Harrison Beer Festival embraces Oktoberfest
October is Craft Beer Month in B.C., and that's a good excuse for an Oktoberfest-themed getaway.
The Harrison Beer Festival is happening for the second year in Harrison Hot Springs, on October 25 and 26. It features three events. The Friday night (October 25) is a casual cask night, with six breweries, including Aldergrove-based Dead Frog, Chilliwack’s Old Yale Brewery (Gold winner in the Canadian Brewing Awards), and local Mission Springs Brewing Company. Tickets cost $18 and include three tasting tokens.
On Saturday (October 26th) from 1 to 6 p.m., 20 B.C. microbreweries will showcase their wares, including Victoria's Driftwood Brewery, Penticton's Tin Whistle Brewery, and Revelstoke's Mt. Begbie Brewery from Revelstoke. Tickets cost $20, including three tasting tokens.
Saturday evening is when the oompa-pa breaks out. With music by the Beer Barrels and promises of polka, this is a Bavarian party. A $25 ticket buys entrance and a mug.
All three events take place at St. Alice Hall at the Harrison Hot Springs Resort & Spa, and combo tickets are on offer. A free shuttle will be available to Agassiz and Chilliwack, and Harrison hotels are offering weekend packages.
Harrison Hot Springs is about a 90-minute drive from Vancouver.