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Sep 21, 2012 02:53 PM

Fresh Hopped Brews - Sightings?

I gather Driftwood's wonderful Sartori Harvest IPA is going to be making an appearance within the next week or two. I'm keeping an eye on their twitter for news.

Anyone seen any others floating around in the lower mainland yet (anywhere - shops, bars, restaurants)?

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  1. Not "Fresh Hopped" but have you tried the Chouffe Houblon Dobbelen IPA Tripel from Brasserie d’Achouffe (Moortgat)? Weird combination of a super-hoppy IPA crossed with a Belgian Tripel.
    An intriguing combo for a beer lover.

    1. Get thee to a CAMRA Vancouver/BC event...or events listed in their email newsletter. I often see weekly casks that are fresh-hopped.

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      1. re: flowbee

        Fresh hopped beers are actually a rarity. A fresh hopped beer is one made with hops that are not dried. Driftwood, for example, harvests the hops off of the vines at the end of the summer and trucks them as soon as possible to Victoria to get them into their Sartori harvest ale. You get a different set of resins and flavors from the fresh hops versus the traditionally used dried hops. The casks are often dry hopped, which means that hops were added to the beer post-boil, resulting in a strong hops aroma in the final beer.

          1. re: flowbee

            "Please don't report any sightings"

            Haha. Yeah. What was I thinking?

      2. I'm looking forward to the release of this season's Satori. It should be out soon ( hop harvest season has probably wound down by now.) I'll report any sightings. I bet Alibi and St. Augustine's will be amongst the first to get casks.

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        1. re: fmed

          Please don't report any sightings. :P

        2. The Whip will have a fresh hopped IPA from Storm this Sunday. Cask tapped at 4 pm.

          1. Keep your eye out too for Granville Island's Fresh Hop ESB - due for an October release