June 11th (Saturday) – Oliver’s “Old Firehall”
BAND: My Kind of Karma (http://mykindofkarma.ca/)
FEATURES: Twisted Hills Craft Cider & Dubh Glas Distillery
ARTIST: Leza MacDonald
It’s a very exciting year for us at the Firehall Brewery, with expansions in capacity, distribution, and the opening of our new Beer Shop & Social. And just to add to the excitement, we are ecstatic to announce the launch of another Back Alley Concert Series for the upcoming Summer of 2016. The “Old Firehall” experience on Main Street in Oliver gets a bit louder and prouder for each of these community events, boasting grassroots music, local arts, partnerships with wineries, cidery, & distillery, and of course… BEER!
Tickets are $15 + tax, pre-sold at Pappa’s Firehall Bistro (www.pappasfirehallbistro.com – 250-498-4867) and available at the gate.
This is a break-even event made possible through the energy of our gracious volunteers (if you’d like to volunteer, please contact us at 778-439-2337 or firstname.lastname@example.org). Sadly, our archaic liquor laws are still prohibition-era, so minors are not allowed to join the fun. Food won’t be served at the show, but we encourage you to bring in a picnic dinner (baskets and bags will be politely searched, just to keep out glass and bad beer) or order take-out from Pappa’s Firehall Bistro on the building’s main floor. If you need somewhere to sleep it off for the night, Centennial RV Park and Campground (http://centennialrvpark.com/ – 250-498-6800) is just down Fairview Road, and there are plenty of motels and B&B’s around the region (see: www.winecapitalofcanada.com).
If you haven’t been, let’s paint you the picture. First, we brew beer with courageous flavour and alarming drinkability. Then, we narrow down the mountains of available talent until we’ve got the perfect musical groups booked. Next, we call up some friends in the wine/cider/spirits world to see who’s available to come pour their craft. And finally, we search out some local artists who’d be into dressing up our walls with their creations for the evening. We spend the whole Saturday sprucing up the back alley area with tents, stage & sound, vibrant shade sails, and the cleanest porta-potties you’ve ever laid a cheek on. We open the gates at 6pm, just in time to tap a one-of-a-kind cask of beer (single-event recipe brewed the old-fashioned way), to pour alongside our regular beer roster. Music kicks off at 7pm, and echoes up and down the back alley until 9pm. Then we wander upstairs to the Pappa’s Firehall Bistro for some after-party drinks and 2-for-1 appies, while us volunteers clean up the show as quick as possible to join the fun upstairs.
This year will be a bit different because we’ll have the new Beer Shop & Social open throughout the show, giving everyone a chance to sneak a peak at the result of our successful crowdfunding campaign earlier this year. We’re stoked to have you join the fun and savour the flavour!