Hop ‘n’ Beer Blog

Field Day with John Martin MLA

Field Day with John Martin MLA
We had an amazing field day with our local MLA, John Martin - here is the link to the footage from our visit: https://www.facebook.com/JohnMartinMLA/

New and Unique: Fuggles and Warlock's The Four Hops IPA

New and Unique: Fuggles and Warlock's The Four Hops IPA
Fuggles and Warlock burst onto the BC brewing scene with a stated mission of keeping beer weird.  But since opening, they’ve managed to keep beer innovative, fresh, and boundary-pushing as well. 

New and Unique: Doan's Craft Brewing and Sons of Vancouver Altaretto

New and Unique: Doan's Craft Brewing and Sons of Vancouver Altaretto
Well, we've been huge fans of Doan's ever since they were just a rumor-y being passed about in Yeast Van home-brewing circles.  We've enjoyed their German and Rye inspired goodness since day one, and have been pretty excited as they've upped their distribution game with bottles and tall cans.  Along the way, we've enjoyed a handful of epic collaboration brew days with them as well.  So ya, we come by our fan buttons honestly.

New and Unique: Old Yale's Oak Aged Braggot Collab

New and Unique: Old Yale's Oak Aged Braggot Collab
We love Old Yale Brewing.  In the world of BC's craft brewing revolution, where many craft breweries are only a few years old, Old Yale is, relatively speaking, an industry veteran.  Old Yale opened in 1999, and has been a solid Chilliwack fixture ever since.  

Brew Day

Brew Day
Recipe - NE ISA NE ISA's are my dream beer! A juicy, hazy beer that I can have several of in one sitting. I used the holy trinity of NE hops - Gala...

New and Unique: Central City's Red Racer Lucky Dog

New and Unique: Central City's Red Racer Lucky Dog
We've tried a ton of fruit beers over the last few years, but I'm pretty sure we've never had a wheat ale made with kumquats.  We are not even sure we've ever had a kumquat.  Considering that, we went into this one with no preconceptions and an open mind.  

My top 5 Northeast/New England/Hazy style beers in BC right now

My top 5 Northeast/New England/Hazy style beers in BC right now
Superflux Double Infinity Superflux Colour and Shape  Backcountry Secret Handshake NE IPA Backcountry Widowmaker IPA Steamworks Flagship IPA ...

New and Unique: Red Collar's No Fun Frank

New and Unique: Red Collar's No Fun Frank
We have been huge fans of Kamloops' Red Collar Brewing ever since our first sip of brewmaster David Beardsell's Belgian Quad.  But even if you didn't know of David's amazing reputation, history, and pedigree in the brewing industry, his beers easily speak for themselves. 

The 5 Most Requested Hops of 2017

The 5 Most Requested Hops of 2017
We sat down and figured out the most requested hops for 2017 and found some interesting trends.

New and Unique: Hathi Brewing's Mango Bango Hefeweizen

New and Unique: Hathi Brewing's Mango Bango Hefeweizen
Hathi Brewing is a start-up BC brewery with a great story and, as they put it, an Indian twist.  Drawing on their two founders' heritage, Hathi they have named their brewery after Hathi, the Punjabi/Hindu word for wise elephant.  Their branding is based on this imagery, and their creations draw on the tastes and smells of Indian culinary traditions. 

Our Recent Article In sommbeer.com About Hop Usage...

Our Recent Article In sommbeer.com About Hop Usage...
NE IPAs don't always have to be made exclusively with NE hops...

New and Unique: Dead Frog's Mexican Chocolate Porter

New and Unique: Dead Frog's Mexican Chocolate Porter
We love Dead Frog - one of our first tastes of craft brewing was Dead Frog's Brown Ale, and we have been hooked on the industry ever since.   So when Cole and Cam at Dead Frog introduced their Reina de Fuego Mexican Chocolate Porter, we knew we had to try it!