WELCOME TO HOP FEDERATION!

We’re a small craft brewery with a sense of adventure and a passion for making stylish beers with substance. Located in Riwaka, in the idyllic Top of the South, we’re surrounded by hop growers and orchards, and a stone’s throw from beaches, national parks and lots of great recreation destinations. We opened our doors in 2013 so we’re relatively youthful, but we’re seriously dedicated to the art and craft of brewing. 

We use mostly New Zealand hop varieties, our malts come from Gladfield maltings in Canterbury, and we think our beers capture the spirit and lifestyle of this special region.

Simon and Nicki Nicholas

Our core range

Golden

Refreshingly simple, with a gentle bitterness and a clean finish. Simple, refreshing and inviting, with understated hop flavours, it’s sunny style perfectly reflects the origins of its New Zealand-bred hops

Pale Ale

A fresh, crisp, light-coloured ale with a subtle sweetness and distinct hoppy flavour. Tropical aromas carry through to the palate, where they combine with hints of grapefruit and pine, culminating in a clean finish with staying power. 

American Brown Ale

A lighter-style dark beer that greets you with aromas of chocolate and coffee, and follows through with a full malty flavour.  With an edge of dark-cocoa bitterness and a hint of cherries, it reveals a surprising blend of richness, warmth and a light to medium body.

Red IPA

Our signature beer, which has an exuberant blend of colour, flavours and aromas, in a confident mahogany brew. Passion fruit on the nose transitions to an unexpected combination of berries, tart ruby grapefruit and toasty malt, rounded off with a satisfying, sustained finish.