The refreshing tropical fruit notes of this ‘hoppy hefe’ are a combination of a German hefeweizen yeast and the Mosaic hops employed, this type is a relatively new northwest profile so catching the drift of this creatively titled new beer from Driftwood makes perfect sense! Right? Right! Instead of pine and grapefruit notes from the most commonly found hops of our region, mosaic lends itself to a very unique flavour with notes reminiscent of banana, mango, guava and citrus.
Quality, consistency and flavour are the key elements that make Driftwood Brewery one of the most popular micro-breweries in Victoria. Entangled, New Growth Pale Ale, Farmhand Saison, Crooked Coast Altbier, and of course the ultra-favourite Fat Tug IPA are just four brews that beer aficionados flock to taste at their Hillside Avenue location, and at select pubs. In just over seven years Driftwood has extended its fan base beyond Vancouver Island to the Lower Mainland, BC interior, the Yukon, Alberta and Ontario. Not bad for the three partners who started off their beer journey as home brewers. “Jason Meyer and Kevin Hearsum were brewers at Lighthouse Brewing Co, and I had been selling & promoting craft beer locally with Lighthouse for over eight years. They devised a plan to start their own brewery and I saw that as opportunity to work with them,” explains Gary Lindsay, who has the impressive title of Purveyor of Precious Liquids!
Their customer base is very diverse, all having one common denominator – an appreciation for flavour and quality, says Lindsay. He admits that he and his partners didn’t know a lot about running a business when they started out, “But we all share an approach that is uncompromising, but we are flexible enough to adapt to changes. Each employee is a key part of our success and are integral to Driftwood maintaining its reputation. Hiring people that won’t let themselves down translates well to success.”
Whenever they can they use BC hops – their New Growth Pale Ale uses hops from the Columbia Valley, south of Chilliwack. The future bodes well for Driftwood since completing an expansion in the brewery that doubled their capacity. Some new label designs are on the horizon as well as working in new markets in select areas in the US, and even overseas! But one thing you won’t see is flavour styles. As Lindsay says: “We are a pumpkin-free zone!”