Matt is back in Brisbane with his review of BrewDog Berlin and to discuss the news of the week with Pete, including a new brew lab launching in 2020.
The presence of US hop growers at BrauBeviale in Nuremberg was noticeable, but was it part of a strategy for creating a market for US hops in Germany, or a response to an already growing market? Matt chats with the heads at Yakima Chief Hops to find out.
This week Matt is calling in from Amsterdam to cover the news of the week including the opening of BrewDog in Brisbane and Lion Australia’s acquisition of New Belgium Brewing.
Matt ran into Bridge Road Brewers founder Ben Kraus at BrauBeviale in Nuremberg last week and had a chat about Ben’s reasons for taking a 12-month break and whether it’s given him a new perspective on the Australian industry.
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.