Explore Abbotsford's Circle Farm Tour

(Taves Family Farm)

Plan your day 

Long summer days are on the horizon which means more time for a leisurely journey through the countryside. And what better way to truly explore the country and Abbotsford’s deep agricultural roots than through a self-guided Circle Farm Tour?

Created as a way for locals and visitors to explore working farms and purchase their food from the source, Circle Farm Tour is now in its 14th year and has expanded to five different communities. Although the tour was designed to be self-guided, Brookside Boutique Tours does offer a bus tour complete with driver for groups of up to 14 people. This is a great option if you’d like to savor a glass or two at one of our winery partners or simply want to sit back, relax and enjoy the ride.

Circle Farm Tour partners are separated into four categories: Farm Experience, Farm Store, Sips and Spirits, and Eatery. Keep reading to learn more about each category and the businesses you will find along the way.
 

(Birchwood Dairy)

(Eco Dairy)

Farm Experiences

For a truly immersive farm experience, the businesses in this category are your go to. Pick your own fruits and vegetables, walk through the fields, meet the animals and more to enjoy a true farm experience. The businesses in this category offer something for everyone and every season! For u-pick fields, corn mazes and more visit the Applebarn at Taves Family Farms or Maan Farms Market & Estate Winery. Enjoy beautiful seasonal florals at Bloom, The Abbotsford Tulip Festival and Tanglebank Gardens & Brambles Bistro.

Learn where your dairy products come from and meet the animals at EcoDairy. Try your hand at beekeeping and sample a variety of honeys and meads at Campbell’s Gold Honey Farm & Meadery. Impress your friends by catching your own fish at Fraser Valley Trout Hatchery. All businesses are based on seasonal availability so we recommend calling ahead to see what will be available when you visit!

 

(Maan Farms Country Experience & Estate Winery)

(Neufeld Farm Market)

Farm Stores

For those who want the freshest produce, meat and dairy products but forgot to pack their boots and overalls the businesses in our Farm Store category will have you covered! Birchwood Dairy Farm serves up some of the Fraser Valley’s best ice cream and dairy products for you to enjoy on site or take home for later! For delicious goat’s cheese, goat’s milk and buffalo milk cheese, visit Goats Pride Dairy and Mt Lehman Cheese Co.

You can get all your grocery shopping done in one stop at Lepp Farm Market or Neufeld Farm Market, which carry locally grown produce and ethically raised meats as well as many other locally sourced products. Rockweld Farm specializes in SPCA certified organic fed, medication free chicken and eggs. Let our farm store businesses inspire your next meal!
 

(Seaside Pearl Farmgate  Winery)

(Mt. Lehman Winery)

Sips & Spirits

The Fraser Valley is quickly becoming BC’s emerging wine region, and for good reason. Abbotsford offers an amazing selection of wine and wineries, from classic grape varietals to sweet berry wines. Visit the Mt. Lehman neighborhood for scenic drives and beautiful wineries. Mt. Lehman Winery is a family-owned and operated winery that has been operating in Abbotsford since 2009.

Enjoy a glass of wine in the beautiful chapel style tasting room of Seaside Pearl Farmgate Winery. Sample the award-winning wines of Singletree Winery under the sun on their patio lawn area. For fresh berry wines and picturesque scenery, visit Ripples Winery & Woodbridge Ponds in East Abbotsford.
 

(Mt. Lehman Cheese)

(Restaurant 62)

Eateries

After a long and fulfilling day exploring all that the Abbotsford Circle Farm Tour has to offer it’s time to enjoy a truly local dining experience. Owner and chef Jeff Massey of Restaurant 62 creates a menu of farm to table inspired dishes that change with the season without sacrificing quality or flavor. In addition to the locally sourced food you can find a wine and beer list with an abundance of Abbotsford grown options making this the perfect way to round out your Circle Farm Tour day!
 



