Hop ‘n’ Beer Blog

New and Unique: Salt Spring Island Ales’ Creme Brûlée Vanilla Stout

New and Unique: Salt Spring Island Ales’ Creme Brûlée Vanilla Stout
We love our good friends at Salt Spring Island Ales and are especially crazy about their Creme Brûlée Vanilla Stout.

New and Unique: Old Abbey's Beets By Steve

New and Unique: Old Abbey's Beets By Steve
Our current contender for the New and Unique title definitely goes to our friend Steve Black from Old Abbey Ales who developed this incredible fruit ale using Beets.

My top 3 beers of the week

My top 3 beers of the week
1. Backcountry Juice Box Hero - 4.5👊🏻 So absolutely delicious! A dream beer for me. A NE ISA! 👏🏻 2. Love Shack Libations Juicy Juice - 4👊🏻 Deliciou...

My top 3 beers of the week

My top 3 beers of the week
1. Steamworks Flagship IPA  👊🏻👊🏻👊🏻👊🏻 This is my go to, easily available NE Hazy IPA. It is really good and one of the best NE’s in BC! 2. Bridge Si...

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   

Top 5 NE IPA’s in BC (IMHO)

Top 5 NE IPA’s in BC (IMHO)
1. Anything from Boombox like the magical Wizard Mode 2. Twin Sails Bachelor Pad 3. Backcountry Widowmaker IPA 4. Steamworks Flagship IPA 5. Bridge...

Bruce’s top 3 beers of the week

Bruce’s top 3 beers of the week
This is a new weekly series where I simply list my 3 favourite beers from the past week with a little blurb and maybe some tasting notes. Warning -...

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...

When Hops Are More Than Just Hops

When Hops Are More Than Just Hops
Hops have traditionally fallen into two categories – bittering or aroma (or both).  We believe that hops can also be an amazing vehicle for adding ...