Fresh Hopped Beer Festival announced in Victoria

You knew this would happen eventually. The Victoria Beer Week group are hosting a festival featuring only fresh hopped beers. The line up will include offerings from over 20 different BC breweries. Full details are in press release below and facebook links

FRESH TO DEATH — Victoria’s Harvest Celebration of Fresh Hop Beer

Generously sponsored by Liquor Plus.

Join us in celebrating the annual hop harvest and BC Craft Beer Month with over 20 fresh hop beers from some of BC’s best craft breweries!

As any fan of craft beer knows, with the arrival of fall comes the annual harvest of the mighty hop. Many BC craft breweries celebrate this time of the season by brewing beers with hops that are as fresh as it gets.

Both Driftwood and Hoyne are well known for their fresh hop beers so we decided to gather some of BC’s best breweries in their parking lot for a celebration of these unique seasonal beers.


• entry
• one (1) 4oz glass sampler
• three (3) tickets each good for one 4oz serving of fresh hopped beer


We are offering a limited amount of special brewery tour tickets. Brewery Tour ticket holders will be given early admission to tour both Driftwood and Hoyne’s production facilities to see how they brew all that delicious beer. After the tours, these ticket holders will be first in line to taste the fresh hop beers when gates open at 2:00pm.

The limited capacity tours will begin at 1:00pm SHARP and will end at approximately 1:45pm, just before general admission begins.


We’re excited to be pouring fresh hop beers from some of BC’s finest…

Bridge • Category 12 • Central City • Dageraad • Driftwood • Four Winds • Hoyne • Lighthouse • Longwood • Moon Under Water • Parallel 49 • Persephone • Phillips • Powell Street • Salt Spring Island • Spinnakers • Tin Whistle • Townsite • Wolf Brewing • Yellow Dog


Food will be available to purchase on site from fod trucks — details coming soon!

This is a 19+ event – PLEASE DRINK RESPONSIBLY


Category 12 releases Simplicity Ale

This first appeared as an experiment beer at the Drake Thirsty Chef event. I think I heard someone say this experimental beer was made with the second running from their Belgian Strong Ale. I could be wrong; I often am. Regardless, this is a Spelt Flour Saison that clocks in at 5.2%ABV. It will only be on draught at the brewery and select locations in the city. Flavours are touted to be lightly fruity, with a floral nose and a crisp dry finish. There is also mention of Belgian sass. I have never been sassed by someone of European descent, but it sounds intriguing. Available now; the beer, not the sass.