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Our hop grower and beer brewer on the new era of Hop Federation Craft Beers.

First Beer Dylan: My first beer, I wouldn’t remember the name, when I was younger my father would let me have a quiet sip of beer when we went to watch the rugby games on TV at the local watering grounds (Tapawera Hotel). I would assume it would have been…

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Announcement: The new era of Hop Federation.

This new chapter in the Hop Federation story is such an exciting one for everyone involved. The past seven years have been a labour of love for Nicki and I, so when we decided to sell the business 18 months ago we sought a company that is locally owned, has similar values and has the same drive to grow the business. Kono was the perfect fit.
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330ml Cans – Released

The time has come to say goodbye to the 330ml bottle range and hello to the 330ml can range. Having made the decision a few months back to move in to cans we are delighted to be able to launch them before our busy summer ahead. Many people have asked…

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Haze Phase Series

Creating the Haze Phase Series has allowed us to play with some new and exciting hop varieties and hop blends from NZ Hops and the new kids on the block Freestyle Hops. These new hops and blends are being trialled in smaller batches so that we can see how they…

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Our Online Shop Goes LIVE!

Our online shop went live last week and so far we have had a great response to the site. It has definitely been a work in progress and we are so pleased to be able to offer our beers and in particular the seasonal, experimental and one off creations that…

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New Trial Hops = Exciting New Beers…………

The team at Freestyle Farms are creating some new and exciting hop blends and we have been fortunate enough to get our hands on some. The first batch of blended hops is The Bruce. Named after the founder of Eggers Hop Farm,  Bruce Eggers. Using early Nelson Sauvin, early Motueka,…

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Extraordinary Abel Tasman

Many of you know why we live and work in this beautiful region. But just in case you needed reminding then check out this amazing video showcasing the best of this beautiful region. Spring, Summer, Autumn or Winter this region has so much to offer. Get amongst it now.

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Fresh Riwaka hops are a go

This time of year has to be one of the most favourite times of year for all our team and customers alike. The aroma of Fresh Hops straight off the bines is incredible. Simon was fortunate enough to get along to our mates at Mac Hops and grab his hops…

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Busy Brewers

As a small independent brewery there is rarely a quiet day! And this week is no exception. The boys have been busy brewing, bottling and delivering our delicious beers all over the region. We have even roped in the youngest member of the team to give us a hand setting…

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It’s Gold Again……..

Last night at the auspicious Brewers Guild of NZ 2018 awards, we were awarded GOLD again for our delicious Lager. It’s great to be recognised for the hard work that goes in to making what is seemingly a simple beer. But with small batch brewing consistency is never as easy…

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Lemon, Lime & Glitter

Ever thought that Glitter would taste good in a beer? Well wonder no more and grab a taste of this crazy, sparkly beer at this weekend’s Beervana Festival in Wellington. This subtle lemon sour promises great flavours and a little pizazz.

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It’s Gold for Lager

In the coveted New World Beer and Cider Awards 2018 our Lager was awarded both a Gold Medal and was named overall Champion Lager.  As a relatively young and smaller brewery we are absolutely stoked to have gone up against some of the bigger names and won. We use local…

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