Kiwanis AleFest is a collection of BC and the Yukon's finest breweries, fused with our community's finest restaurants, all under one roof. As Prince George's first annual craft beer tasting festival, this unique event is a chance for you to discover high quality, specialty and premium beers on Saturday, January 31, 2015 at the Two Rivers Gallery. Volunteer run, the event is hosted by Kiwanis Prince George as a winter social and community fundraiser in beautiful Northern British Columbia.
A big thanks to the following sponsors for coming on board to support our event:
A shout out to the following non-profit groups for their assistance in making our event possible:
• Kiwanis Tulare
• Kiwanis Janesville
• Kiwanis Thousand Oaks
• Prince George Regional Art
• Prince George Folkfest Society
• Theatre Northwest Society
• Prince George & District
Community Arts Council
BUY YOUR TICKETS TODAY!
General admission tickets to the afternoon and evening tasting sessions are available in advance through this website only - no tickets will be available at the door. Event tickets are $55 if purchased prior to January 4th, or $65 if purchased January 5th to 30th. Tickets include a souvenir tasting glass to keep, 6 tasting tokens (4oz pours), tasty tapas food from local restaurants, live local music, craft beer learning sessions, and an art exhibit. Additional tasting tokens (4oz pours) will be available on-site for $2 each or 3 for $5. All sessions are 19+ years old and 2 pieces of valid ID are required for entry. Please select which session you'd like to attend below:
As part of the milestone year in 2015 - Kiwanis' 100th Anniversary, Prince George's 100th Anniversary , University of Northern British Columbia's 25th Anniversary and Prince George hosting the Canada Winter Games - Kiwanis Prince George is hosting the first annual craft beer festival in beautiful Northern British Columbia.
Please click on the headings below to learn more.
Proudly held at the end of January to embrace winter, Kiwanis AleFest joins the community’s social calendar to offer attendees the unique opportunity to taste and discover a variety of high quality, specialty and premium craft beers. The region is a fantastic beer market, with a mix of urban sophistication, rugged determination, spectacular wilderness and a thirst for products that support quality of life. Prince George is the hub of the north, offering all the amenities and benefits of a thriving city as the province's northern capital. The City will host the nation two weeks after the event at the 2015 Canada Winter Games. 2015 is also milestone year not just for Prince George but for Kiwanis International. Like our city, we too are celebrating our 100th year anniversary.
With similarities to a wine tasting festival, Kiwanis AleFest will feature a selection of two separate tastings sessions, tapas food from our community's finest restaurants, a souvenir tasting glass, craft beer learning sessions and live music and an art exhibit. The event is modeled after similar craft beer tasting events throughout BC, and by peer Kiwanis club events such as Kiwanis Tulare's Brewfest, Kiwanis Thousand Oaks' Brew Fest and Kiwanis Janesville's Fall Fest of Ale.
▼ GIVING BACK
Volunteer run, the event is organized by Kiwanis Prince George as an affordable and responsible annual alcohol tasting event that is unique to the north. The event has three goals:
1. Raise funds for Kiwanis projects and children charities
2. Increase community pride through a fun signature social event
3. Promote business of participating breweries, restaurants, sponsors and increase tourism
Beyond a showcase and celebration of craft beer, the goal of the annual event is raise funds that benefit local children. This year part of the event proceeds will go to supporting Northern BC children through the Ronald McDonald House of BC (RMH BC). For 30 years, RMH BC has provided a supportive affordable home for families who have children receiving treatment next door at BC's Children's Hospital. Families such as the Vandermeulen's from Prince George who spent 8 months in Vancouver during the treatment of their son Logan's heart defect.
Our hope is that over time it grows and becomes viewed as a must-attend winter social event in the north that contributes positively to the community spirit and perception of Prince George as a winter city.
It is also intended to expose the artisan quality and flavors of; smaller batch craft brewing, delectable tapas creations from local chefs, stimulating live music and visual arts from local artists.
Kiwanis (meaning “we trade” or “we share our talents”) is a non-profit volunteer community service organization with a long history since its founding by business professionals in Prince George in 1954. Kiwanis Prince George is part of a global organization of volunteers dedicated to changing the world one child and one community at a time.
Over the years, Kiwanis has held a number of fundraisers to benefit charities and legacy projects such as golf tournaments, bingos and community dinners. We've also built the Kiwanis Bandshell in Fort George Park, Kiwanis Picnic Area in Cottonwood Island Park and the Kiwanis Resource Centre. The local club is going through a youth-oriented rejuvenation hosting new social events and annual fundraisers such as our Kiwanis at Canada Day in the Park and Kiwanis AleFest craft beer tasting festival. Kiwanis Prince George is part of Kiwanis International founded in 1915 by business professionals and now represents nearly 600,000 members worldwide. Kiwanis is one of the "big three" global community service organizations, the others being Rotary and Lions. While all three are service-oriented, each has a different approach, focus and culture. If you're interested in joining, we encourage you to explore each and chose the one that works best for you.
Kiwanis Prince George has 30+ working and retired business professional members that meet twice monthly on Wednesdays from 12noon-1pm at the Twisted Cork Restaurant. See the video below on why Kiwanis matters as a global volunteer service organization, dedicated to "Serving the Children of the World". We're always looking for new members. So if you'd like to come to one of our meetings or periodic events, please email us at kiwanispg (at)gmail[dot]com or message us through our local club Facebook site.
We're excited to be partnering with Two Rivers Gallery operator, the Prince George Regional Art Gallery Association to host our event. The gallery is one of Prince George’s unique architecture and professional event spaces. It has a great atmosphere that feels both intimate yet open, and familiar yet brand new. Its high ceilings, bright glass windows and beautiful artwork make the space a perfect fit for our fun and classy event.
