In 2013, Simon and Nicki Nicholas left their high-pressure Auckland life behind and, with daughter Lily, moved to rural Riwaka, in the heart of the Tasman District’s hop-growing region. In September that year, Hop Federation opened its doors, a small independent brewery with an initial offering of four New Zealand style ales.

One of their iconic beer is the Red IPA, one of the best examples of the style in New Zealand.

Hop Federation

  1. Hop Federation Lager

    Hop Federation Lager

    Refreshingly simple, with a soft malty sweetness, gentle bitterness and a clean finish. Simple, refreshing and inviting, with understated hop flavours, it’s sunny style perfectly reflects the origins of its New Zealand-bred hops.

    Malt varieties: Pilsner, Ale

    Hop varieties: Motueka, Nelson Sauvin


    • Gold at the Brewers Guild of New Zealand Awards 2018
    • Champion Lager – New World Beer & Cider Awards 2018
    • Bronze at the Brewers Guild of New Zealand Awards 2014

    ABV: 4.5%

    IBU: 14

    Available in 330mL cans

  2. Hop Federation Pilsner

    Hop Federation Pilsner

    A crisp, refreshing Pilsner that pours a beautiful soft golden colour. The aromas of lychee, citrus and grapefruit are plentiful, thanks to the Riwaka, Nelson Sauvin and Motueka hops used in this New Zealand style Pilsner. Perfect for every occasion.

    Malt: Pilsner

    Hop varieties: Riwaka, Nelson Sauvin, Motueka


    • Silver at the Brewers Guild of New Zealand Awards 2017

    ABV: 5.5%

    IBU: 24

    Available in 330mL cans


  3. Hop Federation Pale Ale

    Hop Federation Pale Ale

    Pale Ale’s distinct hoppy flavour comes from a judicious blend of four local hop varieties, and the two selected malts contribute to its appealing colour. Its clean, fresh eagerness is tempered by a subtle sweetness and rounded off with a satisfying, lasting finish.

    A youthful member of the larger, wide-ranging family of pale ales, this is one of our most-popular beers.

    Malt varieties: Ale and Light Crystal

    Hop varieties: Pacific Jade, Riwaka, NZ Cascade and Nelson Sauvin


    • Silver at the Brewers Guild of New Zealand Awards 2017
    • Bronze at the Australian International Beer Awards 2016
    • Silver at the Brewers Guild of New Zealand Awards 2016

    ABV: 5.1%

    IBU: 38

    Available in 330mL cans

  4. Hop Federation Red IPA

    Hop Federation Red IPA

    An exuberant blend of colour, flavours and aromas; Red IPA is our signature beer.

    With predominantly local hops and slightly above-average alcohol content, our Red IPA has the same confidence and individuality that characterise our own former colony. Tantalising passionfruit aromas give way to a delightful and unexpected combination of berries, tart ruby grapefruit and a comforting toasty malt on the palate, rounded off with a satisfying, sustained finish.

    Malt varieties: Ale Malt, Cara Red, Abbey and Caraaroma

    Hop varieties: Simcoe, NZ Cascade, Motueka and Southern Cross

    ABV: 6.4%

    IBU: 49

    Available in 500mL bottles

  5. Hop Federation Rakau IPA

    Hop Federation Rakau IPA

    This varietal IPA features a relatively new local hop, Rakau. Its delicate nose and tropical-fruit flavours combine elegantly with Vienna malts as a base in a refreshing, apricot-coloured beer with a rounded, bittersweet finish. This is Hop Federation's entry in to the Iconic Nelson 2014 Marchfest Beer Festival.

    Malt: Vienna, Caramalt

    Hops: Rakau

    Awards: Bronze at the Brewers Guild of New Zealand Awards 2018

    ABV: 5.7%

    IBU: 54

    Available in 500mL bottles

  6. Hop Federation Stout

    Hop Federation Stout

    A dark full-bodied beer that greets you with aromas of coffee and dark chocolate and follows through with hints of vanilla, cherries and a touch of cigar. The finish reveals a surprising blend of richness and warmth with a silky smooth mouthfeel.

    Malt varieties: Pale Ale, Oats, Medium Crystal, Chocolate Malt, Roasted Barley, Munich

    Hop varieties: Southern Cross

    ABV: 5.5%

    IBU: 29

    Available in 500mL bottles

  7. Hop Federation IIPA

    Hop Federation IIPA

    A sumptuous Double IPA that’s delightfully aromatic and fruity up-front.

    Blackcurrant, pine and citrus on the nose give way to a resinous, grapefruit-tart body with a lingering bitterness. Heavy on the hops, and at 8.5% it packs a punch and delivers on its promise of double deliciousness.

    Malt varieties: Ale Malt, Wheat and Caramalt

    Hop varieties: Centennial, Chinook and Simcoe

    ABV: 8.5%

    IBU: 104

    Available in 500mL bottles


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