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Posted: 01 September 2011
As I return from my holidays I hit the very busy late August period at the brewery.
We are gearing up for the Faversham Hop Festival on the 3rd and 4th of September. This is a town wide celebration with live music, morris dancers, brewery tours, market stalls and much much more.
In preparation for this we have brewed a green hop beer. This is our hop festival special that uses hops straight from the hop garden, in this case locally grown Cascade hops. This is only available in local pubs and our brewery bars during the weekend of the hop festival and has a delicate fresh hop aroma.
We have also had a guest brewer from the Fat Head Brewery of Ohio with us to brew Yakima Sun a beer for a future beer festival. This beer uses Centennial and Citra American hops (which due to their growing conditions tend to have a very pronounced aroma). It is always interesting to have guest brewers and allow them to brew in our traditional oak mash tuns, something they have often never even seen before. Brewing in the heart of the English hop growing region also helps bring our heritage alive for them.
As I look forward to trying the hop festival ale this weekend I urge you to come along if you are in the area, if not then keep an eye out for Yakima Sun in the near future.
Stewart Tricker - Senior Brewer