On the weekend of October 5th-6th, Val and I joined CAMRA Vancouver on a bus trip to visit their newest sister chapter up in Powell River. Though it was a short trip, we managed to pack a lot in as we visited Townsite Brewing, attended the towns Oktoberfest and made a quick stop at Persephone Brewing in Gibsons on the way back. *note, upcoming posts for the two breweries!
As this was my first Otkoberfest, I had no idea what to expect aside from the undoubtedly yet hilariously incorrect portrayals I have seen in movies and on television. Sadly, there was no secret Fight Club a la Beerfest, though that would have been totally cool. There was however plenty of beer , food, and good company with Yvonne, Eric, Mark and Veronica!
With a commemorative stein for $10 which included a beer ticket, I figured why not. It wasn’t one of those big ceramic steins with a lid, but it’ll do, and the more glasses the merrier!
Dinner did get off to a late start, much to the disapproval of our stomachs, we dug in to the bread sausage and cheese platter when it was set down on our table. The main was yet to come, but this tided us over for the time being.
The star of the night was a whole roasted pig, one that had been fed with the used grains from Townsite Brewing’s beer.
A buffet family style meal of schnitzel, roast pork, roast potatoes, cabbage and a to die for mushroom gravy quickly found its way into my stomach multiple times.
The classic song, 99 Luftballoons, or Red Balloons was played and at the end, all 99 were sold, some containing prizes to be redeemed for.
Alcohol + heights + ingenuity + potential danger in trying to retrieve a balloon from the ceiling proved great entertainment for the rest of us. After this, we went back to our room for a quick nap, hoping to join the rest for TWO (!) after parties but instead we just slept though out the night. We’re old.
Speaking of our room, this is the place we stayed at. The Old Courthouse Inn.
I loved the decor with the old-timey stuff.
Breakfast was included with the stay in the adjoining Edie Rae’s Cafe.
They have a patio overlooking the towns pulp mill as well, and we were pretty blessed to have great weather all weekend long!
For myself, I went with a classic eggs benny, Edie Rae’s Bene $10.00 (free for hotel guests) Two poached eggs, fresh biscuit, back bacon, Hollandaise, hash browns.
Perfectly soft runny yolk, great pan fried hash.
As for Val, she had The Leo $9.00 (free with stay) Two eggs any style, hash browns, choice of 3 bacon, 1 ham or 3 sausage patties, choice of bread.
After breakfast was done, we walked around the town taking pictures while we waited for the rest of the group to rendezvous back at the bus and recall their afterparty stories. Seems we missed out, but sleep was far more inviting than more drinking at that moment. After saying our goodbyes to Karen and Paddy, it was back onto the bus to rush back so Adam could catch the Whitecaps game in time.
All in all, a wonderful jaunt up the Sunshine Coast with some fellow beer lovers to visit breweries and towns I otherwise would have never visited regularly!