Sprig and Fern trifecta fresh hop hazy

Fresh Hop Watch 2022 is finally underway, and I just found my first packaged release.  This hazy pale (5.5 per cent ABV) features a combo of fresh hops — Pacifica, Taiheke and Motueka — from growers Kentishman Hops and Mac Hops.  Profoundly pithy citrus and crushed green herbs in the aroma, with a leafy herbaceous note creeping in on the palate.  The ultra-low bitterness really exposes all the quirky green notes that define a fresh hop.  May have fared better without the hazy treatment IMO, but still a nice warmup to tasting the season.

Diary of a Hop Farmer: Surviving winter

In the second part of his Diary of a Hop Farmer, Josh Lewis details how life plays out on a hop farm during winter.

Monkfish New venture for Hargreaves

If you’re a craft beer fan in Wellington there’s a high chance you’ve been handed a pint by Dan Hargreaves.

What not to say at a beer festival

So you’re going to a beer festival and are worried about saying the wrong thing. Don’t be!

Brothers Beer Welcome to Cryoville IPA

The can art of Brothers Beer Welcome to Cryoville, a Cryo Hop Hazy IPA, is giving off big Sims energy… does anyone still play The Sims?

Dusty’s Beers of Instagram

Instagrammer Dusty trains his lens on a selection of different IPAs, from cold, to red, to black to hazy.

Trans-Tasman Blind Date Beers

Like any good business idea, the concept of a Tinder-style hook-up of trans-Tasman brewers for a special box of beer came from being stymied on another project.