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Take in the sun on these 6 patios

Patio Season has arrived

We aren’t sure why, but somehow food just tastes better when it’s enjoyed on a patio. With patio season right around the corner we have prepared a list of Abbotsfords patios to get you ready for summer in full swing!
 

Duft & Co Brickhouse

Make a mid-day escape to Duft & Co’s hidden garden patio for a delicious brick oven pizza lunch or early dinner! Tucked away behind the restaurant this patio is perfect for those looking for a more quiet and peaceful patio. Open Tuesday-Saturday from 11am-7pm serving their famous pizzas as well as other popular dishes such as homemade sandwiches and onion rings.

2625 Montrose Ave, Abbotsford, BC

 

Brambles Bistro at Tanglebank Gardens

Tucked into Tanglebank Gardens, the Brambles Bistro patio is the perfect place for a leisurely brunch. The unique setting surrounded by lush greenery is topped only by the unique and delicious food. Try their Moroccan Tagine or the Braised Short Rib Skillet for a truly memorable culinary experience!

29985 Downes Rd, Abbotsford, BC
 



The Canadian Brewhouse & Grill

The patio at the Canadian Brewhouse is the perfect spot for a post shopping pick me up. This spacious rooftop patio offers amazing views of Mt. Baker as well as a large menu and 30 beers on tap! Located in Highstreet Shopping Centre it’s easily accessible from Highway 1 and has ample parking.

3122 Mount Lehman Rd E125, Abbotsford, BC

 



Brodeur’s Bistro

This local favourite has a great heated patio so that you can still enjoy dining al fresco even on chilly nights! Located in the Mt. Lehman neighborhood, Brodeurs features a blend of Cajun, Creole, and French Canadian inspired cuisine served in large portions.

3550 Mount Lehman Rd, Abbotsford, BC

 



Cactus Club

One of the best views of the Fraser Valley can be found at the Abbotsford Cactus Club. This patio has something for everyone; suitable for groups, cozy couches and beautiful fireplaces. Enjoy their seasonal cocktails during happy hour at one of the busiest spots in town!

34650 Delair Rd B, Abbotsford, BC

 



Field House Brewing Co.

Get here early to enjoy one of the most popular patios in Abbotsford! Lots of tables as well as a fire pit and tons of lawn space to stretch out. Come by on Thursday nights to enjoy live music on their outdoor stage with friends and a pint (or two!) of farm fresh craft beer. The best part? Their patio is dog friendly!

2281 W Railway St, Abbotsford, BC

 



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6 Must-Try Breakfast Spots

(Photo at Tracycakes Bakery Cafe)

When the craving for a hearty breakfast hits Abbotsford has you covered with a variety of delicious options. From sweet indulgent breakfasts to protein filled day starters there is something for everyone in every neighborhood. Have your own favorite Abby breakfast spot? Let us know in the comments!


Ann Maries CAFE

33771 George Ferguson Way

This classic diner in Historic Downtown Abbotsford serves up more than just burgers and shakes. Their extensive breakfast menu has something for everyone, all served with the comforts of an old school diner. If you’re looking to treat yourself we recommend the pulled pork benny or the cinnamon bun French toast!

Natalie didn't quite get the brunette memo

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Duft & Co. Bakehouse

103, 2636 Montrose Avenue

If you prefer your breakfast quick and sweet, Duft & Co. Bakehouse is the perfect place! This artisanal bakery and café serves up fresh coffee and handmade croissants, muffins and pastries that are baked fresh each morning. Grab some treats to go or enjoy them in a seat by the window for a sweet start to your day. Get there early as popular items can sell out!

LOCAL EATS // Take in the vibe of @DowntownAbbyBC and grab warm drink or fresh pastry while you explore the historic core. 🥐

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O’Neills Home Cooking

2594 Ware St

One of Abbotsford’s best kept secrets, this no frills breakfast spot is known for their amazing breakfast sandwich. Served on a sweet potato bun this classic ham and egg sandwich has turned occasional customers into regulars at O’Neills!

