It's no longer news to say that coffee and beer—and their eponymous lovechild, coffee beer—go really, really well together. Gone are they days when any old brewery can roll out a roasty coffee stout and expect to take the world by storm now. You have to get creative.
And that's exactly what's happening in Vancouver, British Columbia at the Hopwired Festival taking place Saturday, February 23rd. Featuring 60 roasters and breweries from around Canada (and even one or two from the States) getting funky together to create 29 one-off coffee beers, Hopwired is going to be a festival to remember, assuming you can remember anything after 29 beers.
Taking place at the Croatian Cultural Center in Vancouver, Hopwired is cut from the same cloth as Uppers & Downers. Espresso bars? They've got it. Case studies for a brewery-led deep dive? You better believe it. Coffee beers? Have you not been paying attention? Of course there are coffee beers.
Roasters from all over Canada—including the likes of Transcend Coffee, De Mello Palhetta Coffee, and Monogram—will be cahooting with Great White North breweries like Twin Sails, Ile Sauvage, Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel, and Temporal Artisan Ales. And for a little American flair, Hopwired has invited Portland's Case Study Coffee Roasters and Gigantic Brewing to join in on the fun.
It all gets going at 1:00pm at the Croatian Cultural Center in Vancouver on Saturday, February 23rd. Tickets for Hopwired are CA$70.21 ($54 USD) and can be purchased here. According to their website, tickets are nearly sold out, so you better act fast if you want to get in on the fun. It's sure to be a buzzy, boozy good time. For more information, visit the Hopwired Festival's official website.
Top image via the Hopwired Festival