Written By Guest Writer Beer & Cider / Libations Sep 2, 2010 Get It While You Can SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter PinterestBy Jacob GalbraithA few weeks ago I received an invitation to witness the recreation of one of my favourite beers of 2009, Driftwood Brewing’s Sartori Harvest IPA. I’m unabashedly enthusiastic about great beer, so accepting was a no-brainer. I arrived at the brewery with my similarly affected friends in tow, finding brewmaster/“wizard of wort” Jason Meyer preparing for the first of three additions of fresh Centennial hops.Hands were shaken and names exchanged, and before long we were being lead into the gigantic walk-in refrigerator to sneak a peak at the featured ingredient. While impressive, the sight of 200 pounds of freshly picked hops paled in comparison to their signature floral aroma, which could only be described as intoxicating. The hops were collected by Mr. Meyer himself the previous day from the Sartori Ranch near Chilliwack, and though their locality is appealing, it’s their freshness that makes them so special.Fresh hop beer revolves around the hop harvest, which occurs but once a year. Hops are volatile, and will spoil if not either used or dried shortly after being picked. A recent influx of interest in craft brewing has allowed brewers to delve further into the possibilities of beer’s primary ingredients (water, yeast, barley and hops). And just like how Pizza Hut can’t sleep at night because it is perpetually conjuring new places to put more cheese, brewers from the Northwest have tasked themselves with finding new ways to incorporate hops into their creations. That said, it was only a matter of time before beer gurus started incorporating the hops when they are at their peak. Last year’s batch was quickly swallowed up by the frenzied beer fiends of Vancouver Island and Vancouver, so this year they’ve opted to make more in hopes that the beer will make more people happy, or the same people even happier. Bottling of this tasty brew is set to take place Friday September 24th, meaning it should be on shelves early this week.ArtisanArtisan ProductsBeer & Cider SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter Pinterest Written By: Guest Writer We get many people writing guest articles for us, as well as past contributors. This is the Guest ... Read More You may also like Beer / Beer & Cider / Drink / Events March 2, 2020 Victoria Beer Week March 6 – 14 Victoria Beer Week returns March 6-14 with 19 different events held in venues around Victoria. This 7th annual festival of craft beer offers ... Read More Beer & Cider / Events / Food Events / Places / Victoria November 17, 2019 Canoe Brewpub’s Eighth Annual Winterbrau Festival 2019 Beer brewers from across the island and the lower mainland gathered in the lofty wooden halls of Canoe Brewpub over November 9 and 10 for the eighth ... Read More Beer & Cider / Beer Dinners / Events / Food Events / Wineries & Breweries August 30, 2019 A Categorically Great Meal Saanich Brewery Category 12’s ‘Brewmaster’s Dinner’ Marries Wildcraft With Craft-Beer It was somewhere at the beginning of the ... Read More Beer / Beer & Cider / Drink / First Look / Places / Press Release / Wineries & Breweries July 25, 2019 There’s a New Buoy in Town Whistle Buoy Brewing Company, a locally owned craft brewery and taproom, is now open in Historic Market Square, Victoria. Whistle Buoy Brewing ... Read More Beer / Beer & Cider / Events / Press Release July 24, 2019 Great Canadian Beer Festival The line-up is set and the tickets are on sale. The Great Canadian Beer Festival will return to Royal Athletic Park in Victoria, BC, on Friday, ... Read More Beer / Beer & Cider / Drink / Events / Victoria March 24, 2019 A New Beer Society in Town Victoria Beer Week launched its sixth annual festival earlier this month, which ran from March 1-9. In addition to the festival returning for another ... Read More Comments are closed.