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Canada: Special ale brings cheer to 40 years of urban farming at City Farmer

Click image to see larger file. Maria Keating, an environmental educator with City Farmer Society, with seven different varieties of hops harvested at the Vancouver Compost Garden. Photo by Jason Payne. Also watch the video online.

A bumper crop of hops is being harvested in preparation for urban agriculture advocate City Farmer’s Vancouver-style microbrew.

By Randy Shore
Vancouver Sun
Sept 25, 2017


Every harvest and the resulting brew is a unique story.

In 2014, the first hop harvest was used to brew a nut brown Pollinator Ale using honey produced on site in celebration of the Year of the Pollinator.

The following year a wind storm knocked down hundreds of trees across the city, including one that crushed the hop trellis and mashed the potato patch. The delay in harvest meant the hops were used fresh rather than dried in their Windstorm Session Ale.

Last year, City Farmer produced a Rail Ale to celebrate the opening of the Arbutus Greenway with a nod to the corridor’s past as a rail ink to the Molson brewery.

“The hops for their beer went right past us at City Farm,” Keating said.

The hop vines are now a living demonstration of the use of beneficial insects — including a large population of aphid-eating lady bugs — which are a specialty of “Bug Lady” Keating.

“I can show people the whole life cycle of the lady bug under nearly every leaf,” she said.

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