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Beer lovers gather at Chapel Arts for the 2012 BC Beer Awards

Photos by James Healey

Ever wonder what a Sasquatch drenched in beer tastes like? Me neither. But if it tastes anything like Old Yale Brewing Company's Sasquatch Stout then I'm game. While this beer didn't win anything at the BC Beer Awards it doesn't mean it doesn't stack up, it just means that the competition is high and BC makes some ridiculously good beer.

Vancouver beer lovers, many CAMRA members, gathered together for an afternoon of beer tasting, and "cheers-ing" last weekend as they watched many of their favorite breweries walk away with awards. The awards were part of the Harvest Cask Festival, which meant that there were many seasonal-only beers to be had. Six hours flew by as guests wandered from cask to cask checking out what "the harvest" brought this year.

And what the harvest brought was without a doubt crowd-pleasing and at some times also very unique. Coal Harbour Brewing showcased their Smoke & Mirrors Imperial Smoked Ale, while R&B Brewing poured their Cucumber Mint IPA.

New breweries and old breweries were pouring at the festival ranging from Parallel 49 and Townsite who have been brewing for less than a year, to Spinnakers Brewpub who has been in the business since 1984. All three of whom went home with an award.

There were many new faces at the event that I had not yet seen at other craft beer functions, as well as a handful that I know are devout to local microbreweries. To no surprise Vancouver Craft Beer Week's Rick Green and his faithful wingman and photographer, Brian K. Smith, were at the event sampling beers.

Jonathan Lloyd Walker, actor/producer and craft beer drinker emceed the awards in his typical witty fashion including his nickname for the awards as the "black dildo".

After the awards, I went on a brief tour with the head judge and co-founder of the event, Chester Carey.

Since there are so many pumpkin beers on the market now to match with the season's flavour, I was curious as to how he felt about the different kinds.

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