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Entries in New Zealand hops (1)

Saturday
Jun082013

NZ BREWING ALMOST HOPLESS 

Unseasonal weather conditions have decimated New Zealand's hop scene, with the 2013 hop report showing disappointing results even compared to the struggle of 2012.

Critically, the biggest shortfalls from the crisis, which saw hops production fall another four percent (or 30 tonnes) are the country's most popular varieties.

The two varieties that suffered the most were the Wakatu and Nelson Sauvin varieties - which have the highest demand amongst kiwi brewers.

Only 272,000kg of Wakatu were gathered this year, along with 98,000kg of Nelson Sauvin. The less-sought-after Motueka suffered less, with 54,000kg, while other varities, like Riwaka, were virtually unchanged at 6000kg.

While it's a small industry on a global scale (the US produces more than 2.2 million tonnes of Cascade hops and nearly half a million tonnes of Cluster), it is closely linked with the rise of the New Zealand craft brewing scene, which has produced some of Beeriosity's favourite tipples.

Brewers like Renaissance, Epic, 8 Wired, Yeastie Boys, Croucher, Tuatara, Moa, Dr Hops and Wanaka Beerworks have all earned enormous respect from Beeriosity's reviewers.  Here's hoping (see what I did there?) they're not too badly affected and continue to deliver their fabulous tipples.