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Fresh Hopped Brews - Sightings?

jerkstore Sep 21, 2012 02:53 PM

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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    islandgirl RE: jerkstore Sep 21, 2012 03:58 PM

    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. flowbee RE: jerkstore Sep 21, 2012 04:39 PM

      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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        peter.v RE: flowbee Sep 22, 2012 02:32 AM

        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.

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          flowbee RE: peter.v Sep 22, 2012 09:52 AM

          Ah yes.

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            fmed RE: flowbee Sep 22, 2012 10:39 AM

            "Please don't report any sightings"

            Haha. Yeah. What was I thinking?

      2. fmed RE: jerkstore Sep 21, 2012 07:57 PM

        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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          flowbee RE: fmed Sep 21, 2012 09:06 PM

          Please don't report any sightings. :P

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          kinnickinnik RE: jerkstore Sep 21, 2012 09:15 PM

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

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            kinnickinnik RE: jerkstore Sep 22, 2012 11:39 AM

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

            1. flowbee RE: jerkstore Sep 26, 2012 10:02 AM

              Just to make you sad, there's tons of fresh-hopped beers south of the border:


              I don't think we'll be seeing any of these here cuz of the huge demand for them plus the delays in getting these beers across the border and into our drinking establishments.

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                grayelf RE: flowbee Oct 9, 2012 08:33 PM

                And sadder still: http://www.thebrewsite.com/fresh-hop-...

                We went to the one in Sellwood on Saturday. It was big, with more than 40 beers available for $1 per 4 oz taste (you had to pay a few bucks for the glass as a buy in but well worth it). We'd never tried fresh hops before and now we will be on the lookout so thanks all for posting what you hear about on this thread!

                Obscure food scent reference: I have decided that fresh hops smell like the fruit of the pistachio nut.

              2. fmed RE: jerkstore Sep 27, 2012 02:19 PM

                Satori just released http://urbandiner.ca/2012/09/27/drift...
                Look out for it!

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                  kinnickinnik RE: fmed Sep 27, 2012 02:35 PM


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                    flowbee RE: fmed Sep 27, 2012 03:16 PM

                    don't bother looking. i bought them all already.

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                      fmed RE: flowbee Sep 27, 2012 04:25 PM

                      damned! coming over to your place now.

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                        flowbee RE: fmed Sep 27, 2012 04:46 PM

                        i drank em all already. hops don't last long ^_^*

                  2. flowbee RE: jerkstore Sep 27, 2012 06:53 PM

                    Brewery Creek got Sartori Harvest today and already sold out by 6:30pm! You might still find some at Legacy Liquor Store in Olympic Village across from Tap & Barrel...or at 16th Street Liquor in West Van.

                    *SCRATCH THAT* they just sold out at Legacy...wowzers...

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                      twinkienic RE: flowbee Sep 27, 2012 07:48 PM


                      Are you serious about buying them all? Can I bribe you? :)

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                        flowbee RE: twinkienic Sep 27, 2012 08:11 PM

                        heh, no i didn't buy them all :D

                        brewery creek had a 3-bottle limit, legacy had a 2-bottle limit. i got 2 from each place :)

                        i know you're a craft beer lover so hit me up on facebook and maybe i'll get a bottle to you. it's quite an experience. so floral/citrus yet gentle/balanced/drinkable/delicious. it's swimming in hop oils.

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                          flowbee RE: flowbee Sep 27, 2012 10:20 PM

                          Ah, Value on Liquor on SW Marine Dr near Granville has some!

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                            twinkienic RE: flowbee Sep 28, 2012 02:15 PM

                            flowbee - Thanks, I may just take you up on the facebook offer ;)

                            My first exposure to fresh hops was at a Deschutes beer dinner. They brought a cask of their mirror pond ale but made with fresh hops. I've been a fan ever since and have been looking for other beers featuring fresh hops.

                            I'm hoping to find some at the Harvest Cask festival come October - are you going?

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                              flowbee RE: twinkienic Sep 28, 2012 08:14 PM

                              Just saw that tickets are sold out! :( so no, I won't be going...

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                          jerkstore RE: flowbee Sep 28, 2012 03:58 PM

                          Tried a couple cold beer & wines around Burnaby but no luck so far. I heard about Brewery Creek's stock too late, couldn't get down there in time...too bad for me I guess.

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                            kinnickinnik RE: jerkstore Sep 28, 2012 04:20 PM

                            Darby's sold out in 2 minutes I hear. Sheesh! They didn't set a bottle limit so I guess some lucky b*****d or tow scored a whole lot.

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                              waylman RE: kinnickinnik Sep 28, 2012 05:23 PM

                              I scored 3 more at Lennox today (Cambie and 12th)
                              They were down to about 9 bottles though. Scored 3 at Brewery Creek yesterday....LOVE this beer!

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                                intemperategourmande RE: waylman Sep 28, 2012 05:33 PM

                                Just got the last two at Lennox...

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                          kinnickinnik RE: jerkstore Sep 29, 2012 09:52 AM

                          A wee bit of Driftwood Sartori is available this morning at Granville Liquor Store. Limit of 2 pp. I'm sure it'll be gone by lunchtime (forgot to ask how many cases their re-up was).

                          Had a bottle last night - beautiful!

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                            anewton RE: kinnickinnik Sep 30, 2012 01:26 PM

                            Hoyne has a fresh hopped ale in select beer and wine stores right now. Just saw some this AM.

                            Driftwood's Sartori is relatively easy to get over here in Victoria...I guess for once there is a product we can get here that is hard to come by on the mainland...

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                              jerkstore RE: anewton Sep 30, 2012 10:24 PM

                              Tracked down a couple of bottles of the Hoyne Wolf Vine wet hopped pale ale at Great Bear on Kingsway in Burnaby. Popped one last night and enjoyed thoroughly. Not fresh hopped, but they had a few other nice treats there - notably a few bottles of the Central City Imperial IPA.

                              Also managed to snag a few bottles of Sartori at John B and another place on Austin in Coquitlam (forgot the name). The former had a couple of bottles left, but we took the last 4 from the latter.

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                                kinnickinnik RE: anewton Oct 1, 2012 07:35 AM

                                Hoyne's Wolf Vine is also on hand at Granville LS. We picked up a couple yesterday but haven't tried yet. Darby's should be getting some this week.

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                              twinkienic RE: jerkstore Sep 30, 2012 01:27 PM

                              Sartori spotting at Liquor Depot on Cambie and 18th. They had 2 cases left.

                              1. fmed RE: jerkstore Oct 1, 2012 06:34 PM

                                St Augistine's had a cask of Satori. It was drained in 20 mins.

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                                  twinkienic RE: fmed Oct 1, 2012 09:28 PM

                                  24 :)
                                  Were you there? We should have looked for you!

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                                    fmed RE: twinkienic Oct 1, 2012 09:57 PM

                                    I was on my way there but phoned ahead to find out that the cask was empty. Alas.

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                                      kinnickinnik RE: fmed Oct 1, 2012 11:12 PM

                                      Methinks this is why - beerhounds must've descended on them well before 6:

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                                        jerkstore RE: kinnickinnik Oct 2, 2012 01:38 AM

                                        Lame. I called them on Friday and whoever I talked to told me they hadn't even heard of it. Clearly they need to educate their staff a little better.

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