Thanks to the incredible growth of the craft beer industry, hops are serious business in British Columbia. Brewmasters are passionate about the quality of hops they use to make the highest quality beer and we are equally passionate about delivering what they need. We work with partner farmers to harvest locally grown hops and uses modern innovation to process and distribute the highest quality wholesale hops in Canada.
OUR TRUE NORTH PROCESS™
The Pacific North West region has long been recognized for its unique hop growing terroir, which when combined with an amazing climate, creates the perfect environment for hops. In collaboration with our partner farmers, BC Hop Co harvests and processes Cascade, Centennial, Chinook, Cashmere and our trademarked Lumberjack™ varieties!
A critical start, great growing conditions and efficient harvesting is only 50% of the process necessary to create the best hop product for brewing great beer. The remaining 50% is in the downstream processing.
Traditional large scale processing involves hundreds of thousands of pounds of hops being dried over direct fired furnaces where exhaust fumes mingle with the hop oils. They are then conditioned on open concrete floors and can take up to 3 days from harvest to baling. BC Hop Co searched the world to find the best in class processing technology available.
After exhaustive research and investigation, we settled on Wolf Manufacturing in Geisenfeld Germany as our supplier. This European technology uses indirect heat, a more rapid drying process, and air conditioning to bring the hops into final baling condition all in less than ONE day from harvest. This more gentle process preserves more of the field freshness.
Finally we rely on the best in class "soft pellet" process ultimately creating a T-90 pellet that is more aromatic and emulsifies better in the brewing process. By creating a more resinous product, we bring more of that field fresh aroma to the hopping process.
We are confident that our Pacific Northwest terroir, European processing, and best possible pelletization is a combination that will keep you brewing with our World Class Hops again and again.
BC Hop Co.’s proprietary hop, Lumberjack™, aroma can be described as predominately bitter with notes of melon, sweet citrus, and spices like clove and allspice. A slight earthiness softens this hop, producing a pleasant mouth-feel in the beer.
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Built for the Pacific North West, this classic aroma hop grows amazingly well in the Fraser Valley. Cascade is known for its distinctive floral notes and is often described as having a citrus-like character.
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The large cones and distinctive aroma of Chinook make it instantly recognizable. Considered to be one of the classic dual-purpose hops used in craft beer, Chinook offers a robust pine-like, spicy aroma with distinctive citrus-like flavours.
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This sought after variety may grow the lowest production per acre, but its familiar citric characteristic, make it in high demand. Often referred to as Super Cascade Centennial demonstrates a versatility with its depth of bitterness and forward aroma.
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This hard to find 2013 release by the University of Washington is a great dual-purpose hop, Cashmere is known to provide notes of lemon, lime and melon, while exhibiting a smooth bitterness. It is also mildly aromatic with a subtle herbal bouquet.
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It is pretty simple really. We know our clients are artisans. They know the recipe that has helped grow their brand only works if the ingredients are top notch. Consistency and quality are demanded by a growing, but still critical, audience of craft beer drinkers. The recipe for that famous brew can withstand no less than the highest quality ingredients.