The Olympic museum on the Richmond Oval held its first ever adults-only evening Saturday, that includes craft beer from native breweries in Richmond, Delta New West and Surrey.
Visitors got here from all around the Decrease Mainland to take pleasure in a games-filled evening with limitless refills from breweries represented alongside the brand new BC Ale Path.
“The museum highlights the Olympic motion and Richmond’s legacy of the video games, which we need to showcase,” mentioned Kristina MacDonald, the museum’s program supervisor.
“Working with our counterparts within the craft beer business is an effective way to placed on a celebration the place individuals can have enjoyable and see the museum for the primary time.”
Jolie Wist got here together with her buddy Tracy Thiesen to catch up after they’d each been travelling. They tried their hand at a number of of the museum’s video games and sports activities challenges, together with the standing lengthy leap marked with world information.
“It is cool to me when you may stroll round, attempt a bunch of various beers, completely different meals after which study stuff,” Wist mentioned.
Different friends tried their hand at response time video games, together with Olympian couple Darcy Marquardt and Richard Hortness.
Marquardt is a rower who was born and raised in Richmond. She began rowing whereas on the College of Victoria, and positioned fourth two Olympics in a row. Then, on the London 2012 video games, she gained silver. A photograph of her thrilling London race sits on the wall of one of many museum’s reveals.
“I am a learn-to-row teacher right here on the Oval. So it is actually enjoyable for me to see individuals making an attempt the game for the primary time and type of sharing recollections from a sport that gave a lot to me,” she mentioned.
Her husband, Richard Hortness, was anOlympic swimmer specializing in brief, quick races. That confirmed when he bought a top-five quickest rating on a sport the place you stomp on colored lights.
He’s additionally from the Decrease Mainland, and the 2 met on a bus to a diving occasion in the course of the Beijing Olympics.
“You may’t inform an athlete that there is beer and meals someplace and never get us somewhat bit excited,” he mentioned, including that supporting KidSport BC is a trigger near his and Marquardt’s hearts.
Richmond’s Evan Dunfee, who positioned fourth, then gained a bronze medal, then misplaced it once more to the unique third place finisher the 50 kilometre race stroll in Rio, got here with a bunch of fellow runners and tried to tempt friends to purchase raffle tickets with proceeds benefitting KidSport BC.
He was working a half-marathon within the morning, however mentioned he was nonetheless excited to attempt extra flavours of beer from Fuggles and Warlock.
“It’s carbo-loading,” he joked.
Fuggles and Warlock is one among three Richmond craft breweries that served up tasty choices on the museum that evening. Its identify comes from the nicknames for 2 of its founders.
Trystam Hayden, operations supervisor of Britannia Brewing, was additionally serving up a wide range of beer. His favorite on supply that evening was the Sea Maiden Watermelon Bitter.
“We use pure watermelon puree, we juice the watermelons ourselves. It is like a lightweight, refreshing beer with hints of watermelon, somewhat little bit of sourness. It is an important pageant beer. It cleanses the palate. It’s extremely refreshing.”
Monkey 9 Brewing was pouring their James Brown ale that gained third place North American Amber & Brown Ale on the B.C. Beer Awards two weeks in the past.
“It is our brewmaster Travis Lang’s child. He is been engaged on this beer for years,” mentioned normal supervisor Sean Hamilton.
Tickets had been priced at $60, which appears steep. However, MacDonald mentioned, the worth mirrored the all-inclusive nature of the ticket.