Cheers For Beers! Steveston Beer Fest

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Do you go to craft beer festivals?

O’Hares Gastropub and Liquor Store in Richmond, British Columbia held its first annual Steveston Beer Fest in October (2013) at the historic Gulf of Georgia Cannery. Different breweries set up booths showcasing their beers and breweries from BC, the US, and other countries participated. They sold tickets which included craft beer samples from all of the companies as well as food from Steveston’s “D-Original Sausage Haus” and other local restaurants. And to top it off, all the net proceeds from the event went to the Richmond Christmas fund. Drinking for a good cause!! My kind of affair.

Here’s a little background:

O’Hare’s in Richmond is a well-known Irish pub that has been around since the late 80s. It was opened by Jack, from Ireland, and Jane O’Hare, who have since retired. The pub is now run by their daughter Erinn and her husband Grant. In 2003 they opened a liquor store that carries local and international products and some of those which are not available in BC Liquor Stores. They have a great selection of beers on tap as well as in bottles with a focus on craft and microbreweries. They hold a lot of cool special events and tastings so if you’re in the Steveston area of Richmond or are keen on craft beer, do check them out.

One night I popped into O’Hare’s for a meal after the Beer Festival and had a classic Dublin Steak and Guinness Pie. It came with the classic fries and mushy peas. I love that O’Hare’s was near my late Pop’s place in Richmond and feels like a true proper “local”.

*I learned the term “local” when I was in London staying with an English friend. It means your local pub or watering hole.

O'Hares Richmond BC

Steak and Guinness pie! Mmmmm!

Back to the Steveston Beer Fest!!

The Steveston Beer Fest was sold out and a big success. Kudos to the O’Hares for putting on such a great event. I attended the festival my sister-in-law and we both had an incredible night. Everyone was happy, eating and drinking away. There was even a vote for the best pumpkin ale.

I had never been to a beer festival before, so I wasn’t sure what to expect. I’ll admit that I am not any kind of beer expert and that my taste for beer has only developed since my round the world trip. Perhaps it was all the times lazing on the beach drinking lagers in Asia or perhaps it was the lambics I sampled in Belgium. Prior to trying out different kinds of beer around the world, my knowledge of beer was Coors Light or Molson Canadian. I still don’t know much about beers but I am becoming a huge fan of the craft beer movement. Steveston Beer Fest was my first craft beer festival and definitely not my last.

Photos from the Steveston Beer Fest:

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Steveston Beer Fest!!!

Steveston Beer Fest The Historic Gulf of Georgia Cannery

Steveston BeerfestThe canning line at the Cannery

Steveston Beer FestBeer fest goers in the Cannery

Steveston Beer Fest I hate to play favourites but this Mill Street Brewery organic beer was my favourite of the night

Steveston Beer Fest

Yes! Salted caramel beer by Parallel 49 Brewery

Steveston Beer FestGranville Island Brewery, a BC classic

Steveston BeerfestA sausage from D-Original Sausage Haus!

Steveston Beer FestGluten free beers for you gluten intolerants!

Steveston Beer FestThese cupcakes by Bell’s Bake Shop had beer in them!

Steveston Beer Fest

Olive palmiers by Canoe Restuarant

Steveston BeerfestUm…maybe the best sign ever!

Steveston Beer FestSteamworks’s offerings

Melissa and Myself

My sister-in-law and myself beering it up!

Click here for a link to all the photos I took from the event.

O’Hare’s Pub Facebook Page and their website.

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