Keeping warm this winter with 5 unique Beer Fests!

Up here in the wild north we know what winter means. The days get shorter, the nights get longer and the beer gets stronger. It’s all part of life in Canada, but we’re used to it.

Just because it gets a little fierce this time of year, doesn’t mean that we don’t celebrate! From coast to coast, there are a gaggle of beer fests that bring out the Christmas cheer and ring in the New Year with great spirits.

  1. Christmas Craft Beer Show - November 30 – Victoria, BC
    For the 4th year in a row, the Christmas Craft Beer Show is ringing in the holiday season. Featuring a diverse range of beer from Western Canada and some amazing live entertainment. There is really no better way to put some jingle in your bells!

  2. Cape Breton Beer Festival – Nov 30 – Cape Breton, NS
    Also toasting it’s 4th year in a row is the Cape Breton Beer Fest. There’s a number of fantastic brews here that are sure to get you up and dancing to the live East Coast rhythms playing all night long. VIP tickets are already sold out!

  3. I ❤ BEER Mac & Cheese Festival – Dec 14 – Toronto, ON
    When you pair up two of the world’s greatest things, cheese and beer, nothing can go wrong. If you want to hang out with a crowd of ugly sweater clad beer nerds and sample not only some of Ontario’s finest beer but also some of the best cheeses the Dairy Farmers of Ontario have to offer, this fest is for you.

  4. Weathered – January 25 & 26 – Vancouver, BC
    After a successful first run last year, Weathered is back again with a vengeance. Adding in a second session on the Sunday, this is the fest that starts the new year with a bang! Their focus is a curated list of imperial stouts, barley wines, hazy hops, wild ales, and lambics too! It’s a beer lover’s paradise!

  5. Jasper Beer & Spirits Festival – January 31 – Jasper, AB
    One of Canada’s few beer festivals in the mountains, this one is beaut! Hosted at the world-renowned Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, be prepared to hunker down for an amazing weekend. Each night of the two-day festival offers a different lineup of brews and spirits to try so your palette won’t get tired of tasting (as if that’s actually a thing).

Mike Ansley, more commonly known as The Beer Rater, is a self-proclaimed Craft Beer-Evangelist. With his strangely tolerant wife, he can be seen reporting on beer all over the place, with a twist of humour.

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