The 5-night coastal craft beer cruise aboard the classic tugboat Swell, with a who's-who of BC brewing experts, and plenty of beautiful scenery and wildlife, too.

Victoria, BC, August 11, 2015 – Be part of beer history and explore the nature and culture of BC’s remoter Gulf Islands on the Coastal Craft Beer Cruise Oct 25-30.  It’s been a popular trip for a decade, but this is its first year aboard the roomy tugboat Swell. To celebrate, Maple Leaf Adventures is inviting this October’s guests exclusively to be involved in the design of a craft beer that the company will serve on all of its award-winning trips on Swell. As creators, this year’s guests will get their name on every future bottle. Ask about this trip.

The Coastal Craft Beer Cruise is a 5-day culinary trip that explores the nature, culture and history of the British Columbia coast, seen through the lens of its exceptionally rich craft beer industry.

The tugboat MV Swell, at anchor in the Gulf Islands, BC. Photo by Kevin Smith.

Guests will sample 50+ of BC’s best beers, paired with food. Aboard the 80-foot tugboat and at select locations ashore, guests will enjoy special meals and conversation with a who’s-who of the BC brewing scene, not available to the general public. Entertaining social history by renowned brewing historian and raconteur Greg Evans provides added depth, and frequent shore excursions in the protected island archipelago add the sense of discovery found on Maple Leaf trips. It’s rounded out by the guidance of Maple Leaf Adventures crew and guides who take travellers to explore the beauty of special places and wildlife havens in the Gulf Islands and southern Vancouver Island area.

The tasting trip – which Maple Leaf Adventures carefully bills as not a booze cruise – is limited to a maximum of 12 guests. A personalized experience, cruising through stunning scenery and optional dips in the ship’s hot tub are other highlights.

This year’s beer creation is a once-only opportunity. To welcome the trip aboard the tugboat Swell, this year’s guests will also receive commemorative gifts, including a special edition t-shirt.

Details: Oct 25-30, 2015, 5 days / 4 nights from Cdn $3275 (approx USD $2450) all inclusive. Depart and return: Victoria, BC.

Info www.MapleLeafAdventures.com/beer-tour/ or call 1-250-386-7245

Paul Hadfield, the "father of modern craft beer brewing in BC" hosts a private tasting aboard with guests, including some special things from his private cellar. Photo by Greg Shea.

Slide show from last year’s trip aboard the schooner Maple Leaf (different ship):
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About Maple Leaf Adventures

Selected for Canada’s “Signature Experiences Collection” by the Canadian Tourism Commission, Maple Leaf Adventures has provided conservation-focused, big adventures aboard small ships since 1986. With a reputation as one of Canada’s top sustainable tour operators, its multi-day excursions give guests one-of-a-kind experiences in some of the most beautiful and rare places in the world, often in areas that were once under threat of destruction or in dire need of protection. In 2012, Maple Leaf was awarded the Parks Canada Sustainable Tourism Award, for promoting the appreciation of Canada’s natural, cultural and aesthetic heritage, while also protecting them. As a long time practitioner of ecotourism, Maple Leaf Adventures pioneered travel in BC’s Great Bear Rainforest and northwestern Vancouver Island and has made significant contributions to conservation.National Geographic Adventure has rated Maple Leaf Adventures one of the “Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth”. For more information, visitwww.MapleLeafAdventures.com.

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Media Contact: Maureen Gordon, Maple Leaf Adventures 250-386-7245 (ofc) or 250-881-6143 (mobile) Maureen@MapleLeafAdventures.com

Photos: You may use the attached photo royalty free with this information, as long as photo credit is given to Kevin J Smith / Maple Leaf Adventures