New Zealand Hops with Stan Hieronymus – BeerSmith Podcast #283

by Brad Smith on June 19, 2023 · 0 comments

This week I welcome back Stan Hieronymus to discuss New Zealand hops, new hop varieties and their application in India Pale Ales.

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Topics in This Week’s Episode (50:54)

  • This week I welcome back Stan Hieronymus. Stan is an expert on hops and author of the books For the Love of Hops, Brew Like a Monk, Brewing Local and Brewing with Wheat (Amazon affiliate links).
  • We start with a discussion of some of Stan’s recent projects including his recent trip to New Zealand where he met with several hop growers and producers.
  • We talk about why Australian and New Zealand hops are so prized for use in American IPAs and why they often sell at a premium.
  • Stan tell us what makes the NZ hops different than hops grown elsewhere, and why they are so hard to get.
  • We discuss the major hop varieties grown in NZ today.
  • Stan shares some of the new hops that are being started in New Zealand and when we can expect some of these to make it on the market.
  • We talk a bit about thiols, their use in hazy IPAs and products like Phantasm which is derived from grapes.
  • Stan shares his thoughts on maintaining balance in a beer and why too much fruity aroma/flavor may not be appropriate for many beers.
  • Stan shares his closing thoughts.


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