Sample fresh-hopped suds from 40 craft breweries at BC Hop Fest on September 30

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      ’Tis the season for freshly harvested hops, and with that, comes an opportunity for imbibers to feast on some of the best wet-hopped beers the province has to offer at the third annual BC Hop Fest on September 30.

      Billed as Canada’s only farm-based fresh-beer festival, the Fraser Valley celebration will pour an assortment of wet-hopped beers produced by 40 B.C. craft breweries, including Parallel 49, Luppolo, Four Winds, Faculty, and Esquimalt’s Lighthouse. Food from a number of local vendors, including Lepp’s Farm Market, will also be available on-site.

      The event takes place at Sumas Prairie Farm in Abbotsford, where fete cofounder BC Hop Company grows and harvests a variety of hops for craft-beer production. A shuttle bus will run from Vancouver for those in need of transportation, allowing attendees to enjoy the festival without the worry of having to drive home later. (Though there will be non-alcoholic bevvys on hand for designated drivers.)

      Bc Hop Fest

      For the uninitiated, the terms “fresh-hopped” and “wet-hopped” refer to the use of freshly picked whole-cone hops, the part of the hop plant that imparts the bitter or “hoppy” flavour to beer, as opposed to ones that have been dried and later added to the brewing process. The incorporation of wet or “fresh from the bine” hops delivers vibrant and earthy tasting notes, resulting in seasonal ales that boast more distinct and approachable flavour profiles than their dry-hopped counterparts.

      These beers are only available immediately after the harvesting season in September, making the BC Hop Fest an enticing event for those interested in sampling B.C.’s many limited-run wet-hopped offerings in one go. The impressive brewery lineup gives craft-beer buffs a chance to acquaint themselves with a few up-and-coming newcomers, too, like the recently opened Mariner and students from Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s Brewing and Brewery Operations Diploma program.

      Check out BC Hop Fest’s full list of participating craft breweries below.

      Bad Tattoo Brewing Company
      Big Rock Urban Brewery
      Bomber Brewing
      Bridge Brewing Company
      Central City Brewers + Distillers
      Chaos & Solace Craft Brewing Co.
      Crannog Ales
      Dead Frog Brewery
      Deep Cove Brewers and Distillers
      Driftwood Brewery
      Faculty Brewing Co.
      Field House Brewing Co.
      Four Winds Brewing Co.
      Fuggles & Warlock Craftworks
      Granville Island Brewing
      Hoyne Brewing Co.
      Kwantlen Polytechnic University
      Lighthouse Brewing Co.
      Longwood Brewery
      Luppolo Brewing Company
      Main Street Brewing Company
      Mariner Brewing
      Moody Ales
      Off the Rail Brewing Co.
      Old Yale Brewing Co.
      Parallel 49 Brewing Company
      Persephone Brewing Company
      Phillips Brewing & Malting Co.
      Powell Brewery
      Ravens Brewing Company
      Red Truck Beer Company
      Spinnakers Brewpub
      Stanley Park Brewing
      Steel & Oak Brewing Co.
      Callister Brewing Co.
      Strange Fellows Brewing
      Strathcona Beer
      Tin Whistle Brewing Company
      Trading Post Brewing
      Whistler Brewing Co.

      The BC Hop Fest takes place at Sumas Prairie Farm (1905 Cole Road, Abbotsford) on September 30, from 1 to 6 p.m. Admission starts at $33.25 and includes three pre-paid drink tokens. For more information about the event, or to purchase tickets, click here.