Hops Connect Cup 2016 – November 12th, 2016


For the 4th year in a row Hops Connect has held a University brewing club competition in Metro Vancouver called the Hops Connect Cup.

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The judging was done in the days before the event by local BJCP judges and previous winners of the Winning Beer award.  The Hops Connect Cup event was held on November 12th, 2016 at Big Rock Urban Brewery in Vancouver.  This year brewing clubs from UBC, UVic, KPU In BC and Olds College from Alberta competed in the brewing competition.  Each brewery was challenged to brew multiple categories including Pilsner, IPA, Double IPA, Pale Ale and stout with awards also for best name, winning beer and the Hops Connect Cup best overall school.  Hops Connect supplies the hops for these home brews and the students design the recipes.

I have unfortunately not been able to make it out to the Hops Connect Cup since the first event they held 4 years ago.  Each school either sent or brought samples of the home brews that were entered into the competition so that people from other schools could sample the entries.  This year many of the entries were very strong and I enjoyed every sample that I tried.

Here are the winning beers from this years submissions.

Thanks to Hops Connect for these slides.

A good number of students from the university brewing clubs came out to this event to celebrate home brewing and to take home hardware.  It is to bad that KPU and Olds College did not have representatives at the event to accept their awards!  I would like to congratulate all of the winners and Congratulate Olds College on stealing the Trophy from the province of British Columbia this year!

Its always exciting to check out the new up and coming home brewers and this event is a great place to see the upcoming talent.  This year had some great talent and previous winners are currently working at local breweries!  It is awesome to see that a local Hops company is fully on board to help encourage the future brewers in the craft beer industry to follow their dreams.  The coolest thing about this event is that the winner of Best Beer gets to brew their winning beer at a commercial brewery and have it released to the public.  This years winner EH.P.A. made by members of the UBC Home Brew club will get to brew their IPA beer at Moody Ales and have the beer sold commercially.  Keep up the great work Brewing Clubs!

Photo from Hops Connect of UBC Brewing club on a brewery tour of Big Rock Urban Brewery. 

Hops Connect sells hops to commercial brewers, u-brew shops, home brew shops and home brewers.  If you fall into one of these categories make sure to check them out with the links below!

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Hops Connect – Hop Trading Company Ltd.
http://hops-connect.myshopify.com/
#114- 2455 Dollarton Highway
North Vancouver, B.C.
Canada V7H 0A2
Phone: 604-358-4677 (HOPS)
Email: saleswest@hopsconnect.com

Casks For Kwantlen Charity Fundraiser (Late January) – Richmond


With Kwantlen Polytechnic University offering their Brewing and Brewery Operations program they are working to build a scholarship fund.  BRB (Be Right Back) Brewing in Richmond are looking to help with this initiative by holding a fundraiser called Casks For Kwantlen.

Casks for Kwantlen

The event is on January 23rd, 2016 from Noon until 6:00pm with a cost of $20 which includes 5 pours.  More pours are $2 each.  All proceeds will be going to the Scholarship fund.

The breweries involved include, Be Right Back Brewing, Big Rock Urban Brewery, Deep Cove Brewers & Distillers, Howe Sound Brewing, Four Winds Brewing, Steamworks Brewing, Parallel 49 Brewing, Old Abbey Ales, Red Truck Brewing, Steel & Oak Brewing and KPU Brewing Students.

Tickets can be found at http://brbco.ca/casks-for-kwantlen/

Be Right Back Brewing is located at:
#180 14200 Entertainment Blvd
Richmond BC

There is easy access to transit Via Canada Line Skytrain and then bus.