Tassie hops a worldwide hit
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.