The Clover Valley Beer Festival is Vancouver’s newest beer-tasting event that took place on Saturday, August 11, at the Cloverdale Fairgrounds in 2018.
The Clover Valley Beer Festival
Put on by Gibbons Whistler, the same company behind North Vancouver’s Deep Cove Brewery and the annual Whistler Village Beer Festival in September, the Clover Valley Beer Festival made its inaugural debut in 2018.
When and Where
The Clover Valley Beer Festival took place on Saturday, August 11th, from noon until 5 pm at the Bill Reid Millennium Amphitheatre at the Cloverdale Fairgrounds. The address of the venue is 17728 64th Avenue in Surrey.
Beer Festival Admission & Prices
Tickets to the Clover Valley Beer Festival cost between $45 and $60.
General admission cost $45 (or $50.50 with taxes and fees) when purchased in advance online. Included in the price were a sampling mug and 3 drink tokens.
VIP passes cost $60 (plus taxes and fees) online and included the same sampling mug plus 10 beer tokens and access to an express entry line.
Additional drink tokens could be purchased with cash or credit cards in groups of 5 for $8.75 or 10 for $17.50, which means $1.75 per drink sample.
What to Expect
Similar to other large Lower Mainland beer festivals, 40 or so breweries featuring over 80 different beers participated at the Cloverdale event.
Ticketholders got to wander around, enjoy the live music and spend their tokens on beer samples from the various breweries. There were also food vendors to buy lunch and other snacks from.
Food vendors participating in the 2018 event included Sammy J’s Grill & Bar (serving grilled cheese sandwiches), Mike’s Perfect Perogy’s, Urban Woodfired Pizza and Meet2Eat (serving various Mediterranean dishes plus fish & chips and hot dogs).
2018 Beer Festival Schedule
Below is a very basic schedule for the Cloverdale event in 2018.
- 12:00 pm – Doors open
- 4:00 pm – Last entry
- 4:30 pm – Last token sale
- 5:00 pm – End of the festival (and everyone goes home)
Beer Festival Breweries
40 different breweries were scheduled to participate in the 2018 event. Some beer festival regulars include Central City (from Surrey), Dead Frog, Deep Cove (from North Vancouver), Foamers’ Folly, Hoyne Brewing, (from Victoria) Moody Ales (from Port Moody), Stanley Park Brewing, Parallel 49, Trading Post, Yellow Dog and Vancouver Island Brewing.
Also onsite were Strongbow Apple Cider, Magners Irish Cider, Brickworks Ciderhouse (from Toronto), and the BC Tree Fruits Cider Company.
Tips and Advice
Below are some tips and suggestions to help you make the most out of your experience at the Clover Valley Beer Festival.
TIP #1: Don’t drink and drive! Plan how to get home in advance!
TIP #2: Parking is available at the Cloverdale Fairgrounds in Parking Lot #8. (Just remember Tip # 1 though and don’t drink and drive.)
TIP #3: Go with a group of friends. The more the merrier!
TIP #4: There are no in-and-out privileges at the festival. Once you’re inside the gate, you can’t go back out and then return later. So be sure to remember to bring things in with you the first time (like your hat, sunscreen, etc.).
TIP #5: No outside food is permitted. Consequently, if you have special dietary needs, eat something before you go in and remember Tip #4 (that there are no in-and-out privileges).
For further details about the Cloverdale event click Clover Valley Beer Festival.
For a list of other beer festivals at different times of the year in the Lower Mainland, click Vancouver Breweries and Beer.
Other articles that might be of interest include the following:
- Lower Mainland’s Wineries
- Vancouver’s August Calendar
- Festivals & Events Calendar
- Metro Vancouver Bars & Restaurants