Fresh hops are the best hops: B.C. fresh hop brew round up

Get ‘em while you still can!

To some, Autumn means rain, coats and boots, rain, pumpkin spice, and rain; to us, it means a new crop of fresh hop brews to savour!

Slightly delayed this year, due to the insane, um, great weather, fresh hop season is arguably the most special time of year in B.C. beer. Unlike their potent dried counterpart, the delicate flavours and aromas of fresh hops require considerably larger quantities to be added to the boil in order to shine. The hops need to go directly from bine to kettle for the best results.

We’ve got a running list of fresh B.C. wet hop brews for you to try! Get them while you can, as these sell out quickly. A gentle reminder that these are not for cellaring: the subtle notes wane over time—so you have our permission to drink them ASAP! In alphabetical order: photo

Angry Hen Brewing – Caravan Of Love

Fresh Hop Pale Ale

This small batch brew features fresh-picked Tahoma hops and is not available in cans or for growler fills.

ABV: 5.1%

IBU: 35 photo

Backcountry Brewing – Maple Bay IPA

Fresh Hop IPA

This large batch IPA was brewed with fresh Cascade and Centennial hops from Maple Bay Hop Farm; with label by local Métis artist Jean Paul Langlois.

ABV: 6.5%

IBU: 30

Barnside Brewing Co. – 2022 Farm Fresh Hop IPA

Fresh Hop IPA

From the malts to the 500 lbs of fresh Cascade and Chinook, this beer was 100% grown by Barnside and offers a true taste of Ladner terroir.

ABV: 5.3%

IBU: n/a photo

Camp Beer Co. – Wet Coast

Fresh Hop IPA

Just released, this dank golden IPA is made with fresh picked Simcoe and Mosaic hops, and just a touch of crystal rye malt.

ABV: 6.8%

IBU: n/a photo

Cannery Brewing – Fresh Hop

West Coast IPA

This classic West Coast IPA was brewed with fresh Centennial and Cascade hops from Chilliwack and is even available in Alberta!

ABV: 6.5%

IBU: 45

Category 12 – Fresh Hop


Delicate citrus notes emanate from this one, with Centennial hops from Chilliwack harvested at their peak.

ABV: 6.6%

IBU: 58 photo

Dageraad – Wet-Hopped Blonde

Belgian Blonde

An annual special edition of Dageraad Blonde, this already delicious beer is elevated by the addition of fresh Centennial from Chilliwack.

ABV: 7.5%

IBU: n/a

Driftwood Brewing Company – Sartori Harvest

Fresh Hop IPA

This annual favourite uses fresh Centennial hops from Sartori Cedar Ranch in Chilliwack, bringing a taste of the Columbia Valley to Victoria. This year’s batch marks the 10th anniversary of the Sartori brew!

ABV: 7%

IBU: n/a

Off the Rail Brewing – Whirlwind

Fresh Hop IPA

Loads of fresh picked Cascade, Centennial and Cashmere hops went into this one, which finishes with a nice malty backbone.

ABV 5-5-5.7%

IBU 36-44

Phillips Brewing and Malting Co. – Green Reaper

Available across B.C. and Alberta, Green Reaper showcases 250 lbs of fresh Chinook from the Fraser Valley, thrown in the kettle within 24 hours of being picked for peak freshness!

ABV: 6.5%


R&B Brewing Co. – So Fresh and So Green

Fresh Hopped IPA

This West Coast IPA was brewed with freshly harvested whole cone Cashmere hops.

ABV: 7.5%

IBU: 45

R&B Brewing Co. – Freshly Stolen Bike

Fresh Hopped Lager

R&B went ahead and did two! Their Stolen Bike Lager provides a crisp and clean base to showcase fresh Sterling hops.

ABV: 4.5%

IBU: 28

Russell Brewing Company – Fresh Hopped Northwest Pale Ale

Pale Ale

This Northwest Pale Ale features light additions of specialty malts for complexity, a fresh hop whirlpool addition, and a truly Pacific Northwest dry hop.

ABV: 5%

IBU: 30 photo

Yellow Dog Brewing Co – Alpha Dog

Fresh Hopped Pale Ale

Fresh Citra hops give this juicy beer hints of grapefruit, melon and lime. The first of three fresh hop beers this season!

ABV:  5.2%

IBU: 60

Yellow Dog Brewing Co – New Tricks

Fresh Hop Hazy IPA

Fresh Simcoe, Citra and Mosaic shine in the second of Yellow Dog’s fresh hop series!

ABV: 6.8%

IBU: 50

Yellow Dog Brewing Co – Little Dog Syndrome

Fresh Hop Double IPA

Loaded with fresh Mosaic, this double IPA packs a punch with notes on citrus, papaya and pine.

ABV: 8.2%

IBU: 80

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