Vancouver Craft Beer Week unleashes 2018 collaboration ale from Sea-to-Sky brewers

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      In celebration of Vancouver Craft Beer Week, which kicks off this Friday (May 25), organizers of the city-wide event have released this year’s collaboration brew: the 2018 VCBW Sea-to-Sky Collaboration Double Dry Hopped Pilsner.

      Boasting an ABV of seven percent and generous amounts of Citra, Mosaic, Vic Secret, and Enigma hops, the beer was produced by three breweries situated along the Sea-to-Sky Highway: Beere Brewing, Backcountry Brewing, and Coast Mountain Brewing.

      As of today (March 23), it is available at in four-packs of 473 mL cans at select private and public liquor stores, and on tap at the three participating breweries and various pubs and restaurants in the region.

      Partial proceeds from the sale of the pilsner will go toward the Eastside Boxing Club’s self-defence classes, which is open self-identifying women and members of the LGBT community.

      “Our annual collaboration beer represents what Vancouver Craft Beer Week is all about: community,” said Leah Heneghan, festival director and cofounder of VCBW, in a press statement.

      In addition, imbibers will be able to find the dry-hopped pilsner at VCBW’s official kickoff party, the East Van Crusher, which takes place at the Maritime Labour Centre (1880 Triumph Street) this Friday (May 25). The beer will also be on draught at the VCBW Festival, which wraps up a week of suds-related events around the region at the PNE Fairgrounds on June 2 and 3.

      Now in its ninth year, the Vancouver Craft Beer Festival happens from Friday (May 25) to June 3 at various Metro Vancouver venues. Its annual collaboration brew initiative sees different breweries teaming up to craft a special beer together for a good cause.

      Last year, the four breweries located on Port Moody’s Brewers Row worked to launch a Belgian pale ale that benefited the Sasamat Volunteer Firefighters.

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