Meet Doug

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Prior to his appointment as Chief Executive Officer Doug was Head Brewer of Australia’s Malt Shovel Brewery and James Squire Brewhouses.  Doug has over 30 years’ experience in the brewing, beverage and hospitality industries and is an internationally recognised beer judge. He has always been around beer which has led him now to where he finds himself completely immersed in the industry and  bringing his knowledge and passion for brewing to the whole New Zealand Hops team. 

Doug joined our grower owned co-operative in 2006 and has played a pivotal role in the co-ordination and successful repositioning of the New Zealand hops brand internationally and the continuing development of our unique hop variety offering. He has published numerous papers and articles for brewing journals, technical papers and presentations on beer, brewing and hops and also continues to write and present on innovation, marketing, research and new product development. 

Doug’s affiliations and memberships include the Institute of Brewing and Distilling where he is a Director of the Asia Pacific Section. The Master Brewers Association of the Americas, the Brewers Association and the New Zealand Institute of Directors. 


Doug says, 

“The best thing about making beer is that when you are finished….. you’ve  got beer”