Victoria’s “Fresh To Death” Fresh Hop Beer Festival Takes Place Oct. 10th

Victoria Fresh To Death Fresh Hop Beer Festival

Victoria Beer Week presents: FRESH TO DEATH

Victoria’s Harvest Celebration of Fresh Hop Beers


Saturday, October 10, 2015 – 2:00pm to 7:00pm

Outdoors at Driftwood Brewery/Hoyne Brewing — 450 Hillside Avenue, Victoria BC

Generously sponsored by Liquor Plus.

Event Details:

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.

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


What is Fresh Hop Beer?

Hops are one of the four main ingredients in craft beer. They act as a preservative and provide aroma and flavour depending on their style and way they are used in the brewing process. Most of the hops used in brewing have been dried and pelletized following harvest so they can be transported and stored for months to come.

But fresh hop (or “wet hopped”) beers are brewed with hops that are fresh from the harvest, usually within 24 hours of being picked. Breweries need to expedite the hops as quickly as possible from the bines to the kettle in order to maximize the aroma, resins and flavour. The resulting fresh hop beers are unique to this post-harvest time and offer nuance, flavour and character unattainable through other periods of the year.

For more information on Driftwood Brewery’s Sartori Harvest IPA, which was the first fresh hop beer brewed in BC back in 2009 and has been brewed annually ever since watch this video.


The Beer

We’re excited to be pouring fresh hop beers from some of BC’s finest breweries, including local, Vancouver Island and Mainland operations:

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


Tickets Available Online at:

Regular Admission: $25 + tax & fees

  • entry
  • one (1) 4oz glass sampler
  • four (4) tickets each good for one 4oz serving of fresh hop beer


Brewery Tour Ticket: $40 + tax & fees (limited quantity available)


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.

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