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TBT Thursday: Fresh Hops are fun! Vern Lambourne of Parkside Brewery with Gary Lohin of Central City Brewers during fresh hop season in 2016. Photo: Dustan Sept.

Fresh Hop Season Kicks Off in BC

Well, it’s that time of year again! Hops were harvested a few weeks back and breweries have been rushing to bring you this year’s batches of the freshest hop juice around. There’s only a few out so far, but I’ve seen Driftwood Brewery’s Sartori Harvest IPA, Yellow Dog Brewing’s Alpha Dog pale ale as well as their brand new New Tricks hazy IPA, plus Neighbourhood Brewing’s Freshie Fresh Fresh IPA.

Hopefully we will see some more out soon, because the window of opportunity is very small before the pumpkin beers start to take up shelf space.

I was just reflecting that three or four years ago fresh hop beers were all the rage. If a batch of Sartori Harvest hit a store, you would have to be there while it was being taken off the truck and would have to fight to grab a couple of bottles while people were trying to check out with cases on a dolly. Now you can go into liquor stores a month later and see tons of fresh hop beers just sitting warm on shelves, looking sad.

I went down to Seattle last year for fresh hop season and it was like going back in time, every brewery had multiple fresh hop offerings on tap and we went to a huge fresh hop festival, where everyone was super stoked to try all the new beers.

I miss that feeling of excitement.

Former Central City Employee Makes Human Rights Complaint

Seyed-Sepehr Seyed-Ali, a former worker at Surrey’s Central City Brewers and Distillers has alleged that he was “bullied and harassed” by a co-worker “for reasons connected to his ethnicity” and then the brewery “terminated his employment for reasons connected to his ethnicity and/or mental disability.”

Seyed-Ali, who is originally from the Middle East, began working for the brewery on Feb. 19, 2018 on a seven-month contract and, according to the complainant, was “almost immediately” subjected to “abusive and bullying behaviour from a co-worker who allegedly mimicked him “using an accent and slight limp.”

Seyed-Sepehr Seyed-Ali made a complaint to human resources, but was not satisfied with their investigation, so made a complaint to the Employment Standards Branch, which found that the brewery “did not have just cause” to dismiss him.

The brewery asked the tribunal to dismiss Seyed-Ali’s complaint without a hearing, arguing it had no reasonable prospect of success and “it would not further the Code’s purposes to continue because the issue has already been remedied.” This application has been denied and the tribunal is now moving forward with a hearing.

Beer Flavoured Edibles Are Now a Thing

Down in the US, Skymint marijuana dispensary in Michigan has joined forces with Short’s Brewing Company for a series of beer-flavored pot gummies. Each pack contains 10 gummies that have 10mg of THC each and they are available in three flavors: Huma Lupa Licious (IPA), Soft Parade (fruit ale), and Starcut (Cider mosa).  

First they made cannabis-infused beers and now we get beer-flavoured edibles. Wait, I have an idea, what if we made a beer infused with beer flavoured edibles? That’s like the ultimate hipster juice! As long as it is hazy, of course.

Nespresso for Beer

A startup in the UK has released a home brewing system called The Pinter, which has been dubbed the Nespresso for beer. The device allows people to make up to 10 pints of beer at home, which the company claims will make it fresher than anything bottled or canned.

The all-in-one system allows you to add prepackaged ingredients and hit a button, then 72 hours later you have 10 pints of beer or cider ready to go. Styles available include IPA, APA, lager, dark fruit cider, and cloudy apple cider.

I’m not sure how I feel about this. I can’t see homebrewers being interested and I can’t see beer nerds wanting to drink the same beer 10 times in a row (especially if it’s not on Untappd), and general consumers really don’t give a damn about the freshness of beer at liquor stores.


  – Ed Kaye, Editor



Getting Reel in Kelowna with Susi Foerg

By Lundy Dale
From the first time I read about Susi Foerg back in 2017, I was I intrigued! The owner and operator of the now one-year old Rustic Reel Brewing Co. seemed different, as did her approach to opening a brewery. It was a woman’s approach. View story →




By Adam Chatburn
A few months back, What’s Brewing reported that Kelowna’s Boundary Brewing had closed. It was a sad day, but a second act was about to begin, as Welton Brewery poured their first newly-brewed beers in their tasting room last month. Let's have a word with the proprietor, Simon Welton. View story →



Ed Kaye's Event Calendar Picks


At 19:30 tonight CAMRA Victoria is hosting their 20th watch party. Inspired by Garrett Oliver, and his great work in starting the Michael Jackson Foundation for brewing and distilling, they will be diving in to the African and African American brew scene this week.

