Hop ‘n’ Beer Blog

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: 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.  

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...

Northwest Hop Farms In The News

Northwest Hop Farms In The News
Brian Minter - The surprising popularity of growing your own hops - Vancouver Sun and in What’s Brewing   

Galaxy and Nelson – How Much is Too Much to be Spending on Your Hop Supply?

Galaxy and Nelson – How Much is Too Much to be Spending on Your Hop Supply?
Almost, every day we get inquiries for two of the most sought-after hop varietals in the industry: Galaxy hops (grown in Australia) and Nelson Sauv...

Thinking Outside the Box With Your Fresh Hop Brew

Thinking Outside the Box With Your Fresh Hop Brew
Ahhhh… fresh hop season! Our favorite time of the year!We’ve been lucky – over the last 7 years we have seen the BC brewing industry build from a s...

How Do You Know When Your Hops Are Ready To Harvest

How Do You Know When Your Hops Are Ready To Harvest
One of the most common questions we receive around harvest time is “how do I know that my hops are ready to harvest?”  We use a few different strat...