• 19+, 2 pieces ID required
  • All attendees will be asked for ID
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Fresh hops beers are only available for a short time following harvest at the end of summer each year. Don’t miss out on tasting these unique and special beers!

At the end of August each summer, many BC brewers leave their brew kettles and fermentation tanks behind to go on a field trip.

They travel to hop farms all around the province to collect fresh hops that are still wet and juicy from the harvest. Then they race back to their breweries to brew a batch of beer with those hops. These special fresh hop beers come out a few weeks later and are only available for a short time at the beginning of autumn.

To celebrate this unique seasonal beer, we are gathering together fresh hop beers from some of BC’s best breweries and offering them to beer lovers in this sampling event at a unique urban setting: the beautiful Roundhouse at Bayview Place. Originally constructed in 1913, the Roundhouse is a former Canadian Pacific Railway structure. Now formally recognized as a National Historic Site, the Roundhouse is part of the ongoing Bayview Place redevelopment. Eventually, all the landmarks of the Roundhouse’s glorious past—the engine sheds, car shop, turntable, water and sand towers—will be transformed into an immersive destination marketplace that will tell the story of the land’s past, and paves the way for the future.

The Roundhouse will prove to be a unique and special venue for this unique and special event. For more information about the Roundhouse/Bayview Place, visit: roundhousemarketplace.com.

Special VIP Ticket:

We have created a special VIP ticket for this event, which includes an exclusive guided tasting of a selection of 4 fresh hop beers led by Jeff Kendrew, Certified Cicerone, and early access to the event. Jeff will pick 4 beers that showcase different flavour profiles, and discuss what makes them special and unique. This VIP event runs from 1-2pm.


Axe & Barrel Brewhouse
Category 12 Brewing
Dageraad Brewing
Driftwood Brewery
Fuggles & Warlock Craftworks
Howl Brewing
Hoyne Brewing
Longwood Brewing
Mount Arrowsmith Brewing
Off the Rail Brewing
Old Yale Brewing
Parkside Brewing
Phillips Brewing
R&B Brewing
Red Arrow Brewing
Small Block Brewing
Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub
Strange Fellows Brewing
Strathcona Beer Co.
Torchlight Brewing
Twin City Brewing
White Sails Brewing
Yellow Dog Brewing
…and more!


  • a guided tasting of a selection of 4 fresh hop beers led by Jeff Kendrew, Certified Cicerone, between 1-2pm
  • 10 beer tasting tokens
  • complimentary VBW sampler glass


  • access at 2pm
  • 4 beer tasting tokens
  • complimentary VBW sampler glass


No food is included in the ticket price, but there will be at least one food vendor on hand where you can purchase food during the event.


Spinnakers Spirit Merchants will host a pop-up liquor store on-site selling bottles and cans of the fresh-hop and related beers from participating breweries.


  • 1 drink ticket = 1 x 4oz sample
  • additional drink tickets will be available for $1.75 each
  • please dress warmly – the venue will be dry but unheated
  • we accept cash or major credit cards for merchandise and beer ticket sales


The Roundhouse (Car Shop) is located next to Esquimalt Rd across from Victoria West Park. We definitely discourage anyone to drive to this event, but if you are being dropped off, car access is off of Catherine Street (entrance across from Trek Bicycles/Spinnakers Brewpub). It is a fairly easy walk (1km) from the Johnson Street Bridge, and several buses stop nearby (Esquimalt/Catherine stop is closest).

19+, 2 pieces ID required
All attendees will be asked for ID
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