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3,000 pints of Kent Green Hop Beer

As you might have guessed visitors to our tent at Canterbury Food & Drink Festival last weekend got through about 3,000 pints of #KGHB. You surely love Kent Green Hop Beer!

Also at the Festival we held our first beer competition, judged – in a blind tasting so they didn’t know which beer was which – by a dedicated team headed by Gill Keay of the Canterbury, Herne Bay and Whitstable branch of CAMRA.

Beer judging is serious business

Beer judging is serious business

The competition was kindly sponsored by Muntons, with the winner not only receiving the Green Hop Cup but a marvellous pallet of malt for their efforts.

paul-kent-brewery-kghb-cup-winnerAnd the winner is… Kent Brewery Green Giant, a 6% IPA packed with East Kent Goldings. Always a favourite with drinkers it clearly wowed the judges too.

Kent Green Hop Beer Fortnight now continues at the county’s pubs and clubs. Micropubs especially seem keen to support the Fortnight and we especially thank those who mention @KentGreenHop when they tweet what beers they have on as this enables us to RT and keep you posted of what’s on and where.

If you are a licensee who’s serving Kent Green Hop Beer email me a pic of you and one of your pub and we will try and hail you as a #KGHB supporter. This is in lieu of not being able to update our ‘where to drink’ section this year.

One Inn the Wood, Orpington is particularly hot on tweeting its Kent Green Hop delights, The Long Pond, Eltham also tweets us now and again and we know The London Tavern, Margate was especially excited about stocking #KGHB this year. (Apologies to anyone I’ve forgotten).

Let us know and we’ll do our best to let everyone else know.

Coming soon… a preview of West Kent CAMRA‘s beer festival in October featuring lots of Kent Green Hop Beer.

Meet the Kent Green Hop brewers: Toby Simmonds of Kent Brewery

Like many a good and auspicious plan Kent Brewery was founded after a ‘bloke I met down the pub’ conversation.

Paul Herbert and Toby Simmonds got chatting about how Paul wanted to start a brewery and they decided to join forces. They produced their first beers in October – so Kent Brewery will soon be celebrating its 5th Birthday.

Toby Simmonds of Kent Brewery looking a little serious.

Toby Simmonds of Kent Brewery looking a little serious.

There’s a few names in the British brewing scene that automatically make those in the beery know nod appreciatively – one of them being Dark Star (from over the border in Sussex) – Toby began his brewing career as a trainee there.

Before becoming a brewer he’d gone to agricultural college but when farming didn’t work out as a career he made the move into the sciences working for Cancer Research UK.

“I’ve never looked back since becoming a brewer,” says Toby. “One of the things I’m most passionate about is new hop varieties that can compete with the more vibrant and aromatic varieties produced in North America, Australia and New Zealand.

“Paul and I encourage research into developing these new hops, and look forward to the day when they help revive the hop industry in Kent.”

They practice what they preach when it comes to big flavours to compete with imported hops. Sixty kilos of East Kent Goldings are packed into their Green Giant IPA (6%) and the beer has quite a following – with pubs placing orders for it weeks in advance.

Green Giant will be available at the Green Hop Beer tent at Canterbury Food & Drink Festival this weekend (Fri 25th – Sun 27th Sept) at pubs throughout Kent and select pubs in London.

For more about Kent Brewery visit their website: www.kentbrewery.com

COMING SOON: The Kent Green Hop Beer List 2015 will be published this Tuesday 22nd September at around 12 noon!

Kent Green Hop brewing is under way!

With just a few weeks to go before the start of Kent Green Hop Beer Fortnight brewers are rushing around like crazy to grab those fresh hops and make them into beer.

Be sure to join us at Canterbury Food & Drink Festival from Friday 27th to Sunday 29th September and in the county’s pubs between 27th Sept and 11th Oct for your chance to drink this year’s Kent Green Hop Beers!

Old Dairy does it again

It was the first to brew a Kent Green Hop Beer last year and for the second year running the first brew has been carried out by Old Dairy of Rolvenden, near Cranbrook.

They completed their first KGHB on 30th August using locally sourced Phoenix hops. Brewer David Berry said, “We’re really pushing the boat out this year and are producing six brews. Four of these will be standard pale ales at 4% ABV, but all will be using a different hop,”


He added: “We’ve also brewed two of our regular beers with green hops. Copper Top is now Copper Hopper and our Wild Hop Ale (which isn’t really part of the Fortnight as it features a hop from Sussex) is called Wet & Wild.”

Old Dairy’s three single hopped KGHBs will feature Admiral, Challenger and Target respectively.

Fastest brew

Old Dairy may be first but Kent Brewery in Birling (north west of Maidstone) are claiming to be fastest. Their Twitter feed says they managed to get their hops into the copper in just 2.5 hours from bine to brew!

New faces

Mad Cat Peter shovelling fresh green hops!

Mad Cat Peter shovelling fresh green hops!

New to Kent Green Hop Beer Fortnight is Mad Cat Brewery in Faversham. It has thrown itself into the spirit of the Fortnight and is making two brews, Mad Cat Autumn Sun and Mad Cat Autumn Moon. (NB Only Autumn Sun will be available at the launch. Autumn Moon will is to be released the following week.)

Autumn Sun has been named for the colour of the beer and will feature Fuggles hops.

Mad Cat got its hops from Redsell’s Farm which is just four miles away from the brewery.

If you’ve just popped by the website don’t forget to sign up to get Kent Green Hop News by email so you’re up to date with all this year’s happenings.

Kent Green Hop Beer Fortnight 2013 is sponsored by Simply Hops