As part of the Monteith’s Brewing Co. 150th celebrations, its brewers are proud to unveil a limited release fresh hop brew - Monteith’s Fresh Hop Pale Ale.

The new brew is a celebration of flavours and aromas. The fresh-picked, lupulin-drenched, un-kilned, whole-cones from Motueka deliver a hop-tropical punch of grapefruit, passionfruit and resinous pine.

As its name suggests, fresh hop brews use the freshest cones from the fields, typically within 48 hours of harvest to retain the full rich fresh hop flavour.

“There is nothing like the magic of the first bales of hops which are as fresh as can be. That is the stuff brewers’ dreams are made of,” said Rob Marshall, Monteith’s Head Brewer.

“Fresh hop beers are a labour of love and very time-dependent. We need to get the hops to the brewery as soon as possible to ensure those beautiful flavours and aromas don’t fade. Just like when you’re cooking with herbs, the fresher the ingredients the more impactful the flavours – carefully dried hops are great, but fresh hops direct from the grower are the ultimate. We’ve used Moutere for our Monteith’s Fresh Hop Pale Ale, which unleashes flavoursome and distinctive tropical, grapefruit and passionfruit characters,” said Marshall.

Monteith’s new 5% ABV Fresh Hop Pale Ale is packed full of fresh Moutere hops and intended to be enjoyed today. Available in a 330ml bottle four pack.