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What a weekend! Saturday midday, fresh hop 2018 kicked off. Not even the bad weather was going to dampen #freshhop18 for the people. 5 Bars, 29 beers, 5 hours. It was a long day to say the least, but some stunning examples of fresh hop beers and some really interesting style choices. Thanks to the team at SOBA and Cryer Malt for organising the event and for putting on shuttle buses from Brewbus NZ to shuttle everyone around. The 5 participating bars also did a stellar job putting up with us all: Brothers Beer CWD, Brewers Co-operative, Vultures Lane and Galbraith’s Alehouse. And of course a massive shout out to all the breweries that have this year brewed amazing fresh hop beers!
The day started at Brothers Beer with some Garage Project, Behemoth, North End, Beer Baroness, Brothers Beer and Cassels. Stand out for me here was definitely Behemoth Cheech and Chong; it was about as hazy as my memories are now. The Brothers Beer fresh hop was also rated highly by us. From here we wandered up to Brewers Co-op, and opted for half pints of Hop Federation Green Limousine, Baylands WaiFly 5, Croucher Fresh Out of Vegas, Tuatara Hops and Streams, Parrotdog Microflora Specimen B2 and Rocky Knob & Wigram Pacifica Airways. Parrotdog’s Fresh Hop was a sour and it was so dope. An interesting choice of style, but it totally worked; it was refreshing and piney all at the same time.