Brews News: Pride edition

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Queers and Beers turns 3

Vancouver’s favourite LGBTQ+ craft beer night kicks off Pride week this Sunday, July 30, at The Cobalt (and the neighbouring Boxcar Bar) with tons of craft beers and good times.

This year’s Pride party celebrates three years of awesomeness for Queers + Beers, and features special brews, a tropical beer garden (thanks to Greenscape Garden & Décor), pool, pinball, video games, food trucks, vintage-vibes, and great tunes.

Four Winds, Doan’s, Phillips, Parallel 49, Central City and Steel Toad will all be on hand pouring beer, with food trucks on hand in case you get the munchies. Body Party and Ponyboy will be spinning vintage tunes and drag with the Man Up crew starting at 10pm.

Doors open at 5pm, tickets are $15 at the door. Partial profits from the event will benefit Rainbow Refugee, Still Here Project, and Kwi Awt Stelmexw Language Reconciliation Fund. More info at the event’s Facebook page here.

 

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Central City shows its Pride

Hopping Mad Cider is the official cider of the Vancouver Pride Festival for the second year in a row, and Central City is celebrating with a custom rainbow can recognizing the LGBTQ+ community.

“We were amazed by the engagement at the 2016 event and want to build our support of this event and the LGBTQ2+ community,” said marketing manager Dustan Sept in a press release. “The custom rainbow can is a way that we are able to show support, in addition to the partnership and involvement with the 2017 Vancouver Pride Festival.”

Hopping Mad dry hopped apple cider (6.5% ABV) is an off-dry cider using fresh pressed apples from the Pacific Northwest and a healthy dose of Yakima Valley hops, adding a floral hop aroma that compliments the cider’s tartness.

Hopping Mad Cider will be available at Pride events all week, including the main event; the 39th Annual Vancouver Pride Parade and the Sunset Beach Festival on Aug. 6 at the beer garden.

 

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Beer With a Cause

Maple Ridge’s Ridge Brewing is once again releasing their Pride Berliner Weiss as part of their Beer With A Cause Collection, with partial proceeds benefiting LGBTQ+ charities in B.C.

The traditional German sour ale is tart and effervescent, and at 3.6% ABV, is the perfect refresher for the always-hot Pride weekend. Available at select liquor stores and at the brewery.