The micro brewing / craft beer market has exploded over past few years as consumers’ beer palates across North America have become more sophisticated. These smaller hand crafted specialty and premium beers now represent the fastest growing segment within the beer market. A recent article in Business in Vancouver stated that BC's micro brewing had experienced 43% sales growth over one year period which was more robust than any other beer and alcohol category. Although still relatively small compared to big commercial brands, the BC industry has grown from 35 breweries and brew pubs in 2007 to over 70 in 2014. Over the past year alone, Northern BC has seen four craft brewers open in Valemount, Quesnel, Terrace and Prince Rupert. While the debate rages on about which brewers are deserving of the craft beer label, there is no debating local breweries are producing amazing varieties of quality beer with different tastes, aroma and appearance to suit any palate.
Location: Quesnel, BC
Brewmaster: Troy Rudolph
Location: Penticton, BC
Brewmaster: Ross Thompson
Granville Island Brewing
Location: Vancouver, BC
Brewmaster: Vern Lambourne
Pacific Western Brewery
Location: Prince George, BC
Brewmaster: Henrik Orlik
Location: Prince George, BC
Brewmaster: Henrik Orlik
Sherwood Mountain Brewhouse
Location: Terrace, BC
Brewmaster: Darryl Tucker
Stanley Park Brewing
Location: Delta, BC
Brewmaster: Todd Fowler
Three Ranges Brewing
Location: Valemount, BC
Brewmaster: Michael Lewis
Location: Prince Rupert, BC
Brewmaster: Craig Outhet
Location: Whitehorse, YT
Brewmasters: Rob Monk
Craft Beer Learning Session
Many people are unaware that craft beer is so flavorful and adventurous. Like wine, there are many different tastes and varieties of small-batch craft beers to experience and discover. From dark porters and stouts, to bitter pale ales, to light refreshing wheat ales and saisons, to varieties of fruit, maple, pumpkin or chocolate infused beers. We are pleased that Caribou Brewmasters will be our presenters for the Craft Beer Tasting 101 learning sessions during the event. Short, informative and fun, these sessions will teach attendees about craft beer, how it's made, how to taste it and how best to pair it different foods.
Location: Prince George, BC
Kiwanis AleFest is first and foremost a showcase and celebration of craft beer. However, the event will feature an inspired selection of complementary food, music and art to delight the senses, and heighten the beer tasting experience for attendees.
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We're thrilled to be partnering with local restaurants that feature specialty and premium craft beers on their menus. These restaurants will be under one roof and will feature tapas (Spanish style appetizers) that are infused, inspired or paired with selected beers showcased at the event. Attendees will get to experience an amazing variety of delicious tapas that complement exploring the diverse array of flavors found in beers, and the joys of pairing those flavors with great food.
As many of you know, it’s a massive understatement to say proprietor Tyler Burbee and his wife Sally have had an up and down time as a new entrepreneurs. Yet despite the challenges, they've pushed through like true northern pioneers battling the elements and rebuilding. As Prince George's first barbeque restaurant, they utilize Kansas City style low and slow cooking methods with great cuts of beef and pork, and top quality chicken. The menu features items you'd expect to find in a place serious about barbeque - delicious smoked ribs, pulled pork, beef brisket and a great selection of loaded share platters. It's all done in-house with their own rubs and sauces, and they even cure their own bacon! To top it off they have a fantastic constantly changing craft beer menu.
Since opening in 2009, proprietors Garrett Fedorkiw and Eoin Foley have been major catalysts for downtown revitalization, the local arts and farm table movements, and of course craft beer. They're arguably the best small venue for live entertainment in Prince George, hosting over 120 live acts each year including comedians, DJs and touring bands. Nancy O's decor and rustic small bistro charm, along with its menu of inspired and delicious appetizers, entrees, sandwiches, salads, pastas and sides leaves one coming back time after time. It certainly helps that it sources local ingredients from folks like Hope Farms, Northern Bioponics, Whispering Winds Ranch and Pastry Chef. Of course our favorite part is their constantly changing wall of local, BC and international craft beers, and a feature guest list of craft beers that helps drive new beer discovery.
Kent Jomha and his partners started catering in the area in 2008. Word spread quickly and they expanded into a full service restaurant, first in the downtown on 4th Avenue and then they moved to their current location. The place has an elegant, yet comfortable feel with a fantastic lounge, outdoor patio and private room area. Their menu covers a broad range of global styles and tastes. From Indian Butter Chicken and Argentinean Burgers to Thai Shrimp & Scallop and Mexican Paella. Plus they have an extensive tapas menu featuring their namesake Lebanese Hummus with Pita. But what we love perhaps most of all is their BC craft beer menu that has a core selection of the province's best, along with a rotation of featured beers to expand your tastes.
Full disclosure, we're kinda bias to this place. Not only because of its great staff, fantastic food and stellar craft beer menu, but because it's home to Kiwanis Prince George. We hold our twice monthly Wednesday lunch meetings in their banquet room. Proprietors Chris Angus and Troy McKenzie have built a truly unique restaurant with perhaps the most stunning interiors in the city. It fuses the ambiance of an old English pub with an upscale eatery, to create a comfortable casual fine dining experience. Its beer menu features a range of ales and lagers to suit any casual drinker or craft enthusiast. Using fresh local ingredients, its menu explores twists on classics, as well unique tapas and entrees you won't find elsewhere. We love their family style sharing plates like their cheese boards, tapas tower, and mixed grill platter and cheese fondue.
