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.

Friday, January 29 &

Saturday, January 30, 2016

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 $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 AnniversaryPrince George's 100th AnniversaryUniversity 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.

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, 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.


    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 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.

  •  ▼  VENUE

    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.

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 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.

Barkerville Brewing

Location: Quesnel

Head Brewer: Troy Rudolph

Cannery Brewing

Location: Penticton

Head Brewer: Ross Thompson

Driftwood Brewery

Location: Victoria

Head Brewer: Jason Meyer

Granville Island Brewing

Location: Vancouver

Head Brewer: Kevin Emms

Howe Sound Brewing

Location: Squamish

Head Brewer: Franco Corno

Hoyne Brewing

Location: Victoria

Head Brewer: Sean Hoyne

Mt. Begbie Brewing

Location: Revelstoke

Head Brewer: Bart Larson

Okanagan Spring Brewery

Location: Vernon

Head Brewer: Stefan Tobler

Red Truck Beer Company

Location: Vancouver

Head Brewer: Justin Vickaryous

Scandal Brewing

Location: Prince George

Head Brewer: Henrik Braun

Sherwood Mountain Brewhouse

Location: Terrace

Head Brewer: Darryl Tucker

Stanley Park Brewing

Location: Delta

Head Brewer: Todd Fowler

Three Ranges Brewing

Location: Valemount

Head Brewer: Michael Lewis

Wheelhouse Brewing

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.

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 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.

    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 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.

    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 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.

    Frozen Paddle

    Ice Creamery

    Proprietor: Wes Pederson

    The combination of beer and food is an incredible thing. But how about with ice cream! There are of course many dessert beers out there, but the Frozen Paddle Ice Creamery produces a delectable treat to be enjoyed at any time. Having started operations in early 2015, owner Wes Pederson and his ice creamery have hit the ground running creating numerous treats for us to enjoy. They produce small batch, hand made ice cream, while using local and seasonal ingredients to create their tasty flavours. They take local craft beers and turn them into a smooth and creamy ice cream dessert. This new addition is a welcome treat at Kiwanis AleFest.

  •  ▼  MUSIC

    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

    Curtis Abriel - Prince George's hardest working session musician, Curtis occasionally steps out to the front of the stage and shows his considerable talents as a solo performer.

    Zavan Trio - Late one evening on a dark night in the dead of winter, three northern musicians decided to play music together. Soon they were swingin' on the tunes of Django Reinhardt, Jelly Roll Morton, Fats Waller and Cole Porter. And they're still at it. Close your eyes and transport yourself back to a cafe in Paris during the 1930s.

    Saturday Afternoon Music

    Jeremy Pahl and Friends - Well known Prince George musician Jeremy Pahl is now the front-banjoman for local roots-rock-revival-BC-Canadiana band Black Spruce Bog, as well as pursuing other projects.  Jeremy is taking time out of his busy schedule to gather a few of his friends and play a few tunes!

    Bottle in Front of You – Three of Prince George’s favourite musicians, Samantha Scott, Danny Bell and Raghu Lokanathan have teamed up to warm your hearts and lighten your spirits with their thought provoking songs and fantastic musicianship.  This performance will be the start of something beautiful!

    Saturday Evening Music

    Jack Van Somer –  This Prince George resident is a man of many talents – singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who plays guitars, drums, and keyboards.  He incorporates a blend of Rock, Country and Alternative styles in his music. He has been backing up other performers for the past 10 years or so and now often performs as a solo.

    Bralorne  - A powerful 4 piece band from Prince George, BC. Mike Smith, Mike Vigano, Brad Martin and Peter Dumoulin play classic rock and original music bringing energy and passion to their shows. Along with a hectic performance schedule, Bralorne is busy creating original music that they will be recording this winter.

  •  ▼  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 main Canfor Galleries.

    Canfor Galleries Exhibition

    Behind the Lines – Bill Horne

    Since the age of ten when Bill Horne wrote his first letter to Mayor Jean Drapeau of Montreal expressing his concern about pollution in the St. Lawrence River, Horne has taken an active part in shaping the world around him. His practice as an artist has become closely woven with his role as an activist as he often draws upon those skills as a means of expressing his concerns.


