association will be donating all revenue from purchased tokens to the Music Heals Charitable Foundation.


Event Location

Pacific National Exhibition Fairgrounds- Vancouver, BC Canada

Festival Dates & Times:

June 2, 2018 2:00PM-7:00PM

June 3, 2018 12:00PM-5:00PM

Beer Requirements

Only kegs are allowed at this outside 2-day festival: MicroStar kegs, one-way kegs, or your own kegs (that your importer takes possession after the festival). Each brewery can send up to 4 kegs. If your importer will be at the festival, let us know.

MicroStar BA EDP Partner for the VCBW

The BA has an agreement with MicroStar for this event. MicroStar kegs are available for breweries that do not have an agreement with MicroStar. After the VCBW Festival, all MicroStar kegs will be returned to Puyallup, WA to go back into the MicroStar float.

MicroStar will coordinate directly with interested breweries to meet their keg needs:

  1. Current customers can pull from their existing inventory of MicroStar kegs. MicroStar will notify you of the steps for reporting your shipment out.
  2. For breweries that are not MicroStar customers, the BA will provide your address to MicroStar and empty kegs (sixtels) will be delivered to you for shipment to the Washington State warehouse

If you need empty MicroStar kegs sent to you, contact Steve Parr – delivery time is up to 2 weeks.

Shipping Dates and Location

Beer must be registered and to the Washington State warehouse by Friday, May 11, 2018:

TGR Logistics Inc

926 Valley Ave NW, Ste 102

Puyallup, WA 98371

Please label all kegs: BA/VCBW

Brewery Staff Participation

Brewery participation and representation at the American craft beer pavilion is highly encouraged. If you plan to attend, please indicate so in the registration form. You will have the option of having your own space in the BA pavilion.

Please note: Liquor laws in British Columbia are strict and must be adhered:

  • No consuming alcohol before or during a pouring shift
  • No consuming alcohol behind the service area
  • No free samples- a token must be taken for every sample poured, regardless of size
  • Samples may only be poured in supplied glassware
  • Quality control of your product may only be done using the specified glass
  • Hours of service must be strictly adhere to



Contact Steve Parr with any questions on participating or to let him know if you will be attending in person. You must be a BA Export Development Program member to participate.