Craft Beer Murder Mystery Event: Forbidden Vancouver’s Who Killed Kraft Bier?

Forbidden Vancouver’s biggest, boldest and beeriest event of the year is back—for one day only.

Returning Sunday, September 27, Who Killed Kraft Bier? is a 1920s murder mystery extravaganza set in Vancouver’s historic Mount Pleasant.

Much more than a tour, Kraft Bier is a full-scale adventure that takes audiences out onto the streets to catch a killer.

The premise?

There’s been a murder in Brewery Creek and it’s up to you to solve it. The suspects are at large in Mount Pleasant. You and your squad of fellow detectives must take to the streets to unravel a web of intrigue, deceit and murder.

Kraft Bier features a cast of characters from the city’s past—including brewery boss Emil Sick, escape artist Pat La Belle and notorious mobster Shue Moy—alongside a delectable selection of craft beers for detectives to enjoy.

Will Woods, Forbidden Vancouver founder and chief storyteller, has been revolutionizing walking tours since his highly immersive and uniquely theatrical expeditions hit the streets of Gastown in 2012.

Woods debuted Kraft Bier last year as a special one-time event. It was so popular, he’s brought it back for a second round.

“We’re really taking it a step further this year,” he says.

“We kept all the best bits of last year’s event and threw in a bunch of improvements. We’ve got more suspects, more beer and a plot with more twists and turns than a 100 year old hops vine.”

The idea behind the event is to both showcase the contemporary craft beer scene in Vancouver and to celebrate the history of craft brewing in the city. For that there could be no better location than Mount Pleasant—the home of craft brewing in Vancouver as far back as the 1880s.

Woods takes the action back to the early days of the industry, when a sinister brewing cartel choked the life out of a once-thriving craft brewing scene, then brings it full circle to the modern-day breweries that have sprung up once again.

As audiences unravel the mystery, they’ll stop at eateries and breweries throughout Mount Pleasant to sample delicious, locally-brewed craft beers.

“They’re going to get a range of beers,” says Woods.

“There’ll be a lager, a pale ale, an IPA and one or two surprises thrown in for good measure. There’ll be something for everyone.”

Audience members will be instructed to assemble at Broadway-City Hall SkyTrain Station (at the intersection of West Broadway and Cambie Street). Once there, they must locate the mysterious “man with the white feather” who wants to engage their services as private detectives.

This once-a-year event takes place Sunday, September 27, 2015. Event start times are staggered to accommodate separate groups of eight detectives intent on investigating the murder, with detective squads departing every 20 minutes between 12:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Most detectives take around two hours to solve the mystery. Space is limited. Tickets are $49 per person (must be 19 or older) and are on sale now at

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