The 4th Kent Green Hop Beer Fortnight (2015) is under way! You can find this year’s beer list here. We will continue to update details of this year’s event during the Fortnight – and we are also posting regular news and features on the news page.
Please bear with us as we update the site as it usually takes a while to do each section and we have limited resources to get it done.
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NB: We try to mention the year info on here refers to (if need be) so if it says ‘2014’ the detail probably hasn’t been updated yet!
Kent Green Hop Beer Fortnight is offering sponsorship opportunities for 2016. Contact us for more details or to discuss.
All our Kent Green Hop Beers are:
What is Kent Green Hop Beer?
Kent Green Hop Beer is beer made with fresh, or green, Kentish hops – instead of using hops that have been dried as is more traditional in brewing. The beers have a characteristic fresh taste because the hops used contain many of the oils that are normally lost when hops are dried. We make sure the hops are as fresh as can be by using them within 12 hours of being picked.
And there’s a fortnight dedicated to these beers?
Indeed there is. We think Kent Green Hop Beers are more than a bit special so we want EVERYBODY to come and try them.
Kent Green Hop Beer Fortnight usually officially begins at at Canterbury Food & Drink Festival this year on Friday 25th September 2015. This the only occasion and location when all (or nearly all!) Kent Green Hop Beers will be available in the same place at the same time. Select pubs throughout the county will also be stocking Kent Green Hop Beers, see our Where to drink page. Breweries in East Kent are also holding another Open Day for 2015 so you can drink Kent Green Hop Beer with the people that make it.
Who makes these amazing beers?
Almost every brewery in Kent is making at least one – some have made several. We have more than 20 breweries in the county so that’s a huge range of beers – more than 30 this year! They’ll all be different too as each brewer will be creating their own recipe. Have a look at our Beers page for a list with descriptions and tasting notes.
I own/run a pub, how can I buy Kent Green Hop Beers?
For sales contact each brewery direct or get in touch with wholesalers Firkin Ales Ltd. Kent Green Hop Beers are very popular and sell out quickly so place your order as early as you can!
How can I let my customers know my pub is part of Kent Green Hop Beer Fortnight? **Download 2015 posters below**
Every year we try to list all the pubs stocking Kent Green Hop Beer on our ‘where to drink’ page but we rely on the information provided to update the list. Brewers and wholesalers usually let us know who has bought Kent Green Hop Beer but it would be BRILLIANT if pubs contacted us too!
Last year (2014) we trialled PDF posters for pubs and bars to print off and display on their premises. These told customers (and potential new customers if placed in your window) that you have Kent Green Hop Beer and are part of Kent Green Hop Beer Fortnight. You can download posters for 2015 below.
Can I do more than just put up a poster?
Most definitely! You could hold your own Kent Green Hop Beer festival – and if you let us know about it we will list it on this website – or you could run a beer tasting, meet the brewer session or some other kind of event – and again if you tell us about this we’ll list it on the website. If you want some advice on how to put on an event and/or how to publicise it then let us know.
How can I find out more and make sure I get to Kent in time to try these beers?
Whether you are a drinker or a publican, or some other kind of beer lover sign up to receive Kent Green Hop Beer News by email to be the first to receive news of what’s happening (see the box towards the top of the right hand side of the page) and follow us @KentGreenHop on Twitter.
We look forward to seeing you for Kent Green Hop Beer Fortnight!