The Growler’s fresh hop beer roundup

Fernie Brewing's Fresh Hop Pale Ale. Contributed photo

Fernie Brewing’s Fresh Hop Pale Ale. Contributed photo

If you weren’t lucky enough to make it to B.C. Hop Fest last weekend in Abbotsford to try all the delicious fresh-hopped beers in one convenient location, you’ll have seek them out on your own. Here’s a small sample of what’s currently available – you’d better act fast, though, because once they’re gone, they’re gone! (At least until next year.)

 

Fresh Cashmere hops go into the brew kettle at Main Street Brewing. Contributed photo

Fresh Cashmere hops go into the brew kettle at Main Street Brewing. Contributed photo

  • Main Street Brewing’s Cashmere Fresh Hopped Farmhouse Ale. Juicy peach, melon and coconut hop characteristics with a tart finish from the Norwegian Kviek Voss yeast. 5% ABV, 25 IBU, available on draft and in bottles (limited release).

 

  • Driftwood Brewery’s Sartori Harvest IPA. The one that started it all, still as flavourful as ever thanks to gobs of citrusy Centennial hops. 7% ABV, available on draft and in bottles province-wide.

 

  • Powell Brewery’s Fresh Hopped Wild IPA. Tropical fruit and Brett funk take centre stage in this surprisingly balanced hop-bomb. 6.5% ABV, 50 IBU, available on draft and in tall cans province-wide.

 

  • Faculty Brewing’s 379 Wet N Wild SMASH. Cascade hops and Sacc Trois yeast combine to make this aromatic ale one to remember. 5.2% ABV, 18 IBU, available on draft.

 

  • Dageraad’s Wet-Hopped Blonde. This Belgian-style ale gets a juicy dose of Centennial hops for a refreshing combination of citrus and spice. 7.5% ABV, available in bottles province-wide.

 

  • Luppolo Brewing’s Fresh Hopped Belgian IPA. Floral, citrusy, and refreshing with Triplepearl, Chinook and Zythos hops. 5.5% ABV, 16 IBU, available on draft and growler fill.

 

  • Fernie Brewing’s Fresh Hop Pale Ale. This one’s all about the spicy, floral, citrus character of the Cascade hop, grown nearby in tiny Skookumchuck. 6% ABV, 55 IBU, available on draft and in bottles (limited release).