Great social events are powered by great music. We're therefore so pleased that Prince George Folkfest Society are assisting us to power the live music at the event. Their annual Coldsnap winter music festival in Prince George is one of Canada's premier winter music events and a cultural highlight of BC. Except for 2015 (due to the Canada Winter Games), in the coming years our events will occur at the same time and will offer guests a fantastic winter weekend entertainment opportunity.
The first musician to appear on the Coldsnap stage will be Jeremy Pahl, the frontman of local band the Black Spruce Bog. He is an accomplished instrumentalist, performing live in various bands since age 11. Jeremy will be joining us in a solo appearance, and like Black Spruce Bog, will play a mix of roots, bluegrass and folk, with a hint of funk, a dash of jazz, and some old time rock ‘n roll. Then the afternoon finishes up nicely with local jazz sensation, Wood & Wires. Featuring Patrick Kilcullen, Justin Gendreau and Lloyd Larson, this trio plays a wide range of upbeat jazz that will provide great ambiance to match with craft beer goodness and tasty tapas.
The evening live music starts with the solo talents of musician and master guitarist, Curtis Abriel. Well-known in the city's music scene, Curtis originally hails from Kitimat, but for the past 10 years has called Prince George home. He is well known for his ability to play a wide range music styles and currently plays bass with local Persian fusion band Navaz. The evening finishes up with styling sounds of the Zavan Trio, made up of Eric Tompkins, Jose Delgado-Guevara and Kenny Ogilvie. The band grew out of a shared passion for gypsy jazz, which traces its roots to the clubs of 1930s Paris. The band weaves world music played in a swing style into its performances for a fun lively feel, perfect for our evening tasting session.
The great part of holding a beer festival at an art gallery is that it gives guests the unique opportunity to experience a visual art exhibition in a unique and diverse way. Guests will be the opportunity to explore the exhibitions featured in the Rustad Galleria, as well as the main Canfor Galleries.
Canfor Galleries Exhibition
Sonny Assu merges the aesthetics of Indigenous iconography with a pop art sensibility in an effort to address contemporary, political and ideological issues. His work often focuses on First Nations issues and rights, consumerism, branding and new technologies, and the ways in which the past has come to inform contemporary ideas and identities. Assu infuses his work with wry humour to pen the dialogue towards the use of consumerism, branding and technology as totemic representation. Within this, his work deals with the loss of language, loss of cultural resources and the effects of colonization upon the Indigenous people of North America. Photo of Sonny Assu, Silenced the Burning, 2011. Drum installation.
The fall permanent collection exhibition From d'Este to Barr or Hanging History will examine different approaches toward hanging works of art through history, considered in the context of Two Rivers Gallery's permanent collection. The fall permanent collection exhibition From d'Este to Barr or Hanging History will examine different approaches toward hanging works of art through history, considered in the context of Two Rivers Gallery's permanent collection. Looking from d'Este and her famous collections, to the infamous Salon Style of the late 19th century to Alfred H. Barr Jr, the founding director of the MoMA curating in the 1930s, we will journey through a Hanging History. Photo of Soldats Anglais. Mario Doucette, Soldats Anglais. 2010. Mixed Media on Panel.
Rustad Galleria Exhibition
To be announced in January
On behalf of Kiwanis Prince George, we'd like to welcome you to our first annual Kiwanis AleFest, Prince George's craft beer tasting festival.
This event is part of a milestone year in 2015 - Kiwanis International celebrates its 100th Anniversary, the City of Prince George its 100th Anniversary too, the University of Northern British Columbia its 25th Anniversary and of course our community is hosting the Canada Winter Games. A big thanks to all the corporate sponsors, volunteers, breweries, restaurants and peer non-profit groups that made this all possible. A special thanks goes to Theatre Northwest and the Prince George Folkfest Society for being such great supporters, partners and mentors to us we planned this event.
Kiwanis AleFest is a unique opportunity to taste and discover a variety of high quality, specialty and premium craft beers. The event has three goals; 1) raise funds for Kiwanis projects and children charities, 2) increase community pride through a fun signature social event, and 3) promote the businesses of participating breweries, restaurants, sponsors and increase tourism in our community. Our intention is also to expose our community to the artisan quality and flavors of what BC and the Yukon has to offer in terms of; smaller batch local craft brewing, delectable tapas creations from local chefs, stimulating live local music and visual arts from local artists. Beyond a showcase and celebration of craft beer, proceeds from this year's event will benefit the Ronald McDonald House of BC. For 30 years, Ronald McDonald House has provided a supportive affordable home for Northern BC families who have children receiving treatment next door at BC's Children's Hospital.
Plan ahead and arrange for a safe way home after the event. Take a taxi, public transit or call a friend or family member for a ride home. Or treat yourself and stay overnight at one of the downtown hotels - we recommend the Ramada Hotel. Kiwanis AleFest will be providing safe way home shuttle bus services after the event. They will be available outside the gallery on a first-come, first-serve basis. One shuttle will be heading to College Heights, one to the Hart, and another will be covering the Bowl.
Thank you again for coming today and enjoy the event. Please click on the headings below to see the electronic program.
▼ CRAFT BEER 101
Some suggest that BC is the birthplace of craft beer in Canada when in 1982 the first modern day craft brewery was started, Horseshoe Bay Brewing. However prior to that, Pacific Western Brewing had been established in 1957 as Caribou Brewing, a fearless independent brewer taking on the big guys. The term "craft beer" had been a rebranding of what was previously termed microbrewing. According to the BC Craft Beer Guild, craft breweries are 100% independently owned, 100% BC owned, and produce less than 160,000 hectolitres annually (1 hectolitre = 100 litres). Others argue it’s also about a dedication to brewing high quality with bold flavours, rather than just high volume beer that matters. So while the debate rages on about which brewers are deserving of the craft beer label the BC industry has grown from 35 breweries and brew pubs in 2007 to over 70 in 2014. Over the past year alone, Northern BC has seen four craft brewers open in Valemount, Quesnel, Terrace and Prince Rupert.
