With the hops rooting nicely on the bench having been given a helping hand in life from the warm temperature and mist, it’s time to pot them and harden them up.
With spring well and truly under way it’s the perfect time of year to start propagating hops. Continue reading “Propagation Station”
Spring has officially arrived and with it brings, in our opinion, the best seasonal ales. With the winter becoming longer and colder it seems a lifetime ago that pubs dedicated a hand pump too stouts, ruby’s and porters and by march a much-needed change is more than welcome. Continue reading “First days of spring”
It may be all empty gardens and the on/off stringing in preparation of the 2018 harvest right now. But while we struggle on through the cold winter months in the northern hemisphere, it’s a completely different story for our cousins in the southern part of this planet. With harvest in full swing they have reached the busiest and most crucial time of the year. Continue reading “Harvest Down Under and Beyond”
Being a farm with over 250 acres to look after can be tricky, especially if we didn’t name any of the fields, and we don’t mean names like Dave or Chris. Many farms in the UK use features of the field to name them. A feature can be a one of the landscape, a man made structure or even animals that dwell there. Continue reading “The field with no name”
During our visit to Hook Norton brewery, we discovered we weren’t the only ones picking up awards. Dr Peter Darby, hop researcher and public figurehead behind Wye Hops, which is a vital research center for the British Hop industry, was bestowed with the order of the hop. Becoming a Chevalier (knight) in this age old tradition. Continue reading “Order of the hop”
Our very own Bullion sample, was crowned overall champion. Continue reading “IBD Hop Awards 2017 results are in, Drum roll Please!”
What makes an award winning hop? Is it the terroir? The climate and conditions in which the hop is grown in, or is it the people whose hard work year on year make sure the hops are protected from pests and disease?
Whatever it is it’s nice to know you’re doing it right, and what better way to celebrate this achievement than with an awards ceremony, just like the Oscars. Continue reading “The Institute of brewing and distilling British Hop competition 2017”
Thanks to the explosion of craft brewing, it’s no wonder the international hop association has crowned hops Herb of the Year! Holding off such heavyweights as rosemary, fennel and who could forget oregano, to claim the highest of accolades that could ever be given to a herb. Continue reading “When is a hop not a hop?..When it’s a herb!”