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The Kent Green Hop Beers at Canterbury F & D Fest

Our tent at Canterbury marks the official start of Kent Green Hop Beer Fortnight, but I have the feeling that for some it is the Fortnight. There’s always such a good atmosphere and plenty of familiar faces year-after-year.


This year it seems you loved the beer more than ever. You got through 800 pints on the Friday! Gadds’ Green Hop Ale (4.8%) is always the first cask to sell out – which is why we always have several casks of it – but the next to go this year was Old Dairy Fuggles (4%). Everyone seemed to agree it was delicious. You’ll have to seek this one out in pubs across the county now, or one of the brewery’s KGHB events, as we only had one cask of it for Canterbury. I’ll whet your appetite by telling you it’s a light, delicate and very drinkable brew with honey and lemon hop flavours against the restrained sweetness of a malt backdrop reminiscent of brown sugar. Absolutely worth hunting for.

We have many other delicious brews at Canterbury Food & Drink Festival this Saturday (24th Sept). Here’s a flavour of what’s on offer.2016-kghb-casks-canterbury

*Bexley Brewery Berry EKG pale ale (4.1%) has an enticing perfumed, floral aroma threaded with lemony notes leading you in to a zesty beer with honey notes. One that really evokes the summer sunshine.

East Kent Green Hop Collaboration (5%) This collaboration between Gadds’, Canterbury Brewers/The Foundry, Canterbury Ales, Wantsum and Goody Ales tastes stunning. It’s super zingy, light and lemony. A juicy sherbet lemon of a beer! It’s hopped mostly with EKG along with a smidgen of Bullion – which here exhibits stone fruit notes rather than the blackcurrant it can offer up. Because it’s a green hop the flavour is delicate but the taste will please fans of American craft beers (but won’t put off traditional/British ale fans).

Wantsum Brewery Bullion (4.5%) poured much darker than I was expecting and has a pronounced spicy blackcurrant aroma and flavour with hints of chocolate. I bet it would taste great with a nice bit of venison!

Boutilliers Green Hop Saison (4.2%) Joining KGHBF for the first time Boutilliers have made a rather traditional saison. The aroma is of saison yeast with a hint of lemons. It’s a dry, snappy beer with more lemony notes emerging as you drink. I think it would be a good one to have with salmon or a dish like lemon chicken.

Pig & Porter Strangely Brown (4.8%) is much the same dark but light delight as it was last year. The green hops lift the malts so you get all of the flavour and body in a exceedingly drinkable beer. Expect lots of chocolatey flavours with a hint of lime.

We’re back at Canterbury today. The Food & Drink Festival is in Dane John Gardens. It’s free to get in. Opening times, 10am – 6pm. Find us at the foot of the mound – more directions here.

See you later for a beer! (See below for a couple of corrections to the beer list).

Beer list corrections – for Canterbury F&D

Bexley Brewery  *Instead of those listed we have – Berry EKG pale ale 4.1% (see tasting note above).

kghb-beer-board-cby-2016Pig & Porter Instead of Purest Green we have Green Spider Rye.

Wantsum In addition to what’s listed we have their Bullion.

Not long till Kent Green Hop Beer Fortnight!

In just over a month’s time we’ll get the chance to drink Kent Green Hop Beer again.

Apologies to all those of you patiently waiting for information on this year’s Fortnight. It IS happening and it starts on Friday 23rd September with our beer tent at the Canterbury Food & Drink Festival.

The East Kent brewers open day and bus tour will be on Saturday 8th October. Book tickets here.

The season finale, so to speak, falls beyond the official Fortnight but we’re always grateful for the support and enthusiasm of West Kent CAMRA who make a big feature of Kent Green Hop Beer at the Spa Valley Railway  Real Ale & Cider Festival (and Autumn Diesel Gala), which this year runs Friday 21st – Sunday 23rd October 2016.

Men enjoying KGHB 14


We’re working on the beer list right now and brewers are poised to start making this freshest of brews and the ultimate seasonal beer.

