Fancy a trip to Wellington to mix it with some of the world's leading craft brewers, fermentation scientists and hop chemists? Oh, go on then...
The Hapi Symposium, kickstarted a few years ago by the kiwi legends at Garage Project, will take place on March 24 at New Zealand's national museum, Te Papa.
Timed to coincide with the local hop harvest, it's a chance to catch up on exciting developments in the hop world, hear from experts in their fields – often hop fields – and, y'know, just celebrate the harvest and enjoy a networking event par excellence.
Here's how the list of presenters and their specialist subjects is shaping up:
- Scott Janish (Sapwood Cellars) – Maximising Hop Aroma and Flavor
- Laura Burns (Omega Yeast) - Thiolized Yeast - Unlocking Thiols in Beer Fermentations
- James McNamee (Garston Hops), Richard Wong (Nelson Lakes Hops) - Fresh Faces: An Introduction to New Hop Growing Terroir
- Dave Dunbar (Freestyle Hops) - Our Breeding Process & Freestyle Hops: Free Thiol Maximisation in Hops
- Sam Richardson (Other Half Brewing), Evan Price (Green Cheek Brewing), Steve Luke (Cloud Burst Brewing) - Panel: Tropics to Forests: Exploring Aroma Diversity within Hops
- Alex Nowell (CLS Farms) - A Look at American Hop Terroir
- Peter Bircham (Garage Project) - Hops, Flavour & Microbes
- Jeremy Moynier (Stone Brewing) - Hop Quality Group & Selecting Hop Lots for Current Brands
In addition to the symposium, Garage Project will be running a live music stage and beer garden out of their Wild Workshop brewery all weekend. And given that Wellington’s biggest outdoor arts and music festival, CubaDupa, is happening outside the front door, you might as well pop in.
Tickets for the all-day symposium (9am-6pm) are $175 and can be booked here.