We are proud to be part of the Bract Brewing Project, testing out experimental varieties grown by NZ Hops. First hop off the rank is NZH-101.
This new hop had a very apparent fresh hop “green” character before use in brewing. High in lemon/lime with hints of pine and minty freshness. Reminiscent of some US West Coast varieties such as those “catty” hops Simcoe and Citra. This rounded out to remind us of fresh Sauvignon Blanc character with good bittering potential for us beer producers! It has a lovely fresh hop character just like fresh hop season. Also in the mix with our Pilsner was Novalager from Lallemand Brewing. This trial hybrid lager strain is well-suited to hoppier, stronger lagers and pale ales where faster turnaround times might be required. However, we didn’t skimp on the maturation time!
Cheers, Russell Erskine, Brewer