The Grand Tasting Hall

Grand Tasting Hall For the last 19 years, The Grand Tasting Hall (GTH) has offered beer and whisky connoisseurs a chance to sip, sample, taste, and learn about the products they love. It has grown from a small group of people in a hotel ballroom to (fast forward 19 years) attracting 7500 people each year. The Grand Tasting Hall lives within the walls of the historic PNE Forum. On Friday November 21st and and Saturday November 22th, the Grand Tasting Hall comes alive with 125+ exhibitors, 400+ products to sample, and many thousands of your peers. Not only is there Premium and Craft Beer, Scotch, and all other whiskies, but as well, there is vodka, gin, rum, tequila, liqueur, and so many more types of alcoholic drinks to taste.


The Grand Tasting Hall welcomes several local restaurants each year. More details will come but we can assure you in 2014, there will be no need to eat dinner first. We will have gourmet meals ready to serve for your culinary enjoyment.

Musical Entertainment

Just like in 2013, we will have some special Music treats waiting for you at The Grand Tasting Hall. More details will soon follow on confirmed acts.

Tasting Tokens

Tasting tokens are the only form of currency in the Grand Tasting Hall market. The first five tokens for your Grand Tasting Experience are included with your purchased ticket. Within steps of you walking inside, you will be given your free pouch of tokens. Additional tokens can be purchased for $1.10 at the Tasting Token booths. The price of each sample in the Grand Tasting Hall is based on the retail value of the bottle being poured.


Safety is priority number one and getting home safe is the only option. There are FREE SHUTTLES starting at 9pm from the PNE Forum to three destinations: Phibbs Exchange, Renfrew Station, and The St. Regis Hotel Downtown (located on both Skytrain lines). IT IS FREE. You should use these.

Thanks to the Get Home Safe program at the BCLDB, we are able to offer you free transit tickets to be used on Saturday. So, either catch a city bus right from the PNE or take a free shuttle to a transit line that you can use to get home. Open your connoisseur booklet program guide once you arrive and all of the info on how to GET HOME SAFE is there. Transit tickets are available while supplies last.

Taste and Stay Package - Hotel Package

There is no better night to stay at the GORGEOUS St. Regis Hotel in Downtown Vancouver than on Hopscotch night. Our official hotel partner, the St. Regis Hotel, is offering the following package for either of the Grand Tasting Hall nights - November 21st & 22nd: For $259 ($279 for a double room) guests will be given a nights stay, two tickets to The Grand Tasting Hall, along with gym passes to Steve Nash Fitness, full breakfast for two, FIJI water in the room, and free long distance calling to anywhere in the world. Call the hotel to book: 604.681.1135.