Tassie hops a world­wide hit

Sunday Tasmanian - - News - ROGER HAN­SON

GLOBAL de­mand for Tas­ma­nian hop va­ri­eties is on the rise.

Hop Prod­ucts Aus­tralia man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Tim Lord said in the firm’s 2018 crop re­port the de­mand con­tin­ues de­spite some in­di­ca­tors of slow­ing seg­ments in the im­por­tant US mar­ket.

“Fur­ther to this we see Aus­tralian do­mes­tic con­sump­tion con­tin­u­ing to in­crease and do­mes­tic brew­ing cus­tomers are en­cour­aged to proac­tively com­mu­ni­cate their chang­ing re­quire­ments,” Mr Lord said.

“HPA has fo­cused in re­cent years on elim­i­nat­ing some small vol­ume va­ri­eties and in­creas­ing the pro­duc­tion of the craft brew­ers’ favourites.”

Yields for the sea­son fell away de­spite a good start to the sea­son.

“In Tas­ma­nia the sea­son started well with strong plant emer­gence and plenty of vine growth dur­ing Oc­to­ber and Novem­ber.

“The av­er­age sum­mer rain­fall then fell across two days in De­cem­ber, which re­sulted in the soil tem­per­a­ture falling from 16C to 12C and Cas­cade and Enigma sub­se­quently bust­ing into burr, well be­fore nor­mal. These va­ri­eties then failed to yield as ex­pected.”

For 2018, the to­tal hops yield was 1,312,673kg, up from 1,188,801kg in 2017.

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