Craft Beer 101 Learning Sessions
In the Canfor South Gallery - Afternoon Session - 4:30pm, 5:00pm - Evening Session - 8:30pm, 9:00pm
Want to learn more about craft beer? Many people are unaware that craft beer is so flavorful and adventurous. Like wine, there are many different tastes and varieties of small-batch craft beers to experience and discover. We are pleased that the brewers at Caribou Brewmasters will be our presenters for the learning sessions. Short (15 minutes), informative and fun, these sessions will teach attendees about craft beer, how it's made, how to taste it and how best to pair it different foods.
Craft Beer 101 - Ales verses Lagers
All beers are made as either ales or lagers. Ales are the older, distinguished, traditional brews of the world, predating lagers by thousands of years, whereas lagers are a relatively modern creation, less than 200 years old. The type of beer - ale or lager - corresponds to the type of yeast used to ferment the beer. Ales are traditionally fermented at warmer temperatures, while lagers are typically fermented at cooler temperatures. The cooler fermentation and aging temperatures used with lager yeast slow down the yeast activity and require a longer maturation time. The cold environment inhibits the production of fruity aromas (called esters) and other fermentation by-products common in ales. Long aging (or lagering) also acts to mellow the beer.
Ales share many common characteristics, and so do lagers, but the two groups also overlap which does creates some confusion. In general ales include more robust-tasting beers, tend to be fruity and aromatic, include more bitter varieties and have a pronounced, complex taste and aroma. With lagers you can generally say they are lighter-tasting beers, tend to be highly carbonated or crisp, tend to be smoother and mellow, with a clean, balanced taste and aroma. One indicator that many look at to determine their beer tasting preference is the IBU (International Bitterness Units) scale, typically found on craft beer bottles and cans. The IBU provides a measure of the bitterness of beer, which is provided by the hops used during brewing. Bittering units are measured through the use of a spectrophotometer and solvent extraction. Another scale also found on the products is the ABV level, or the Alcohol by Volume. Here is summary of our mix of 40 beers by their IBU levels:
▼ BARKERVILLE BREWING
Based in Quesnel near the center of the province, the Barkerille Brewing Co. is the craft brewery whose beers tell the story of the historic Cariboo gold rush. The original Barkerville Brewery was built in the 1860s, located in a hotel between the town’s drugstore and Masonic Hall. Almost 150 years later, the Barkerville Brewery has risen again, in a downtown Quesnel building that has seen many incarnations over the years: restaurant, pool hall, night club, gas station, and temporary shelter for 40 tree planters. Stake your claim to our beers and share a taste of the past while making future memories that last.
Hound of Barkerville Brown Ale
They say good fortune breeds bad luck in the heart of the Cariboo. Whispers in the mines told of a hellish hound intent on keeping the gold in Barkerville, prompting superstitious miners to refrain from making a spectacle of their spoils. Especially on full moon nights. Keep the hounds at bay with this malt - forward Brown Ale, copper in colour with a satisfying and silky finish. Food pairing with cheese steak and chili. Year-round availability. IBU 17, ABV 5.9%
Prospector’s Peril Blonde Ale
Legend says lonely prospectors often resorted to reading product labels until they knew them by heart to preserve sanity amid the bitter isolation. In your hand rests a sample from a bottle worth memorizing. A crisp, light golden ale, perfectly hopped beer with character enough to help weather any calamity. A cool, slow fermentation yields slight notes of citrus, pairing nicely with the aroma contributions of the Centennial and Cascade hops. Finishing dry, this slightly malty ale with snow white foam has a distinguishable Pilsner flair. Food pairing with pizza. Year-round availability. IBU 24, ABV 5.4%
Wandering Camel IPA
Strange creatures in an untamed land, the 23 camels tasked to carry supplies to Barkerville faced unfamiliar terrain and unwelcoming hosts. Impressively hearty, they terrified horses and ate everything from hats to bars of soap. The camels were soon let loose to fend for themselves. Pour gold for your next camel sighting. Our unfiltered India Pale Ale (IPA) boasts tropical notes, an oasis in the unexpected. Year-round availability. Food pairing: any spicy food. IBU 48, ABV 6.5%
52 Foot Birch Stout
Billy Barker and his crew pulled up 60oz of gold from 52ft below the ground, making his the richest claim in an area henceforth known as Barkerville. Rich and dark, this full bodied stout has just enough hop bitterness to counter the big and bold malt backbone. Chocolate malt and roasted barley yield rich flavours and smoky aromas of coffee and dark chocolate. Slight ester presence, with hints of pear and blackberry. Boreal Birch Syrup, produced in Quesnel at Moose Meadow Farms, lends to its truly unique flavour. Food pairing with chocolate chip cookie and dessert. Seasonal availability. IBU 52, ABV 7%
▼ CANNERY BREWING
Located amidst the breathtaking scenery of Penticton, our micro-brewery produces individually crafted fine ales and lagers of unmistakable complexity and balance. This flavour is the result of wonderful combinations of premium quality malted grains and carefully chosen Pacific Northwest hops. All of our beers are created with carefully selected and scrutinized ingredients. We use the finest hops and grains and only the finest yeast strains. Our brews are all natural. They contain no preservatives and are not pasteurized. You get a fresh, crisp taste every time.
