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Fresh Hop fest kicks off BC Craft Beer Month


Have you ever had fresh beer right on a farm? It’s almost time for one of BC’s best farm-based beer celebrations! Join the throngs at the BC Hop Fest for a one-of-a-kind experience.

Last year’s inaugural festival was a success both critically (the beer was truly amazing) and socially (attendees loved it; we can confirm that firsthand). It’s not the easiest festival to get to, but it’s worth it. For that reason we present the information below for your consideration. Check out our photos from last year too.

 PS: If you’re on the Island, you’ve got your own Wet Hop Fest.
Check out Fresh To Death, put on by the fine folks at Victoria Beer Week:

Official News Release

Staged on a picturesque Sumas Prairie farm, BC Hop Fest: Celebrating Fresh Beer is a Fraser Valley experience like no other.  This year’s event will take place Saturday, October 1st from 1 to 6 pm and will double last year’s line-up of the province’s best, with 30 plus breweries participating.  Eating and drinking among hops still on the bine, beer lovers visit with their favorite brew masters, kick up their heels to live music and learn everything they want to know about hops. 2015 People’s Choice winner, Ravens Brewing Company in Abbotsford will be defending their title against local favorites Field House Brewing and Old Abbey Ales. Chilliwack’s Old Yale Brewing Company has the distinction of being the first brewery in the Fraser Valley and will be back to Hop Fest along with Chaos & Solace Brewing Company, brand new in Chilliwack and excited to be the latest addition to Hop Fest 2016.

BC Hop Fest is the first beer festival to focus on wet hopped beer, an exclusive variety only available during harvest. Hops are pulled off the bine, and to fit the fresh hop designation, must be in the kettle within 24 hours. If ‘hoppy’ beers aren’t your thing, this year’s participants will also be offering one or two additional selections on tap. Executive Director at the BC Craft Brewer’s Guild, Ken Beattie says, “We are glad to be part of this unique festival again and it’s a great way to start BC Craft Beer Month with so many of our members in one location.”

Between tours of the hop farm, the farmer’s market, brewer’s panel, home brewing exhibition and visits to the Chilliwack Museum display, guests are sure to learn all they want and more about hops. Since beer pairs so well with great food, mobile eateries will be on hand including Reel Mac and Cheese, Wings, Big Red’s Poutine, and Poomba’s Smokehouse. Lepp Farm Market will be back with the infamous “Hop Dog” and “Hoparoni” specialties they created just for Hop Fest. Head chef Nick is excited about the spectacular German inspired menu he is creating for patrons.

Event Producer, Donna Dixson says, “We want everyone to have the chance to really connect with all that is happening in the Fraser Valley around hops and craft beer. Vine &hops is providing premier transportation from Vancouver to Abbotsford and we have a shuttle taking people from Abbotsford to the farm as well.   In addition to starting off BC Craft Beer Month in Abbotsford, BC Hop Co is celebrating the second hop harvest and the opening of a world class hop processing facility. It is a testament to the demand for an event of this kind that we have doubled the number of participating breweries and are expecting twice as many attendees in just one year.”

Big players such as Postmark Brewing, Red Truck Beer Company, Central City Brewers + Distillers, Granville Island Brewing and Steamworks will join the impressive roster that includes East Vancouver’s hop circuit, Powell Street Craft Brewery, Off the Rail Brewing, Bomber Brewing, and Strange Fellows Brewing Company. Craft beer pioneer Phillips Brewing & Malting Co will represent Vancouver Island and the Okanagan has a strong trio that includes Tin Whistle Brewing Company and Bad Tattoo Brewing out of Penticton and Tree Brewing in Kelowna. Yellow Dog Brewing, Moody Ales, and The Parkside Brewery will showcase Port Moody’s Murray Street. The list goes on and on, check out to find the rest.

2015 Photo Gallery

Here are some photos What’s Brewing took at last year’s event.


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