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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!

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...