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New West to experience 'Brewhalla' at this summer festival

Queen's Park will turn into a craft beer-lover's oasis in August, which will include taste-testing, food trucks and live music.

A popular summer festival is coming to New Westminster this summer to see how much the city loves locally-crafted beer.

Brewhalla is set to treat New Westies of legal drinking age to dozens of craft beer options, as well as live music and food trucks, in early August in expanding its seven-year stint since the Fort Langley Beer and Food Festival in 2017.

But for 2024, Red Door Events Inc., the organizers of Brewhalla, have set a goal to be as inclusive as possible.

The company has officially changed its title of "craft beer festival" to "craft beverage festival," inviting cideries, wineries and non-alcoholic bars to set up shop and showcase their spirits.

"We can tell that times are changing, so we're changing too," said Red Door Events spokesperson Hannah Cratty in a release sent to the Record

"Yes, we'll still have a lot of beer in our lineup (because we love our local breweries), but we'll also have mead, cider, wine, spirits, mixed drinks and zero proof options making up over a third of what we offer. Brewhalla is for everyone, no matter what you drink."

Cratty added it's important for Brewhalla to have all patrons take part in the festival, including the sober and "sober curious."

Queen's Park will serve as the venue for New Westminster's tour date, Aug. 10 from 12 to 6 p.m.

Details about the 19+ festival, including a list of the participating breweries, food trucks on site and a performance line-up, are "coming soon," according to Brewhalla's website.

It's the third stop on Brewhalla's 2024 schedule, which also includes:

  • North Vancouver
    • April 19, 5 to 10 p.m. @ The Shipyards
  • Fort Langley
    • May 18, 12 to 6 p.m. @ Fort Langley Park
  • Whistler
    • Sept. 14, 12 to 5 p.m. @ Whistler Olympic Plaza
  • Chilliwack
    • Oct. 5, 12 to 6 p.m. @ Watson Glen Park