MIDWINTER VIKING REVELRY – STRANGE DAY #49

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MIDWINTER VIKING REVELRY – STRANGE DAY #49

On January 26th grab some mates, don your best plaid* and make haste to Strange Fellows Brewing to celebrate midwinter in savage Viking style. Inspired by Up Helly Aa – the pagan fire festival that symbolizes the rebirth of the sun – we’ll host an Axe-throwing Competition and send New Year wishes to Valhalla on the smoke … Continued

KRAMPUSMARKT

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KRAMPUSMARKT

Our Krampusnacht celebrations will continue on the Friday evening and all-day Saturday with Krampusmarkt, an old-world inspired Strange* Kristmas Market, featuring the odd and exquisite by local artisans. OH Studiohas carefully curated this eclectic collection of creatives:   Antler Ceramics ARTIFACT SKIN CO. Billy Would Designs BLACK SØLV Brangwynne Purcell Studio Christine Moulson dirt spindle pottery … Continued

PHOTOS WITH KRAMPUS

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PHOTOS WITH KRAMPUS

Krampus is coming to Strange Fellows Brewing December 6th-8th. To light up the dark season, we have 3 days of old world-inspired festivities planned in celebration of our favourite baddie.   Krampus will be back and playing nice for his annual photo sitting. Break out your best goth or ugly xmas sweater, and bring friends … Continued

BEEARD & MOUSTACHE CHALLENGE

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BEEARD & MOUSTACHE CHALLENGE

We challenge YOU – the bewhiskered and moustachioed – to join us Thursday November 22nd for a friendly contest in honour of KOUTZOULAN (the Most Terrible Wolf Day), and to help raise funds for 2 Paycheques Away (a local non-profit that provides free haircuts to residents of Vancouver’s DTES).   Your $15 donation gets you … Continued

STRANGE DAY #46: ALL HALLOWS EVE

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STRANGE DAY #46: ALL HALLOWS EVE

In the spirit of celebrating all souls, both living and dead, we are thrilled to have Las Estrellas – Vancouver’s only all-female Mariachi band – back to serenade us at Strange Fellows. Across many cultures, it is believed that autumn is when the barrier between our world and the afterlife is at its thinnest, and spirits from the other … Continued

STRANGE DAY #45: HOP DEVIL HOOTENANNY

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STRANGE DAY #45: HOP DEVIL HOOTENANNY

Inspired by both the Belgian Hopduvel* and the British Corn Mother** traditions, our Hop Devil Hootenanny celebrates the harvest of a brewer’s favourite crops – hops and barley!   So grab your friends and family and come on down for a Brewer’s harvest celebration, with hoppy beers, FREE corn on the cob, and music and dancing courtesy of Professor Banjo, … Continued

Strange Day #43: Tuning of the Bikes

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Strange Day #43: Tuning of the Bikes

  Join us on Sunday, July 8th to enjoy a beer while the rad folks from RAD Cycles give your bike a complimentary* inspection and tune-up. E-Prodigy Bicycles will also be here to answer all your e-bike questions, while Kismet Cookery dishes out some tasty grub.     *FREE with purchase of a beer Sunday, July 8th  1-5pm Sign-up starts … Continued

CARNIVAL: March 11, 2018

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CARNIVAL: March 11, 2018

Observed worldwide, Carnival is a colourful and joyous celebration of life. We invite one and all to come make merry with us Belgian-style as we fête both the big and the small things in life. Jubilant music courtesy of East Van’s one-and-only Carnival Band, Belgian crepes, and of course, beer. Colourful dress encouraged and families … Continued

Setsubun: February 3, 2018

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Setsubun: February 3, 2018

Exorcise evil spirits, make way for Spring and bring good luck for the year ahead with a glass of fortune-giving beer, lucky beans, and perhaps even a little Karaoke, all inspired by Setsubun – the “Last Day of Winter” celebration in Japan. February 3 7-9pm

3rd Annual Beeard & Moustache Challenge

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3rd Annual Beeard & Moustache Challenge

In celebration of all things hairy and scary in observance of Koutzoulan, we are pleased to announce our third annual Beard & Moustache Challenge. Taking place on Tuesday November 22nd, 7-9pm @ Strange Fellows Brewing (1345 Clark Dr), we hereby challenge the bewhiskered and mustachioed to show us their best and help raise funds for Movember. Categories are Best … Continued

MIDSUMMERS BBQ

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MIDSUMMERS BBQ

As the sun sets on the longest day of the year, all over the world people light bonfires to celebrate the sun’s triumph over darkness. For some, it is custom to jump over the fire to symbolically ward off the cold of the coming winter. Elsewhere, fishermen gather on the edge of the ocean to … Continued

