We're ready for our close up now - well, our first blog in a while anyway! Thanks for joining us. Each month we'll tell you what's coming up - and bring you all the back stage details of what we got up to in the previous month. You can expect info on our latest brews, availability of our beers, upcoming events, new products and the occasional hilarious photo of our Head Brewer Simon getting up to no good (keep scrolling). So without further ado...here's what we got up to in April, and what we've got planned for the rest of May.

April at Hop Federation

It's fair to say that we spent most of April drinking Fresh Hopped IPA, in as many places as possible. We launched it at the Freehouse in Nelson and the place was packed out - so thank you! We also had a blast at BinFortyFour in Wellington for #Hopstock2017 - thanks to everyone who came along - and thanks to the guys at Fork and Brewer for making sure Simon got home safe.

Brewing in May

We've brewed a fresh batch of Coffee Stout for May, as well as some more NZIPA to keep you all stocked up! Coffee Stout will be back on in the shop shortly. We've also collaborated with our friends at Choice Bros to bring you a hoppy session ale called 420.  Made with Southern Cross, Cascade and Liberty hops, this beer comes in at 4% and will be available to drink from next week. If you're lucky, you can grab some from the brewery shop in Riwaka. It's strictly limited, so be quick!

GABS, Auckland - June 16th - 17th

We're getting super excited for GABS Auckland on June 16th. We're launching something VERY exciting - and we'll be doing lots of giveaways throughout the day. Ya coming?! Head over to Facebook and let us know, and be in with the chance of winning a Hop Federation t-shirt to wear to the event.

Good Beer Week, Melbourne - May 12th - 21st

As you read this, we're packing our suitcases and preparing to head off to Melbourne for Good Beer Week. We're stoked to be taking part in some super cool events for the festival - including brewer speed dating at Foresters on May 17th. We've also sent over  a truckload of our beer, including Red IPA, Pilsner, NZIPA, Pale Ale, Lager and Kölsch.

Beer and burgers

We're so excited to be bringing our beers to Nelsons newest burger joint. Located on Trafalgar Street at the old ANZ bank site, Burger Culture will be serving freshly made burgers, donuts and our beers! You'll be able to enjoy a fresh pour of all your favourite Hop Federation beers  and our full bottled range. Keep an eye on our Facebook page as we'll be giving away lots of tickets to the opening night!

That's about all for now. Just a reminder to pop by and say hello if you're passing through Riwaka. The brewery shop is open every day from 11am to 6pm, and you can pick up freshly filled riggers, gift packs....and rumour has it we'll be restocking our merchandise shelves with t-shirts and maybe the odd hat and hoodie!

Until next month,




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