St. John’s will be having its first ever craft beer festival this weekend, offering beer enthusiasts the chance to sample 76 different beers from 27 different breweries, at any of their three shows – Friday from 7-10pm, Saturday from 1-4pm, or Saturday night from 7-10pm.

There will also be a variety of special events, like tutored tastings, or beer and food pairing panels throughout the festival, check those out at

Breweries on hand will include Big Spruce Brewing – recent winners of the Parks Canada Sustainable Tourism Award at the 2015 TIANS Tourism Summit. These guys are out of Cape Breton, and will be showcasing their Cereal Killer Oatmeal Stout & Tim’s Dirty American IPA.

Brakspear Brewery will also be there – “their legendary breweing equipment includes original Brakspear Copper, dating from 1779, and the famous Brakspear ‘Double Drop’ fermentation vessels, used to brew Brakspear Bitter. They’ll be showcasing their Brakspear Bitter and “zesty” Brakspear Oxford Gold.

Among the 27 brewers, the legendary Belgian Brasserie Dupont will also be there, showcasing, among others, their “Bons Vœux” – a beer  brewed specially to give as a New Year’s present to their best clients. The name of this beer “Avec les bons Vœux de la brasserie Dupont” means ‘With the best wishes of the brewery Dupont.’ Because of the increasing success of the beer, Brasserie Dupont started to commercialize this gift but kept the name.

Organizer Tom Beckett says “people from around the world are discovering more artisanal and craft product and are committing to the craft beer movement. The St. John’s BrewFest will bring incredible craft and artisanal beer from many different breweries around the world.”

Have yourselves a Brewtiful weekend. But your tickets here: St. John’s Brewfest will take place June 17th & 18th at The Bella Vista