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'We want beer,' Rotarians proclaim

Brew Loops events support Western Canada Theatre
September 24, 2015 10:39 A.M.
They want beer and Brew Loops is delivering in this Rotary fundraiser for Western Canada Theatre. (Red Collar Brewing photo)

Brew Loops, a beer festival with a difference, is pouring out fun and fundraising at novel events around town.

“It’s Rotary partnering with Western Canada Theatre,” said Brant Hasanen, a Rotarian who was promoting the event at Wednesday’s chamber trade show wearing a fedora and carrying a sign reading “We Want Beer.”

“It’s all about contributing to the community,” he added. “All proceeds go to Rotary and to the theatre company. That’s what makes it really cool.”

Want to learn more about craft beer?

The Noble Pig offers Brew University Thursday evening, with “classes” — or should that be glasses? — starting at 5, 6:30 and 8 p.m. It’s a taste tour through craft beers for groups of 20.

On Wednesday night, Kamloops Innovation Centre held its Tech Brew gathering at The Red Collar, which also hosts a local brewing industry social on Friday. Don’t be intimidated by the brewmasters — the social is open to the public after 3 p.m.

A festival launch party takes place Friday, 7 p.m. to midnight, at Red Beard Cafe. Then, on Saturday at the Kamloops Farmers Market, the city’s nine breweries will offer taste samples, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday night at Kamloops Curling Club, the breweries get together for a cask tasting. The beers will be paired with foods prepared by local chefs. The event features live entertainment and a Prohibition theme.

A beer brunch on Sunday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., caps the event at The Noble Pig.

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