Abbotsford | sweet potato breakfast bun🍠

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Brambles Bistro at Tanglebank Gardens 

29985 Downes Rd

For a unique brunch experience look no further than Brambles Bistro located in Tanglebank Gardens. This Mt. Lehman gem is known for their farm to table style menu with creative twists on breakfast favorites. Enjoy a delicious meal with a side of beautiful scenery at Brambles!

One of my favourite brunch experiences of 2017 was at a hidden gem in rural Abbotsford. Tanglebank Gardens & Brambles Bistro @tanglebank is a family-owned and operated European inspired garden centre, gift centre and bistro that has been around for over 20 years. @ms.soniako and I enjoyed a few of their popular brunch items: Lavender French Toast and Cultus Lake Corned Beef Hash. We really enjoyed dining on their outdoor patio with views of the garden. Swipe to see more photos! #Media #EatPlayLoveAbby . 

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Common Place Café

33933 Gladys Ave

This quaint café located in the MCC Centre serves up wholesome menu items including some traditional European Mennonite foods as well as new favorites. Enjoy the community atmosphere as you sample from their variety of breakfast menu options. Lots of gluten-free items available too!

Awesome #skillet with tons of #hollandaise. #greatvaluefood

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The Farmer’s Table at Lepp Farm Market

33955 Clayburn Rd 

For your weekend breakfast fix try out the Farmer’s Table (weekends only) inside of Lepp Farm Market. Their breakfast items are all made with local Lepp grown ingredients and farm raised meats. Find something you like? Pick up the ingredients in store to try making it at home! 
 

Power is on and we are open! Come by the market today for some hot coffee and a good breakfast - we're serving our full brunch menu until 1pm today! We've got candles, ready-made meals to go, and did we mention coffee? Our phone system is down, so if you have a question ask it here! Stay safe and drive carefully out there!

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A romantic weekend itinerary

Although Abbotsford might not be known as the spot to go for a romantic weekend away, we believe that after a few days in the community you’ll have changed your mind. We’ve planned out a weekend itinerary perfect for you and your special someone, whether you prefer relaxing quality time together or a more adventurous rendezvous. Keep reading and get ready to feel the love!

  

Take a Romantic Helicopter Ride with Compass Heli Tours

Think you and your partner have done it all? We bet you haven’t seen the Fraser Valley like this before! Compass Heli Tours is based in Abbotsford and offers a variety of different helicopter adventures. Their trips range from the extreme (exploring ice caves and glacier kayaking) to more romantic options (engagement packages and a wilderness spa experience). Whichever trip you choose you are sure to wow your date and make memories that will last a lifetime!


Stroll through Historic Clayburn Village

For a more laid back date option take a trip back in time at Clayburn Village. This quaint community is located at the foot of Sumas Mountain and offers its visitors a unique view of Abbotsford's past. It’s reminiscent of the turn-of-the-century English village atmosphere of the times, with brick buildings with neat gardens, surrounded by white picket fences.

Stop by the Clayburn Village Store, a country store and tea shop that serves fresh currant scones with local jam; homemade soups, pastries and old-fashioned candies. Make your stay extra romantic with a night at the Clayburn Village Bed & Breakfast, an elegant and charming Victorian style home.

 

  

Wine and Beer Tasting

Sip you way through Abbotsford by visiting one of our amazing wineries or breweries. For the beer lovers, try a flight at Raven’s Brewing, or cozy up by the fire with your better half at Field House Brewing. The Mt. Lehman neighborhood features 3 beautiful wineries in close proximity; as you make your way through Mt. Lehman winery, Seaside Pearl Winery and Singletree Winery you will love intimate tasting experiences and unbeatable views.

After you’ve found a favorite, pick up a bottle (or two!) to take back to your room at Brookside Inn. This luxurious boutique hotel is ranked as Canada’s #1 small hotel on Trip Advisor and is perfect for a lover’s getaway. It features romantic themed rooms and a gourmet breakfast with every stay.


