In the latest episode of Beer Before Glory The Podcast, Matt & Justin are joined by the legendary Dr. Ron Beatson of New Zealand’s Plant and Food Research, and fifth generation hop farmer, Brent McGlashen, from Mac Hops, to talk about New Zealand hops.

The small country’s hops have boomed in popularity in recent times, causing U.S. brewers to clamor to get what they can among a very limited supply. Ron and Brent discuss the history of hops in New Zealand, some of the amazing farming and breeding innovations that have come out of the country, and what varieties top their list of characteristics unique to New Zealand hops.

They also try a couple of Firestone Walker’s latest releases that feature New Zealand hop varieties, including the newest Luponic Distortion #18, Gen-5 Hazy DIPA from the Propagator series, and Nectaron Hazy IPA available in the Crafted Thru Hops Mixed Pack.

Tune in now.