Recognize the names Nelson, Rakau and Motueka? You may have seen these hops take center stage in some recent releases from our Trillium Fort Point brewery like Permutations 77 and 80. In the past couple of months, we have had the exciting opportunity to work with crops of these hops that were grown in New Zealand at Freestyle Farms.
The fields at Freestyle Farms are a part of the larger Hāpi Research initiative - a hop breeding and market development program that is breaking exciting new ground. In April, we’ll be heading down to New Zealand for the Hāpi Festival and Symposium. This trip will give us the unique opportunity to meet with the farmers in their environment, learn more about their research and select the hops that we’ll use for future beers. While we’re down there we’ll also be pouring beers at the festival, collaborating with our friends from Garage Project and getting familiar with the area’s terroir.
Speaking of the Garage Project crew - you may remember that we worked with them on a couple of beers up here in Massachusetts earlier this month. Today, we’re excited to share the first one with you. Sunrise Valley is a double IPA featuring Freestyle Farms’ Rakau and Nelson varietals. The name pays homage to the beautiful little corner of the world that these hops were born in.
We’re looking forward to more discussion and exploration around this exciting project as we head to New Zealand next month. Expect more collaboration, stories to share…and of course, more beers.