Relax at The Wild Orange Spa

Sometimes all you want to do is be pampered with the one you love. Abbotsford is home to one of the Fraser Valley’s best spas, The Wild Orange Spa. Grab your companion and take in a day of massages, facials and pedicures. Close your eyes and let the serene atmosphere transport you to new levels of relaxation in their couple’s treatment room, or try their famous Vichy shower treatment.  Add a spa lunch to your treatment and wind up your peaceful spa day in the eucalyptus steam room. You’re sure to leave refreshed, rejuvenated and in love!

 

 

Share a Delicious Meal

They say the way to someone’s heart is through their stomach so what better way to connect than over some good food? Restaurant 62 is the Fraser Valley’s best farm to table restaurant and offers a captivating dining experience. Enjoy the featured set Valentine’s Day menu offering at a special price, reservations recommended! They say oysters are an aphrodisiac and the best place to get them in town is Bow & Stern in Historic Downtown. A laid-back local favorite, Bow & Stern features fresh seafood and an amazing tap list. Cuddle up at an intimate table for two!



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The holidays are a time to make memories with your loved ones and for some people that means getting engaged! Whether you are in the starting stages of your wedding planning or gathering the final touches, It’s My Wedding Show is something you won’t want to miss.

As the largest wedding show in the Fraser Valley, It’s My Wedding Show has everything you need to plan your big day. With vendors to suit every budget and style, come out and meet the Fraser Valley’s best wedding experts. This year’s show will be held at Tradex on January 13th & 14th. With can’t miss features like fashion shows, huge prize giveaways and appearances by Monte Durham from TLC’s Say Yes to the Dress it’s a must for any bride!


DAY TRIP IDEAS

We suggest grabbing your girls and making a day out of your trip to Abbotsford; besides, after all that wedding planning, you’re going to need a little fun and relaxation! Here are some ideas for activities to enjoy in Abbotsford after you attend the It’s My Wedding Show.
 



Champagne and Lace

You won’t be able to miss Champagne and Lace as you drive by their gorgeous window displays. As one of the Fraser Valley’s premiere bridal centers, this stop is an absolute must for any bride-to-be. Serving the Fraser Valley since 1986, they offer an amazing selection of gowns, shoes and attire. Pop in for a quick browse or make an appointment for a full bridal consultation.

33811 S Fraser Way, Abbotsford, BC | champagneandlace.com

 

Ivana Teahouse

After finding your dream dress, you are only a short walk away from Historic Downtown Abbotsford and Ivana Teahouse! This beautiful space is the perfect place for a quick pit stop while you explore Abbotsford. Enjoy a traditional high tea experience complete with delicious (and Instagrammable) finger sandwiches, scones and cakes.

2626 Montrose Ave, Abbotsford, BC | ivanateahouse.ca
 

Shopping in Historic Downtown

Head down to Essendene and Montrose Avenues where a beautiful shopping district awaits. Visit one of the floral shops like Confetti Floral for arrangement ideas, and check out Montrose + George General Store for a selection of cute clothing and lifestyle products. If home décor is what you’re after, you won’t want to skip Spruce Collective. Create a Pinterest worthy atmosphere at home with their collection of locally curated vintage pieces.

Essendene & Montrose Avenues | downtownabbotsford.ca
 

Local Wineries

Round out your stay in Abbotsford with a trip to the wineries in the Mt. Lehman neighbourhood and cheers to a successful day! Mt Lehman Winery and Singletree Winery both offer an intimate tasting experience and are located only 2 kilometers apart.  Enjoying a glass of wine with the stunning views of the rolling hills as a backdrop is the perfect end to your day in Abbotsford!

