Explore Fresh Hop Beers at the BC Hop Fest

There is nothing fresher than a fresh hop beer! At the end of each summer breweries make a very special style of beer that reflects the hop harvest like no other beer. Fresh hop beers (also known as “wet hop” beers) are brewed with hops that are fresh from the harvest, which gives them a … Continued

Breweries, Pubs and Tasting Rooms on the BC Ale Trail

The West Kootenays are a stunning region of eastern British Columbia, cloaked in dense forests, hemmed in by majestic peaks, and ribboned by the dazzling water of the Columbia and Kootenay Rivers. Travelers on the BC Ale Trail get to enjoy all of that …along with a few pints of tasty locally-brewed ales and lagers, too. Coming in from the … Continued

Hands-on with Hop Harvesting on Vancouver Island

September marks the beginning of the new school year, and also the graduation of freshly harvested hops into popular fresh-hopped beers. The craft beer community in British Columbia is ravenous for these beers. While most beers are traditionally brewed with dried hops, some breweries will prepare a beer during the late-summer hop harvest that involves … Continued

Pairing Powder and Pints in the Kootenay Rockies

With an increasing number of brewery visitors meandering their way throughout the Kootenay Rockies this past summer, a couple of things have become clear. First, there is an increasing number of stops to make, beers to drink and small-town charm to be found — so best secure a few more days off work for your trip. … Continued

Fresh Hopping Along the Sunshine Coast

Sunshine Coast breweries are making beer with locally produced fresh hops, whether they were grown in a hop yard in Gibsons or in a backyard in Powell River. Craft beer drinkers in British Columbia love hops. Most of us have lost count of all the super-hoppy, tongue-curling IPAs we’ve tasted from BC breweries. Cider makers are even starting to … Continued

There’s plenty to cheer during BC Craft Beer Month

And in the 10th month, the beer gods created BC Craft Beer Month. It’s been five years since Don McRae, then provincial minister of agriculture, gave the official nod to a 31-day celebration of beer every October. And boy, does BC ever have some celebrating to do. In those five years, the number of breweries in … Continued

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