Starting tonight and running though October 12, BREWHALL will be celebrating Octoberfest with daily food and drink specials, including  Paulaner Hefe-Weisse and Paulaner Oktoberfest imported from Germany, plus they will be serving their take on a traditional German ale with their award-winning Köl Story Bro Kölsch.

Starting tomorrow night and running though October 3, Trading Post will be celebrating Octoberfest with German beer, German food, German music and games.

Starting next Tuesday and running through October 4, Portland Craft will be celebrating Oktoberfest with a tap list full of German-style beers from Chuckanut and Smog City. Nice!

At 18:00 next Thursday, The BC Ale Trail is holding their Virtual Hoppy Hour on Instagram, where Joe Wiebe will be talking to Kyle from Empty Keg Brewhouse in Merritt and new to the BC Ale Trail, and Dave and Danny from Vancouver Island Brewing in Victoria talking about an exciting new beer release and doing a live tasting of the beer.


View our Full Calendar ≫


From Beer Me BC

Howe Sound Brewing – Super Jupiter Mango ISA

By Lundy Dale

  PRESENTED BY JAK’S BEER, WINE, SPIRITS  From the Fall  2020 edition of the What’s Brewing Tasting Panel The Super Jupiter beer by Howe Sound Brewing has actually been around  Continue Reading…

Full review →

Phillips Brewing and Malting Co.- Glitter Bomb Hazy Pale Ale

By Ted Child

Phillips Brewing has been winning awards for a long time, such as winning their first Canadian Beer Award way back in 2007. But, much like an athlete, the later golds  Continue Reading…

Full review →



Newsroom Editor: Navin Autar


Craft Beer Market aims to hire 200 people for English Bay restaurant

The new 11,000-square-foot restaurant is set to feature a year-round covered patio. The plan is also for it to have a beer store where customers can buy craft beers, including some exclusive products. Full Story →


If you live close to one of these types of businesses, you will be happier and healthier

Apparently living in close proximity to a local watering-hole like Cheers, a place where “everybody knows your name and they’re always glad you came,” can be beneficial for your health. Full Story →


Millennials driving surge of non-alcoholic beer

According to consumer data from Budweiser Canada, millennials aren't drinking to get buzzed, but rather, for the taste. Full Story →



From Beer Me BC

Four Winds’ Meli Farmhouse Ale with Honey and Bee Pollen

A beautiful bouquet of aromas and flavours ranging from clove and anise to banana and bubblegum. Truly, this is a beer that must be had to appreciate the full experience.

Full Story → 

Andina Brewing Releases Two New Beers!

In Colombia, “Piquete” means a countryside meal, and this brand new IPA delivers a whole meal of fruit flavours! And our latest batch of Brumosa Hazy IPA has been loaded with Strata hops and backed with Centennial to give strong notes of berry, citrus and pine.

Full Story → 

Four Winds New Release – ACID RAZZ Farmhouse Ale

Acid Razz was fermented with Sacch Trois and Lactobacillus. It was aged in oak barrels on raspberries with Brettanomyces for a year, then finished on fresh raspberries with a light dry-hop before packaging. Tart and juicy.

Full Story → 



By Bring Your Porter To The Slaughter

The latest BC Beer Releases include:

 Field House Brewing Releases “Citra Tettang Galaxy XPA”

 Red Collar Brewing Releases 2020 “Inflorescence” Agave Saison

 Dageraad Brewing Releases “Birth of the Cool” Dry-Hopped Mixed-Culture Saison

 Hypha Project Releases “The New Normal” IPA

 Taylight Brewing Releases “Guava & Lychee” Low Cal Fruit Beer

 Brassneck Brewery Releases “Highfalutin” Barrel-Aged Saison

 Off the Rail Brewing Collaborates with Brickworks on “Flip Cide” Stout & Cider Blend

 BC Beer Awards Announces 2020 Collaboration Brew: “Class Act” Dry-Hopped Sour

 R&B Brewing Releases “Rainy Day Dream Away” Butterfly Pea Flower Saison

 Coast Mountain Brewing Releases 2020 “First Aid Kit” Pomegranate Sour

Visit the full listing for more new BC beer launches →



From Beer Me BC

Production Assistant – Steamworks Brewery – Burnaby, BC

Steamworks Brewery is currently hiring a full-time production assistant at the Brewery facility located in Burnaby. Run bottle, can, & keg production lines. $16 an hour From Indeed – Mon,  Continue Reading… View Job →


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