The Derwent Valley has a proud history of hop growing since early white settlement dating back nearly 200 years. 60% of Australia’s hop crop is still grown at Bushy Park, not 10 minutes drive from our farm gate. What else does Tasmania do at 60% of national figures? And yet Tasmanian grown hops are rarely promoted in the microbrewery sector, even rarer in ‘whole flower’ form.
We source hops directly from Bushy Park as well as the Edwards family's hopfield in the North East of Tasmania, with the hop left as whole flowers, then vacuum packed & cool stored to maintain freshness. We relish the increased aromatic potential the whole flower form of hops provides us and celebrate the variation we see from harvest to harvest as well as variation we see in the flowers over the year of storage. This is one reason we enjoy brew to brew variation in our ales.
Our farm 'Charlemont' provides the ideal microclimate needed for hop growing. Eighteen hours of mid summer daylight promotes explosive growth each season. In 2008 we planted our first hops on our property. We only grow the highly aromatic and exceptionally flavoured heritage varieties of hop, many of which date from the early 19th Century European settlement of Van Dieman’s Land. Some of these varieties have never been grown commercially.
In 2010 we extended our field, taking cuttings of our Bruny Island & Fuggle varieties which are proving the most successful varieties for our micro climate. We have also added Northdown as our 22nd April 2010 brew of Derwent Real Ale took 100% of the southern hemisphere crop (a massive 2 vines from Bushy Park Estates).
The Two Metre Tall Company's Hop Field includes the following varieties:
Fuggle, Bruny Island, Golding, Hersbrucker, Tasmanian Hallertauer, Swiss Tetnang, & Northdown.
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