FRESH HOP – Epic Fresh Hop 14 Ale

Tomorrow is the big launch day for the Auckland Brewers Fresh Hop Beers. #freshhop14

I will be at The Lumsden Freehouse from 5pm Thursday 24th April for the launch of the Epic Fresh Hop 14 Ale. The Lumsden Freehouse will also have on a keg of each of the 12 different Fresh Hop beers. This will be a good place to start your adventure into Fresh Hopped beers.

Each brewery made a different sized batch so they will all last varying amounts of time. Unfortunately Epic only made 8 kegs so I don’t imagine it lasting long. All the beers used Waimea hops, so they should all have a similar hop character. That will be interesting as there are many different styles of beer, but the same hop variety.

Here is a fun video, which has footage from the brew day. Not sure if I could have said the word “hops” any more times.

Below is a list of the bars and the breweries beers they will have on. Best you get out and try them all as quickly as you can as they are best fresh, and won’t last long.

 

Andrew AndrewEpic Beer
The Block CaféBen Middlemiss Brewing
Brew On QuayEpic Beer
Brothers BreweryBrothers Brewery
Conch Kitchen & BarHallertau Brewery/ Liberty Brewing Company Collab
The CrownThe Little Empire Brewery
Deep Creek Brewing Co.Deep Creek Brewing Co.
Coast- Bites and BrewsDeep Creek Brewing Co.
Didas Wine & Tapas LoungeGalbraith’s Alehouse
Freida Margolis8 Wired Brewing
Galbraith’s AlehouseGalbraith’s Alehouse
The Golden DawnHallertau Brewery/ Liberty Brewing Company Collab
Hallertau BreweryHallertau Brewery/ Liberty Brewing Company Collab
The Lumsden FreehouseEpic Beer
Malt BarHallertau Brewery/ Liberty Brewing Company Collab
No.1 Queen St Café & BarLaughing Bones Brewing
No.1 Queen St Café & BarBen Middlemiss Brewing
Parnell Bar & GrillEpic Beer
The Shakespeare Hotel and BreweryShakespeare Brewery/ Bach Brewing Collab
Sky Sport GrillBen Middlemiss Brewing
Sky Sport GrillLaughing Bones Brewing
Szimpla Gastro BarBen Middlemiss Brewing
Tahi Bar8 Wired Brewing
Three Lamps Bar & EateryShakespeare Brewery/ Bach Brewing Collab
Three Lamps Bar & Eatery8 Wired Brewing
Vultures’ Lane Craft BarBehemoth Brewing Company
Vultures’ Lane Craft BarLaughing Bones Brewing
Wild on WaihekeWaiheke Brewery
You can also fill your own at the following.
Fill Your Own Growler Stations (Variety of Brews from above)
Liquorland Newmarket
Liquorland Howick
Glengarry Victoria Park
Glengarry Jervois Rd
Glengarry Grey Lynn
Glengarry Kingsland

Home Grown Hops

 

FRESH HOP – Brew Day #freshhopnz14

Friday the Fresh Hops from New Zealand Hops were delivered to Steam Brewing Company, for the 12 Auckland Breweries who are part of the #freshhopnz14 mini festival. I’m told there are now 24 craft beer bars around Auckland participating. Launch day is 24th April.

Since I was in Christchurch for the weekend for the Great Kiwi Beer Festival I was unable to brew my Fresh Hop beer till today.

2014-03-31 12.26.22Due to the size of the brewhouse at Steam Brewing (10,000 litres), we worked out a way to brew a fresh hop beer on a smaller scale. We were brewing a batch of Epic Pale Ale and we diverted 1000 litres to the mixing tank (this tank is used for mixing soft drinks and juices at Steam Brewing).

 

 

 

 

 

 

freshhops14 This is me next to the 40kg of fresh Waimea hops.

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Fresh Hops in Mixing Tank #freshhopnz14 It was alot of Fresh Hops, 40kg is a large volume. We then pumped in nearly 1000 litres of Epic Pale Ale wort from the Whirlpool. (sorry no photos as it was just all steam)

We ran the mixing paddles.

We also recirculated the wort and hops.

It was a matter of making sure we got maximum contact.

At the same time I didn’t want the contact to be for too long as I want to retain the volatile aromas from the hops.

 

 

 

 

 

Hop Grant

Once it was fully mixed we hooked up the wort grant, and started transferring to the yeast propagation tank. The propagation tank is 600 litres and was around the size I thought would be good for this special fresh hop beer.

The grant was used so we could minimize the amount of hops going into the fermenter. (it has a fine mesh basket, that the liquid wort can go through, but not the hop flowers).

Once we had filled the fermenter, we ran out the remaining liquid and a bunch of hops.

We have to leave the hops overnight so that the maximum amount of liquid from the hops could come out before digging out the spent hop flowers.

Fingers crossed this is going to taste good. It smelled amazing while brewing.

Now I just need a witty name for the beer….

 

 

 

 

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BUSY – Brewing, Tap Takeover, Beer Fest, Brewing

Where to even start. There is so much going on in the next few days. Brewing a Black IPA, a Midweek Tap Takeover, Beer Festival in Christchurch, and a Fresh Hop beer.

HOP HARVEST – FRESH HOPS
Tues 25th – Fresh Hops – today the hops for the Auckland brewers were harvested in Wakefield, just outside Nelson. These fresh Waimea hops are being cooled down over night tonight. Tomorrow (Wed 26th) they will be packed up and put in a refrigerated truck and shipped overnight to Auckland. They are due for delivery at Steam Brewing Company on Friday 28th. #freshhopnz14 (brewing the beer on Monday 31st)

BREWING
Wed 26th – Black IPA – tomorrow I’m in the brewery, brewing a Black IPA – Apocalypse. It has been 4 years (I think, pretty sure) since I first brewed this. I wasn’t totally happy with it at the time, but since then have drunk many Black IPA’s from around the world (mostly US brewed), and feel I have a better idea now of what I want to achieve. So lets see how this new recipe goes.

