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NZ Hops launches new hop variety – Superdelic

NZ Hops has launched a new hop variety, Superdelic, in partnership with Plant & Food Research.

After more than 10 years of breeding work, NZ Hops says the early brewer trials suggest Superdelic will deliver like no other.

“This exceptional hop is a playful number, with red fruit, candy, citrus and tropical fruit characteristics, offering brewers something totally different to use in their craft,” says Blair Stewart, General Manager of NZ Hops.

“We’re excited to release this unique hop and expect it will create a frenzy.”

Scientist, Kerry Templeton, who leads the hop-breeding programme, says it is an amazing milestone to see a new variety enter market after 10 years of breeding work.

“Its excellent yield potential will allow growers to produce high-quality hops more efficiently and sustainably,” says Templeton.

“And in the brewers’ hands, new and interesting beers will come from Superdelic’s unique flavour and aroma profile.”

Through NZ Hops’ Bract Brewing Programme, select, global brewers trialled Superdelic in special craft brews to explore the hops’ characteristics, aromas, and brewing performance.

“From the very first brew we knew it was something special,” says Mike Sutherland, Director at Sawmill Brewery.

“In a Hazy IPA it revealed its ripe mango, sweet berry, and citrus notes. We also noticed its unique performance, with great biotransformation properties from dry hopping during active fermentation.”

The launch of Superdelic™ comes during the midst of the 2023 harvest and before NZ Hop’s two-day festival – HarFest – on 20 & 21 March.

During ‘HarFest’, NZ Hops will showcase hop growing and the breeding programme to visiting brewers from Australia, United States, United Kingdom and from around New Zealand.

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