Last week we got to see the malting barley harvest in action at Ludow Farm in Otane, in the Hawke’s Bay. We were treated to a tour of the farm to see first-hand where our malt starts its life. Having nearly completed their yearly harvest, Simon and his family were able to join us for a shared lunch, prepared by his sister Anna.
After our tour of the farm, we sat down in a cleared patch in the middle of a ripe barley paddock, with some fantastic Hawke’s Bay scenery in the background, and celebrated the end of a great season by savouring some specially brewed beers on this hot summer’s day.
We were joined by Simon’s parents Neil and Gwen, his wife Lou and their baby Oscar, as well as some of the lovely people from Giant Brewing, Zeelandt, Roosters, Godsown, Peak Brewery, Trinity Hill and Home Brew West.