    Behind the Lines draws from the artist’s archive of responses to letters he has written to political and other influential figures over the years. Horne assembles elements that illuminate and feed into the concerns reflected in the letters of response that he screen prints onto material as diverse as priests vestments and plastic sheeting.

    Sometimes humourous, sometimes pointed, this empowering collection of work spans four decades of activism and provides ample fodder for reflection.

    Voice: An exhibition featuring artists from across BC – Various

    This group exhibition looks at recent artwork in a range of media by artists from across BC as Two Rivers Gallery explores the diversity, application and power of the artists’ voice. Our voices are infinitely malleable tools that are altered to say different things to different people. Through our voices we may soothe, teach and share, for instance, but they are also a means by which we assert our will. To not have a voice is more than to be mute, but to lack agency in the world. Spoken, and expressed in other ways, our voices are empowering extensions of self from the soft and self-reflective to bold resistance.


On behalf of Kiwanis Prince George, we'd like to welcome you to our second annual Kiwanis AleFest, Prince George's craft beer tasting festival. A big thanks to all the corporate sponsors, volunteers, breweries, restaurants and peer non-profit groups that made this all possible.

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 flavours of what British Columbia 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; beginning 30 minutes prior to the end of each tasting session.

Thank you again for coming today and please enjoy the event. Please click on the headings below to see the electronic program.


    Brewery Summary

    Based in Quesnel near the center of the province, the Barkerville Brewing Co. is the craft brewery whose beers tell the story of the historic Cariboo gold rush. The original 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. Stake your claim to our beers and share a taste of the past while making future memories that last.

    • Brewery and Tasting Room:
      185 Davie Street, Quesnel, BC - 778-414-BREW
    • Growler Fills and Tasting Hours: Tuesday-Thursday Noon-6pm, Friday Noon-8pm, Saturday 11am-6pm
    • Where to Buy Locally: Tasting room in Quesnel, available in many government and private liquor stores, Nancy O's, Twisted Cork and Copper Pig Bbq House


    Demimondaine Dunkelweizen

    12 IBU, ABV 5.2%

    This genuine German dark wheat beer combines the best yeast and wheat character of a Hefeweizen with the malty richness of a Munich dunkel. Moderate clove on the nose and palate is balanced nicely with soft vanilla and a hint of banana. Sweet and biscuity Munich malt smoothes out the slight tartness.  Highly carbonated, this amazingly refreshing beer finishes crisp and medium dry.


    Promise to Sophia

    IBU 31, ABV 6.9%

    Layers of rich caramel, chocolate and roasted coffee flavours blend perfectly with the sultry fragrance of vanilla and anise in this robust, slightly sweet, milk stout. The contributions from the Columbus and Centennial hops take a back seat in this, smooth winter warmer.


    White Gold

    IBU 12, ABV 4.9%

    True to its name, winning a Gold medal at the 2015 BC Beer Awards.  This light-bodied refreshing Belgian wheat beer starts out citrus on the palate, but finishes crisp with hints of stone fruit.


    Hound of Barkerville Brown Ale

    IBU 15, ABV 5.9%

    This malt forward ale is rich and smooth, with slight hints of roasted barley. European style malts lend a sweetness and aroma, reminiscent of wildflower honey. The low hop presence makes this an exceptionally easy drinking beer with a satisfying and silky finish. Enjoy with just about any food, or try using as a marinade or in your next batch of chili!


    Brewery Summary

    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.

    • Brewery and Tasting Room:
      198 Ellis Street, Penticton, BC - 250-493-2723
    • Growler Fills and Tasting Hours: Sunday-Thursday 11am-7pm, Friday-Saturday 11am-9pm
    • Where to Buy Locally: Available in most government and private liquor stores


    The Darkling Oatmeal Stout

    IBU 30, ABV 5.5%

    This Oatmeal Stout balances smooth mouth feel with bittersweet roasted flavours to brighten the blackest of days.


    Lakeboat Lager

    IBU 18, ABV 5.0%

    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.


    The Muse and the
    Golden Promise

    IBU 35, ABV 6.3%

    This hop forward, well-balanced west coast extra pale ale blends Golden Promise malt with Simcoe Hops.


    Naramata Nut Brown

    IBU 25, ABV 5.5%

    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.