This Lager is a tribute to the S.S. Sicamous, a unique historical landmark in Penticton. Operational from 1914 until 1935, today it is the largest of four steam-driven stern wheeled lake vessels that have been restored in Canada. The mellow malts and exciting hops of this lager are carefully balanced to produce a crisp, clean, refreshing finish. Food pairing with seafood and chicken. Year-round availability. IBU 18, ABV 5%
Naramata Nut Brown
This velvety soft ale has a stubbornly loyal following. Rich dark malts are layered in a seamless manner. Fine tuning with a blend of bittering, aroma, and flavour hops produce an amazingly smooth finish and a lingering taste. This is a full bodied ale with a rich and gentle flavour. Food pairing with cheeses, all meats - both mild and rich. Year-round availability. IBU 25, ABV 5.5%
The addition of natural maple brings this premium stout a softer, smoother mouth feel and adds a touch of sweetness to balance the dark rich malts. It is a truly Canadian version of an old British classic. Food pairing with desserts, braised meats and smoked meats. Seasonal availability. IBU 42, ABV 5.5%
*Award: Gold Medal for best Maple Beer in Canada - 2014 Canadian Brewing Awards
This amazing beer combines the best of all worlds. Five specialty malts and three superior hop varieties have been carefully chosen from the Pacific Northwest, the UK and Europe. The malted barleys and hops create a rich, traditional porter. The addition of all natural pure blackberry provides an exciting complexity to this easy sipping wonder. Lean back, relax and savour the flavour! Food pairing with chocolate, red meats and oysters. Year-round availability. IBU 45, ABV 6%
▼ GRANVILLE ISLAND BREWING
In 1984 something happened that forever changed the local beer industry: Granville Island Brewing opened the doors to Canada’s first microbrewery. And in doing so, we opened hearts and minds to a whole new beer drinking experience. Driven by a firm belief that the West was ready for a premium, natural, unpasteurized beer Granville Island Brewing introduced locals to our now famous Island Lager. And it wasn’t long before we were adding more new and unique, West Coast inspired craft beers to our lineup. Over the years, we’ve become more than just the local brewery. We focus much of our sustainability efforts towards ongoing community investment, including sponsorship and charitable support, involvement with local sports teams, community organizations and more. We’re just as proud of that as we are about what we put in our bottles.
Hey Day Hefeweizen
Look to the Island, where this brilliant Hefe was born. This classic wheat ale is cloudy, crisp and dry, with aromas of banana and clove – great with brunch, patios, and bright dispositions. Let it shine. Vaguely tart with light clove and banana flavours and aromas. Finishes crisp and dry. Food pairing with brunch or by itself on a sunny patio. Poached eggs or Weisswurst. Year-round availability. IBU 15, ABV 5%
*Award: Silver Winner, 2012 World Beer Championships
Maple Shack Cream Ale
This malty, smooth maple cream ale has a hint of maple syrup, with a mild hop bitterness. It’s a tribute to both Quebec’s legendary sugar shacks, and the tin roofs that littered this island back in the day. Big saps welcome. Caramel malt with light hop bitterness, balances the malt flavours with hints of maple without being sweet. Note: This beer was previously called Kitsilano Maple Cream Ale. Food pairing with roasted, caramel malt flavours go well with all kinds of roasted meat flavours. Roast beef or BBQ ribs. Year-round availability. IBU 19, ABV 5%
Lions Winter Ale
This ale is as bold as the mighty lions that overlook the coast. With robust notes of cocoa, caramel and vanilla, it's the ultimate winter warmer. A perfect complement to comfort foods and cozy fires. So get out of the cold and into the bold. Caramel malt aromas dominated by cocoa and vanilla. Complex layers of vanilla, bready malts, toffee, cocoa bean and a slight nuttiness. Moderate hop bitterness gives balance so that sweeter flavours do not overwhelm. Food pairing with sweeter full-flavoured foods and cream-based sauces. Clam chowder and bacon. Seasonal availability. IBU 22, ABV 5.5%
*Award: Silver Winner, 2011 World Beer Championships
Swing Span Amber Ale
Way back when, this bridge swung aside to let the tall ships through. Blowing a horn to that heritage with this medium-bodied, deep amber ale, rich with aromas of premium Mosaic and Cascade hops. A medium-bodied and deep amber coloured Red Ale. Tropical fruit, citrus and floral flavours and aromas of Mosaic and Cascade hops combine with pale and caramel malts to provide balance for a lingering yet moderately bitter finish. Food pairing with Burger Sliders or curried lamb. Something not too spicy but reasonably fatty. Year-round availability. IBU 50, ABV 5.6%
▼ PACIFIC WESTERN BREWING
Canada’s longest running, British Columbian-owned brewery was established in 1957 on a fresh water spring in Prince George, BC. Originally named Caribou Brewing, Pacific Western Brewing Company (PWB) has had seven owners over it’s storied past and achieved many milestones. Including, being the first Canadian brewer to export to mainland China in 1991 and then to Russia in 1996. Along the way these achievements have shaped the BC beer backbone for over fifty years.