LA DUCASS & LIFE DRAWING

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LA DUCASS & LIFE DRAWING

The good luck charms of some are small enough to fit in a pocket or wear around the neck. Other charms are bigger, like the one that characterizes the tiny village of Mons, Belgium. Each year, the townsfolk re-enact the notorious battle between good & evil, with St George astride his horse, valiantly battling the … Continued

STRANGE DAY # 26 : Setsubun

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STRANGE DAY # 26 : Setsubun

While Spring-for-real still seems a long way off, we can bolster our spirits to make it through another month of winter by celebrating Setsubun – Japan’s last day of winter before the beginning of Spring. Malevolent or merely mischievous, Yokai – the shape-shifting demons of Japanese folklore – are thought to be unlucky. On the … Continued

STRANGE DAY #25 : UP HELLY AA

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STRANGE DAY #25 : UP HELLY AA

        Puffs of breath mist the cold air as a lone horn signals to the crowd of torch-bearing men. Old ballads & the sound of thousands of stamping feet accompany a massive Viking longship as it’s dragged through dark streets. The procession ends with the longship’s torching and is followed by uproarious … Continued

STRANGE DAY #21 : HORN DANCE

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STRANGE DAY #21 : HORN DANCE

Abbot’s Bromley – England At 8-o-clock in the morning an odd group of men wearing antlers gathers on the village common. They will spend the next 12 hours dancing their way between house and pub across the countryside – as their forefathers have done for 800 years or more – receiving food and drink in … Continued

STRANGE DAY # 19 : Fiesta!

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STRANGE DAY # 19 : Fiesta!

There are some strange traditions in the world so old that people have forgotten their origin, even though they participate in them with great zeal. This is true of the infamous Running of the Bulls, where since medieval times people have risked life and limb to show their bravado. More recently, the daring have been … Continued

STRANGE DAY # 18 : Midsummer

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STRANGE DAY # 18 : Midsummer

As the sun sets on the longest day of the year, all over the world people light bonfires to celebrate the sun’s triumph over darkness. In some places people jump over the fire to symbolically ward off the cold of the coming winter. Elsewhere, fishermen gather on the edge of the ocean to pray and … Continued

STRANGE DAY #16 : Walpurgisnacht

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STRANGE DAY #16 : Walpurgisnacht

The night of April 30th is thought to be the division between evil & good, winter & spring, and also the time when witches gather to recount their evil deeds of the past year to the Devil himself. A bundle of herbs tied to your door is believed to keep the witches away, but just to … Continued

STRANGE DAY #15 : Carnival

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STRANGE DAY #15 : Carnival

Amid bursts of confetti & music, the juggler entertains us with a handful of oranges. As the oranges rise & fall, the planets revolve in the universe, babies are born & the old pass on. Making that which is difficult look effortless & all of life’s worries seem insignificant, the juggler teaches us a simple lesson: … Continued

STRANGE DAY #13 : Up Helly AA

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STRANGE DAY #13 : Up Helly AA

  A pagan fire festival, Up Helly Aa is a tradition that comes to us from Scotland’s Shetland Islands. From January 21st through 27th,  we will celebrate the Viking in all of us with glasses of Blackmail – a sessionable Northern-style Milk Stout. On the evening of January 26th, we will be joined by musical … Continued

All Hallows’ Eve

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All Hallows’ Eve

It is said that the veil between the worlds of the living and the dead is most transparent as Fall shifts to Winter, and spirits of the dead return to visit. Fearful of these wandering spirits, some people wear masks to fool them into believing that they too are from the other world. Others leave … Continued

FIESTA! July 5th-11th

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FIESTA! July 5th-11th

There are some strange traditions in the world so old that people have forgotten their origin even though they participate in them with gusto. This is true of the infamous Running of the Bulls in Pamplona, Spain, where since medieval times people have risked life & limb to show their bravado. More recently, the daring have … Continued

Celebrate Carnival at the Brewery until Sunday March 15th

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Celebrate Carnival at the Brewery until Sunday March 15th

Celebrated worldwide, Carnival is a joyous and colourful antithesis to the solemnity of Lent. From March 10th through 16th Strange Fellows will celebrate Carnival Belgian-style. Inspired by the Carnival traditions of the Carnival de Laetare of Stavelot Belgium, known for its masked revellers and irreverent behaviour involving pig’s bladders, the celebration at Strange Fellows will include masks, music, and of course, beer. On Sunday March 15th, … Continued

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