Food & Drink

How I Survived Tasting 18 Kinds of Beer at Surrey BC’s Battle of the Brews

Battle of the Brews is an annual event organized by 102.7 The Peak FM and Surrey Fire Fighters’ Charitable Society. All the money from ticket sales goes to the Ahletics4Kids which focuses on children from low-income families. And as Sandy Hancock, the executive director of this organization stated, they could provide up to $600 a year per kid to spend on sports activities. Unfortunately, according to one of the firefighters’ representative Jeremy, they were only half way through expected donations.

Even so, the event was also about having fun! The three-hour reception was featuring 18 kinds of beer to taste, food samples such as mini-burgers from Milestones, chicken tacos from Cactus Club and many more, games to play, spinning wheels where you could easily win a dinner for 4 (!!!) or a free entry at featured restaurants. Have you ever tried ginger raspberry beer? Me neither, but I sampled that drink from heaven at Battle of the Brews. It was the most unbelievable taste ever – so soft and fruity! How about licorice beer? I bet you would never imagine such a drink exists and yet, here it is. For those of you who like an aftertaste surprise – beer with some bourbon is a slight (or even extreme?) bolt from the blue. Some of the breweries not open yet and this event was a good opportunity for them to promote their business.

Walking around those beer and food stands with my new violet shades on (which I won there by the way), meeting new people, listening to the cool music played by Vanessa and her team from 102.7 The Peak FM, being invited to other cool events by my new acquaintances, and knowing it’s all for a great cause – is an amazing feeling. I wish you can come next year and enjoy your day there as I did. It’s worth it!

P.S. Guess which beer I nominated as the best one?:)

Participating Breweries:

Bomber Brewing, Cariboo Brewing, Central City Brewers and Distillers, Dageraad Brewing, Dead Frog Brewery, Lonetree Cider, Mariner Brewing, Raven’s Moon Craft Cider, Red Arrow Brewing Co, Red Truck Beer Company, Stanley Park Brewing Co., Steamworks Brewing Co., Steel and Oak Brewing Co., Trading Post Brewing, Three Dogs Brewing Co., Two Wolves Brewing Co., White Rock Beach Beer Company

Participating Restaurants:

Brown’s Social House, Cactus Club Cafe, Elements Casino, Famoso, Milestones, Joseph Richards Group, Sammy J Peppers

Alie Slabenko
Alie Slabenko is a local writer and poet passionate about human rights. She recently completed the New Media Journalism Program at Simon Fraser University. She also holds a Masters in Tax Crimes from Russia and PDD in Marketing from Douglas College in Vancouver. Alie has volunteered for the YVR airport magazine as a creative contributor and written several travel and lifestyle articles for an online Russian magazine. She is a traveler by heart and has visited Hong Kong, Macau, South Korea, China, and the USA. In her free time Alie likes to paint, take photographs, write poems, and manage her social justice oriented website. Alie is a human rights advocate who seeks to serve people through her journalistic skills focusing on racism, transgender rights, women rights, and human trafficking.