#FRESHHOPNZ15 LAUNCHES ON THURSDAY 23RD APRIL AND RUNS FOR 7 DAYS.
15 AUCKLAND BREWERS WILL CREATE LIMITED EDITION FRESH HOP BEERS. THESE FRESH HOP CRAFT BEERS WILL BE POURING AT 19 VENUES ACROSS AUCKLAND, COROMANDEL & WAIHEKE ISLAND.
THERE WILL BE AN ONLINE PEOPLE'S CHOICE POLL TO DECIDE THE WINNING BREW OF THE YEAR.
THE AWARDS CEREMONY AND WRAP PARTY WILL BE HELD ON FRIDAY 1ST MAY AT 16 TUN.
Conch Kitchen & Bar will be pouring the Fresh Hop beers from Hallertau / Liberty Brewing & The Shakespeare Brewery
The second annual Auckland Fresh Hop festival draws near, taking place across 19 of Auckland's best beer bars from April 23rd 2015
Last year the brewers of Auckland learnt a considerable amount with our first Freshhop in 2014. Now they are using the lessons learnt and this year they are brewing using two varieties of Hops; Motueka and Sauvin.
In 2014 they used Waimea, this year Auckland Beer Lovers get the chance to try something new with not one but two new hops. These delicious beverages will be found on tap around the Craft Beer Bars in the Auckland Region.
The big difference between Freshhop beers and other beers is that the hops are picked fresh and brewed with as soon as possible. Hops are picked in the morning in Nelson then taken to a site for field heat to be taken out of them. They are then placed in a chilled truck and driven to Auckland as fast as legally permitted to keep them as fresh as possible. The truck is met by a group of eager brewers who take their hops immediately to their breweries to plunge them into their barley worts they have created and at the end they have a Freshhop beer.
If you can envisage the difference in cooking between using Fresh Coriander vs. Dried Coriander you are getting the gist of it. The Freshhop beer has more natural resins, more aroma and more flavour. Many of the beers are designed to allow the hops to be the main aroma and flavour component of the beer. This is a unique once in a year opportunity to use the Hops as fresh as they can be and it is not a tasting opportunity to be missed by anyone who likes the greatest beverage of all...Beer!
There will be 15 Auckland Brewers creating 11 different beers. These will be released on the 23rd of April in 19 bars across the Auckland region.
We shall be inviting the public to register with us and vote on which beer they liked the most and will go into a draw to win some great brewery gear from the brewers.
An Awards Function is scheduled at 16 Tun in Wynyard Quarter on Friday 1st May to announce the winners to the public, brewers and bars. Award categories covering best beer (people’s choice) and best activation/promotion by a craft beer bar on the theme of Freshhop Beers.
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