    Brewery Summary

    Started in 2008 in an old industrial space, Driftwood Brewery took off hitting the ground running. Since then they haven’t looked back, as they brew the beers they love, no gimmicks, no flashy ads; just inspired by lovingly crafted classic beer styles. Their craft beer is rich in flavour and sure to provide great craft beer choices for different foods.

    • Brewery and Tasting Room:
      450 Hillside Ave #102, Victoria, BC - 250.381.2739
    • Growler Fills and Tasting Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 11-6pm
    • Where to Buy Locally: Available in most government and private liquor stores.


    Fat Tug IPA

    IBU 85, ABV 7.0%

    Brewed with the hop aficionado in mind! Fat Tug is a northwest style India Pale Ale with an intense hop profile with notes of grapefruit, mango melon and passion fruit. Sufficient malt is there to provide support. This beer delivers on the promise to satisfy anyone with a thirst for all things hoppy! Food pairing: Great with spicy Asian or Mexican fare or other boldly spiced dishes. Try it with shellfish or Sashimi! Pairs well with pungent cheeses like Roquefort, Romano, cheddar, or washed-rind varieties


    White Bark Witbier

    IBU 8, ABV 5.0%

    This traditional Belgian-style wheat ale is brewed with the addition of freshly ground coriander and curacao orange peel. Hops are outshone by the wonderful floral aromas that dominate the nose of this dry and quaffable beer. Food Pairings: Duck, goose, pork. Thai curry, Indian curry. Sweet potatoes, carrots, ginger, bell peppers.


    Backstone Porter

    IBU 32, ABV 6.0%

    With just enough dark malt to be black this Porter leans toward the dry side in its malt profile. The addition of a partial sour mash (not uncommon in pre-Industrial Revolution Porters) lends a subtle tartness to the bittersweet chocolate flavour that dominates. Food Pairings: Oysters, smoked foods, barbecue. Mushrooms, onions, rosemary, thyme. Cheeses such as Stilton, Caerphilly or aged Cheddar. Chocolate, pecans.


    Crooked Coast Altbier

    IBU 35, ABV 5.2%

    Inspired by the original Alt-style beer of Dusseldorf, Crooked Coast brings together the aromas of German noble hops and Munich malt. Delicate malt-hop balance is the defining trait of this quintessential session beer! Food Pairings: Celery, fennel, parsnips. Bratwurst, weisswurst…yay German sausage! A great compliment to many pork dishes.


    Brewery Summary

    In 1984, 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.

    • Brewery and Tasting Room: 1441 Cartwright Street, Vancouver, BC - 604-687-BREW
    • Growler Fills and Tasting Hours: Monday-Sunday 10am-8pm
    • Where to Buy Locally: Available in most government and private liquor stores


    English Bay Pale Ale

    IBU 18, ABV 5.0%

    Our classic pale ale is a tribute to the laid-back shores of English Bay. Skillfully balanced like the iconic inuksuk, with malt-forward caramel flavours and rich copper hues. Caramel malt flavour and light hop bitterness, balanced with a dry roasted finish. Perfect pairing: Tenderloin or beef burgers. Caramel malt flavours pair up well with grilled meats.


    Maple Shack Cream Ale

    IBU 19, ABV 5.0%

    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. Food pairing with roasted, caramel malt flavours go well with all kinds of roasted meat flavours. Roast beef or barbeque ribs. Year-round availability.


    Island Lager

    IBU 19, ABV 5.0%

    Back in ’84, we crafted our original lager at the tiny brewery on Granville Island. The finest quality ingredients give it a distinct hop flavour, golden colour and a clean, refreshing taste. Light and malty with hints of grassy hop aromas and a crisp hoppy bitterness. The perfect palate cleanser for bolder flavours. Perfect pairing: Grilled chicken/beef burgers or grilled chicken.


    Lions Winter Ale

    IBU 22, ABV 5.5%

    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. 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. Award: Silver Winner, 2011 World Beer Championships


    Brewery Summary

    Howe Sound Brewing opened 1996, with history in the craft beer industry, having John Mitchell – identified by many as the grandfather of the craft brewing industry – as part of the team that formed it’s foundation. This Squamish Valley brewery was created deep within a region of rich hop farming history, which originally supplied hops for the British Empire.

