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New Zealand’s unique hop cultivars are in huge demand from brewers and beer aficionados around the world, turning what was essentially a cottage industry enterprise supplying mostly local brewers three or more decades ago, into a significant and rapidly growing international export industry of today.
This year two presentations reveal the journey of hops from first planting and harvesting all the way to the glass, offering something for everyone – from gardeners and horticulturalists to home brewers, as well as to enthusiastic beer drinkers.
Ron Beatson is a Plant & Food Research scientist who heads New Zealand’s hop research programme based near Motueka. He has been a key driver in the development of the new cultivars that have underpinned the industry’s success, those cultivars bringing the heady aroma and punchy taste that now has them described as some of the leading ‘rock stars’ of the international craft-brewing scene. Geoff Griggs is a highly respected beer writer, judge, taster and reviewer, who regularly takes part in the most prestigious beer events around the world.
You’ll learn about the ideal soil and climate conditions for hop cultivation and about the history of the New Zealand hop industry, as well as viewing samples of the hops that have made it so successful, helping you understand their unique flavour characteristics and how those qualities are represented in different beers. Just as important, you’ll also get a chance to sample the evidence in the glass, with a tasting of different beer styles, including from Marlborough’s best-known brewers. Garden Marlborough is very fortunate to be able to secure these busy industry experts, and we look forward to Ron and Geoff sharing their wealth of experience.