Crafted Hops for Brewing

Our varieties include intense apricot from Ernest, oranges from Bullion and the classic English flavours of Fuggle, Golding’s and Challenger amongst others. We also supply ‘green’ fresh hop cones for seasonal green beers during harvest time. We will deliver if you fancy experimenting just get in touch. For prepared hops for brewing,  please call Ross Hukins directly on 07738443553 or send an email to ross@hukins-hops.co.uk.

We also are currently in the process of re-introducing a number of historic varieties no longer grown in the U.K including the Hukins Hop, lost in time in the British Hop Library for over 60 years.

The Hukins family passion for hop growing stretches across four generations. For over 100 years we have been growing British hop garlands on the unique ‘terroir’ in the Weald of Kent. Our maritime climate, Tunbridge Wells sandstone geology and sandy Wealden clay soil uniquely combine to give our aroma hops their very own set of unique brewing aroma characteristics.

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Ross Hukins

Our Aroma Hop Selection

Winner of the ‘best British Fuggle‘ IBD National Hop Awards 2016 and runner up in 2017.

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. An ideal hop to blend with something intense. It has an alpha bittering range of 4 to 6.5%.

Fuggle - For classic English favlours

Overall winner of the 2017 National Hop Competition and winner of the ‘best high intensity’ hop 2017.

We re-introduced this heritage British hop as an aroma to the farm in 2014. Although traditionally used in the early 1920’s as a dual hop in bitters, stouts and porters, it has strong zesty aromas of oranges and blackcurrants making stunning notes for both IPA’s and Pales. It has an alpha bittering range of 7-9%.

Bullion - Intense orange and blackcurrants

Winner of the IBD National Hop Competition ‘best medium intensity’ 2017.

Our classic Challenger variety gives us an intense spicy, cedar aroma effects and can be used for dynamic ‘hopy’ beers as well as traditional bitters. Often overlooked as an aroma hop, it has real dual purpose qualities and is found in many of the countries award winning beers time are time. It has an alpha bittering range of 6.5 to 9%.

Challenger - the perfect dual

We sell all our varieties as Green Hops for dramatic hoppy seasonal Green Beers each harvest in August and September. These green hops retain viscous aromas usually lost in the drying process giving a new aspect to their dried counterparts. Contact us in advance to reserve your Green Hops, we will send them anywhere in the UK.

Green Hops at Harvest - experimental brewing

The most British of hop flavours. This heritage variety has been grown across Kent since the 1790’s. Specific aromas include smooth and delicate profiles with floral, lavender, spice, honey, earth, lemon and thyme overtones. If you are looking for classical flavours, look no further. It contains an alpha acid content of 4.5 to 6.5%.

English Golding's - A kent classic

Ernest is a heritage aroma hop with new world flavour profiles aptly named after Prof Ernest Salmon. It was selected at Wye College, Kent as a seedling under code OZ97a in 1923. It was in production on farm trials in 1957 and 1958 but it was considered not appropriate, due to its “strong, coarse, American aroma”. Funny how times change. We are the only growers in the South East.

Ernest - intense apricots & lychee

In 1953, my Grandfather Walter Douglas, a volunteer to Wye Hops, took cuttings from a wild hop plant that had been growing up a Kent round oast house on our farm since the 1800’s.  After reviewing Professor Ernest Salmon at Wye Hops added it to the National Collection. It laid dormant until 2017 when by chance, we noticed it in a hand-written extract. Now rediscovered we are in the process of taking cuttings for propagation. Watch this space. Hukins Hop is coming….

The Hukins Hop - coming soon