A true German style Octoberfest beer that is smooth full flavored, with deep caramel color, a rich malty finish and a pinch of Hallartau Select hops to add noble aromas. The unique back label commemorating the milestones of the City of Prince George's 100th Anniversary, the University of Northern British Columbia's 25th Anniversary, the 2015 Canada Winter Games, while supporting the Pacific Western Brewing Hometown Heroes program. Food pairing with hearty food and spicy chicken, sausage or pork. Limited release availability. IBU 12, ABV 6%
A West Coast Classic. This flagship beer has a classic taste that is beyond refreshing… crisp, clean, no aftertaste and dry in character like European style beers. The Pilsner features the tart, delicate flavour of quality German Hallertau hops perfectly balanced with soft malt notes to produce a refreshing sensation on the tongue. With just a hint of citrus, it is a classic, clear, thirst-quenching brew. Food pairing with fish or shellfish including a West Coast favorite – sushi. Year-round availability. IBU 10, ABV 5%
It’s no secret that British Columbians are all about the outdoors. Trees and water are two of our greatest natural resources. This beer was crafted to help you relax in the local wilderness. This is a light brew reminiscent of the classic Kellerbier–German cellar beer, a style that dates back to the Middle Ages when Kölsch was naturally cloudy. It is made using pure Rocky Mountain spring water, 100% BC pilsner malt, Hallertau hops, and our uniquely cultivated yeast. Food pairing with west coast classics like cedar smoked salmon, albacore tuna salad, and good times. Year-round availability. IBU 10, ABV 4.5%
Pacific Schwarzbock is true to German-style bocks, remarkably drinkable with no alcohol taste but a nice warm body that beer connoisseurs are looking for. It is brewed with just enough black malts to give the beer its deep black color without tasting burned. In fact, to the contrary, Pacific Schwarzbock has a nice velvety body with lots of warm mouth feel. The black malts come through just enough to provide a subtle hint of coffee notes. Food pairing with barbecue and roasted meats. Year-round availability. IBU 23, ABV 8%
*Award: Silver Medal for Special Lager, 2014 BC Brewing Awards
▼ SCANDAL BREWING
There was a time when all beer was organic. These days, chemically treated fertilizers and pesticides are the norm in barley and hop cultivation. This contamination is the main reason we here at Scandal Brewing choose to brew organic, a scandalous concept in today's market. Not to mention, brewing organic supports organic farmers while each consumer that switches to organic beer contributes to the amount of land that is organically farmed - a process that takes seven years to be certified. By daring to use organic ingredients, we better control what goes into your beer. Scandal Brewery sits on one of North America's largest uncontaminated water sources. Our spring water is tested daily and used untreated in each of our brews. By using the highest quality organic ingredients (certified by the Organic Crop Improvement Association) and pure spring water, our brewhouse produces beer with such purity that even the Duke Of Bavaria himself would approve. Scandal Brewing is a brand of Pacific Western Brewing.
Using a Gold Medal winning recipe, this unique ale is brewed with 100% organic C60 caramel malts, organic Bavarian hops and pure spring water. The result is a sweet, full bodied and slightly fruity taste. Food pairing with chicken, seafood, burgers and spicy foods. Year-round availability. IBU 17, ABV 5%
An exceptionally pure, organic lager that is brewed with the worlds finest organic pale malts, organic Bavarian hops and naturally pure spring water. From the nose in it has an inviting flavour and a clean, refreshing taste. Food pairing with lighter simple foods, chicken salad, salmon, light bratwurst. Year-round availability. IBU 17, ABV 5%
Sloth Ice Bock
Who doesn't need a good kick to shake the sloth-like behaviour of the holidays! This Ice Bock brew will do just that. From the malty orange nose to the sweet smooth aftertaste your senses will skip Spring and land straight in Summer - so will you if you get too deep! This is a highly unique beer and only available in limited release, if you find some it is perfect before or after dinner - you may then resume sloth mode! Food pairing with rich foods such as Thai and deep fried chicken, and heavy roasty foods. Seasonally available. IBU 11.5, ABV 11%
Canterbury Dark Mild Lager
Canada’s first copper-coloured lager, Canterbury is brewed with the finest hops, yeast and most importantly, two-row malted barley. This distinctive beer is an homage to the finest of British brews and a favourite of those want mouth-filling flavour when they’re in the pub or at home. This specialty lager has a caramel bodied with delicate aroma hops and a pleasant finish. Food pairing with barbecue, burgers and chili. Year-round availability. IBU 7.5, ABV 5%
▼ SHERWOOD MOUNTAIN BREWHOUSE
Way up in the northwest, somewhere south of Alaska and North of Washington State, there’s a place called Sherwood Mountain. It’s surrounded on all sides by snow-capped peaks and raging rivers. Now, while Sherwood shares its name with a famous forest, it doesn’t mean it has a bunch of Englishmen swinging from tree to tree in green tights. But like that forest of the same name, it most definitely has a Friar. This fella, this Friar, Tuck is his name, isn’t a spiritual man in the classical sense of the word but he does share many traits with those community-minded men of the cloth. His open and generous spirit has made him one that his friends depend on, and he’s known far and wide for his love of beer. From lagers to stouts to saisons to IPAs, the Friar has made friends with them all. The Friar now produces refreshing European style pilsners and flavourful American session ales at his brewery, and on occasion, brews up small batches of what he calls “the Friar’s finest” with friends from around the world.
