As we stood on top of a hill overlooking the Bushy Park hop farm just outside Hobart early this morning, the cold rain sprinkled down our backs. With the cold weather moving in the team at Bushy Park has been busy trying to harvest this year’s hops before they start to wither on the vine.
Because a huge amount of the flavour in our Pacific Ale is developed by the Galaxy hops we use, we’ve taken some time out of our busy brewing schedule to come down to Tasmania and see this year’s crop of Galaxy being harvested.
Wandering around the hop vines we were reminded again just how closely linked the art of brewing is to agriculture. Tim Lord from Hop Products Australia took the time to show us around and take us through what his team has had to deal with this season.
We were able to take a close look at the 2011 crop of Galaxy and we can safely say they have loads of that distinctive flavour, including those awesome tropical aromas, that we let shine through in our Pacific Ale.
We’ll be seeing lots more of these hops over the next year as we add them to each brew of Pacific Ale back in Byron Bay.
Until next time … cheers