Over the next five weeks, in the run up to the start of the Fortnight, we’ll be posting news and features to whet your appetite.


So stay tuned, tell your friends and please follow us on Twitter (RTs, @mentions and use of the hashtag #KGHB much appreciated) so you don’t miss any Kent Green Hop Beer Fortnight 2016 news.

Kent Green Hop Beer List 2015

Drum roll…. trumpets… buntings hung out. It’s the 2015 Kent Green Hop Beer Fortnight BEER LIST!

NB: We do our best to make sure beer details are correct and up to date BUT they are subject to change! All beers subject to availability – please note that not all of these will be available at Canterbury Food & Drink Festival. Those unlikely to be there are marked with **.

Attwell’s Brewery

Attwell’s Green Hop (5%) Golden ale hopped either with EKG* or Northdown.

Bexley Brewery

Gushmere Fuggles Pale Ale (4%) Pale ale hopped with Fuggles.

**Hukins Bullion Pale (4%) Pale ale hopped with Bullion.

Brew Buddies

Bramling Cross Honey Ale (4.3%) Green hopped honey beer with Bramling Cross and local honey.

Canterbury Ales

Gold (5.5%) Golden ale hopped either with EKG or Northdown.

Beer name tbc (3.8%) Pale ale hopped with Early Bird – a variety of EKG.

Green and black (4.2%) Black and unfined (so may be naturally hazy), hops tbc.

Canterbury Brewers/The Foundry

Simply Saison (4.5%) Saison hopped with EKG and using Belgian saison yeast adding an earthy sweetness and toffee-banana flavours.

East Kent Red Rye (4.4%) Red rye beer hopped with EKG. Hefty malts provide caramel and biscuit-sweetness to balance massive herbal and marmalade hoppiness.

Single Hopped Pale Ale (4.7%) Pale ale hopped with EKG. Simple, clean and crisp pale ale allowing the hops to shine. Less malt more hop!

Harvest Night (5.6%) Black IPA hopped with EKG.

Green Chapel Ale (4.6%) Collaboration with Canterbury Christ Church University.

Caveman Brewery

Hunter Gatherer (3.5%) Pale ale hopped with Bramling Cross and made with Oats for added mouthfeel.

**Barnfield Red (4.5%) Red ale hopped with Challenger

**Swanscombe Woman (4.7%) Brown ale hopped with Bullion.

The Four Candles – micropub and brewery

**Four Candles Pale Green (4.5%) Pale ale hopped with Northdown.

**Four Candles Golden Green (3.8%) Golden ale hopped with tbc.

Gadds’ Ramsgate Brewery

Gadds’ Green Hop Ale (4.8%) Pale ale hopped with tbc. Crisp, zesty and bitter!

**Gadds’ Green Hop Export (6.5%) Stronger, hoppier keg version of Gadds’ green hop favourite. (Limited Edition – available in London and the north of England and The Montefiore Arms, Ramsgate).

Goachers Brewery

Goacher’s Green Hop Ale (3.9%) Pale ale hopped with EKG.

Goody Ales

Genesis Green Hop (3.5%) Ruby ale hopped with tbc. Lots of flavour for its low ABV and an extra fresh, lasting, green hoppy finish.

Good Harvest (3.8%) Amber ale hopped with EKG. Clean tasting amber ale with a unique taste of autumn. 

Goodness Gracious Me (4.8%) IPA hopped with tbc. Robust and citrus flavoured green hop India Pale Ale evoking the taste of an Indian summer.

Hop Fuzz

Green zinger (3.7%) Hopped with Bramling Cross.

Kent Brewery

Green Giant (6%) IPA hopped with colossal amounts of EKG.

Larkins Brewery

Green Hop Best (4%) Best Bitter hopped with Goldings and Bramling Cross from the brewery’s own hop garden.

Mad Cat Brewery

Green Hop Rye PA (4%) Rye ale ale hopped with EKG. Low colour pilsner malt, combined with the dryness of rye malt are balanced against the floral lemon scents of fresh EKGs.

