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It’s Beer Week in Fredericton!

It’s Beer Week in Fredericton!

It's all about the beer. Pure. Simple. 

It's that most wonderful time of the year again... time for Fredericton Craft Beer Festival. In the years since its inception in 2013; the brainchild of Lloyd Chambers and Doug Williams (King Street Ale House) the FCBF has evolved from a one-day one day event into a week-long celebration. Fredericton Craft Beer Festival is more than just good craft beer; it is cider, mead, and good times.  

Fredericton Craft Beer Week

At the inaugural event in 2013, there were 20 breweries participating, providing 90 different beers to 550 attendees. This year, in the Fredericton Convention Center, over 70 breweries will be providing samples of over 250 different kinds of beer, mead, and cider, to over 2000 attendees at Saturday's main events (afternoon and evening sessions). This year will also feature the release of FCBF Collaboration Ale, a collaboration of several of NB's best breweries. FCBF has also expanded to organize events in almost every month of the year, including the Fredericton Burger Battle, Poutine Festival, Wine Festival, the Fredericton Beer Run, and more (but those blogs are for other days). FCBF is a not-for-profit organization, that last year donated $25,000 to charities (mainly the Canadian Diabetes Association and Type One Diabetes Research). 

Unfortunately, if you don't already have your tickets for this year's main event sessions on March 10th, you are out of luck. VIP tickets for the evening session sold out in a matter of minutes, and all other tickets for the afternoon and evening were sold out shortly in the weeks following. But, do not despair, there are plenty of events as part of the FCBF week, including a new session called "Newbie Night" this year added to Friday night (9 March 2018). Newbie Night will feature some of the newest craft breweries in the area, many of which will not be available at the Saturday sessions.  

You can find descriptions and tickets for all events on the FCBF Facebook page

This Year’s Events:

Tuesday, March 6th (7pm) - King Street Ale House: Let's Talk Beer  

·             A no-tickets-required event 
·             Stop by for a pint and chat about beer. Great Happy Hour price on Niche Brewing from 7-9 PM 
·             It will be a chance to pick up some swag for FCBF18 

Wednesday, March 7th (6pm) - James Joyce Pub: Island Invasion! A PEI Tap Takeover 

·             A no-tickets-required event 
·             The Fredericton Ladies Beer Connection is hosting a PEI tap takeover during craft beer week. Featuring beer from all five Island breweries 

Wednesday, March 7th (6pm) - Grimross Brewing Co: Craft Beer Fest Prep - Bend & Brew 

·             Tickets $26.74
·             a light-hearted all levels Yoga Practice followed by Grimross Craft Beer Tasting. 
·             All Levels, no experience necessary; BYOMat  

Thursday 8 March (5pm) - King Street Ale House: Down East Tap Take-Over & Trivia Night 

·         Tickets (optional) $27.39:
·         You can attend without a ticket purchase, and simply purchase beer as you go.
·         Purchase tickets and get ten 5oz samples to get you started. Pay-As-You-Go thereafter.
·         Join the Atlantic Canada Beer Blog for trivia as they stimulate your mind with beer knowledge questions.  King Street Ale House will have ~32 different beers from Maine and Nova Scotia, sure to satisfy your every desire.
·         We will be giving away a VIP pass for two to the Down East Brew Fest on Aug 4th
·         Trivia starts at 7 PM

Thursday/Friday, March 8 & 9 - Beer School  

·             Located at Crowne Plaza, these are two days dedicated to a variety of topics related to the brewing industry such as malting, fermentation, and cause of "off flavours".  
·             $40 per day or $70 for both days includes lunch 

·             March 8th Thursday Morning 
Presented by the Fredericton Craft Beer Festival 
Hops - Josh Mayish, Darlings Island Farms 
Grains - Deborah Wood, Brewing ingredient Specialist, BSG Canada 

·             March 8th Thursday Afternoon 
Presented by CCNB Edmunston 
A beer tasting and a beer sensory exercise - Mike Doucette 
Lunch is provided 

·             March 9th Friday, 9-4pm  
Presented by CCNB Edmunston 
Morning will focus on yeast - Afternoon will focus on water 
Lunch is provided 

Friday, March 9 - Newbie Night 

·             Tickets - $62.20
·             Come sample beer from some of the newest breweries in Atlantic Canada. Most of this beer won't be available at Saturday's sessions. This is a unique opportunity to sample and meet Atlantic Canada newest beers. 
·             What's included: access to the event, a festival sampling glass (yours to keep), any and all the beer samples you would like and a great time with some local breweries 

Saturday, March 10th - Fredericton Craft Beer Festival! - SOLD OUT 

·             The main event! Sessions in the afternoon and evening.  
·             Coffee available for DDs 

Fredericton Craft Beer Festival

Sunday, March 11th - Down The Keg 3Km Run  

·             Tickets $5 
·             If you still have gas in the tank the day after FCBF, come on out for a fun 3Km run. No bibs, no times; just a fun 3Km with a $5 fee that will be donated to the Canadian Diabetes Association. At the end of the run... more beer at King Street Ale House. The kitchen will be open for those who like something to eat with their noontime beverages.  

Down the Keg 3Km Run

FCBF webpage:  
FCBF on Facebook:  
FCBF on Twitter: @FrederictonBeer 

There's an app for that! Fredericton Craft Beer Fest in the app store (android and iOS) 
The App includes links to eventbrite for ticket pruchases, list of brewers, social media section where you can chat with beer fanatics, and a floor map for the event!

As you can see, there are plenty to choose from. Come on out and enjoy some craft beer, support craft producers, and support charity. Everybody wins.