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Looking into the Future of BC Craft Beer

By J. Random
Longtime What's Brewing columnist J. Random tackles the theme of our Winter 2020 "Virtual Beerality" issue by looking into the future of craft brewing. Features a graph of BC brewery birth and death rate statistics. Were we already reaching peak beer?
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Bramling Cross: How Canada Gave Britain this Special Hop

By J. Random
For me in 2020, staying home and stewing has meant staying home and brewing. I brew classic British styles because the mild, bitter, and old ales I crave are rarely produced by BC brewers. It turns out that during my early days of homebrewing in the UK, my two favourite hops had Canadian origins.
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HOP FIGHT: Doubling Down on IPA

By What's Brewing
It’s hop harvest season! So we went out and got ourselves some serious modern IPAs to taste. It was the first time the Panel would be rating IPAs, so we wanted hops, and lots of ’em. But a funny thing happened to IPAs in the years we were busy rating all those other styles.
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Hops Spotlight: Square One Hop Growers

By Kim Lawton
Kari and Brent bought their land in November 2014. They first considered planting either grapes or apples, but felt the land was better suited to growing hops. Kari explained, “we love craft beer, and we decided to start where beer begins and plant hops.” Square One Hop Growers was born shortly thereafter.
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Hops Spotlight: BC Hop Growers Speak Up

By What's Brewing
As part of our Harvest Issue coverage, What’s Brewing invited a handful of BC hop growers to answer questions about their operations. Amongst the respondents, we have firms ranging from boutique start-up to Canada’s largest hop business. Here’s what they had to say about their situations, as well as the realities of the BC hop industry.
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A View From The Cellar

By Adam Chatburn

Reclaiming the 'B Word' In this ongoing series I hope to broaden knowledge about real ale, its history, practice and relevance. In this article I hope to demystify the fear…

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A Growing Hopportunity

By Chelsea​ McDowell
BC has a long history of hop cultivation, and at one time was the largest producer of hops in the British Commonwealth, primarily in the fertile land of the Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island.
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