Harrison Beer Fest
The beer flowed freely last weekend at the Harrison Beer Fest, the first of what we hope will be an annual event. Opening night saw three breweries tap their casks in a race to see who would sell out first. Parallel 49 took and held the lead and two hours before the anticipated ending, all three casks were empty and kegs were brought out to supplement what had already been poured. The British Pub themed Cask Night, sold out well before the opening, the mood was festive, the food delicious, and the beer excellent.
Saturday afternoon’s Beer Fest opened its doors to sell out crowds. 15 breweries were present to show off their locally made product and spread the word about the quality of B.C. craft beer.
The displays were awesome, the reps friendly and knowledgeable, the brew plentiful and we were treated to plenty of great appetizer styled foods created in the kitchens of the Harrison Resort and Spa. The Peoples choice of best beer at the Beer Festival were:
1st Prize - Parallel 49 Brewing Company http://parallel49brewing.com/
2nd Prize - Phillips Brewing Company http://phillipsbeer.com/
3rd Prize - Vancouver Island Brewer http://www.vanislandbrewery.com/
To round the weekend out, the Oktoberfest dance was a blast. The Oompah band, the Fraser Valley’s own, Black Forest Boys kept people up and dancing and toes tapping throughout the evening. The many and varied costumes worn by the attendees ran the gamut from Rambo to authentic Bavarian and German lederhosen and Heidi style beer hall skirts. Again, kudos to the Resort for the Bavarian inspired food.
Given the success of the Harrison Beer Fest, we are happy to confirm that this will be an annual event and next year we will make sure that we don't run out of draft at the Oktoberfest dance.