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HPA’s farms have been growing hops in Australia for more than one hundred and fifty years, and are made up of a great bunch of people who are as passionate about beer as they are about hops (which is saying something).

We’re a privately owned and independently managed Australian company, part of the Barth-Haas Group of companies; the largest hop trader in the world, founded in 1794.

Our farms – Bushy Park Estates and Rostrevor Hop Gardens – are amongst the oldest continuously operating hop farms in the world. They’ve both been dedicated to growing hops since the late 1800s.

Today, from these farms and selected growers, we handle around 90% of the hops grown in Australia, about 1% of the world’s production.

Through our dedicated hop breeding program and incessant drive to bring brewers the best hops; we have introduced a number of proprietary flavour hops, in addition to our aroma and bittering varieties.

We’re proud to play a part in creating memorable flavours and distinctive aromas of hundreds of different beers enjoyed in pubs, restaurants, bars and backyards around the world.

f you saw our farms, you’d be forgiven for thinking we chose the locations on looks alone. The Ovens Valley in Victoria and the Derwent Valley in Tasmania are two of the most magnificent spots in the country.

True, there’s something pretty special about working in the stunning surrounds of a lush river valley. But for us, growing hops is about more than just appearances.

It’s the rich, fertile river valley floors, the deep soils and the abundance of water that make these places perfect for cultivating world-class hops.

In fact, it’s these conditions, and our finicky obsession with quality, that have allowed us to develop new varieties – like Ella™, Galaxy™, Summer™ and Topaz™ –  that thrive on southern summer sunshine and minimal rain.

Bushy Park Estates, Tasmania

It’s 55km north of Hobart, and pretty close to the edge of the world. Welcome to Bushy Park, the birthplace of Australian hops.

Ebenezer Shoobridge, the son of a hop grower from Kent, first planted hops here in 1867. The old farmhouse he built is still standing and the original oast house (The Text Kiln) – inscribed with Ebenezer’s name and his favourite passages of text from the bible – is on site too.

Not surprisingly, we’ve made a few additions over the last 150 years. In fact, Bushy Park is one of the most technologically advanced hop producing sites in the world.

What hasn’t changed is the nature of the place. Set at the foot of Mount Field National Park, and bordered by the Styx and Derwent Rivers, we can see why Ebenezer chose to set up shop here.

Farm Manager

Meet our Bushy Park Farm Manager Oliver Ward. Oliver’s the man in charge of growing, harvesting and drying of more than 500 tonnes or so from more than 230 hectares of land at Bushy Park. A tertiary-qualified Agricultural Scientist, he’s renowned for his scientific approach to hop cultivation, and his unwillingness to accept anything less than a perfect hop.

Rostrevor Hop Gardens, Victoria

When the Panlook Brothers first started growing hops here in the 1890s, business was tough. There was a theory going around that Australian hops weren’t suitable for making beer.

Things have changed a bit since then. At the foothills of Mount Buffalo National Park in the small hamlet of Eurobin, Rostrevor grows hops for brewers across Australia and around the world.

There are 185 hectares dedicated to hops. It’s a magical place, nestled in the Victorian Alps beside a sweeping bend of the Ovens River. The perfect spot to enjoy a fine ale after a hard day’s farming.

Farm Manager

Allan Monshing is our Rostrevor Farm Manager. Hops are in Allan’s blood. His forebears have been involved in hop production in the Ovens Valley for generations.

Schooled in the art of hop production by his father Reg, Allan is rightly proud of his family’s work, and is known for a good ‘hop talk’ with anyone who’s even half as passionate about hops as he is.

 

Email: Gail.Monshing@hops.com.au

2 Reviews for Hop Products Australia

Anonymous

230 Reviews

Everything as it should be… I'd happily return!

5/ 5

I cant say anything bad about it! We were picked up every day (or we could walk to the working spot) Every day we were finished at 4. When it was to hot, de could start earlier and finish earlier. Always nice and fair against all the workers Health and safety advice was comprehensive and we were give suncream every day, sunglasses, gloves, transport… We were trained to drive the tractor as it was a small piece of the entire job Very helpful in the event of a medical emergency: My friend had a toothache and the supervisor brought him to a dentist. While standing on trailer (very safe) behind a tractor loaded with strings you were attaching them on wires 3 meters high (called STRINGING). – those strings who where hanging on the wires you had to dib them in the ground with a metal dibber just next to the plant. (DIBBING) – after al that work(1,5 month) we had to do the TRAINING, that was twisting the plants who had little spikes on the strings (to grow upwards on the wire) . I was given work as promised, and only laid off on days when it rained heavily. We earned $150-$270 a day. 30 of us stayed on accommodation on the farm for $65 a week (no deposit), in double rooms with their own kitchens. It’s remote but people with cars on the farm drove once or twice/week to Coles or Woolworth where we could do the shopping. No Wifi (which give a nice atmosphere because its a beautiful area with a nice river behind the farm where we could swim). Phone connection was perfect! There was a town 15km away where we went sometimes in the weekends. We had a massive garden where we could play with a football. We had a river just behind the farm wich was epic in spring! We could make fires in the evening and drink some beers together and have some nice talks! Its one of my most beautiful experience of my whole trip in Australia

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jonny26977

1 Reviews

An excellent place to live and work.

5/ 5

I had a really good time doing my farm work at HPA in Victoria. All the supervisors were really helpful and patient when training us to do the work. The admin assistant at the farm office is also excellent and responds quickly to any questions you may have. I was here in late spring to early summer time during the stringing and training season. Stringing involves standing on a platform behind a tractor, tying knots to attach thick strings to wires above your head. We then fixed these into the ground with a tool called a dibber. This is pretty physical work but after about a week you get used to it and enjoy the feeling of coming home feeling like you’ve had a good workout. Basically like being paid to go to the gym! Stringing is followed by training; bending down to tie the hop vines around the strings. Harder than the stringing but you get used to it and it only lasts about two or three weeks before you do second training, which is considerably easier. The farm is also in an great location, nestled below the limestone cliffs of Mount Buffalo. There is also a picturesque river which runs through the farm and is a great spot to relax in the evenings. Two towns of about two to three thousand people each, Myrtleford and Bright, are about 8 miles and 10 miles away from the farm respectively and both have big supermarkets and nice restaurants and cafes. I would highly recommend working for HPA at Rostrevor Hop Gardens; the people who work there are friendly and supportive, the work will get you fit and you’ll enjoy working outdoors in generally good weather, the farm is in a beautiful location and accommodation is good, with twin bedded rooms and a shared kitchen with oven, hob and fridge/freezer.

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