Faram’s own Paul Corbett and Andrew Whalley headed over to New Zealand to inspect the harvest and take part in what New Zealand Hops brilliantly call Harfest.
Check out this video from the news station in New Zealand which feature glimpses of
Paul Corbett, Charles Faram MD.
Beer brewers and hop distributors from around the world have flocked to the Tasman region this week as harvest gets into full swing.
The New Zealand hop industry has gone from strength to strength in recent years with this year promising more of the same.
NZ Hops general manager of sales and marketing Blair Stewart said the industry has seen incredible growth.
“Hop production in New Zealand has gone crazy really. And it really rides off the back of the craft beer boom which over the last fifteen years has really increased five fold.”
In 2019 New Zealand produced around 1500 metric tonnes of hops. And this year it’s expected that will grow to around 2500.
It’s a big industry now, worth about $90 million to the economy, with most hops grown in Nelson.