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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.

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 Fortnight 2015

It’s happening – and it starts in a month’s time!

Put the dates of Kent Green Hop Beer Fortnight in your diary: Fri 25 Sept to Sun 11th October. Yes it’s a bit longer than a Fortnight because we want to extend the joys of Kent Green Hop Beer as much as we can!

What’s on?

Launch Weekend: As usual it all kicks off at Canterbury Food & Drink Festival from Fri 25th to Sun 27th September. We’ve got a bigger tent this year and we’ll also have green hop beer-infused smoked brisket and ribs for you – courtesy of chefs from the Foundry Brewpub.

NEW for 2015: West Kent Green Hop Festival at The Poacher & Partridge in Tonbridge, 2 – 4th October. Music, dancing, food, craft stalls and – most importantly – a wide selection of Kent Green Hop Beer! More details to follow.

Poacher Green Hop Festival pic

Returning for 2015: East Kent Open Day (Sat 10th Oct) – where Gadds’, Goody Ales, Wantsum Brewery, The Foundry Brewpub and Canterbury Ales open their doors to the public (noon – 9pm) and various buses will take punters from brewery to brewery to drink green hop beer and meet the people that make it.

You can also find Kent Green Hop Beers at Broadstairs Food Festival 2-4 Oct and CAMRA’s Spa Valley Railway beer festival 23-25 Oct.

News of the brews: Some 27 breweries are expected to make a Kent Green Hop Beer this year. Here’s a round up of some of their plans.

Caveman Brewery, betwixt Dartford and Gravesend, will be making three green hop beers this year, including the new Swanscombe Woman – which is named after the skull found in the former Barnfield Pit quarry (now Swanscombe Heritage Park). It will be a 4.7% hoppy brown ale, brewed by Helen Farrow who’ll be using Bullion hops – an old English variety which has been quite successful when grown in North America and is now being grown again in Kent.

Larkins Brewery in Chiddingstone (west of Tonbridge) make their green hop beers with the produce of their own hop garden! Green Hop Best (4%) will feature Goldings and Bramling Cross and last year won Champion Beer of the Festival at the 2014 CAMRA/Spa Valley Railway event in Tunbridge Wells.

Musket Brewery of Linton (near Maidstone) are brewing twice as much of their Flash in the Pan as they did last year. Being a small brewery that means just 40 casks… didn’t we always tell you Green Hop Beer is an exclusive, get-it-while-you-can drink?

The Foundry Brewpub, Canterbury – leading lights and one of the founders of KGHBF – are going mad for green hops as usual. They’ll be making four different beers including Green Chapel (4.6%) in collaboration with Christ Church University as part of its Beer, Bread and Honey project – through which it will growing its own food, herbs and hops, keeping beehives and baking in a community bread oven.

Goacher’s Brewery in Maidstone are launching a new green hop beer for 2015, previously having made a green hop version of their Silver Star. Look out this year for Goacher’s Green Hop Ale (3.9%) a pale ale, late hopped entirely with green East Kent Goldings.

Young woman pouring KGHB 2013 LOW RES

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