Strange Fellows Plans ‘Hop Devil Hootenanny’ to Celebrate Hop & Barley Harvest on Sept. 23rd

GOODS from Strange Fellows

Vancouver, BC | Grab your partner and come on down on for our first ever Hop Devil Hootenany – a Brewer’s harvest celebration and community dance. Saturday September 23rd, Families welcome.

Inspired by both the Belgian Hopduvel and the British Corn Mother traditions, our Hop Devil Hootenanny celebrates the crops that mean the most to us – hops and barley. To ensure a successful harvest for the next year, Belgian hop farmers would parade and then burn effigies of the “Hopduvel” – the personification of a storm that could destroy the hops before they were harvested. Pagan Europeans believed that the spirit of the grain lived amongst the crops and would be made homeless upon harvest, so they wove decorative shapes from the last sheaves of harvested grain for the spirit to inhabit over the winter. After spending the winter upon the warm hearth the “Corn Mothers” would be plowed back into the ground come Spring

Put on your dancing shoes, and bring your friends and family for a festive harvest celebration, with FREE corn on the cob (lots of corn on the cob!), beer (including a reserve of Amarillo Cyclops IPA) and music and dancing courtesy of the Wooly Bears, all presided over by the Hop Devil himself. Make your own Corn Mother with help from the folks from Cedar Isle Farm, and be sure to share your wish with the Hop Devil before his firey demise (more on that later).

Corn Shuck 5pm until the corn runs out
Corn Mothers 4-7pm
Community Dance with the Woolly Bears 7-9pm
Beer & good company till 11pm



1345 Clark Drive | Vancouver, BC | V5L 3K9
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Winter Hours: Mon-Thurs 2pm to 11pm & Fri-Sun 12pm to 11pm


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The People


Strange Fellows: Aaron Jonckheere & Iain Hill
Fellow About Town/Sales: Nick Black
Fellow in the Room/Bar Manager: Kayin Fields

Strange Fellows Brewing is the creation of Iain Hill & Aaron Jonckheere, erstwhile strangers who each dreamed of starting A brewery. When a mutual friend decided they should meet, little did they know this would be the first step they would take toward realizing their common dream.

Iain is a craftsman who takes great interest in life’s details. An award-winning brewer with over 20 years experience, he is compelled to create beer that is unique & rooted in authenticity. As a pioneer of BC’s craft brewing industry, Iain has achieved many firsts , but the need to start his own BREWERY grew stronger over the years. He had always been INSPIRED to have a place where he could create the beer he dreamed of, so when BY chance he met Aaron, he was ready.

Aaron is a daydreamer & wanderer with a keen interest in the TRADITION & CREATIVITY of craft brewing. Exposure to great beer by way of his Belgian heritage, & being a third-generation home brewer himself, provided the desire THAT GOES with starting a brewery. He was just missing a brewing partner to do it with. So Aaron followed his vision to create a place that would make the beer he loved to drink. And on a cold winter day, his path led to Iain.

Iain & Aaron don’t always see eye-to-eye, but BEYOND their differences they do agree on what they want to make: Beer inspired by THE Old World, but brewed right here on the West Coast. Far from ORDINARY, these two strangers have gone from daydreaming to creating the brewery they are proud of. When you drink a glass of Strange Fellows, you are sharing in their commitment TO unique & unapologetic beer, crafted for those who aren’t afraid to stand out in the crowd & CELEBRATE THAT WHICH IS STRANGE.



Old World Inspired – West Coast Crafted

We are an East Vancouver craft brewery inspired by tradition and creativity that goes beyond the ordinary to celebrate that which is strange* and extraordinary.

The beer we make is influenced by both old world traditions and West coast ingenuity and often inspired by seasonal ingredients. Our barrel programme promises unique aged beers and we have a bit of a thing for sour beer.

Our Tasting Room is open daily for growler fills and gathering with friends. We offer an ever-changing selection of beer as well as tasty locally sourced grub to go with.

Our beer is on tap at many fine drinking establishments and restaurants, and our packaged product in private liquor stores around town.

Tucked in alongside the Tasting Room, the Charles Clark Gallery is a venue for artists to share their vision with exhibits changing monthly.

We invite you to celebrate with us each month as we observe a different Strange Day, inspired by obscure superstitions and folklore from around the world.

* We define strange as unique, unexpected or extraordinary

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