Fans of the Coen Brothers’ seminal noir cult classic The Big Lebowski are invited to don their housecoats, shades and jelly shoes and drop in to see what ‘condition their condition is in’ when Vancouver Brewery Tours hosts the inaugural Big Lebowski Brewery and Bowling Tour on Saturday, March 26 running 12pm – 3.30pm.
The tour — which includes Lebowski-inspired ‘oat soda’ samples at each brewery stop — begins at Big Rock Urban Brewery and Eatery, where guests will vie for prizes in a Big Lebowski trivia contest guaranteed to test the knowledge of even the biggest fan before moving on to Storm Brewing to take part in a costume contest. The tour will end at Grandview Lanes Bowling Centre on Commercial Drive, where participants will forgo Walter Sobchak’s rule of never rolling when ‘shomer Shabbos’, and will try to avoid tossing ‘Gutterballs’.
Prizes will be awarded to the ‘Little Lebowski Urban Achiever’ with the best costume — whether it’s Maude Lebowski, Karl Hungus or Knox Harrington the video artist — while the winner of the trivia contest and undisputed champion of all things Lebowski will receive a custom Big Lebowski growler designed by Sigil & Growler.
“Whether you go by ‘His Dudeness’ or ‘Duder’ or ‘El Duderino’ – if you’re not into the whole brevity thing – this tour will put both your Big Lebowski knowledge and bowling skills to the test,” says Vancouver Brewery Tours founder Ryan Mackey, with a wink. “As an ardent Lebowski fan, I’m excited to offer a tour that not only highlights some of our amazing local craft breweries, but to also pay tribute to a film loved by so many as well, ‘but that’s just, like, our opinion, man’.”
A limited number of seats to the Big Lebowski Brewery and Bowling Tour are available for $85 plus tax per person. All beer and bowling (with shoe rental) is included in the cost of this tour, and every guest will receive a Vancouver Brewery Tour glass.
As with all of Vancouver Brewery Tours’ public and private tours, its Big Lebowski Brewery and Bowling Tour includes transportation to and from each of the breweries in its comfortable 14-passenger van, as well as pick-up and drop-off from Waterfront Station in downtown Vancouver. During the ride, guests will enjoy a selection of songs culled from The Big Lebowski soundtrack — everything except The Eagles, of course.