Mt Lehman Winery | 5094 Mt Lehman Rd, Abbotsford, BC | mtlehmanwinery.com
Singletree Winery | 5782 Mt Lehman Rd, Abbotsford, BC | singletreewinery.com
 



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Navigate your way through rooms of enchanting Christmas décor, pick-up vibrant winter greens, or escape to the country and experience what Mt. Lehman has to offer. Only a 40-minute drive from Vancouver so bundle up, and come on out to Abbotsford for the day. Better yet, make a weekend of it and enjoy all these holiday must do’s in the valley. Don’t forget to visit Santa at Highstreet while you’re in town!

Oh Christmas Tree

Nothing feels more festive than trimming a farm-fresh Christmas tree! Starting December 1st, Fir Valley Farms is welcoming everyone to come and choose their perfect pre-cut tree or, better yet, harvest one themselves.

  • Douglas Fir is a traditional choice, aromatizes with a sweet fragrance.
  • Noble Fir has excellent needle retention and stiff branches perfect for heavy ornaments.
  • Norway Spruce is whimsical, upward sweeping branches with an everlasting scent.
  • Fraser Fir has traits of a Noble Fir and Norway Spruce with excellent needle retention and an inviting aroma.
  • Grand Fir/Nordman Fir have softer needles with a robust citrus fragrance.
  • Blue Spruce is a rich dark green to powdery-blue needles.

Fir Valley Farms | 30077 Burgess Ave, Abbotsford, BC | firvalleyfarms.com
Ledgeview Tree Farm | 
36070 McKee Rd | facebook.com/Ledgeviewtreefarm

 

Visit Grandma Glenda

Celebrating its 28th year, Glenda’s Christmas Cottage is another can’t-miss destination that has become a local tradition. In fact, the parents coming today were the children who visited a generation ago. Navigate through rooms of enchanting Christmas décor, discovering rustic and classic ornaments and snow globes, that are sure to please even the hardest ones to buy for.  

Glenda’s Christmas Cottage | 4457 Mount Lehman Rd, Abbotsford, BC | glendaschristmas.com

 


Winter Greens and Florals

A destination garden centre specializing in vibrant winter greens, poinsettia arrangements, and home décor. From peaceful garden strolls to beautiful Holiday statement pieces, Tanglebank is all about Christmas cheer. Located at the same place is Brambles Bistro. Bring a friend and brunch or lunch, choosing from classic breakfast favourites infused with global flavours, or end your visit with a hot cocoa.

Tanglebank Gardens and Brambles Bistro | 29985 Downes Rd, Abbotsford, BC | tanglebank.com

 


Warm the Soul

Escape to the country and experience what Mt. Lehman has to offer this holiday season at Sojourn in the Valley on Dec. 2nd. Wander through the grounds at Tuscan Farm Gardens, sip a lavender latte, and leave with lavender-infused handcrafted soaps and body products. Enjoy the thousands of twinkling lights and unbelievable ornament selection at Glenda's

Sip and savour around the cozy fireplace at Brambles Bistro, and then visit our three local wineries. Seaside Pearl Winery and Singletree Winery will be serving mulled wine with local cheese from Mt. Lehman Cheese. Also, you can pick-up Singletree’s latest release, wine jellies to pair with charcuterie or give as hostess gift.  Mt. Lehman Winery will be playing Christmas tunes and featuring a Brawny Tawny Port tasting in the Barrel Room, accompanied by figs, local Mt. Lehman Cheese, and handmade chocolates by Chocolatas. 

Mt. Lehman Sojourn in the Country | mtlehmansojourn.com

 


Shopping Finds in Downtown Abby

In addition to hosting the Annual Winter Jubilee Christmas Festival on December 2nd, complete with pony rides, fireworks, Christmas carols, an artisan market, and a visit from Mr. and Mrs. Claus, Historic Downtown Abbotsford is also an eclectic place to shop and walk.

Shop the mix of small businesses, independent restaurants, and boutique stores to get awesome stocking stuffers and gifts. Highlights include curated vintage goods, clothing, apothecary goods, local florists, handcrafted pottery, jewelry, restored furniture, vinyl from every genre, new and used books, artisanal bakeries and cafés, and craft breweries. So. Much. To. Explore!