    • Brewery and Tasting Room: 37801 Cleveland Ave, Squamish, BC - 1-778-654-3358
    • Growler Fills and Tasting Hours: Monday-Thursday 11am-12am, Friday 11am-1:00am, Saturday 8am-1:00am, Sunday 8am-12am
    • Where to Buy Locally: Available in most government and private liquor stores


    Rail Ale Nut Brown

    IBU 19, ABV 5.0%

    A smooth, flavourful nut brown ale with hints of chocolate, caramel and coffee. This ale is named in recognition of the region’s strong railway history and Squamish BC’s West Railway Heritage. A Silver Model winner at the North American Brewers Awards and also the Canadian Brewers Awards.


    Total Eclipse of the Hop

    IBU 90, ABV 8.0%

    Double India Pale Ale – double the hops, double the fun! Turn around bright eyes! This one is brewed for the love of hops.


    Father John’s Winter Ale

    IBU 17, ABV 7.0%

    A rich, malty seasonable ale brewed for the winter months with a blend of fresh ginger, nutmeg, vanilla molasses, honey and Demerara Sugar. This beer is named for John Mitchell, the brewery’s original brewer and one of the founders of the craft beer renaissance.


    Whitecap Wheat Ale

    IBU 14, ABV 4.5%

    A traditional Belgian-style wheat beer brewed with coriander and orange peel. Very light and refreshing. Named in recognition of Squamish’s windsurfing and kitesurfing spit, home of big winds and wondrous caps.


    Brewery Summary

    In the wise words provided by Frank Appleton, a great pioneer of micro-brewing in North America, “Make great beer. The rest will follow;” Hoyne Brewing has done just that. Sean Hoyne and his team began operations in 2011 and have done wonders in just a short time creating wonderful craft beers that are loved by many. Take a ride with Hoyne Brewing, and experience the flavours of their incredible craft beer options.

    • Brewery and Tasting Room: 101-2740 Bridge Street, Victoria, BC - (250) 590 5758
    • Growler Fills and Tasting Hours: Monday-Friday Noon-6pm, Saturday 11am-6pm
    • Where to Buy Locally: Copper Pig, Available in most government and private liquor stores


    Dark Matter

    IBU 28, ABV 5.3%

    Deep inside the Hadron Collider physicists hurtle sub-atomic particles with lightning speed on a collision course with each other. They do so in the pursuit of pure science, in the hope of one day being able to unlock the mystery of the elusive unseen fabric upon which our universe is embroidered: Dark Matter.


    Down Easy Pale Ale

    IBU 40, ABV 5.2%

    And in the beginning, word came forth, “Let there be ale, and let it be the colour of barley in the summer sun, and let it paradoxically both quench and create great thirst.” Who are we to disagree? Sit back, take it easy, enjoy the slow ride.


    Hoyner Pilsner

    IBU 30, ABV 5.3%

    On the third night, I handed my sweetie a tall slender Pilsner. Perfectly poured. While holding it up and gazing either at it, or through it at me, she said softly, “you are so fine to me.” It was hard to tell if she meant to be heard. “Ambiguity, thy Name is Woman”, I nearly uttered. Whether she was speaking to me, or to the beer, it was merely semantics. The deal was sealed.  I would make it my life’s work to make fine beer.


    Off the Grid Vienna Lager

    IBU 28, ABV 5.3%

    This finely made Vienna red lager is exquisite in taste, with Noble German Tettnang hops and smooth creamy maltiness.  Perfect for your trip into the wild.


    Brewery Summary

    What do you get when you combine a PhD in Nuclear Physics and a background in Biology? The answer is simple: some really great beer produced by Mt. Begbie Brewing. Bart and Tracey Larson help us to experience the science behind creating craft beer. They won’t leave you hanging, as they encourage you to try a Begbie or two today!

    • Brewery and Tasting Room: 521 1st Street, West
      Revelstoke, BC - 250 837-2756
    • Growler Fills and Tasting Hours: Call today to reserve your tour spot.
    • Where to Buy Locally: Available in most government and private liquor stores


    Bob’s Your Dunkel

    IBU 22, ABV 8.0%

    Brewed in the Dunkelweisen tradition, this is a rich, unfiltered wheat beer (Weissbier) loaded with chocolate and Munich malts. Sure to warm your winter nights! Gold Medal Winner at the 2011 BC Brewing Awards.