Silent Night Winter Ale
A visiting Belgian named Bart told us of a Christmas Beer Festival held each December in Essen, Belgium and so a brewing story begins. “Silent Night” is one of winters true “winter warmers” helping light up some of the darkest days of the year. A limited release with only 1500 bottles brewed this Belgian ale will surely bring in the crowds. Seasonal availability. IBU 18, ABV 8%
Friar House Lager
As the masters will say “brew a beer people with want to drink otherwise you will have lots of beer and no job”! This light refreshing lager is a perfect blend for those new to craft beer and ultimate freshness. Light in color and a touch of fresh hops this session lager will make mainstream beer drinkers appreciate “fresh craft beer” produced locally. Food pairing with BBQ Smoked Pulled Pork and Coleslaw. Year-round availability. IBU 20, ABV 4.7%
Sherwood Mountain Pilsner
Inspired by a trip to Germany and then over to Pilsen, Czech Republic plus a visiting German Brewmaster this pilsner is rooted firmly European, with moderate but focused bitterness as the center of attention. There's bright carbonation, which helps frame the bitterness and provides a crisp finish with some lingering hops. Light bodied and very clean. Food pairing with Grilled Striploin, Stuffed Baked Potato and grilled vegetables. Year-round availability. IBU 35, ABV 5%
Skeena West Pale Ale
Brewed with lessons learned from the masters at the Lake of Bays Brewing Company in middle Canada. This pale ale has a brilliant golden color with nice white foam and generous amounts of bubbles. Hints of caramel, toasted bread and a nice range of hops this pale ale is destined to be our flagship ale! Food pairing with welsh rarebit served warm over whole-grain bread, toasted and a side salad. Year-round availability. IBU 40, ABV 5.5%
▼ STANLEY PARK BREWING
Opened in 2008, Turning Point Brewing Co. is 100% family owned and on a mission to Canada’s first sustainable brewery. The Stanley Park Brewing legacy dates back to 1897 when our namesake brewery brand was established in Stanley Park. The on-site wind turbine is a working symbol of their effort, and this spirit comes to life in their flagship Stanley Park brand. Inside the brewery, Todd, Jeremy and the brew team happily work to bring world class beers like the 1897 Amber Ale & Noble Pilsner to BC’s craft beer drinkers.
The authentic Belgian brewing process begins with an all-malt grist and a distinctive blend of noble Hallertau Mittelfruh and Perle hops. These yield a classic Pilsner aroma that is followed through with a clean, crisp taste and a quick, fresh finish. The brew master takes a full 28 days of great care and attention to detail to exact the balanced yet subtly complex character and bring this world class, Belgian style, locally fresh Pilsner. Medium-light bodied with delicate hop bouquet, subtle fruit notes with a crisp balanced finish. Food pairing with BBQ meats, rich seafood dishes, spicy Vietnamese or Thai. Year-round availability. IBU 12, ABV 5.1%
*Award: Gold Medal for best Light Lager, 2014 BC Brewing Awards
Belgian brewing begins with a distinctive blend of two-row white malt and amber malt offering up crystal clarity and an amber hue. The highest grade East Kent and Slovenian hops and a fruity, Belgian ale yeast contribute a caramel aroma and soft, lingering sweetness. No expense or effort has been spared in bringing you this world class, Belgian style Amber. Light bodied, subtle toasted malt, lightly hopped and exceptionally clean finish. Food pairing with savoury grilled or herb rubbed meats, shellfish and spicy dishes. Year-round availability. IBU 15, ABV 5.1%
Ice Breaker Winter Ale
The label reads Stanley Park, but tasteful notes of cherry and dark chocolate will put you in a Black Forest state of mind! Specialty German malts provide the backbone and rich colour, while low carbonation and bitterness allows the unique flavours of this porter style ale to break through. Well balanced with roasted malt and tasteful hints of dark chocolate and lush cherries. Medium bodied, with moderate carbonation and low bitterness. Food pairing with Aged Gouda, Mascarpone, or Gruyère cheeses, Roasted Pork Tenderloin with fresh cherry and tomato chutney, or with dessert like Dark Cocao Chocolate, or New York Cheesecake. Limited release availability. IBU 20, ABV 5.5%
In December 2006, a fierce windstorm tore a path through Stanley Park, leveling over 10,000 trees in the treasured coastal forest. Though devastating, an empowering story of resiliency and community emerged in its wake. This beer is medium bodied with a storm of tropical fruit and earthy pine hop character that bends to a gust of citrus on the palate and a rewarding bitterness that finishes clean. Food pairing with Grilled Steak, Citrus Salad, Thai Curry, and Roasted Vegetables. Seasonal availability. IBU 35, ABV 5.7%
▼ THREE RANGES BREWING
Three Ranges Brewery set up shop near the watershed of the Fraser and Columbia basins, in the hard working Village of Valemount. From here, one can see the west buttresses of the Rockies, the east slopes of the Monashees and the south faces of the Cariboos. In tribute to this region's visual splendour and its residents' pioneering spirit, we aim to brew quality beer that reflects Valemount's history of trail blazing and perseverance.
Swamp Donkey Brown Ale
This is not your typical brown. An American style Brown ale has a beautiful combination of hops and malt. A moderate bitterness is finished with Cascade for aroma and a smooth chocolate finish that will have you loving your swamp donkey. The moose is the second largest land animal in North America and our brown ale salutes the big beast. Robust and smooth, like a shaving of dark chocolate, this beer has a caramel roundness and a dark brown colour. Food pairing with beef, grilled veggies, hearty soups and stews. Year-round availability. IBU 20, ABV 4.8%
Up Swift Creek Pilsner
Light and refreshing Classic Pilsner. Made with Gambrinus malts for a light, sweet malt flavour, and finished with Willamette hops for a northwest twist. So clean and classy it'll make you put your feet up and forget the paddle you lost. The finest BC malted grains provide the sweetness of a classic pilsner with a hoppy Northwest twist. This one was inspired by the creek we draw our water from; the original name for Valemount - Swift Creek; and the feeling one gets in a spot of trouble. Food pairing with sushi, spicy wings and mild cheeses. Year-round availability. IBU 22, ABV 4.7%
Sacrifice Red Ale
This northwest Red Ale has a strong malt backbone with a slight hint of roast and caramel flavours. Galena hops provide a moderate bitterness with a combination of Falconer's Flight and Centennial hops give a strong hoppy finish. Remember your soldiers and veterans. This tribute beer remembers the sacrifice with 10% of proceeds going to a different military charity every month. Food pairing with beef, BBQ chicken and spicy appetizers. Year-round availability. IBU 37, ABV 6%
Tail Slap IPA
The beaver opened up Canada to the world and took it on the chin as trappers and traders almost drove the species to extinction. But the beaver didn't get mad. It got angry and then it got even, gnawing its way back into our hearts, rebuilding the Canadian wilderness one dam at a time. Our Angry Beaver India Pale Ale (IPA) is the liquid embodiment of that quintessential fighting spirit. With a schwak-load of bittering hops, a solid malt backbone, and a tart citrus aroma it is perfectly suited for the disenfranchised! Food pairing with fried appetizers, fish, spicy dishes and chocolate. Year-round availability. IBU 81, ABV 6%
▼ WHEELHOUSE BREWING
We are a little brewery at the end of the road on the left side of British Columbia. Adding to the enjoyment of food and culture in the North Pacific by providing locally produced quality microbrewed beers in Prince Rupert.
