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Posted: 07 September 2011
Last weekend was the Faversham Hop Festival, a town wide celebration with live music, Morris dancers, brewery tours, market stalls and much much more.
For the brewers it started on Friday when we welcomed a group of journalists and took them to a local hop farm to have a go at hop picking and to see hops in all their glory. There were expert hop growers and researchers present to answer any questions as well as brewers for the brewing viewpoint. This was followed by a beer and food evening, then a brewery tour and lunch on Saturday finishing with time spent at the hop festival.
On Friday evening I also hosted 50+ of our local CAMRA members in the Old Brewery Stores. We had a great time, showing them the brewery and discussing what new beers are coming along, tasting some beers for the first time (works in progress not yet available outside of the brewer’s sample room) and having more informal discussions over supper. I was presented with a certificate for our Festival Special Ale which won a silver award at the recent Kent Beer Festival (and representatives of The Old Dairy Brewery were presented with their Bronze award). The evening ended with a very generous donation to Help for Heroes from the CAMRA members.
The hop festival itself was a tremendous success, huge crowds on Saturday and a very lively day on Sunday despite the occasional heavy downpours. The brewery tours were full and many came to Faversham on our special hop pickers steam train.
This week has been just as busy as we replenish the supply chain and ensure that there is still plenty of beer available as soon as the casks and kegs have been returned for us to fill them.
Stewart Tricker - Senior Brewer