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 April 11, 2014
Vancouver Craft Beer Week May 30-June 7; Number Of Vancouver Craft Breweries Doubles

 Vancouver is quickly becoming the largest producer of craft beer in Canada. Fourteen new and expanded craft breweries are expected to open by the end of 2014 -- bringing the total number of breweries in Vancouver to 38 -- while last year saw the opening of seven new craft operations, including 33 Acres Brewing, Brassneck Brewery, Four Winds Brewing and Deep Cove Brewers.

Four of the soon-to-open locales -- Main Street Brewing Company, Red Truck Brewery, Steel Toad Brew Pub and Big Rock Brewery -- will be clustered in Vancouver's historic Brewery Creek district (situated in East Vancouver, between 1st Avenue and Broadway). The area was so named because of the breweries that abounded south of False Creek more than 100 years ago, making use of the small creek to run the wheels that powered their operations. Another cluster of breweries will congregate in a different East Vancouver neighbourhood, giving the area an apt new nickname: "Yeast Vancouver."

Thirsty for more? Beer enthusiasts can check out the scope and scale of Vancouver's suds scene at one of Canada's largest craft beer festivals, Vancouver Craft Beer Week (VCBW), which takes place May 30 to June 7. Highlights of this year's event include Opening Night Hip Hop Karaoke at Gossip Nightclub, Hoppapalooza at the Alibi Room (showcasing a variety of casks, guest taps and rare beers), and the VCBW Tasting Festival (the festival's two-day grand finale, held next to Olympic Village and featuring samples from more than 70 breweries). To purchase tickets, click here (site goes live on April 28). But sign up early: this beer-fest has doubled in size each year, and tickets tend to vanish fast.