Historic Downtown | Essendene & Montrose Avenues | downtownabbotsford.ca
 


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Heading into the holiday season, these free pop up Christmas Markets showcase Abbotsford's best artisans from crafts to local food. 
 

The Christmas Market at the Museum 

Featuring works by some of BC's finest and most gifted artisans and crafters, The Christmas Market is open daily for five days. You will find handmade items such as quilts, cards, glass art, and woodturning. 

Nov 20th - 25th from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm | 1818 Clearbrook Rd. | Mennonite Heritage Museum

 

Maan Farms’ 3rd Christmas Market

Two back-to-back weekends with over 50 local vendors, a gift wrapping station by donation, Mama Maan's authentic eats, wine tasting with the wine expert Gaurav Maan, and delicious Country Kitchen sampling.

Nov 25th - 26th and Dec 2nd - 3rd from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm | 790 McKenzie Rd. | Maan Farms


Taste of the Market 

Lepp Farm invites you to meet the faces behind your favourite brands, with over vendors, and sample baked treats to smoked, cured and dried made right at Lepp. Get your Taste of the Market Passport stamped at each booth, and be entered to win a gift basket.

Dec 2nd from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm | 33966 Clayburn Rr. | Lepp Farm Market

 

Open Air Market at WINTER JUBILEE

Kick off the holiday season with your community at this annual tree lighting ceremony featuring an open-air marketplace full of local vendors in the heart of downtown. Bonus - live entertainment, a craft beer and wine garden, carollers, food trucks & more. 

Dec 2nd from 5:00pm to 9:00 pm | Essendene & Montrose Avenue | Downtown Abbotsford

Whether it’s attending a tree lighting, festival, or artisan market, we invite you to come and explore some timeless traditions and unwrap the holiday magic in Abbotsford. Find more seasonal events, go check out our calendar


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Abbotsford Shines Bright in the Valley

It's the most wonderful time of year and Abbotsford is celebrating with festive holiday shows, family-friendly festivals, dazzling tree lightings, and artisan events. Only a 40-minute drive from Vancouver, bundle up, grab a hot chocolate and come on out for the day. Better yet, make a weekend of it and spend the night!

Start the season at the 10th West Coast Christmas Show and Artisan Marketplace.

10th West Coast Christmas Show and Artisan Marketplace

From November 17th to 19th, the annual West Coast Christmas Show & Marketplace returns to Tradex. Unique gifts include everything from doll clothing, wooden toys, teepee play tents, hand-painted silk scarves, upcycled table décor, and beard balm to craft spirits, artisan fudge, candy, doll furniture, personalized ornaments, ugly Christmas sweaters, and reclaimed wood furniture.

  • 200+ Vendors to shop
  • Festival of Trees
  • Seasonal home décor and poinsettia baskets
  • Carving workshop
  • Breakfast with Santa & Santa’s Workshop and Elf Activity Area
  • Sounds of the holidays with live music
  • Culinary and wine presentations

Fraser Valley Tradex | 1190 Cornell St | www.westcoastchristmasshow.com
 

Abby’s First Christmas tree lighting of the season at Highstreet Shopping Centre.

Hightstreet’s Tree Lighting & Holiday Show

On November 18th at 5:00 pm, Highstreet hosts its annual Holiday Show and Tree Lighting. Every Saturday afterwards, from November 18th to December 16th, shoppers can enjoy a 30-minute show featuring a multi-media light display set to musical favourites, and photos with Santa every single day. Visit Highstreet’s oversized Holiday Gift Box, complete with a private experience allowing each family to have an intimate photo snap with Santa (and you can book online!)

  • Santa’s arrival and the lighting of a 65-foot Christmas tree
  • Meeting Rudolf, Frosty, and Spandy Andy the dancing elf
  • A 40-piece marching band, holiday dancers, and stilt walkers
  • A guaranteed snowfall

Highstreet | 3122 Mount Lehman Rd | www.highstreetfv.com
 



From the west side to the east, experience Winter Jubilee.

