Harrison Hot Springs, September 16th, 2015: The fourth annual Harrison Beer Festival is brewing. Mark your calendars for October 16th and 17th, 2015. Now a fixture on the beer lover's calendar, the festival coincides with Craft Beer Month, and features three events: Cask Night on Friday, October, 16; the Harrison Beer Festival, and the Oktoberfest Dance, both on Saturday, October 17. The event website has full details. On cask night eight brewers engage in friendly competition as they serve cask-conditioned beer - unfiltered, unpasteurized one-off beers that have to be finished once opened - in a friendly, British pub-like atmosphere. Tickets $20.

The Harrison Beer Festival, on Saturday from 1:00pm-6:00pm, is an opportunity to taste and buy 25 craft beers, including the 2014 crowd favourites, Yellow Dog Brewing, Moon Under Water Brewery, and Mill Street Brewery.

Evening revelries, the Oktoberfest Dance, feature the Beer Barrels, with toe-tapping polkas from 8:00-11:00pm. A souvenir mug is included in the $30 entrance ticket, with a German-inspired buffet for $14 or a combined ticket for $44.

All events take place at the St. Alice Hall in Harrison Hot Springs; single event and combined event tickets can be booked on the event website at

Wet your whistle with these facts:

- 1,600 litres of beer poured at last year's festival
- 1000 people attended the Harrison Beer Festival last year
- The Festival sold out in advance last year
- 25: number of breweries participating in the 2015 Annual Beer Festival
- 75: The different types of beer that will be tasted in 2015
- 4,375 km is the longest distance traveled by Mill St. Brewery from Ontario
- 35 km is the shortest distance traveled by Chilliwack's Old Yale Brewery
- $20 is the starting price of the individual event tickets
- $ 69 is the BEER LOVERS admission for all three events

Interesting facts and trivia about some of the participants:

- 110 ft. is the height of the wind turbine at Stanley Park Brewery, emphasizing its sustainable efforts.
- 2014: The year that Canadian Brewery Awards recognized Old Yale Brewery's Sasquatch Stout as Canada's Beer of the Year, Stout.
- 946: The year of the original 'Red Truck' Dodge Power Wagon of Red Truck Brewery.
- 650 ml is the only bottle size available from Canuck Empire Brewery (in Abbotsford).
- 1996: Founding year of Mt. Begbie Brewery in Revelstoke.
- 70 IBUs of hop character are in Moon Brewery's Tranquility IPA

Responsible driving: This is an open event to those 19 years of age and older. Tourism Harrison encourages all attendees to drink sensibly. Participants are encouraged to:

- Stay overnight, thanks to special festival packages available

- Pick a designated driver before you arrive to ensure you have a sober driver on the way back

- Take advantage of the shuttle bus service to Agassiz and Chilliwack, Saturday Afternoon only

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Jayne Lloyd-Jones        Erin Goosen
Spectacular Ink                Tourism Harrison Event Coordinator
(604) 925-8187               (604) 796-5581 

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