BECAUSE BEER 2016 takes place Friday July 8, 3-11pm, and Saturday July 9, 2-11pm, at Pier 4 Park in Hamilton, Ontario. The festival brings together the best of Southern Ontario’s craft breweries, top local food trucks and great live music as part of a great two-day celebration. This year promises to showcase another exciting sample of the best that the craft brewing sector has to offer.

BECAUSE BEER advance tickets will be available in person through The Ship (23 Augusta St., Hamilton), Dr. Disc (20 Wilson St., Hamilton),  Collective Arts Brewery (207 Burlington St. E., Hamilton), Shed Brewing Co. (65 Hatt St., Dundas) and Serve Ping Pong Bar & Lounge (115 King St. E., Hamilton) as well as online through Ticketfly for $29.99 single-day ticket and $49.99 weekend pass (plus applicable service charges). Optional VIP bundles are also available.

On the weekend of BECAUSE BEER, tickets may be purchased at the festival gate for $39.99 single-day ticket, $59.99 weekend pass.

Regular admission single-day tickets include one BECAUSE BEER tasting mug and three sampling tokens. Regular admission weekend passes include tasting mug and six sampling tokens. Additional sampling tokens may be purchased onsite — six for $10, 12 for $20.

Designated Driver tickets are $10 single-day or $20 weekend pass. Designated Driver tickets/passes omit tasting mug and sampling tokens and do not permit alcohol consumption.

A limited number of reduced-price Early Bird tickets to BECAUSE BEER may be purchased as of Thursday, February 18 through, available until March 17, 2016 exclusively online. Early Bird tickets are $19.99 (plus service charge) for single-day ticket and $29.99 (plus service charge) per weekend pass. Early Bird tickets will only be available online. Passionate beer fans will also be able to snap up optional VIP bundles as part of their Early Bird purchases.

TICKET TYPE EARLY BIRD [Feb 18-Mar 17] ADVANCE [Mar 18-July 7] GATE [July 8-9]
FRIDAY $19.99 (+SC) $29.99 (+SC) $39.99
SATURDAY $19.99 (+SC) $29.99 (+SC) $39.99
WEEKEND $29.99 (+SC) $49.99 (+SC) $59.99
 DESIGNATED DRIVER                           
TICKET TYPE EARLY BIRD [Feb 18-Mar 17] ADVANCE [Mar 18-July 7] GATE [July 8-9]
FRIDAY $10.00 (+SC) $10.00 (+SC) $10.00
SATURDAY $10.00 (+SC) $10.00 (+SC) $10.00
WEEKEND $20.00 (+SC) $20.00 (+SC) $20.00


Because Beer VIP Experience – Collective Arts Tour at Arts & Science Brewery (Friday/Saturday)

Includes: brewery tour and transportation, extra beer samples, and serious beer swag. Meet at Festival Front Gate at 4pm sharp for tour. Tour takes approximately 1.5 hours and will return you to festival.

Because Beer VIP Experience – West Avenue Heritage Estate Cidery Tour & Tasting  (Saturday only)

Includes: a private tour of the new West Avenue Estate Cidery tasting room with owner, cider maker, and apple grower Chris Haworth. This ticket includes transportation to and from the West Avenue Estate Cidery in Stoney Creek (bus tour departing Pier 4 Park at 11am, returning for Because Beer festival entry at 2pm); cider sampling, swag, and more. Any purchases made at the West Avenue Estate Cidery tasting room will be held for you at the front gate.

Because Beer VIP Experience – Shed Brewing Co. Tour & Tasting  (Saturday only)

Includes: Shed Brewing Co. tour and transportation, tastings of Shed’s core beer brands, and your very own LagerShed or BarrelShed glass to keep (Shed glass cannot be used at Because Beer but will be held for you at the festival’s front gate). Meet at Festival Front Gate at 1pm sharp for travel to brewery for 1:30pm tour. Tour takes approximately 30 minutes and will return you to festival for approximately 2:30pm.

PLEASE NOTE: Tickets for Because Beer VIP packages require a valid Because Beer wristband or Because Beer festival ticket for the day of the VIP experience.


BECAUSE BEER is a licensed 19+ event with the exception of children under three who are in a stroller or otherwise carried by an adult. Valid photo identification must be presented to enter the festival area. In accordance with City of Hamilton By-Law No. 11-080,  no smoking will be permitted within the festival grounds.