The First Black Hops Beers We Ever Brewed: Beers 13 to 20

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Recently on the blog we’ve been looking back on the beginnings of our brewing journey, when Govs, Eddie and myself were coming up with beers all the while planting the seeds for the launch of our first brewery in Burleigh Heads. In part one of our early beers series we reminisced on the beginnings of the beer that started it …

Black Hops At The Kokoda Challenge 2021

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On Saturday, 17 July eleven fearless Black Hops foot soldiers accepted the daunting mission of completing the Kokoda Challenge, taking on a 48 kilometre test of endurance and resilience across 15 hours through the Gold Coast hinterland. The event is held annually to honour the Australian diggers who fought in 1942 along the arduous Kokoda Track in Papua New Guinea …

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 …