The harvest begins...

Tour of the Galaxy 2017


After we'd heard about some strange happenings in the hop fields over summer, we knew it was time for our annual trip down to the Hop Harvest in Bushy Park, Tasmania.

For us, the harvest and the 'Tour of the Galaxy' are prized events on our brewery’s calendar, where we pay tribute to one of the key ingredients in our beer, the harvest itself and make a pilgrimage to the home of Aussie hops…  The home of Galaxy, which is the incredible hop that lends our Pacific Ale it’s striking and distinctive fruity aroma.

Our Tour of the Galaxy team will be heading to Tassie next week and are stoked to be spending time at HPA, catching up with their crew, learning more about the remarkable ingredient, and of course, exploring the mystery of the hop fields (and enjoying a few celebratory Pacific Ales in the process)…

This autumn marks the 152nd harvest for HPA, who are now well into the second week of this year’s new season harvest. After eleven months of carefully tending to the Galaxy crop, a month-long opportunity presents itself and the excitement builds…  The hops are ripe, juicy, bursting with flavour and ready for the farmers to pick!  Fresh Galaxy is then stripped from the bine, kilned, baled, pelletised and packed...  Our brewers wait eagerly for the hops to arrive at the brewery, as each new harvest’s crop will have a slight variation in flavour, a reflection of the season that’s passed…

We wanted to share our love for the new season harvest and Galaxy hops with the wider world and the universe… So we've embarked on an intergalactic journey with illustrator Rachel Urquhart, also known as Pony Gold to create a spacey limited edition raglan tee where hops, ufos, beer and the planets collide. Stay tuned! Next week our collab Galaxy Tee will be available for pre-sale purchase from March 22, sign up to our newsletter to be the first to get your hands on one!

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Galaxy Hop tee

Learn more about the harvest and check out last year's Tour of the Galaxy...

Photo Courtesy - Hop Products Australia, Bushy Park Tasmania, The Galaxy Tee first sketches, Rachel Urquhart, Pony Gold