Kick off the Flatlander’s Beer Festival prior to the tastings! The Manitoba Brewer’s Association and Granville Island are hosting pre-festival events in support of Flatlander’s Beer Festival and the True North Youth Foundation. Beer dabblers to geeks are invited to come and meet the brewers, learn more about their products, and sample beer. Manitoba Brewer’s Association- Fort Garry Brewing Company Wednesday, June 22nd, 5:00-8:00pm Fort Garry Brewing Company, 130 Lowson Crescent A casual evening at Fort Garry Brewing Company to interact with the membership of the Manitoba Brewers Association. There will be beer samples, snacks, and lots of time to chat with members of the MBBA and hear their stories. Bring your own lawn chair, the event will roll rain or shine. Cheers! Tickets are $25 and available from all MBBA members or at: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/meet-your-local-craft-brewers-night-tickets-25804007481 Granville Island Thursday, June 23rd, 7:00-8:30pm (guests are encouraged to arrive at 6:30 to enjoy & Granville Island Brewing product prior to the start of the beer dinner) Barley Brothers Stadium – 2005 Pembina Highway (204-691-3300) The beer dinner will be hosted by Six Pints Specialty Brewing Company Certified Cicerone Tina Wolfe with additional hosts from Molson Coors Brewing Company. Tina will be delivering a portfolio presentation of Granville Island products to be served, introduction into the history of the brewery, description of ingredients as well as tasting notes (aroma, mouth feel, appearance, & finish). Chef Brian Rowley will be on-hand to present the four courses served. Tickets are $50 ticket includes welcome beer, 4 course meal with beer pairing (5 different Granville Island Brewing beer varietals will be offered). Tickets to be purchased at Barley Brothers Stadium location.