Hop Nation is a Melbourne-based craft brewery, founded in 2014 by winemakers and friends, Sam Ambour and Duncan Gibson.
Through their years of work and travel as winemakers, Sam and Duncan have been exposed to the many great wines of the world, along with the international craft beer scene.
With all of this exposure to the craft beer scene coupled with years of home-brewing experience, they decided to found Hop Nation in Melbourne, Australia.
‘Hop Nation is a brewery devoted to showcasing not only the glorious ingredients in beer, but also the origin of the ingredients – coinciding with the course of quality winemaking.With a name like Hop Nation, hops are a natural focus. Our beers will be made using quality, natural ingredients, small batch brewing, no fining or pasteurization and minimal filtration.’Become a stockist
AUSTRALIAN IPA AND PART ONE OF THE NATION-BASED IPA SERIES.
THE FIEND – noun. “someone who craves a certain substance.”
Various fiends exist out there – the tweaker, the junkie, the pothead. We all know one.
We’ve been called FIENDS too. Obsessed with getting our grubby mitts on the best Australian hops we can find and with an unshakable thirst for good, solid brews.
We’re stoked to be sharing our fix with you.
Using all Australian grown hops, we have created a sessionable, IPA-style beer with fresh hop aroma and a crisp palate.Enquire
American Red IPA
AN AMERICAN RED IPA AND PART TWO OF THE NATION-BASED IPA SERIES.
In naming this beer we sought out a great American number two – Buzz Aldrin – the second guy on the moon and literally only steps behind Mr. Armstrong.
With the humbling success of our first release THE FIEND, this beer, like Mr. Aldrin, has some big steps to follow but we are confident this little hop dude can do it.
Plus it weighs in at a decent 6.5% ABV – so, may the buzz be with you.
THE BUZZ is a hop-inspired American red featuring all American hops – Amarillo, Symcoe and Mosaic, and boasting a big-ass malt profile. Layers of rounded red malt orbit a generous slue of piney, spicy and floral hoppy character. THE BUZZ pours a spectacular crimson colour.Enquire
Eastern European Pilsner
The origins of the Pilsner date back to the mid-19th century in Bohemia – now encompassing modern day Czech Republic – a part of the world also known for its gothic mythology. Perhaps those blood-thirsty vamps could have taken it easy with a little Pilsner to quench their thirst – less drama that way.
Be DAMNED if you do.
Crisp and refreshing, THE DAMNED has been crafted with all NZ hops – Riwaka and Motueka hops highlight the profile. Classic Pilsner character with a distinct modern hoppy twist and big citrus all around. THE DAMNED pours with a spectacular head.Enquire
American East Coast//West Coast IPA
NOT TIED TO ANY COAST OR FIXED STYLE, MEET THE NEWEST MEMBER TO OUR CORE LINE UP – THE CHOP – AN AMERICAN STYLE IPA.
Pulling from Dunc and Sam’s time making wine in the states, with the help of a bevy of unique brews along the way, our new release is a chopped up take on a variety of IPA’s hailing from the USA.
Pouring a hazy straw colour THE CHOP carries big citrus and tropical notes, finishing with a mild balanced bitterness. Featuring some of our favourite hops to date – Mosaic, Cascade, Simcoe, Ella.Enquire
THIS ISN’T YOUR NANNA’S PUNCH.
A beer made for Summer – our Mango Gose is incredibly refreshing, mouth-watering and a little out there.
Showing off a refreshing citrus acidity and a hint of saline smoothness, lifted mango notes and passionfruit pop from the glass. Drink it by the punch bowl. Unfined and unfiltered, THE PUNCH pours slightly hazy in the glass with a dark lemon colour.Enquire
Russian Imperial Stout
Dunc and Sam pulled from their winemaking contacts to secure premium, seasoned Pinot Noir puncheons to put this brew together.
After 6 months ageing in French barrels, this aggressive Ruski, named after the notorious Kalashnikov rifle and weighing in at a heavy 10.2% alcohol, takes no prisoners and asks no surrender.
This rich, brewding beast will take you to the dark side.
Barrel aged in 500L oak puncheons the subtle oak influence integrates with chocolate, tar and spice. The KALASH was dry hopped with Amarillo and Cascade hops. Safe to cellar!Enquire
co-fermented with riesling – harvest ale
HOP NATION BREWING CO. + JAMSHEED WINES CELEBRATE THE 2016 VINTAGE WITH A LIMITED RELEASE
Made with a nod to Germany – the Riesling motherland! – and to Dunc & Sam’s roots in winemaking. The Sturm is named after the thirst-quenching, lightly-fermenting grape juice traditionally consumed to help lubricate the long hours of harvest.
Hop Nation and Jamsheed came together using wild fermenting Riesling juice – from Jamsheed’s Garden Gully vineyard in Western Victoria – for inoculation on a small batch of Hop Nation Pilsner wort. The fermenting juice hit the brew with the yeast it needed to kick off but also helped to impart a delicate Riesling character. The wort was hopped up with all German hops – selected to complement the Riesling juice fruit profile – Northern Brewer, Hallertau and Hallertau Melon feature.Enquire
The Dawn – East Coast IPA (2016) | The EXPAT – DIPA Collab // Sawmill Brewing NZ (2017)
The One Tug – Fresh Hop IPA (2017) | CITRA IPL (2017)
Black Rhino Cherry Lips – Black Gose (2017)
Gallery of the sold out limited release and collab brews by our friends @ Hop Nation!Enquire
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