Oatrageous Oat Pale Ale (3.9%) Pale ale hopped with Challenger. Oatmeal and Vienna malts offer a full bodied backdrop to the lemon scented essence of fresh EKGs.

Musket Brewery

Flash in the Pan (4%) Golden ale hopped with Goldings and Fuggles.

Old Dairy Brewery

Green Hop (4%) Pale ale hopped with Challenger.

Pig & Porter

**Purest Green (4.5%) Pale ale hopped with EKG.

Strangely Brown (4.4%) Porter hopped with Fuggles. Features a marriage of roasted and flaked barley to give a traditional porter flavour.

Ripple Steam

Farmhouse (4.2%) Pale ale hopped with Admiral.

Rockin Robin’

**Hop Rock It (4%) Old English green hop ale. Dark malts and delicate hop bouquet.

Shepherd Neame

Green Hop Ale (4.5%) Golden ale hopped with EKG.

Tonbridge Brewery

Capel Pale (4.5%) Pale ale hopped with Pilgrim. Light honey malts and zesty citrus hop finish.

Wantsum Brewery

Bramling Cross (4%) Best bitter hopped with Bramling Cross. Increased hop resin projects a fruity blackcurrant overtone into this ale with a spicy yet floral background.

Fuggles (4.5%) Best bitter hopped with Fuggles. Amber best bitter with hints of citrus. Brewed slightly lighter this year to delicately showcase the nature of this fine Kent hop.

Bullion (4.5%) Best bitter hopped with Bullion. Spicy, blackcurrant and floral. Light in colour with reduced dark malts to showcase this exceptional hop.

Challenger (4%) Best bitter hopped with Challenger.

Westerham Brewery

Scotney Green Hop Harvest Ale (4.5%) Bitter hopped with Goldings from Scotney Castle Hop Garden. Mid gold bitter with sweet, sappy hop bitterness balanced with malt flavours.

Whitstable Brewery

Grafty Green Hop (4.8%) Pale ale hopped with Challenger. Expect an invigorating burst of fruity, hoppy flavour, a full-bodied mouthfeel and a floral and cedar aroma.

Nelson Brewery

Conqueror (4%) Hopped with Admiral.

END of beer list.

Printable beer list available for download here: 2015 KGH Beer List FINAL

*EKG stands for East Kent Goldings

**Probably NOT available at Canterbury F&D Festival – but will be available later in the Fortnight.


Take a look at the KGHB map to find your local brewery

KGHB at Canterbury Food & Drink Fest

We are back at Canterbury Food & Drink Festival, in Dane John Gardens, and have had such a busy first day this is the first chance KGHBF Publicity HQ’s had to log in and post an update.

The Kent Green Hop Bar is in a new location this year (2014) and is NOT the same as the Festival Bar! Here’s how to find us:

  • If you’ve entered via the Gas Street end of the Gardens follow the main tree lined path and we are ON THE RIGHT just before you get to the fountain.
  • If you have come in from the Watling St end then join the main tree lined path and head into the centre of the gardens towards the fountain – passing the main Produced in Kent stands and the bandstand on your left – go past the fountain and turn left where you’ll find us near the pub style seating just before the kids’ play area.
  • If you have come into the park from the Marlowe Ave side – take the shortest route to the tree lined main path and turn right, heading towards the fountain (with the bandstand on your left). We are on the left shortly after the fountain – near the pub style seating just before the kids’ play area.
Use the fountain as your landmark to find the bar this year (see directions above).

We are NOT by the fountain this year but it’s a good landmark for finding your way to the Green Hop Bar (see directions above).

The Green Hop Bar is also marked on the festival map, copies of which are available at the Festival – but basically we are not in the main area this year, we are near the mini fairground rides but also conveniently not too far from the loos!

The beers are tasting marvellous once again this year. The only downside is that some breweries have been unable to send casks in time. We hope to post an update to the beer list during the weekend but can only offer our apologies regarding any ‘missing’ beers and offer to help you find alternative brews to suit your palate.

We look forward to seeing you in Canterbury over the weekend!