Gillnetter Golden Ale
Crisp, clean and refreshing. Our take on a German Kolsch. This beer is lagered at cold temperatures in order to produce a bright, sharp beer. Medium body with a pale colour. The yeast provides hints of pear. Easy drinking, thirst quenching, perfect for fishing. Food pairing with Salmon, Halibut, and Sushi. Year-round availability. IBU 20, ABV 4.8%
Flagship Pale Ale
Our West Coast pale ale is for the hop heads! Cascade, Centennial and Citra hops are featured in this Pale Ale. These hops give this Pale Ale pungent tropical fruit and citrus flavor and aroma. This hop flavor is balanced with a malt backbone consisting of 5 different malts that provide a toasty flavor and amber colour to the beer. Food pairing with curries and burgers. Year-round availability. IBU 40, ABV 5.3%
Blacksmith Brown Ale
Roasty and Tasty. This “BC Brown” is a combination of malt from the UK and West Coast hops. A medium bodies dark ale, perfect for year round drinking. Notes of molasses, chocolate, coffee, campfire. Food pairing with roasts, steaks and BBQ. Year-round availability. IBU 34, ABV 6.3%
The North Coast winter warmer! We've added hand picked Sitka Spruce tips into this Irish Stout. The result is a complex beer with traditional chocolate and coffee flavours that is paired with the sweet evergreen zip from the spruce tips that give it just a hint of cherries. Food pairing with dessert and chocolate. Seasonal availability. IBU 32, ABV 5.0%
▼ YUKON BREWING
Yukon Brewing opened its doors in 1997 under the name Chilkoot Brewing Co. Ltd. Owners Alan and Bob conceived their idea like many Yukon babies – around a campfire on a canoe trip. Both Ontario natives, they’ve lived and worked in the Territory for a good deal of their adult lives. From that inaugural conversation grew plans for a craft brewery that would service the north with quality beer while keeping jobs and money in the territory. Over a decade later Yukon Brewing, as it is called today, continues to work towards that goal. Employing a dozen or so staff (more in the busy summer months), Yukon Brewing actively supports countless Yukon events and causes each year. Bob and Alan continue as owners and chief operators, growing the company outside the Yukon.
Yukon Red, Amber Ale
Crystal clear with a deep bronze colour. Full malt body takes over the palate; not sweet, but bold, fruity and persistent. A snap of clean hop bitter grabs the back of the tongue and springs into the sinus cavity, blending with the caramel flavours that have wafted back with the nectar that is this ale. But the swallow goes down clean, almost dry, and leaves only a slight lingering presence of the abundant flavours that were just there, and now gone! Food pairing with blue and cheddar cheeses, and poultry, beef and seafood. Year-round availability. IBU X, ABV 5%
Deadman Creek, Cranberry Wheat
Long before the big boys added lime flavours to their lagers, we were making a wheat ale which combined natural cranberries with the tangy goodness of yeast, since the beer is unfiltered. You’re not going to be overwhelmed by the cranberries, they lurk in the shadows of this ale with their tart flavour complementing the yeast perfectly. A cloudy pour shouldn’t scare you off, as an unfiltered beer, it’s supposed to look like that – just relax and enjoy. Year-round availability. IBU X, ABV 4.7%
Lead Dog Ale, Olde English Ale
This brew is not for the faint of heart; it doesn’t leap out and bite you, but it will most certainly sneak up and knock you for a loop if given the chance. A careful blend of six different malts with 2 months of aging after fermentation to smooth out the high alcohol content. The dark chocolate appearance is reminiscent of a porter, and a slightly darkened creamy head tops the look. This beer is all about the malt, with a medium mouth-feel and a very light bitter. Food pairing with Pan Asian cuisine - Feta, Gouda, Asiago and Camembert cheeses - salad and poultry. Year-round availability. IBU X, ABV 7%
Midnight Sun, Espresso Stout
Sometimes brilliance can be confused with insanity and espresso stout beer certainly lends itself to insanity, but several awards and hundreds of enthusiastic reviews later and it’s clear this creation is a winner. Brewed with a symphony of eight different malts plus oats for body and, of course, freshly roasted espresso coffee. Full bodied yet smooth, rich with coffee aromas and flavours without ever losing sight of the fact that it’s beer. Nirvana for lovers of both coffee and beer. Food pairing with Brie, Gouda, Havarti, Swiss and Camembert cheeses, Chocolate, Vanilla Ice Cream and Grilled or Smoked meat, game & shellfish. Year-round availability. IBU X, ABV 6%
The Kiwanis AleFest could not occur without its volunteer support - thank you!
This is going to be a fun event to volunteer for as it raises funds for Kiwanis projects and children charities, and increases community pride through a fun signature social event. You will help a good cause, and volunteer with members of the community, and members of Kiwanis Prince George the local small volunteer community service organization that is hosting the event. We're looking for volunteers or groups who can contribute their time to cover specific shifts we've developed for covering the pre-event set-up, two tasting sessions, and post-event take down.
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