    High Country Kolsch

    10 IBU, ABV 4.5%

    High Country Kölsch is a pale, mildly hopped beer which originated in Köln, Germany. It is brewed with authentic Kölschbier yeast. It is the yeast combined with a portion of wheat malt that gives this beer it’s unique, delicate characteristic flavour. It is an excellent choice on a hot summer day! Food pairing: A perfect complement to German cuisine, chicken or fish. Gold Medal Winner at the 2011 and 2006 Canadian Brewing Awards and 1st place at the 2012 BC Brewing Awards.


    Nasty Habit IPA

    IBU 41, ABV 6.0%

    A generously hopped, unfiltered IPA; balanced by a diabolical blend of rich specialty malts and pure mountain water. A wicked ale that leaves you lusting for more. Food pairing: Great with strong, spicy foods and curries. Gold Medal Winner at the 2010 Canadian Brewing Awards.


    Tall Timbers Ale

    IBU 17, ABV 5.2%

    Tall Timber Ale is a dark, full-bodied English Brown Ale alive with rich malt flavour, caramel undertones and a slight residual sweetness. The use of Goldings finishing hops and an authentic top cropping ale yeast round out the traditional Brown Ale character.  Food pairing: Ideal with red meats or aged cheeses. Gold Medal Winner at the 2006 Canadian Brewing Awards and Bronze medal winner in 2007.


    Brewery Summary

    According to the Bavarian Purity Law of 1516, all you need to make a mighty tasty brew is barley, hops, yeast, and water. Jakob Tobler, Buko von Krosigk and original Brewmaster Raimund Kalinowsky had emigrated from Germany in 1985, only to be disappointed with the mainstream beers that they found. They set out to do something about it, forming Okanagan Spring Brewery.

    • Brewery and Tasting Room: 2808 – 27 Avenue, Vernon, BC – 250-542-2337
    • Office Hours: Monday-Friday 9am-5pm
    • Where to Buy Locally: Available in most government and private liquor stores


    Pale Ale

    IBU 19, ABV 5.0%

    Brewed by Okanagan Spring in 1989, this is BC’s original and favourite Pale Ale. Clear and copper coloured, it is fruity on the palate and hearty in hops with a nice, round finish. We are honoured that Pale Ale continues to be BC’s most popular craft brew.


    Brewmaster’s Black Lager

    IBU 17, ABV 5.0%

    A distinctive blend of roasted dark and chocolate malts with a crisp lager taste. This unique style of beer was introduced for all those who love their beer a little darker and a little bolder. Rich in colour & flavour, our Brewmaster’s Black Lager finishes crisp and clean.


    Chili Porter

    IBU 20, ABV 6.5%

    Warm up your winter. Our new seasonal brew combines the rich, flavourful characteristics of a classic porter with the unique addition of chili and chipotle notes. Caramel spice aromas give way to a balanced sweetness and creamy mouthfeel, while the finish delivers a subtle chili bite.


    1516 Bavarian Lager

    IBU 17, ABV 5.0%

    Our Bavarian Lager is craft-brewed to celebrate the landmark 1516 Purity Law. The decree states that only four ingredients can be used when making beer: barley, hops, yeast and water. The result is a lager with a crisp finish and a rich golden colour.


    Brewery Summary

    Red Truck Beer Company, located in the heart of Brewery Creek, minutes from downtown Vancouver; opened in 2005. They are best known for their fleet of red trucks of various makes and models, which have been seen for years delivering endless shipments of the very precious cargo. The design of the brewery takes itself from the iconic history of breweries in Vancouver, and also houses a fully functional eighty-foot tall water tower right on site.

    • Brewery and Tasting Room:
      295 East 1st Avenue
      Vancouver, BC - 604-682-4RED
    • Truck Stop Hours: Sunday-Thursday 11am-11pm, Friday-Saturday 11am-12am
    • Where to Buy Locally: Available in most government and private liquor stores


    Red Truck IPA

    IBU 69, ABV 6.3%

    A bright IPA filled with lovely floral, pine, and citrus aromas and flavours. A soft sweetness followed with a lingering bitterness makes this beer an easy drinking friend suitable for all occasions.


    Red Truck Northwest Ale

    IBU 50, ABV 5.4%

    This beer is a Pacific Northwest Pale Ale. A light sweet bread flavour from the crystal malts is followed with a soft, pleasing bitterness of Magnum Hops. The hop aroma is of peach, citrus, and pine needles. To be enjoyed on a stool at your favourite bar, gazing out in the rainy, Vancouver abyss. This is a farewell to Summer, and a warm welcome to Autumn.


