By: Bill Robinson On: April 12, 2018 In: Calgary International Beerfest Comments: 0

Calgary International Beerfest Launch Party Recap


Thanks to everyone who came out to the Calgary International Beerfest Launch Party on Tuesday, April 10th at Craft Beer Market! ABF loves hosting these events as an opportunity to celebrate community, meet interesting people, and of course announce all the great things we have going on at this year’s festival! If you want to see some of the good times we had at the launch party, you can check out the pictures HERE.


If you missed out, here are some of the exciting announcements about what’s going on at this year’s Calgary International Beerfest, presented by Sobeys Liquor and Safeway Liquor, happening May 4th and 5th at the BMO Centre, including:

  • Over 500 beers, ciders and spirits from 40 countries – 160 Breweries & Distilleries, and 30 of Calgary’s amazing restaurants/pubs – a destination for 43,000 people from around the province and around the world
  • Ultimate VIP Beer Geek Experience including private VIP lounge and washrooms; free entry into their choice of seminars
  • Brew Master Seminars hosted by Craft Beer Market featuring Brew Masters from Alberta’s fast-growing craft beer industry while providing samples
  • Cooking with Beer Seminars hosted by Granville Island Brewing featuring beer pairings with cheese and chocolate!
  • Canadian International Beer Awards (CIBA) – certified judges lead groups of celebrity judges in over 20 different categories, making this one of the largest beer judging forums in North America
  • ATB Financial Beer University – from Grains to Glass, learn about where Alberta beer comes from, sample beers from future brew masters at Olds College Brew Master Program including the #BeTheBrewer Contest Sai Whaaat? Saison beer.  The RAHR Malting Cask Stage, inside Beer U, has a special celebration in store for their 25thAnniversary of supplying premium quality Alberta malting barley to breweries at home and across the globe.
  • Live Local Music at two stages including the Calgary Folk Music Festival Stage with two female bands; The Lashes and Pancake, and the Barley Belt Stage featuring Novascotiables and Mitch Belot Band
  • The 1stAnnual North American Women’s Beverage Alliance is a great initiative we are proud to be part of bringing female industry leaders from across North America to Calgary
  • The Craft Distillery District, featuring Alberta’s growing Craft Distilleries for those who like spirits
  • Supporting local charities including Kids Up Front and Autism Aspergers Friendship Society of Calgary, this is our 10thanniversary working with AAFS!
  • NEW Calgary International Beerfest After Party at Calgary Stampede’s newly renovated Big 4 Roadhouse with live performances by JJ Shiplett, The Dudes and DJ Burchil


Get your tickets today and SAVE at www.showpass.com/2018-calgary-international-beerfest.


Cheers and see you the Calgary International Beerfest on May 4th and 5th!