Simon Nicholas

Owner & Brewer, Hop Federation Brewery

Established in September 2013, Hop Federation Brewery is located in the idyllic village of Riwaka and is owned and operated by Simon and Nicki Nicholas. 

Simon is chief brewer, with a wealth of experience gained as head brewer at Hallertau in Auckland after a long background in the liquor industry, mostly with Glengarry Wines. As you’d expect in a brewer, he has a great sense of smell, finely tuned taste buds and a passion for experimenting, all of which he combines with a commitment to consistency and an appreciation of the traditions of craft brewing.

With an established core range of beers being distributed across NZ; a tasting room that’s open 7days a week and 3 employees working with them; they hope to expand the capacity of the current brew house and develop more tasty, award winning beers that will continue to quench the thirst of locals and those who come from further afield.

Simon’s brewing expertise, particularly with brewing delicious, hoppy beers will be put to good use in the Brewing an IPA panel discussion.

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