    Red Truck Ale

    IBU 28, ABV 5.2%

    A blend of premium Belgian malts, plus German and Pacific Northwest hop varieties gives this luscious, copper-hued ale a wonderful complex aroma, a rich depth of flavour, and smooth drinkability.


    Red Truck Lager

    IBU 16, ABV 5.0%

    Made with Canadian Prairie two-row malted barley and hops imported from Germany and the Czech Republic. Red Truck Lager is a beer with world-class credential.


    Brewery Summary

    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. Brewed with high quality organic ingredients and pure spring water.

    • Brewery and Tasting Room: 641 N Nechako Rd., Prince George, BC - (250) 562-2424
    • Brewery Tours: Friday 3-6pm
    • Where to Buy Locally: Available in most government and private liquor stores



    IBU 29, ABV 8.0%

    Pacific Schwarzbock 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.


    Organic Lager

    IBU 17, ABV 5.0%

    An exceptionally pure, organic lager that is brewed with the world’s 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.


    Pacific Pilsner

    IBU 18, ABV 5.0%

    Our flagship beer has a classic taste that is beyond refreshing… crisp, clean, no aftertaste and dry in character like European style beers. Our Pils 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. Perfect with fish or shellfish including a West Coast favorite – sushi.


    Organic Ale

    IBU 17, ABV 5.0%

    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.


    Brewery Summary

    Much like the other Sherwood which most of us are familiar with, this brewery also has a Friar – a Tuck in fact. Friar Tuck is a community-minded individual, has an open and generous spirit that has made him someone that his friends can depend upon. And above all, Friar Tuck is known far and wide for his love of beer.

    • Brewery and Tasting Room: #101, 4816 Highway 16 West, Terrace, BC - 250-635-0080
    • Growler Fills and Tasting Hours: Sunday - Saturday: 12-8pm
    • Where to Buy Locally: Only currently available at tasting room in Terrace


    Seven Sisters Stout

    IBU 25, ABV 5.7%

    A dark ale with a distinct roasted character and hints of chocolate and malted barley provides a light bittering taste, with a dry finish. The belgian yeast used for fermentation provides a unique flavor profile for this stout that is best enjoyed in glass while viewing the majestic Seven Sisters Mountain Range east of Terrace!


    Coast Mountain Pilsner

    IBU 32, ABV 5.0%

    Brewed using only the finest German Malts made by Weyermann including Pilsner and Vienna Malts. Inspired by European travels and visiting German brewmaster, this light body pils has focused bitterness, a crisp finish and lingering hop aromas provided by the noble German hops Saaz.


    Skeena Sunshine Saison

    IBU 16, ABV 6.3%

    A refreshing Belgian styled ale that is light in color, extraordinarily dry and fruity. This highly carbonated fruity ale is gaining popularity for the northern folks but in particular the ladies who tend to enjoy the unique flavor that reminds them of a fruity white wine.


    Silent Night Winter Ale

    IBU 18, ABV 8.0%

    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.


    Brewery Summary

    Guarded by the proud and powerful lion on their label, Stanley Park Brewing brings a time-tested tremendous craft beer to Kiwanis AleFest. Started in 1897 by original brewmaster, Belgian native Frank Foubert. Stanley Park Brewing continues to honour his work and comittment even today with their Stanley Park 1897 Amber.

    • Brewery and Tasting Room: Vancouver, BC
    • Growler Fills and Tasting Hours: N/A
    • Where to Buy Locally: Available in most government and private liquor stores, The Twisted Cork, Copper Pig Bbq house


    Noble Pilsner

    IBU 12, ABV 5.1%

    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. Medium-light bodied with delicate hop bouquet, subtle fruit notes with a crisp balanced finish.


    Ice Breaker Winter Ale

    IBU 20, ABV 5.5%

    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.


    1897 Amber

    IBU 15, ABV 5.1%

    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. Light bodied, subtle toasted malt, lightly hopped and exceptionally clean finish.


    Windstorm Pale Ale

    IBU 35, ABV 5.7%

    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.


    Brewery Summary

    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 splendor and its residents’ pioneering spirit, we aim to brew quality beer that reflects Valemount’s history of trail blazing and perseverance.