28th Winter Jubilee in Historic Downtown

On December 2nd, from 5:00 - 9:00 pm, Abby takes it ‘old school’ and celebrates its second tree lighting and evening marketplace in Historic Downtown. Local vibes include fresh eats, on-site craft beer and wine, over 30 local vendors, and many of Abby’s best-known retail shops. Admission is free and all ages are welcome!

  • The arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus
  • Live entertainment
  • Craft beer and wine garden
  • Photos with Santa
  • An open-air Artisan marketplace
  • Festive fireworks display

Historic Downtown Abbotsford | Montrose & Essendene Ave | www.downtownabbotsford.ca 


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3 Craft Breweries to visit this Fall

Reputable breweries all over BC are pumping out liquid gold, but it’s the smaller towns where you’ll find the diamonds. These hidden gems in Abbotsford are crafting memorable, multi-dimensional beers and we asked the brewmasters what they'd recommend you try!

Make a day out of your valley visit - designate a driver and be prepared to come home with a trunk full of growlers!


FIELD HOUSE BREWING co. 

Field House is all about the vibes, marrying good beer and fun times. Brews are carefully-crafted and you have ten taps to choose from. They also offer craft cider, local wine, local Kombucha on tap, and cold-pressed juice. Walk into a tasting room stirring nostalgia as you inhale the fragrant wood-burning fireplace, a community table, and a growler-fill station -- guests walk away with more friends than what they came in with.

Their Canteen takes it beyond farm-to-plate with the Field House crew, actually, growing and harvesting their own produce. Everything is made on site with a seasonal menu consisting of the favourite 'Faspa Board', flatbread pizza, tacos, and comfort classics like Grilled Cheese, Mac ‘N Cheese, and soups. 


 

WHAT TO TRY

Fresh Hop Sartori Sour IPA
The team’s own hands harvested these Columbia Hop Cones straight from the Sartori Hop Ranch in Columbia Valley, and met the Sour Red IPA, infusing fresh earthy flavours. fruity melon, and tangy citrus, nestled in a tart IPA.

Field Saison
One of Field House’s originals, inspired by the fields and seasons of the Fraser Valley –the saison is a floral and sessionable Belgian-style Table Beer with hints of pepper, citrus, and clove.

Wild Riesling Ale, Beer and Wine Hybrid
West Coast Riesling grapes are smashed into a tart Farmhouse and aged on wild yeast with traditionally used Elderflower and Sweet Woodruff, yielding an eccentric slant on the time-rooted German Mai Wine.
 



RAVENS BREWING COMPANY

Located minutes off the highway, the bright and airy tasting room welcomes you. With communal tables and bar seating, there are plenty of seating options around to enjoy your beer. Ravens creates approachable beers, while honouring the ingredients that make it great, and collaborates with local businesses to develop their products -- from hops, strawberry, and raspberry farmers to coffee and bake shops and chocolatiers.

Choose from seven beers on tap and four core beers -- English Dark Mild, West Coast Pale Ale which uses Abbotsford-grown hops, India Pale Ale (IPA), and Sumas Mountain Lager. Rotating seasonal offerings and one-off experimental releases range from a Dry Irish Stout to a Rhubarb Strawberry Sour.

What to Try

Dry Irish Stout
Where dark-roasted flavours dominate. A well-balanced stout with hints of a crisp bitterness, espresso, and chocolate. Pair your beer with samosas from a local restaurant or fresh popcorn from Ravens’ tabletop popcorn machine.

Sunset Wheat Ale
A balance of citrus, hops, and clove, the Sunset Wheat Ale is a sweet addition to Raven’s flight line-up. Best served on its own or paired with seafood.

IPA
This India Pale Ale is brewed with the sole purpose of celebrating the hops. Tropical fruit, citrus, and pine are at the forefront as the aromas and flavours balance a firm bitterness with light body.
 

