This week Matt joins Pete all the way from BrauBeviale in Nuremberg, Germany, for the latest beer news including annual results from Coopers and the Royal Queensland Beer Awards.
Brewmaster Chuck Hahn originally intended Hahn Premium Lager to be a pilsner, but it was too challenging for the 1988 beer palate that he was targeting. The time came to finally brew that beer, and Matt Kirkegaard was on hand to help.
Pete and Matt cover a huge week in beer news, including the sale of GABS Hottest 100, IBA looking to join ABAC and drama with the NSW container scheme.
Virgil Gamache Farms is a leading hop grower in Toppenish in the Yakima Valley 1990’s when a chance discovery of some ‘wild’ hops saw the introduction of Amarillo hops to the beer world.
As Matt and Pete discuss the news of the week, they discover they’ve been the target of a few memes.
Eric Desmarais takes us through CLS farms’ history and his family’s connection to the land as well as the ways in which they have made the business more sustainable as both a farm and as an employer through a progressive agronomic approach, cutting-edge harvesting facilities and processing hops.
After a long career that saw him brew with Chuck Hahn at the original Hahn Brewery in the early 90s, to be there at the inception on the James Squire brand to putting New Zealand hops on the international map, Doug Donelan has a lot to share about a career in beer and joins us for this week’s Beer is a Conversation.
Zoe Ottaway from Totem Marketing joins Matt and Pete this week and weighs in everything from pregnancy warning labels to the 2019 Australian Craft Beer Survey.
In this special edition of Beer is a Conversation, we have a chat with Akasha’s Dave Padden and look at his approach to brewing, his love of hops, the rapidly evolving beer scene and whether he will ever brew a milkshake IPA.
As part of the 2019 northern hemisphere hop harvest, Matt and Pete went with Bintani to the US to make their final selections from the autumn crops. While there they made a visit to the Portland HQ of Indi Hops.