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Craft beer in New Zealand
New Zealand has a population of 4.6 million and more than 100 craft breweries. These range from a handful of large craft brewers producing about 2 million L/yr, to part-time operators selling less than 10,000L/yr.
While overall beer sales have been falling since the late 1980s, craft beer sales are increasing. Current estimates of annual growth range from 20-45%.
New Zealand produces its own hops, and more than 90% of our crop is exported each year. New Zealand hops are in demand internationally for their distinct and unique aromatic characteristics. New Zealand beers generally tend to be hoppy versions of international styles, and pale ales and IPAs similar to West Coast USA styles are popular with craft brewers. Sour beers are a new trend and are increasing in popularity and availability.
About Martin Craig
I wrote my first article on craft brewing in 1993 when I was a journalism student in Wellington.
Since then I’ve worked as a freelance business journalist, editor and marketing specialist. My work has been published in North & South, The Listener, Consumer, NZRetail, Fish & Game and others.
I present beer tastings and events, and judge beer competitions. I especially enjoy working with bars to train staff and develop beer/food matches, to present New Zealand’s craft beer in the best way.