Meet the Kent Green Hop brewers: Gadds’ Ramsgate Brewery

Gadds’ Ramsgate Brewery is one of the founders of Kent Green Hop Beer Fortnight…. but there’s more than one brewer to be found there. So let’s meet Sue Fisher who got in touch with KGHBF publicity HQ to share her green hop brewing experiences. Sue gave up a nearly 20 year career as an art and photography teacher at a local college to become a brewer. Now there’s a career change! It must have been the allure of the hops…

Sue Fisher, brewer at Gadds' Ramsgate Brewery
Sue Fisher, brewer at Gadds’ Ramsgate Brewery

“For me Kent Green Hop Beer is a fantastic celebration of the best, freshest Kent hops, forging links between brewers, farmers and local people by developing an awareness and appreciation of beer, the brewing process and the county’s hop farming industry – and I feel privileged to be a part of it.

“The best things about brewing a Green Hop beer in East Kent are the 7am visit to Humphrey’s hop gardens to gather kilos of freshly picked Goldings by hand and being able to immerse yourself in that fresh green aroma as you speed them back to the brewery in time for the end of the boil.

“Then there’s the excitement of the first taste a week later. l love the unique, resinous quality that the green hops give to the beer. “

I’m also looking forward to being able to share this excitement at Canterbury Food & Drink Festival and our Open Day … hopefully creating some new beer lovers along the way.”

STOP PRESS…. Although, as Sue says above, Gadds’ usually uses East Kent Goldings for its green hop beer at time of brewing they had not been harvested so this year’s brew is hopped with Northdown.  Making it an even rarer brew than usual!

We’ll meet another Kent Green Hop brewer very soon… We’re also working on this year’s Where to drink section and the all important beer list. Sign up for our news updates so you don’t miss any announcements – see subscribe box at the top of the right hand side of the page. 


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