Saturday, January 31, 2015

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

   Gallery Association

• Prince George Folkfest Society

• Theatre Northwest Society

• Prince George & District

   Community Arts Council

Buy Tickets


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 AnniversaryPrince George's 100th AnniversaryUniversity 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.

  •  ▼  ALEFEST

    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 BrewfestKiwanis Thousand Oaks' Brew Fest and Kiwanis Janesville's Fall Fest of Ale.


    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

    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.

  •  ▼  VENUE

    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.

Breweries & Beer

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.

Barkerville Brewing

Location: Quesnel, BC

Brewmaster: Troy Rudolph

Cannery Brewing

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

Scandal Brewing

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

Wheelhouse Brewing

Location: Prince Rupert, BC

Brewmaster: Craig Outhet

Yukon Brewing

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.

Caribou Brewmasters

Location: Prince George, BC

Food, Music & Art

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.

Please click on the headings below to learn more.

  •  ▼  FOOD

    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.

    The Copper Pig Bbq House

    Proprietor: Tyler Burbee

    Nancy O's

    Proprietors: Garrett Fedorkiw & Eoin Foley

    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.

    Hummus Brothers Restaurant & Lounge

    Proprietor: Kent Jomha

    Twisted Cork Restaurant

    Proprietors: Chris Angus & Troy McKenzie

    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.

  •  ▼  MUSIC

    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.

    Afternoon Music

    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.

    Evening Music

    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.

  •  ▼  ART

    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


In addition to printed format, the event program will also be available in electronic format here in this section of the website. This electronic program, and the complete website is accessible via smartphone internet browsers. The program will provide tasting notes about each of the beers to guide guests in their tasting selections and experience. It will also provide tasting notes about the delicious tapas eats, links to the online voting for "Best of AleFest", and details about the beer learning sessions, live music and art on display in the gallery. Please bring your smartphone to the event and check back here to access the electronic program and to vote.


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.

Contacts & Media

Do you need to get in touch with a Kiwanis AleFest organizer? Or are you looking to give us feedback, inquire about tickets, connect with someone about sponsorship or volunteering, or are you looking for the releases sent to local media?

Media and General Inquiries


Media Releases


Barb Belyea
Volunteers & Music

Bjorn Butow
Chair, and Brewers & Beer 

Tanya Doran
Guests & Promotions 

Amy Erickson
Venue & Event Day Logistics 

Aaron Lozier
Restaurants & Sponsorship

Corey Naphtali
Kiwanis President, and Sponsorship