One of the best ways of learning more about beer is to visit a brewery and talk to the people who make it. As part of Kent Green Hop Beer Fortnight brewers in the east of the county are offering people to the chance to do just that. This Saturday, 8th Oct, is East Kent Open Day. Breweries are open from about midday until 9pm, depending on the brewery, and entry is free. Expect tours, music, food and, of course, Kent Green Hop Beers.
You can book a bus tour to visit them all or just pop along to your local/favourite brewery. This is just about your last chance to book bus tickets (subject to availability) ahead of the tour on Saturday.
The breweries taking part are:
Gadds’ Brewery, Ramsgate:
7 Hornet Close, Pyson’s Road Ind Est, Broadstairs, CT10 2YD
The Foundry Brewpub, Canterbury:
White Horse Ln, Canterbury CT1 2RU
Canterbury Ales, Canterbury:
Unit 7, Stour Valley Business Park, Ashford Road, Canterbury, CT4 7HF
Sparrows Way, Hersden, Canterbury, CT3 4AL
Goody Ales, Herne:
Bleangate Brewery, Braggs Lane, Herne, Kent, CT6 7NP.
If you follow us on Twitter you might have spotted that we keep going on about how much everyone loves Kent Green Hop Beer. To prove it’s true three #KGHB fans share their thoughts on the ultimate seasonal beer.
Mark Doig, Part time writer, Bexley.
“Kent brewers produce some fantastic green hopped beers. The first I ever had came from Gadds’ Ramsgate brewery. Been there, done that, got the t-shirt is true in my case. I’m no scientist, so I don’t know why, but there’s a fresh bitter zing to the beers brewed with green hops from the Garden of England. Now, lots of Kent breweries experiment with these fantastic fresh beers and I cannot wait for each year’s new offerings. Whilst Thanet is England’s capital of Micropubs, I’m lucky to live in the borough of Bexley and can hunt out some of these beers in many specialist ale houses and a brewery.”
You can follow Mark on Twitter @MarkDoigFC
Paul Bailey, Beer aficionado and blogger, Tonbridge
“Bright sunshine, unseasonably warm temperatures and the lovely setting of Canterbury’s historic Dane John Gardens, are the perfect backdrop for enjoying some of the finest beers Kent’s 40-odd breweries can produce and a great way to unwind after a busy week. As a beer lover, and a Kentish one at that, for me the Festival is the perfect occasion to sample these wonderful beers – which are full of resinous flavours from the use of freshly harvested hops, rather than the usual dried variety.”
Read Paul’s blog here.
Lisa Wadlow, Beer sommelier, Petts Wood
“The idea of holding Kent Green Hop Fortnight every year is a fantastic one. Lots of local breweries coming together to make it a success shows how healthy the Kent brewing industry is and as the county is known for growing hops I love the fact the Fortnight takes place here. We are of course always in the hands of Mother Nature, as the hop harvest can be affected by the weather. But it’s the contrast between the hops, not just from one variety to another but also from year to year, that make Green Hop beers a unique experience.The freshness of the hops shines through and as a beer fanatic it’s a real treat to try beers that are genuinely unique and only available for a limited time.”
Follow Lisa on Twitter @TheHopFlower and read her blog here.
Although the Fortnight officially draws to a close this weekend, the unofficial season finale is the Spa Valley Railway/West Kent CAMRA beer festival in late October. We’ll preview the event in a special post next week.