Drink fresh at BC Hop Fest

First ever Fresh Beer festival coming to Abbotsford in October

Samuel Glasgow

Samuel Glasgow

By Ben Lypka, Abbotsford News

You may have heard of the phrase “eat fresh” but the new BC Hop Fest in Abbotsford gives attendees the chance to drink fresh.

Canada’s first wet hopped beer festival comes to the Fraser Valley on Saturday, Oct. 3 and the event combines beer with food vendors, entertainment and a main stage featuring information on hop uses.

The brew uses fresh-off-the-vine hops, along with oils and resins at their peak. This type of beer is only available at hop harvest time.

BC Hop Fest brings 17 of B.C.’s best breweries to Abbotsford.

Ken Beattie, the executive director of the BC Craft Brewers Guild, said it’s the perfect opportunity to celebrate local products.

“Hosting the event at the beginning of Craft Beer month, on a working hop farm with many of the attending brewers using BC Hop Company hops in their fresh beer is perfect,” he stated. “There couldn’t be a better way to celebrate all things local, the craft beer industry and the resurgence of the hop growing sector in British Columbia.”

Event producer Donna Dixson said the potential for growth of the product in B.C. and Abbotsford is huge.

It all goes down starting at 1 p.m. on Oct. 3 at the Kinloch Farms facility at 1893 Cole Rd. The event is also looking for volunteers.

For more information on how to volunteer and ticket pricing details, visit bchopfest.ca.