Friday, 21 November 2014

Conspiracy of the season

We all have our favourite things, and we don't like letting go of them; we like to have them around all the time, not just when they want to be around. Green Hop Ale falls into that particular sorting bin for me - it's gone, it'll be back next year, but in the meantime I'll miss it like I miss the summer. However...

This deliciously rich dark ale, hopped with a mixture of earthy, blackcurrenty Willamette and (for contrast) zesty Cascades is a gorgeous way to waste (and taste) away a couple or three of your recommended units and an hour or two of your allocated time on Earth, dreaming perhaps of a Kent hop garden in late August.

 It's the best reason I can think of to welcome cold, damp winter afternoons and evenings.

Available in all the best East Kent pubs, especially the Montefiore Arms, throughout the winter.

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

East Kent Green Hop Brewers' Open Day

Sunday October 12th
10am to 6pm
The following breweries will open their doors for the day:

  • ·         Goody’s Ales
  • ·         Canterbury Ales
  • ·         The Foundry Brewpub
  • ·         Wantsum Brewery
  • ·         Gadds’ Ramsgate Brewery

Visit one, or visit them all and enjoy brewery tours, light entertainment, great food and, of course, barrels of Kent Green Hop Ale.

For those wanting to visit all 5, and looking for an easy life, we’ve organised one bus tour leaving from each brewery.

To book bus tours (£10 per head) check the routes below and contact the brewery most relevant to your travel plans.

  • The Wantsum Bus picks up at Deal Station at 10am, heads over to Wantsum Brewery and starts the Tour at 11am (
  • The Gadds’ Bus picks up at Broadstairs Station, heads over to Gadds’ Brewery and starts the Tour at 11am (
  • The Goody’s Bus picks up at Herne Station, heads over to Goody’s Ales and starts the Tour at 11am (
  • The Canterbury Ales bus picks up at Canterbury West at 10am, heads to Canterbury Ales and leaves on Tour at 11am (
  • The Foundry Bus starts at the Foundry Brewpub at 11am (

Each tour arrives back at the starting brewery at about 4:30 before heading back to the starting stations at 5pm, arriving there sometime later. Obviously you have the choice of starting at the station or starting at the brewery, and finishing at the brewery or finishing at the station. Full timetables are here.
Reserve your tickets in advance and pay at the starting brewery on the day.
Apologies: the tickets had been previously advertised at £7.50. This was before we had a true picture of the costs and was based on a single bus. I apologise profusely for promising something I can’t deliver. I do believe £10 represents great value for you though.

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Green Hop Ale Launch 2014

So the Head Brewer (me) now has a pub and the world seems to be just that little bit righter: Head Brewers ought to live in pubs. It's been the 'Best Pub in the World' for the last 12 years running and is set to eclipse that by getting the 'Lifetime Achievement Award' in my own, personal, Pub of the Year competition. It's a community based pub and it gets through plenty of local ale.

Anyway, it's Green Hop! And Gadds' Green Hop Ale gets an exclusive launch in the Monte next Wednesday evening. I'll be pulling the first pint at 7pm, for me. The second will go to some local pillar of the community or other (ideas on a postcard please) and the rest is for you lot. It will run out before 9pm, at which point we'll draw the raffle. The raffle prize is the first case of Green Hop off the bottling line (even before mine).

See you then, then.

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

East Kent hop harvest update

I spoke to Humphrey earlier this morning (pick a sunny morning, and call early, and you're in with a chance of a friendly conversation).
'They look pretty enough'

'Changing every day'
'One bine spindly, one heavy'
'Never seen anything like it'
'We'll start on the 4th, or the 5th'

More as and when.

Tuesday, 10 June 2014

Kent Green Hop Brewers 2014

View Kent Green Hop Brewers in a larger map

Let me know if I've missed anyone?

Monday, 9 June 2014

East Kent Hop Update

These are our East Kent Goldings. They're not as tall as some of the other varieties just at the moment.

Thursday, 22 May 2014

The Isle of Thanet

Londoners have been escaping to the Isle of Thanet for more that 200 years … for the laidback seaside vibe … breathtaking sandy beaches … fresh sea air … and romantic Turner skies …

Here at the very edge of the Garden of England, three Georgian and Victorian resorts, each with its own distinctive character – Margate, Broadstairs and Ramsgate – cluster around the bays at the far end of the peninsula.

There’s a retro feel to these harbour towns, with their remarkable 18th and 19th century architecture, their classic seaside heritage and kitsch, their eclectic attractions and live arts and music venues. And there is a variety of independent places to shop, eat, drink and stay.

Miles of low chalk cliffs edge the peninsula, sheltering a string of secluded, unspoilt sandy bays. Chalk rockpools, chalk stacks and rare chalk reefs teem with wildlife. These are the closest surfing beaches to the capital city: a popular choice with southeast boarders.

Artists, writers and musicians have long been inspired by this almost-island … and continue to be drawn here. Turner said Thanet had “the loveliest skies in all Europe” … for Dickens, Broadstairs was “the freshest, freest place” … and Tracey Emin declares in pink neon on Margate seafront: “I never stopped loving you”.

The Isle’s a historic landing place steeped in symbolism for the story of Britain …the first Saxons, Hengist and Horsa, arrived and settled here … and St Augustine first stepped onto these shores on his way to nearby Canterbury.

For this is the furthest south east you can go in Britain … almost touching mainland Europe … yet these days only 75 minutes from central London …

And now with the Turner Contemporary gallery and high-speed trains from the capital … a new generation is discovering this original seaside escape.

(I didn't write this, but I wish I did).