After 12 years of trials and research, our farmers in South Africa have developed a brand new variety of hop.
Small in size but big on flavour, hops are a critical ingredient in the beer-making process. For a crop that is predominantly grown in the northern hemisphere, it’s a challenge for South African farmers to produce the quantity and quality needed to support the country’s brewing industry.
Despite this, through the innovation and perseverance of our teams at SAB Hop Farms,
in collaboration with other private hop growers, remarkable results are being achieved.
South Africa’s hop farms are found in the Western Cape, a coastal region that supports the entire crop output of the country. At a latitude of 34°, it is far removed from the ideal growing conditions found between latitudes 40° and 45° where hops thrive in the cold winters and long summer days.
“The local hops industry produces around 830 tonnes a year – about 70% of our requirements,” says Laurie Conway, General Manager of SAB Hop Farms. “Given the climatic challenges, the teams working on the farms are doing remarkably well, producing on average 2,000 kilograms per hectare (kg/ha) against a global average of 2,200-2,400kg/ha.”