Long-time beer drinker Ross Lewis casts his eye over the kegs from here and abroad.
It is the time of celebration and salivation for beer producers throughout Australia.
The hop harvest is happening and the brewers are getting excited about what special buds are on offer, especially from the home of the green bean - Tasmania.
The Beer Pilgrim, the lucky world traveller scouring the globe for great drops, has thrown a few of the special hops around the country to promote great tasting beers.
He's also encouraged a few beer writers to try a hop-infused tea.
The Beer Pilgrim has a link with Lionco so he has thrown up Beck's, James Squire The Constable Copper Ale and Little Creature Pale Ale as his best bets to toast harvest time.
He backs the Becks to drink with fish. He goes for the lighter Copper Ale to partner a meat dish while if you're trying the Pale Ale take on chicken or an Asian plate.
Whatever your fancy expect to see brewers around the country coming up with some great new brews underpin by the new fresh ingredients on offer.
The unique flavour profile of Australian hops make them highly sought after in both local and overseas
markets. This year’s hop harvest has been a hotbed of international interest, with approximately 60 per cent
of the local crop earmarked for export.
“The unique flavour profile of Australian hops make them highly sought after by local brewers and in
overseas markets,” said Tim Lord, Managing Director, Hop Products Australia (HPA).
Lion Master Brewer, Peter David, said while Australian hop varieties are gaining popularity in international
markets, they are also warranting attention here at home because of their distinctive hop flavour and
“Aussie beer drinkers are becoming increasingly more discerning, and are expanding their tastes and
appreciation for different styles of beer. Hops can play a key role in contributing to flavour and aroma, with different varieties allowing brewers to create a wonderful range of beers," said David.
“With the distinctive Australian lifestyle, beer is arguably a perfect beverage to complement a meal. Hops
have the ability to enhance the flavour and aroma of food, so matching with a beer can transform something
ordinary into a memorable taste experience.”