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.


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!


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

Farmhouse Saison & Wild Ale Festival – Vancouver (UBC)

On June 27th 2015 the inaugural  Farmhouse Saison & Wild Ale Festival was held at the UBC Farm.


This festival was a nice change from your average beer festival in this province.  Many of the beer were either one off saisons / sours or rare and hard to get beers.  Nothing for sample was a standard lineup beer.  The ticket cost $50 plus taxes and got you a fancy taster glass and 4 tokens.

Breweries at the Festival
Beerthirst – Elysian, Logsdon, North Coast
Brassneck Brewery
Bravo Beer Co – Brouwerij Verhaeghe, Dupont
Category 12 Brewing
The Commons Brewery
Copper & Theory – Breakside, Cantillon, pFriem
Craft Beer Imports – De Molen, Omnipollo
Dageraad Brewing
Driftwood Brewing
Four Winds Brewing
Goose Island Brewery
Lighthouse Brewing
Main Street Brewing
Moon Brewpub
Parallel 49 Brewing
Persephone Brewing
Powell Street Craft Brewery
Steel & Oak Brewing
Strange Fellows Brewing
Storm Brewing
Untapped Craft Imports – Double Mountain, Dieu Du Ciel, Les Trois Mousquetaires
Westbier – St Louis, Bockor, St Feuillien, ToØl
Yellow Dog Brewing

Full list found here.

The festival had a small amount of tickets sold which showed as there were very rarely lineups and those lineups were only for timed limited beers.  The weather was very hot as has been the case for the Month of June and this shows with brown grass!

As always I took many photos of the different beers that I was able to sample.  There were so many good sours that I did not stray form this style very often.

Full sized photos here.

This was probably one of the best festivals that I have ever attended.  The heat was brutal for me but being in June you would never have guessed it was going to be 30C in Vancouver (It probably should have rained).  If you are looking for just one festival to attend next year then this should be the festival you go to!


S.F. Brew vs. brUBC Home Brew Showdown 2013 (Hops Connect Cup) – October 26th, 2013

S.F. Brew vs. brUBC Home Brew Showdown

On October 26th, 2013 there was a friendly competition held between Simon Fraser University’s brewing club S.F. Brew and University of British Columbia’s brUBC.  The competition was held at Deep Cove Brewers and Distillers.  This was the first Annual University Home Brew Awards Party and the winning club won the Hops Connect Cup.  Let me start by saying that both clubs made some amazing beer, with every beer poured at this event actually being an ale (from what I saw).

Deep Cove Brewers - 01

All beer was judged at a separate location on a different day by outside judges.  I am not sure the details on the judging but I am sure it followed the proper rules of judging for beer.  Below is a list of the beer entered by both brewing clubs.

brUBC Entries
Cranboyant Wheat Ale
Irish Red Ale
Earl Grey Ale
Honey Basil Ale
Salted Caramel Ale
Midnight Pumpkin Ale
Quakers Blood Dark Ale
Dark Wing Dark Ale
Irish Porter
Gentlemen’s Clout IPA
River Run Rye IPA

S.F.Brew Entires
Scared Witless Wheat AleApprentice ESB
Nutty Professor Nut Brown Ale
Corey’s Fist Brown Ale
Twisted Pumpkin Ale
Swamp Thing Pumpkin Ale
Pirate Pete’s Pumpkin Ale
Baristas Respite Dark Ale
A Tun of Whit IPA
Hop-A-Rella IPA
Vikings Beard Brown Ale
Mighty Brazos IPA

Before the winners were announced Daniel Collins the Managing director of Hops Connect talked about how the event came around and talked about the sponsors of the event who will be mentioned shortly.  Kevin Emms the Brewmaster at Deep Cove then talked to the entire crowd about craft beer and home brewing.  The last person to talk before the awards were handed out was Adam Chatburn the President of Camra Vancouver.  He talked on what Camra was about including what they do such as advocating for craft beer or real ale.  He also talked on the benefits of being a member such as discounts at restaurants and liquor stores that specialize in craft beer.  The last thing he talked on was cask ales.  The loosing team of this competition won a small pin cask with the promise that that club would be given a class on how to brew using a cask and how to use them.  The best thing about this event was that we were able to sample all the beer that was judged in this event!  There were so many great beer and I wish that I kept a list of what I was drinking and what I loved.  After everyone had had a good sampling of all the beer in the competition and people had listened to all the speakers it was time for the awards themselves.  Lets build some suspense and post the photos before the results!

Full Sized Photos can be found here.

I would like to now throw a shout out to all the sponsors of the event without them this event never would have happened!  The sponsors were as follows:  Hops Connect, Camra Vancouver, Dan’s Homebrewing Supplies, Bottle Jockey, Blue Smoke BBQ and Deep Cove Brewers & Distillers.  I may not have been involved with event personally but I would like to thank all of the sponsors personally for helping nurture the future craft brewers of BC!  Well its time to get onto the winners of this amazing event.  The team with the most wins overall won the Hops Connect Cup and the best beer of the event won the Best in Show award.

Best Wheat – Cranboyant Wheat (UBC)
Best Ale – Apprentice ESB (SFU)
Best Dark – Shared by: Barista’s Respite (SFU) & Dark Wing Dark Ale (UBC)
Best IPA – Hop-a-Rella IPA (SFU)
Best Open – Pirate Pete’s Pumpkin Ale (SFU)
Best in Show – Hop-a-Rella IPA (SFU)
Hops Connect Cup – SFBrew (SFU)

There were some very deserving honorable mentions as well including:

Best Wheat Category – Scared Witless (SFU)
Best Ale Category – Nutty Professor Nut Brown Ale (SFU) & Earl Grey Ale (UBC)
Best Dark Category – Irish Porter (UBC)
Best IPA Category – River Run IPA (UBC) & A Tun of Wit IPA (SFU)

A big shout out to all the home brewers at this event as they have crafted some great brews.  Keep up the great work and I hope to come to the event again next year and try your beer once again with one more year of polish!  Congratulations to S.F.Brew for winning the fist annual Hops Connect Cup.  Better keep working hard to try and defend your win!  A surprise for the winner of Best In Show was to be able to brew a small batch of their beer with the Brewmaster of Deep Cove Brewing for a commercial release!  I would like to congratulate Natasha(Co Brewed by Jill) of S.F.Brews for winning the Best in Show for the Hop-A-Rella IPA.  I hope to be able to cover the brewing of this batch of beer and its release.  Hint Hint Deep Cove and Natasha!


Click here to read story written by Student Newspaper by UBC