Our Beer Sensory Program in 2021

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One of the greatest challenges when it comes to brewing beer at large volumes is ensuring that it maintains a consistent level of quality every time it leaves your brewery and enters the marketplace. As well as our strictly controlled brewing processes and a robust quality lab set up, another way to ensure that we get this right is by …

The Challenge of Staying Independent

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Before you jump to conclusions, we aren’t selling!! OK read on…. Ever since we started Black Hops as a Gypsy brewer back in 2014, the topic of independence has been on our radar. Whether or not a company is independent is not something we’d thought too much about before starting a brewery. I always thought it would be a dream …

Gold Coast Amateur Brewing Comp 2021 at BHII

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After a COVID-induced hiatus last year, on 26 June the annual Gold Coast Amateur Brewing Competition (GCABC) made a welcome return to the local beer calendar. The competition is coordinated by the Gold Coast Homebrew Club (GoldCLUB), who are great mates of ours and hold their regular meetings on the second Friday of every month at our Biggera Waters Brewery …

Our Results at the 2021 AIBA Awards

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After a hiatus last year, the Australian International Beer Awards (AIBA’s) were back again in 2021, with the Black Hops founders heading down to Melbourne on 20 May to represent as part of the bulging Queensland contingent of craft brewers. The AIBA’s have been going for over 25 years and are the largest annual draft and packaged beer competition in …

Podcast S04E02 – AWOL Series, The First 8 AWOL Beers Live Tasting

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Welcome to Season 4 Episode 2 of the Operation Brewery podcast. This season is all about our new Barrel-aged beer project, AWOL. In today’s episode, we sit in the AWOL barrel aged beer taproom an hour before we first open to the public and run through our first 8 AWOL beers. Subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher or Android. …

Press Release: Black Hops Adds East Coast Haze To Its Core Range Of Beers

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Gold Coast, Queensland: April 2021. Award winning Gold Coast craft brewery Black Hops have unveiled the latest addition to their core range of beers, a 4.5% Hazy Pale Ale known as East Coast Haze. The eighth beer to become a Black Hops core range staple, East Coast Haze is described as: A cool coastal breeze in the golden sunshine, this …