New hops honour old kilns

EXPERIMENTAL hops named after three Derwent Valley oast houses are the key ingredients in the 10th anniversary First Harvest ale from Cascade Brewery. Cascade First Harvest is a limited edition brew made from the first harvest of Tasmanian barley and hops.

The hops for the 10th anniversary brew were harvested at Bushy Park Estate on  March 9. They were experimental hop varieties named Valleyfield (aroma hop), Lanoma (flavour hop) and Tynwald (bitterness hop) in honour of well-known hop drying kilns (oast houses). Amongst many others which were built more than 100 years ago, these kilns still stand today in the Derwent Valley.

Valleyfield, New Norfolk, is the birthplace of Australia’s commercial hop industry and initially presented an irrigation challenge for Ebenezer Shoobridge, who established and pioneered the hop industry in Tasmania. The famed circular kiln was built in 1883 and was used to dry hops until 1973.

Lanoma, Westerway, was built in 1938 and was used as a community kiln for smaller growers in the area.

Tynwald, New Norfolk, is better known as “The Oast House”. Built in 1867, it was in use until 1969. Purchased by Pam Moore in 1971, the Tynwald oast house was converted into a residence, museum and gallery which is open to the public.

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