After the madness of hop picking and with the creeping autumnal weather upon us, in theory the hop farm should slow down to a calm sedate state, with time spent sleeping and tasting some of the beers we worked so hard to flavour with our hops! This is only partly true… Continue reading “Beers & Autumn!”
We have now reached the final chapter in our Hukins hop harvest story, starting from the field as a flower and finally ending up in some of the country’s most popular brews. Continue reading “Harvest has Ended”
With the Oast house full and the kilns ready and waiting, the next job is to dry these green hops in to the finished product that is so vital to breweries all over the world.
Continue reading “From Green to Dry”
Harvest is in full swing!
After the hop bines have been cut and loaded on to the tractor, they then begin the journey into the kiln via the hop picking machine. Continue reading “From The Field To The Kiln”
After months and months of waiting the time is finally here, and with the sun shining and the hops at their peak, work has started on a long and fruitful harvest. Continue reading “Harvest is here!”
Introduced by Wye College in 1972 this variety was bred from two trial varieties. It is very well related with its grandmother being Northern Brewer and its aunt – Northdown. Continue reading “Challenger- the perfect dual!”
With the harvest soon approaching there is one employee that has been hard at work every day for the past 55 years, never had a day off, always on time and never seems to grumble. Some days he may have to stop for a breather without warning and it does take some time to coax him back into action, but when he’s up and running its full steam ahead. Introducing the picking machine, 5 tons of pure hop picking steel. Continue reading “Harvest is coming…”
To celebrate Green Hop 2017, Old Dairy Brewery have pushed the boundaries even further. Continue reading “Old Dairy Brewery push the Green Hop Beer Boundaries even further with Hukins Hops”
Winner of the IBD National Hop Awards 2016. Our Fuggle variety dates back to 1875 and was the first true Weald of Kent hop variety. It has achieved international acclaim from brewers, heavily in demand in the US Craft Market and offers medium intensity with minty and earthy notes. It has an alpha bittering range of 4 to 6.5%.
Introduced to the market by Richard Fuggle of Benchly Kent in 1861 it has since then gone on to form a dynasty of hops as it is grown in Slovenia as Styrian Goldings and in the USA as Oregon Fuggle.
Fuggle is a low to moderate yielding aroma variety that matures early to mid-season. With its use as the main brewing hop with many big breweries as it gives off a full-bodied flavour for which English Ales became famous for. It’s this characteristic that has made it a main stay in British hop growing for over 130 years.
Here at Hukins Hops are one of the last surviving Fuggle growers in Kent as it is grown primarily grown in Herefordshire and Worcestershire after many of the Kent farms became infected with Verticillium Wilt. But the fuggle on the farm withstood this meaning we are the oldest growers in the country and keeping the county where it was founded.
With our new garden under construction we turn our attention now to the baby hop plants. Grown in a greenhouse from cuttings for 2 months we have 5000 babies to look after until the new hop garden is ready to be planted in the spring.
Continue reading “The Nursery : Day Care For Hops”