south african hops

South African flag logo

If you’re really looking to brew fearless, consider adding South African hops to your go-to collection. Because they are bred specifically for South Africa’s growing conditions, these hop varietals offer unique flavor and aroma characteristics not available in hops from other regions. The results? Your favorite beer recipes get a whole new twist.

Hops from South Africa are relatively rare. To compare, in 2019 the US (which is the world’s leading hop grower) produced 113 million pounds of hops. South Africa, on the other hand, produced just 1.6 million pounds.

John Fearless, through our relationship with SAB Hop Farms, happens to be one of the few distributors available to help you get your hands on them.

History of South African Hops

The Duke will help you learn about South African hops.


Historically, South African hops were bred for bittering. But within the last several years, growers have been developing more and more aroma varieties in response to the current demand by much of the brewing community around the world.

South African flag logo with hops

Some of the more popular South African hop varietals include:

Southern Star

High in alpha acids yet big in flavor, Southern Star works well as a bittering hop but also delivers bright, fruity aromas when used in late additions.

Southern Promise

One of the first developed in South Africa that didn’t require artificial light. It’s used for both bittering and aroma, with a woody, earthy fragrance.

Southern Tropic

This bittering hop is ideal for use in hop-forward beers with a desired tropical fruitiness that includes sweet hints of melon, pineapple and guava. 


This well-rounded hop has some resinous pine along with bright and sweet fruit flavors of papaya, gooseberries, and melon. It’s ideal for hop-forward beers.

Southern pASSION

Passionfruit, red berries, and sweet fruits predominate, but there is also an earthy and spiciness to it with some pronounced grassy notes.

african queen (j17)

This exciting, dual-purpose hop balances between fruity and traditional bitterness, strong citrus notes, ideal for use in bold, full-bodied beers.

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These hop varietals and more are available through John Fearless.

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