RepocalypseLast year I brewed a special one-off batch of a trial recipe for this at the Fork & Brewer which we called Repocalypse. It was only available for a very limited time in Wellington.

Radio NZ Interview – 10:45-12pm
I’m due to do a radio interview about the Great Kiwi Beer Festival, from the brewery which can be a bit noisy.

 

MINI MIDWEEK TAP TAKEOVER
Wed 26th – Tap Takeover at Vultures Lane
Since we did the official launch on Friday, we thought we would kick it up a level for the first keg of Epic Mosaic we are putting on tap at Vultures. A list of the beers and if you want you can RSVP here too. After a beer or two we will have some chillis available to try, be cool if I can get some more #hotchillidance video.

TASTING THURSDAY
Thurs 27th – Christchurch
Heading to Christchurch to visit a few craft beer bars that stock Epic beers. Still to decide which one would be good to do a review at lunchtime. Hoping Craig from BeerNZ can give some good advice on this, since it has been a while since I’ve been in CHCH. Pomeroy’s meeting about the Beer and Food matchings for the Epic Beer Dinner in June. Therefore most likely at Poms at the end of the day if you want to catch up for a beer.

PRE-BEER FESTIVAL
Fri 28th – Hagley Park
Setup for the Great Kiwi Beer Festival. Making sure the beer has turned up and is in the chiller. Getting the banners and beer systems setup on our Epic/Stone stand. Maybe a beer later in the day. @StoneGreg may make an appearance at beer o’clock, but not promising anything. (sshhh keep an eye on the tweeters)

GREAT KIWI BEER FESTIVAL
Sat 29th – Hagley Park
Fingers cross we are ready, have enough staff, enough beer and enough ice to serve a crowd of 14,000 beer festival patrons. Both myself and Greg Koch from Stone Brewing Co. will be on the stand most of the day. We will be making an appearance in the VIP area at some point in the day too. Beer on our stand is listed in this post. Definitely some great beers available. Stop by and say hi. Also a chance to try the Culley’s Carolina Reaper hot sauce with some Epic Carolina Amber Ale. #hotchillidance

TRAVEL DAY
Sun 30th – Home
Travel back to Auckland. Maybe having a beer with a certain person from San Diego.

BREWING FRESH HOP BEER

Fresh HopsMon 31st – Fresh Hop Beer – Excited and nervous about brewing a Fresh Beer for the Beervana Mini Festival – #freshhopnz14 . Nervous because I haven’t brewed a fresh hop beer in this brewery, and still need to work through the details of how this is going to work logistically.

Fresh Hops take up 5 times the volume compared to dry hops. I hope the tank we plan on using can hold all the hops I ordered, and that the hops don’t suck up too much of the beer.

(It’s 10 years since I made my first fresh hopped beer.)

 

And this will bring me to the end of March. I am excited to let you know what April has in store.

P.S. Here is another video I have which shows the #hotchillidance Turn the sounds down as the language could be a bit rough for young viewers.

24 HOURS IN THE HOP FIELDS (Part 1) – #freshhopnz14

Monday was a super early start, flying to Nelson. Out to NZ Hops. Lunch a the Moutere Inn. Hop farm visit (huge thanks to Peter for taking time out of his day during harvest to show us around the hop gardens, the kiln, and of course his brewery and the sampling of his beers). Checked out Liquid Alchemy (everyone seemed to really enjoy the Gin, and great to see what Fritz and Maria are up to),  then some beers and dinner at The Free House. With so many photos, I thought it would be easier to upload a small gallery, than write about each moment of the day. (another gallery will be uploaded as part two, which will include the non-hop related photos). (videos to follow also)

This photo, and this link gives you a list of the brewers involved in the Auckland brewers Beervana Fresh Hop mini festival. Beers will be brewed in the next week, and the launch date for the festival is 24th April
#freshhopnz14 Auckland brewers

Thought it would be fun to include this video below. Kelly Ryan and myself actually visited Peter and his hop gardens in 2011 during the NZ Craft Beer TV filming. It was awesome to see how much the gardens have grown with new plantings.

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BEERVANA – Fresh Hop 2014

Today a bit of time was spent on planning the coming, I guess you could call it mini festival for Fresh Hops. David Cryer organizer/owner of Beervana is putting together an event which involves all the Auckland craft breweries.

What’s it all about? Fresh Hops. Hops that haven’t been dried or processed in any way.

Hop Flower
“So what”, you might say. Well Fresh Hops straight off the bine are way more aromatic. So making a beer with these hops means you have a way more aromatic beer. Yummy.

To make this even cooler a group of the Auckland brewers involved with this are heading down to Nelson next Monday, 10th March. We are going to be visiting NZ Hops who will explain how the hops will be harvested and then packed for shipping to Auckland overnight. Then we will head out to the hop fields where the hops we will be using are growing. Here we will be able to talk with the farmer and pick, rub and smell them. (oh yeah, we are going to capture this on video so you can follow along on the journey too).

 

 

 

 

 

Hop Cones
A week later, after harvest we will all be brewing with our fresh hops, to all make a unique beer using freshly picked Waimea hops. The only thing in common all these beers will have is the same hop variety.

Since many of the other details are being finalised I’ll finish it at that. Other than saying if you are in Auckland pencil out the evening of the 24th April.

#freshhopnz14