OLD ABBEY ALES

Old Abbey Ales has up to 25 beers on tap! The spacious, industrial-style tasting room offers Belgian-style ale styles with a Belgian Tripel, Tripel IPA, and Quad. The Innovation Series includes selections such as Dank Tank Double IPA, Portrait Thief Amber Ale, and Old Abbey Ales’ signature Sour Raspberry.

Old Abbey Ales also supports buying local by incorporating fresh and local ingredients including berries and hops from Abby farms. Pair with Old Abbey Ales’ brewery-made charcuterie board, hummus and crackers, nachos, tandoori chicken bites, and mini pizzas. You can also order a glass of red or white wine, even French-pressed coffee.
 

What to Try

Coastal IPA
Rusty, orange colour with aromas of orange zest and pepper. The flavour is a blend of caramel and honey, offset by bitter citrus fruit, creating a sessionable IPA.

Sour Raspberry
The perfect balance of ripe, red raspberry, and sour tang. Juicy, fresh fruit, and lactic sourness harmonize to create a crisp and refreshing beer.

Purple Draank
Blueberry flavours dominate this fruity sour with just a hint of raspberry.
 


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Abby Hops - From Farm to Brewery

The fields in Sumas Prairie are budding with rows of vibrant, green hops to accommodate an exploding craft beer industry. Before the craft beer scene, decades ago, hop fields covered the Fraser Valley, but due to low demand, the hop crops were replaced. 

Today, they have come back full circle and are even celebrated at festivals like BC Hop Fest. Abbotsford’s climate with fertile soil and gentle breezes makes it one of the best hop-growing environments in the Pacific Northwest. See this short clip on how hops are harvested, right in time for the BC Hop Festival.
 

The Hop History

From 1902-1950, the BC Hop Co. operated over 300 acres of hop yards in the Fraser Valley. This rich history was what prompted a conversation between brewery owner, Paul Sweeting of Ravens Brewing Company, and local entrepreneurs Dwayne and Diane Stewart in 2014. Sweeting was looking for a place to grow hops, for his upcoming craft brewery which opened in 2015, and Stewart was looking for a way to generate new revenue for his family farm.

The first hop yards were installed in spring of 2015 and a modernized BC Hop Company was born. The entire processing plant was completed just in time for harvest in 2016. In collaboration with partner farmers, BC Hop Co. harvests and processes Cascade, Centennial, Chinook, Cashmere and, the newly released –Lumberjack -- varieties.

“We recognized, early in our business development, that quality was fundamental to everything we would be doing. BC brewmasters are discriminating and demand the highest quality for the ingredients they use in their beer. We have been working hard with the amazing BC brewer community to bring more high quality BC-grown hops to every beer in BC, while helping to preserve family farms," states Dwayne Stewart, Owner of BC Hop Co. and founder of the BC Hop Festival.

Ravens Brewing Company is now using Abbotsford-grown and harvested hops! One of the first beers ever produced was Ravens’ West Coast Pale Ale, creating a strong, malty beer before adding a generous amount of Centennial and Cascade hops.  This hop-forward approach showcases some of the best hops that Abby has to offer.

“Raven’s Brewing is founded on creating approachable beers for our community while honouring the ingredients that make great beer. We celebrate Abbotsford whether it’s our Heritage Series with branded labels sharing Abby’s heritage or working with community partners to develop our products, from hop, strawberry, and raspberry farmers to coffee and bake shops and chocolatiers,” says owner, Paul Sweeting.

Examples include the Raspberry Hefeweizen, Coffee IPA showcasing BC-roasted coffee in a strong India Pale Ale, and a Hot Chocolate Porter featuring cocoa nibs sourced from ChocolaTas.

While Abby has always been proud of being a strong agricultural hub and sharing farm-to-table stories, it’s clear that our farm-to-brewery movement is just getting started.
 

Photo Credit for photos 1 - 4 to BC Hop Co. 


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