Learn more about this unique hop we use in our Pintail Lager....

Nelson Sauvin™

NZ Hops - Nelson Sauvin

(10-13 % AA)

An aroma /dual purpose flavour hop with distinctive New World white wine characters.


Nelson Sauvin Brand 85-03-06 is a triploid variety bred from the New Zealand variety Smoothcone and a selected New Zealand male. Developed by New Zealand's Plant & Food Research and released in 2000, the essential oil profile displays characteristics of fresh crushed gooseberries a descriptor often used for the grape variety Sauvignon Blanc, giving rise to this variety's name.


Described during selection as breathtaking Nelson Sauvin has the unique ability to impart a distinctive cool climate white wine fruitiness. The complexity of the oils profile has seen selectors stretched looking for descriptors to document this unique new world variety.


A hop that may require judicious application in the brew house, this truly unique dual-purpose variety can be used to produce big punchy Ales as well as subtle aroma driven Lagers. The fruitiness may be a little overpowering for the un-initiated, however those with a penchant for bold hop character will find several applications for this true brewer's hop.

'The quintessential New Zealand hop'


Very much at home in the new-world styles such as American Pale Ale and IPAs. The very cool team at SurfCraft led by Kirrily (Beer Diva) and Dave selected this unique retro hop with our Pintail Lager. This hop is considered by some as being extreme and it certainly makes it presence felt in speciality craft and seasonal beers while having gained a considerable international reputation in recent times.

Tasting notes:

The Pintail Lager celebrates the pioneers of modern-day surfing known as The Brookvale Six. We have collaborated with one of the Six and one of the longest serving surfboard manufacturers in Australia, Bennett Surfboards, who since 1956 has been a beacon of innovation amongst the surfing community. We take inspiration from the forward-thinking philosophy of the Bennett’s and have shaped a refreshing, well-balanced lager with a unique twist. Using NZ hop Nelson Sauvin, a hop that was a little innovator itself with its unique Sauvignon Blanc and gooseberry characters, we pay homage to those who can take something seemingly relatively every day and elevate it to new heights. Our Pintail Lager does just that.

Thanks to our mates in NZ, at nzhops ltd.


Team SurfCraft

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