A Hawke’s Bay couple who started brewing beer to avoid a Nigerian government ban on foreign beer are now planning to expand their Maraekakaho “beer farm” to cope with demand.
Godsown Brewery owners Godfrey Quemeneur and Rachel Downes originally started off with a cellar door operation in Hawke’s Bay before making the move to a fully licensed restaurant with brew house and hop garden, just last year.
Downes said they chose to start growing their own hops to brew because they wanted to see a natural “farm to plate” kind of product.
“We’re growing the smooth growing variety, which grows wild around New Zealand. We had a trial for a couple of years, just to see if it was going to work.
Photo: Brewer Godfrey Quemeneur.
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Posted: 2 April 2018