April and May have just flown by and winter is now knocking at the door so lets take a look at what we have been up to.

#ChampionLager - New World Beer and Cider Awards

New World HO confirmed our Gold and Champion status back in March of this year so it is great to finally tell everyone across New Zealand what we have won. Being named overall Champion Lager in the coveted awards and having the only Gold awarded to us in this category has meant so much to us. We really love our business and the beers that we have perfected over the past five years so to be told that out of the 50 entries you are the best that New Zealand has to offer is a great achievement and testament to Simon tweaking his recipes to make the best beer possible.

We really do hope you are enjoying our beers as much as we love making them. Available in all New World stores across NZ until June 28th

Stout 5.5% - Released June 2018

The newest beer in our core range is to be launched on June 1. Replacing the American Brown Ale the newest beer on the block is a dark full-bodied beer that greets you with aromas of coffee and dark chocolate and follows through with hints of vanilla, cherries and a touch of cigar. The finish reveals a surprising blend of richness and warmth with a silky smooth mouthfeel. The 500ml bottles will be available via the Riwaka tasting room from mid June and good liquor outlets and supermarkets across NZ from July.

Currently the beer is only available in kegs, so please keep an eye out for this sumptuous winter warmer in a bar or restaurant near you.

American Pale Ale 6.0%

This popular summer seasonal beer is currently undergoing some tweaks. Tested on the local Riwaka, Motueka and Nelson market the recipe is going through some final changes so that we can launch this beer in to a 330ml bottle in September. Please swing by the tasting room in Riwaka and grab a rigger and let us know what you think. Your feedback is very much welcomed.

Online Store - 

We are often asked how you can buy the freshest beer from us. Our answer has always (until now-ish) been to swing by the tasting room and get a rigger from the tank.  But sometimes that just isn’t practical at all. So after five years and lots of talking we will be launching our online store in July. From here you will be able to order merchandise, riggers of your favourite brews and get your hands on some awesome one offs - never to be repeated - seasonal beers. There is a little bit of work required to get this up and running but as soon as it is live we will let you know.

Newbie At Hop Federation

As many will know Simon and I are very involved in the day to day running of the business but we certainly don’t run the business alone. Over the past few years there has been several employees working alongside us in various positions and on various contracts. But now we can confidently say that there are three full time permanent employees working alongside us to bring you the best tasting beer each and every day. The newest team member to join the team us on a permanent basis is Dean Hunter who joins the team as Assistant Brewer. Dean is a huge asset to the team and has been with Hop Federation for almost 2years on a part time basis. 

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