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Great Canadian Beerfest 2012

Posted by Neil Bamford, September 8th, 2012 | 0 Comments

The Great Canadian Beer Festival is underway in Victoria BC. This year is the 20th Anniversary and this year our Beer Geek is attending as a Volunteer.
Last year, if you remember, our Beer Geek attended as a helper with the fledgling Vancouver Island homebrew club BrewVic as they brewed a batch of beer each day. This year the BrewVic club had more than enough local members interested that our Beer Geek was free to help out in other areas.
This year the Beer Geek got a plum position with the Festival; that of a spare. As a spare you are not committed to anything or anyone only a group booths of which your only job is fill in when someone needs to go for a break. This means you can freely float between your booths and hang out and help out at the one that most interests you until your services are truly required. This allowed me a lot of freedom to chat with all visitors to the booths I was at.
The Beer Geek spent the most of his time working the Lighthouse Brewing Booth but also pulled many a beer for guests at the Great Lakes Brewing booth and The Steam Whistle booth. It was great fun to be able to give back to a festival that for so many years has given me so much in beer education. 20 Years ago there were only 15 breweries involved and it was a novel and innovative thing to have brewers show up along side the marketing folks. Now a days the marketing folks stay on the outside of the booths as the visitors want to chat with the brewers and gain insights into the brewing process and ingredients that bring about their favorite beers.
Tomorrow your favorite Beer Geek is going to be visiting many of the booths, sampling the beers, and catching up with all his brewing brothers both professional and Homebrewers. For those of you that LIKE us on Facebook there are pictures from the festival posted there. CLICK Here to get there :-)

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