A big thanks to our sponsors for coming on board to support our 2016 event.
If you are interested in partnering with us for our second event, we invite you to contact
Aaron Mannella at aaron.mannella[at]gmail(dot)com. He’d be pleased to outline our great opportunities to partner with you.
Kiwanis AleFest 2016 marks the second annual craft beer festival in Northern British Columbia. With a mixture of the finest craft breweries, some of our community’s finest restaurants, incredible visual arts, and soul grabbing musical talents on our Coldsnap Winter Music Festival stage, this event won’t disappoint. Join us at the Two Rivers Gallery on Friday, January 29 or Saturday, January 30, 2016 for the chance to explore the taste of high quality, local, handcrafted beers. This completely volunteer run event is hosted by Kiwanis Prince George, as a winter social and community fundraiser for children’s charities and projects.
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 $59 if purchased prior to January 3rd, or $69 if purchased from January 4th to 28th. Tickets include a souvenir tasting glass to keep, 6 tasting tokens (4oz pours), tasty tapas from local restaurants, live local music, craft beer learning sessions, silent auction and art exhibits. Additional tasting tokens will be available on-site 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:
Building on an amazing 2015 year, where Prince George celebrated a number of significant milestones – Kiwanis' 100th Anniversary, Prince George's 100th Anniversary, University of Northern British Columbia's 25th Anniversary and the Canada Winter Games – Kiwanis AleFest 2016 returns for a second year to bring you even more great craft beer, more great food, and more great entertainment. It will be bigger and better and we hope raise more funds to serve the children of the world.
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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, local, handcrafted 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.
With similarities to a wine tasting festival, Kiwanis AleFest is the Great Northern BC Beer Festival. It features three 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 clubs in United States.
▼ 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 Lheidli T'enneh Memorial Park (formerly Fort George Park) and the Kiwanis Picnic Area in Cottonwood Island Park. The local club is going through a youth-oriented rejuvenation hosting new social events and annual fundraisers such as our Kiwanis Corn 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 almost 40 working and retired business professional members that meet regularly 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 again to host our second annual 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 small batch, hand crafted 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 100 expected by 2016. Over the past couple years, Northern BC had four craft breweries 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.
Head Brewer: Troy Rudolph
Location: Penticton, BC
Brewmaster: Ross Thompson
Granville Island Brewing
Location: Vancouver, BC
Brewmaster: Vern Lambourne
Howe Sound Brewing
Head Brewer: Franco Corno
Head Brewer: Sean Hoyne
Mt. Begbie Brewing
Head Brewer: Bart Larson
Red Truck Beer Company
Head Brewer: Justin Vickaryous
Location: Prince George
Head Brewer: Henrik Braun
Sherwood Mountain Brewhouse
Head Brewer: Darryl Tucker
Head Brewer: Tommy Grant
Stanley Park Brewing
Head Brewer: Todd Fowler
Three Ranges Brewing
Head Brewer: Michael Lewis
Location: Prince Rupert
Head Brewer: Craig Outhet
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 to hold our Craft Beer Tasting 101 learning sessions again 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.
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 craft beers on their menus. These restaurants will be under one roof and will feature tapas 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 and Sally Burbee have had an up and down time as 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 now at the Treasure Cove. 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 events are powered by great music. We're so pleased that Prince George Folkfest Society are assisting us to power the live music at the event for the second year. Their annual Coldsnap Winter Music Festival in Prince George is one of Canada's premier winter music events and a cultural highlight of BC. Occurring at the same time as the Coldsnap, Kiwanis AleFest will offer guests a fantastic winter weekend entertainment opportunity, where they can enjoy great music while sampling craft beer and tapas.
Friday Evening Music
TBA: To Be Announced
Saturday Afternoon Music
TBA: To Be Announced
Saturday Evening Music
TBA: To Be Announced
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
TBA: To Be Announced
TBA: To Be Announced
Rustad Galleria Exhibition
TBA: To Be Announced
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.
Check back for the digital copy of the program closer to the event.
The Kiwanis AleFest could not occur without its volunteer support - thank you!
The success of an event like this would not be possible without all of the dedicated individuals who volunteered to make last year an astounding success. In order to make sure that 2016 will be much of the same, we hope to have the volunteer support again. It is 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, three tasting sessions, and post-event take down.
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?
September 30, 2015
Prince George’s Craft Beer Festival is Back for a Second Year
Lead, Marketing & Communications
Lead, Budget & Tickets
Lead, Venue & Logistics
Lead, Silent Auctions
Lead, Breweries & Beer
Lead, Food & Music
A big thank you to Michael Lewis of Three Ranges Brewing who has been our Breweries Advisor this year, and Tyler Burbee of Copper Pig Bbq who has been our Restaurant Advisor.