Vancouver Brewfest returns to Esther Short Park in downtown Vancouver, Washington this August, but with new organizers. The Washington Beer Commission will host the event moving forward. Stay tuned for details. Expect the event to be re-branded and officially announced soon.
In the wake of the pandemic, Vancouver Brewfest organizer, Cody Gray, made the decision to hand the reigns over to the Washington Beer Commission with the intention of sustaining and improving the event. The Commission was established in 2006 by the Washington State Legislature for the purpose of promoting Washington’s beer and breweries. It is an Agricultural Commodity Commission, part of the Washington State Department of Agriculture.
One way the Washington Beer Commission accomplishes its goal is by hosting big beer festivals like the Washington Brewers Festival (Redmond), Belgian Fest (Seattle), Inland Northwest Beer Festival (Spokane), and others. Add Vancouver Brewfest to the list.
Event organizer, Cody Gray, deserves a lot of credit and thanks. Vancouver Brewfest has raised and donated $90,000 since its inception in 2012, supporting a variety of local non-profit causes. The list includes Second Chance Companions, Disabled American Veterans – Clark County chapter, Northwest Battle Buddies, MS Society of Portland, SW WA Humane Society, Bike Clark County, and Mount St. Helens.
“I’d like to thank the hundreds of volunteers, breweries, and fantastic past sponsors that came out to support our local charities and helped make the Vancouver Brewfest a fantastic event each year,” Cody said. “I’d especially like to thank my partner, Tammy Cleveland, for taking charge of the entrance area and helping me raise so much money over the years for great local charities!”
Cody said he knows this is the best outcome given his life changes and inability to manage such a large undertaking going into the future. “While I’m sad I won’t be there organizing the event, I’m very happy to have found the perfect partners to take it over and keep it going. I know everyone is really going to like the improvements the Washington Beer Commission has in store. And I can’t wait to really relax and enjoy, for once, the event I helped create and love so much!”
The Washington Beer Blog will share more details about Vancouver Brewfest as they become available.