Tuesday, 6 October 2015

Green Hop Export

We're a parochial brewery, our beer rarely leaving east Kent. That's partly because we enjoy great sales here in our heartland, partly because I have strong feelings about cask beer supply chains and partly because we don't actually know how to sell beer anywhere else. And maybe we're a little lazy too.

I want to change this a little. I want to send beer to London, and to the North. Beer that takes a little piece of Kent with it and tells people about the place where it's brewed. So I'm developing a small range of beers suitable for kegging and sending off to distributors, who know how to distribute. This is the first in the range, and I rather like it.

Obvs. I'll keep some here, mainly for myself, and sell it through the best pub in the world 2015. And I'll 'launch' it on Saturday 10th October at the brewery, for my birthday.

Monday, 5 October 2015

Green Hop Beer

The summer may well be over but down here, in deepest Kent, the garden remains green, awash with around 50 different Kent Green Hop beers from 27 different breweries. These sappy-fresh brews are available in pubs throughout the county and sell ridiculously quickly.

This weekend sees the departure of the East Kent Green Hop Open Day Magic Green Bus Tour, so if you're stuck in London book a ticket, jump on a train and come down to the country/seaside to find some peace, and recharge the batteries. Where else can you get to visit five different breweries in a day, and supp Green Hop ales in each one?

Monday, 3 August 2015

First call for the Green Hop Open Day Bus Tour

Roll up folks and book yourself onto the Gadds' Green Hop Brewery Open Day Tour Bus (GGHBODB for short). Every year five East Kent breweries open their doors, on the same day, and invite all (and sundry) to poke around the premises, supp Green Hop Ale and dance in the sunshine. And for those of you that notice this as an ideal opportunity to visit five breweries in a day, we lay on a tour bus from each brewery. Ours starts at Broadstairs Grand Central Station for your convenience.

Since we're brewers, and not especially adept at running buses and ticketing, we've employed Eventbrite to sell bus tickets - buy them here.

And if you fancy touring the Green Hop breweries under your own steam, I'll be wearing the malliot vert and leading the peloton out from our brewery at around midday - do join us!

Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Gearing Up for Green Hop (part 1)

Kent Green Hop Beer Fortnight, that time of year when we all get to drink fantastically fresh beer, brewed with the first rewards of the years hop harvest, kicks off this year with a fantastically fresh event, the Canterbury Hop Pocket Race. The evening of Thursday 24th September will see idiotic teams of fools running, stumbling and falling their way up Canterbury High Street carrying a 76kg hop pocket, in a boneheaded attempt to become the first winners of the East Kent Goldings Cup. Cuts, bruises and abject public humiliation is the best the entrants to this absurd competition can hope for, and the likelihood is that the pain will last until next year.

So put it in your diary and come along armed with squishy fruit and verbal abuse, for the Gadds' Brewers are proud to be taking part.

A pocket of hops and hop dryers
Left to right: Clive, Captain Dog, Speedy & Me

Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Beautiful British Bitter

You know us: we like our hops Kentish, and our beer might sometimes, to some metropolitan tastes, seem a little old fashioned. I don't think so, I think we brew timeless beer styles, and I think we do it well. So when The Pub Landlord was looking for someone to brew a Beautiful British Beer we jumped at the chance to prove it.

Beautiful British Beer is a pale copper bitter of the very best tradition - biscuity sweet malts perfectly balanced by spicey, bitter East Kent Golding hops. It's not a brash American IPA, or a clinically produced Bavarian Pilsner, this beer is full of British balance and subtlety, and it's delicious. Mr Murray says:

‘For too long the British public has been beset by inferior ales and lacklustre lagers, it’s about time this Great Nation had a tipple it could be proud of, a shining beacon of hope in an ocean of bargain basement booze. This Beautiful British Beer is made with the finest ingredients and brewed by Kentish brewers handpicked by myself to create the finest drop known to man.’

Get it from our shop, or on-line here.

All Hail to the Ale.

Friday, 10 April 2015

Hop Shoots!

It's been a pretty cool spring so far, and the hops have been reluctant to show themselves too early as a result; the shoots are a week or so late in emerging from the ground. They are here now and, before they get sprayed, we have an opportunity to get into the gardens and pick bagfuls of them for the dinner table.

Hop shoots, you see, are a culinary delicacy, revered in the England of the past, and still vaguely remembered in Belgium and Italy. Picking them is thankless and back breaking and, in the absence of any automation, this makes them extremely expensive and consequently rare.

However, Ross Hukins of Haffenden Farm has invited us over next week to fill our boots, so long as we provide all the labour. I've never eaten Risotto di bruscandoli, or any other hop shoot dish, but I would certainly like to. And I like the idea of my favourite Kentish restaurants offering this very local, very seasonal, and very rare vegetable for one week a year, just to remind us all of where we live, if for no other reason.

So I'm off to Haffenden on Wednesday morning armed with suitable clothing, a sharp knife and some sacks to see what all the fuss is about. I'll even take a small stove, a pan, some butter, a bit of wild garlic and a bottle or two of beer to do a bit of Keith Floyd style in-the-field cooking. Hopefully I'll harvest vast quantities and spend Wednesday evening distributing them to the top Chefs in the area

If you live in East Kent and fancy joining me please drop me a line soonest - the more, the merrier.