Now is the time to review your hop requirements

Posted on Sep 3, 2020
Now is the time to review your hop requirements

It’s been a rough year for our industry, with many breweries impacted by the unique challenges surrounding COVID-19. As the hop growers in the northern hemisphere enter the throes of hop harvest, the hop growers in the southern hemisphere are seeing their plants emerge from winter dormancy and starting to organise their stringing and training […]

We now supply New Zealand varieties grown by Clayton Hops

Posted on Jul 14, 2020
We now supply New Zealand varieties grown by Clayton Hops

As the specialist hop supplier in Australia, we’re always looking to grow our portfolio to offer our customers even greater choice and diversity. For years we’ve been aware of the opportunity on our doorstep, but our commitment to provide quality hops backed by supply surety meant we needed to wait for the right conditions to […]

How to secure your future hop supply

Posted on Jul 2, 2020
How to secure your future hop supply

The past five years represent an unprecedented time in the hop industry’s history with demand growing more quickly than growers can accommodate. But the fundamentals of the market have not changed just because everyone is drinking craft beer. Hop growers are still as sensitive to over supply as they ever were, particularly with the recent […]

Stop the import of damaging pests and diseases that could devastate the Australian hop industry

Posted on Jun 30, 2020
Stop the import of damaging pests and diseases that could devastate the Australian hop industry

The Australian hop industry is fortunate to be free from many damaging pests and diseases that affect hop production overseas. Protecting this enviable status should be an absolute priority since their import could cost growers millions in lost production, unacceptable brewing quality, control and containment programs. While federal, state and territory governments are responsible for […]

Hop storage techniques that preserve impact in beer

Posted on Jun 2, 2020
Hop storage techniques that preserve impact in beer

We recently collaborated with the Independent Brewers Association (IBA) to create a guide to interpreting hop Certificates of Analysis (CoA). A CoA describes the hops at the time of packaging. To preserve their impact in beer, we seal our hops in oxygen barrier laminated foils that have been back-flushed with carbon dioxide. But the degradation […]

Using hop analyses to optimise the brewing process

Posted on May 21, 2020
Using hop analyses to optimise the brewing process

They say there’s no such thing as a bad beer, but some do taste better than others. We take pride in our hops, and the beers our customers create with them. That’s why quality management is so important to us. We have a range of quality management procedures in place to ensure our farms and […]

2020 Crop Report: HPA record a 5.5% increase in production volume

Posted on Apr 30, 2020
2020 Crop Report: HPA record a 5.5% increase in production volume

After more than a month of cutting, picking, drying, pressing, pelletising and packaging, the numbers are in. HPA harvested 631 hectares across our three farms in 2020, which resulted in a production volume of 1,554 metric tonnes. This was a 42 hectare (7.1%), 81 metric tonne (5.5%) increase year-on-year across six proprietary varieties – Ella™, […]

Even COVID-19 couldn’t stop us from completing harvest

Posted on Apr 9, 2020
Even COVID-19 couldn’t stop us from completing harvest

After more than a month of cutting, picking, drying, pressing, pelletising and packaging, we’re pleased to report that we’ve successfully completed hop harvest, and the early results are looking good. We experienced the normal range of variation on forecast yield, which means we’ll be able to meet our contractual obligations across all varieties. At this […]

We are the flavour makers

Posted on Mar 2, 2020
We are the flavour makers

Our Hop Breeding Program began way back in the 1950s when we were all about growing bittering hops. Our primary focus was improving our alpha acid yield until the beginning of the craft beer movement rolled around. As beer drinkers began to move away from malt, bitterness and alcohol content toward flavour, aroma and diversity, […]

Barth Haas January 2020 Hop Science Report

Posted on Feb 18, 2020
Barth Haas January 2020 Hop Science Report

The latest instalment of the Hop Science newsletter has arrived from Dr. Christina Schoenberger of the Barth-Haas Group. With each, we gain an insight into the latest science, innovations and discoveries from research conducted worldwide. See the January 2020 report summary below. For a number of years, we have known that fruity thiols derived from […]

Biosecurity is everybody’s business

Posted on Feb 13, 2020
Biosecurity is everybody’s business

Biosecurity plays a critical role in the Australian hop industry. It keeps our hops free from the world’s most damaging pests and diseases. Managing biosecurity is the shared responsibility of our staff and every visitor to our farms, as people can unintentionally carry pests, diseases and weeds without even realising. To limit the risk of […]

