BC Hop Fest 2017 brings fresh hop beer to Abbotsford this Saturday

Sep 28 2017, 2:38 am

Get your growlers ready, it’s fresh hop beer season, and there’s one hell of a beer fest going down in the Fraser Valley this weekend.

BC Hop Fest 2017 will take place on Saturday, September 30 in Abbotsford, offering a huge range of craft beers made with wet, fresh, green hops.

Unlike regular craft beers which use dried hops, fresh hop beers can only be made at this time of year, after the hops are freshly harvested after summer.

So BC Hop Fest really is a once-a-year opportunity. This year, the festival is hosting more than 35 breweries, and five food vendors, including Lepp’s Farm Market.

Breweries confirmed include:

  • Raven Brewing Company
  • Parallel 49
  • Field House Brewing Co.
  • Red Truck Beer
  • Old Yale Brewing Co.
  • Spinnakers Brewpub
  • Red Racer
  • Off The Rail
  • Trading Post Brewing
  • Big Rock Urban Brewery
  • Deep Cove Brewers and Distillers
  • Bomber Brewing
  • Phillips Brewing and Malting Co
  • Bad Tattoo Brewing Company
  • Longwood Brewery
  • Main Street Brewing
  • Faculty Brewing Co.
  • Fuggles & Warlock Craftworks
  • Granville Island Brewing
  • Moody Ales
  • Whistler Brewing Co.
  • Powell Brewery
  • Crann√≥g Ales
  • Persephone Brewing Company
  • The Tin Whistler Brewing Company
  • Chaos & Solace Craft Brewing Co.
  • Four Winds Brewing Co.
  • Lighthouse Brewing Co.
  • Strathcona Beer Company
  • Driftwood Brewery
  • Strangefellows Brewing
  • Hoyne Brewing Co.
  • Brudge Brewing Company
  • Stanley Park Brewing
  • Dead Frog Brewery
  • KPU Brewing
  • Steel & Oak Brewing Co.
  • Callister Brewing Co.
  • Mariner Brewing
  • Luppolo Brewing Company

As well as trying all the beers, you’ll also be able to attend a “hop panel” on women in beer, new beer styles, and the future of craft beer.

Meanwhile, bands March Hare and Loud ‘n’ Leaded will provide a musical backdrop to all that delicious, wet, fresh hop beer drinking.

And if you’re wondering how to get to Abbotsford without a car, BC Hop Fest is putting on a special shuttle bus from Vancouver.

The shuttle will pick up and drop off at the SkyTrain stations at Olympic Village and Commercial-Broadway. Ticket can be bought online in advance.

And if all that has given you a taste for a tasty, wet, fresh hopped beer, here’s a look at last year’s BC Hop Fest. Cheers!

BC Hop Fest 2017

When: Saturday, September 30

Time: 1 pm to 6 pm

Where: BC Hop Company ‚Äď 1905 Cole Road, Abbotsford

Tickets: On Showpass. Admission $33.25, including free parking, three drink tokens, and tasting glass. Admission plus shuttle from Vancouver is $70. Drinks tokens on site are $5 per three tokens. Event is cash only.

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