Bushy Park Hops of Australia

Bushy Park Hops of Australia

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Bushy Park Hops of Australia

Bushy Park hops

Even before the first beers produced with this year’s Bushy Park hops have arrived, it’s looking like a successful harvest for Hop Products Australia. An auction of the first 100kg bale of this year’s Galaxy crop has raised $10,000 for beyondblue’s Man Therapy program. Brewers were invited to bid for 10kg bales, with the highest bid coming in from Crown. Paying $1,510 – six times market value. Malt Shovel made the second highest bid, $1,500, with other 10kg bales of the hop heading to breweries including Stone & Wood, Bright and Bootleg.

This was the first such auction by the Tasmanian-based grower but not the only first this harvest. For the first time, Galaxy was their biggest crop – taking a full five days to harvest – thus continuing the transformation from a supplier of alpha acid varieties to the major breweries to a grower of aroma and flavour hops. It was also the first harvest at HPA for former Moo Brew head brewer, Owen “OJ” Johnston, who moved from the brewery last year after eight years at the helm with the aim of helping brewers get the best from the new wave of hops coming out of Tasmania and the Victorian High Country.


The Best Out of their Hops

So, after building two breweries from scratch at Moo and gaining a reputation for the quality of his beers throughout the Australian industry, OJ has set about changing brewers’ perceptions while also looking to help them get the best out of their hops. As the “customer coalface” he’s advising on which, how, when and in what quantities brewers might wish to use the likes of Galaxy, Ella and Vic Secret in different beers while taking their feedback on board too, particularly when it comes to new varieties.

HPA will develop varieties they believe have potential over a number of years, producing simple trial batches of the best or most interesting each year in house (in a very straightforward, mildly hopped Australian lager style beer) but also seeking feedback from brewers. It’s where experiments such as Bridge Road’s annual Harvest Ales come in handy as they are brewed with unreleased varieties and used in quantities well beyond those of the trial batches at HPA, thus giving a different type of feedback on a hop’s viability.


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