Sustainable string theory

Posted on Jan 31, 2020
Sustainable string theory

More than 3 million strings were deployed to support crop 2019. If they were laid end-to-end they would stretch more than 20,285km, which is roughly half the Earth’s circumference. This sheer quantity means sourcing sustainable strings is becoming more and more important, particularly as our Victorian expansion progresses and the new plantings begin to mature. […]

Barth Haas December 2019 Hop Science Report

Posted on Jan 8, 2020
Barth Haas December 2019 Hop Science Report

The latest instalment of the Hop Science newsletter has arrived from Dr. Christina Schoenberger of the Barth-Haas Group. With each, we gain an insight into the latest science, innovations and discoveries from research conducted worldwide. See the December 2019 report summary below. Drinking a beer a day has the potential to improve cognitive function. At […]

New boots on the ground

Posted on Dec 2, 2019
New boots on the ground

We’re excited to announce that our sales team has new boots on the ground in VIC and WA. Phil Rutjens is our new Sales Rep for VIC and SA, and Brad Nolen is our new Sales Rep for WA and NT. (Back Row, L-R: Michael Capaldo, Owen Johnston, Phil Rutjens, Brad Nolen; Front Row, L-R: […]

Responsible service of water

Posted on Nov 20, 2019
Responsible service of water

Our farms are more than fields, poles, strings and hops. They are our communities, customers and employees future. As the largest hop grower in Australia it’s important for us to consider the economic, environmental and social impact of every decision we make, which is why we are working toward a sustainability strategy that complies with […]

Barth Haas October 2019 Hop Science Report

Posted on Nov 12, 2019
Barth Haas October 2019 Hop Science Report

The latest instalment of the Hop Science newsletter has arrived from Dr. Christina Schoenberger of the Barth-Haas Group. With each, we gain an insight into the latest science, innovations and discoveries from research conducted worldwide. See the October 2019 report summary below. Image Credit: Seth Steiling Hop-derived CO2 extract has become an established part of […]

Hop compounds that create fruity and floral flavours in beer

Posted on Oct 16, 2019
Hop compounds that create fruity and floral flavours in beer

Fruity and floral aromas are in high demand in the brewing industry at the moment, with a focus on improving the aroma of beer by intensifying or diversifying the flavour profile. Yeast and hops are the main source of fruity and floral aroma compounds in beer. While flavour compound biosynthesis has now been investigated in […]

Barth Haas September 2019 Hop Science Report

Posted on Oct 15, 2019
Barth Haas September 2019 Hop Science Report

The latest instalment of the Hop Science newsletter has arrived from Dr. Christina Schoenberger of the Barth-Haas Group. With each, we gain an insight into the latest science, innovations and discoveries from research conducted worldwide. See the September 2019 report summary below. The various hop growing regions use different kilning procedures post-harvest. A recent study […]

New technology separating the boys from the girls

Posted on Oct 3, 2019
New technology separating the boys from the girls

Hops are dioecious, which means there are male and female plants. Only the mature, unfertilised cones of the female plants are harvested for use in beer, as they produce the yield of acids and essential oils that brewers value for their bittering and aromatic properties. Male plants are used when hop breeders wish to cross […]

More flavour hops for Australia

Posted on Sep 20, 2019
More flavour hops for Australia

Shifting consumer preferences are encouraging brewers to experiment more than ever before, which has stimulated hop breeding activity around the world, and profoundly changed the use of hops in brewing. Historically, HPA grew and traded mostly bittering hops. In the late 1960s a dedicated Hop Breeding Program was initiated to improve alpha acid yield. Then […]

HPA is expanding to meet brewer demand

Posted on Jan 23, 2019
HPA is expanding to meet brewer demand

HPA has planted the first 50 hectares at our new farm in Victoria’s Buffalo River Valley. This is just the beginning of a $35million expansion project that aims to increase total hop production by 50% over a period of six years.

HPA launches 2018 harvest

Posted on Mar 1, 2018
HPA launches 2018 harvest

Today we launch our 2018 harvest season at our Victorian farm, Rostrevor Hop Gardens. To be followed closely by our Tasmanian location, Bushy Park Estates on Monday 5 March.

Michael Capaldo joins team HPA

Posted on Dec 21, 2017
Michael Capaldo joins team HPA

We’re excited to announce that former Sydney Brewery and Lovedale Brewery Head Brewer, Michael Capaldo, has joined the team as a Sales Representative.

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