Craft beers celebrated at annual festival

Second year planned after successful first Harrison event

The Harrison Beer Festival is back for a second round.

After a rousing success its first year out, the festival is once again planned for the end of the October. Last year, somewhere between 400 and 500 people turned out for the two day event.

“Everyone enjoyed it,” Robert Reyerse, executive director for Tourism Harrison said at the time. “Everyone had a really good time. There was such a good vibe in that hall.”

This year is planned in the same manner.

Friday, Oct. 25 is Cask Night, bringing up to six of B.C.’s best craft breweries for an evening of friendly competition comparing a variety of unique brews, mixed with a British pub feel.

The main event is on Saturday, Oct. 26. Participants can arm themselves with a complimentary tasting glass to compare the many craft beers that will be available. Voting will decide the winner of the festival.

The fun winds up that Saturday night with the Oktoberfest Dance. This event features all the things associated with the famous event. Come dressed to celebrate.

Costs vary for each event, which all take place in the St. Alice Hall. The Harrison Beer Festival has been created to showase BC Craft Breweries and celebrate craft beer month in BC.  The Harrison Hot Springs and Agassiz region has a rich history in the beer industry.  For 60 years hops, a basic ingrediant in beer, were the main industry in the Agassiz Area of British Columbia. At the height of the business, 300 acres were planted with hops.

For more information, visit www.harrisonbeerfest.com.

 

(Note: This story has been edited to correct a mistake printed in today’s Observer. The festival runs for two days, not three. The Observer regrets the error and apologizes for any confusion.)