    • Brewery and Tasting Room: #1160 5th Avenue Valemount, BC - 250-566-0024
    • Growler Fills and Tasting Hours: Wednesday-Saturday 3pm-8pm, Sunday 1pm-6pm
    • Where to Buy Locally: Alfredo’s Liquor Store, Pine Centre government liquor store, Copper Pig Bbq House, Nancy O’s, Twisted Cork Restaurant


    Snow Dance Porter

    IBU 29, ABV 7.0%

    Chocolatey Caress, Voluptuous Malt Body. The weather turns colder and the fall rains begin.  The chill of winter starts to set in.  That is when our thoughts turn to the joy of snow. A full on blast of chocolatey malt and the slightest hint of hops bitterness – this baltic porter will keep you warm as you warm your toes doing a little snow dance in your parka.


    Up Swift Creek Pilsner

    IBU 22, ABV 4.7%

    Light and refreshing Classic Pilsner. Made with Gambrinus malts for a light, sweet malt flavour, and finished with Willamette hops for a northwest twist. 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.


    Sacrifice Red Ale

    IBU 37, ABV 6.0%

    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.


    Tail Slap IPA

    IBU 81, ABV 6.0%

    The beaver opened up Canada to the world and took it on the chin as trappers and traders almost drove the species to extinction. Then it got even, gnawing its way back into our hearts, rebuilding the Canadian wilderness one dam at a time. With a schwak-load of bittering hops, a solid malt backbone, and a tart citrus aroma it is perfectly suited for the disenfranchised.


    Brewery Summary

    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.

    • Brewery and Tasting Room: #217 1st Avenue East, Prince Rupert, BC - 250-624-BREW
    • Growler Fills and Tasting Hours: Fridays 4pm-9pm and Saturdays 2pm-8pm
    • Where to Buy Locally: On occasion at Nancy O’s and Copper Pig Bbq House, Signature BC Liquor Store


    Kazu Maru IPA

    IBU 75, ABV 6.8%

    A bold, West Coast India Pale Ale. Citrus and Stone Fruit flavour and aroma from copious amounts of Galaxy, Simcoe and Centennial hops. The fishing vessel Kazu Maru disappeared from the waters of Owase, Japan in 1985. A year and a half later it was found across the Pacific near Owase’s sister city Prince Rupert. Here it was lovingly restored and honoured.


    Smokehouse Porter

    IBU 55 ABV 6.0%

    Robust porter with a big, silky mouthfeel and a strong smoky taste. Smokehouses have been used on the coast for hundreds of years. Originally used to preserve fish caught in the summer and fall, smokehouses of today are used to give a wonderful tasted to wild caught fish. Our Smokehouse Porter uses smoked malt to contribute to a robust, well rounded porter that goes well with hearty foods.


    Gillnetter Golden Ale

    IBU 20, ABV 4.8%

    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.


    Flagship Pale Ale

    IBU 40, ABV 5.3%

    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.

  •  ▼  CRAFT BEER 101

    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
    • Produce less than 160,000 hectolitres annually (1 hectolitre = 100 litres)
    • High quality with bold flavours
    • BC industry has grown from 35 breweries and brew pubs in 2007 to over 70 in 2014


    Craft Beer 101 Learning Sessions

    Evening Sessions 8:00pm & 9:00pm; Afternoon Session 4:00pm & 5:00pm


    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. The type of beer - ale or lager - corresponds to the type of yeast used. 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.

    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 is a measure of the bitterness provided by the hops. IBUs 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.


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.

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 Releases

September 30, 2015
Prince George’s Craft Beer Festival is Back for a Second Year


Eric Ball

Lead, Marketing & Communications


Barbara Belyea

Lead, Budget & Tickets


Bjorn Butow

Chair and Lead, Breweries & Beer


Amy Dhanjal

Lead, Venue & Logistics


Garrett Dobson

Lead, Food & Music


Aaron Mannella

Lead, Sponsorships


Katie Naphtali

Lead, Volunteers


Bailee Toll

Lead, Silent Auctions


A big thank you to the following individuals who have assisted in organizing the event - Tyler Burbee, Jamie Cunningham, Tanya Fitzsimmons, Michael Lewis, Aubrie Nielsen, Tara Perch, Al Spoklie, and Dana Walls.