GIB Welcomes Spring with Great Hop-ticipation

Granville Island Brewing toasts the end of winter with their award-winning India Pale Ale

Spring is the time when Pacific Northwest hop growers begin preparations for fresh chutes to emerge from the soil, and another summer of careful nurturing before the harvest. This April, Granville Island Brewing celebrates the hop growers with their well-hopped Brockton IPA.

“The defining ingredient in our golden coloured Brockton IPA is the refreshingly citrus Cascade hops that we use to provide the beer’s bitterness and aroma.” says GIB Brewmaster, Vern Lambourne.

A medium-to-full bodied brew with a dry finish, Brockton IPA pairs well with spicy and fried flavours, which complement its bitterness. When pairing food with beer, the hop bitterness balances spice and sweet flavours, so Brockton IPA pairs perfectly with Thai curry or fish and chips. Top off your meal with Brockton IPA and a milder blue cheese such as Gorgonzola or Tomme (found at Benton Brothers Fine Cheese), a brine-washed semi-soft cheese. Learn more about food and beer pairing, and GIB’s Brewmaster’s Dinner Series, at

The Brockton IPA won the Silver medal at the 2010 Canadian Brewing Awards and World Beer Championships Gold in 2011. You can find this award-winning brew in pubs and liquor stores throughout BC as well as the GIB Taproom and Retail Store on Granville Island.

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About Granville Island Brewing (GIB) – Established is 1984, Granville Island Brewing (GIB) is Canada’s first microbrewery offering a variety of award- winning beers, which are brewed and sold here in BC. GIB is dedicated to handcrafting only the finest premium beers that are 100 per cent all-natural and brewed in small batches to provide consumers with the ultimate tasting experience. In celebration of their West Coast heritage GIB names each beer after iconic Vancouver locations that embody the local lifestyle. From the original Island Lager and English Bay Pale Ale, to Cypress Honey Lager, and now their latest innovation; Brockton IPA, GIB continues to produce a diverse portfolio of beers inspired by life on the West Coast. For more information, visit

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