Unveiling... Our Green Hop Ale!

Posted: 17 September 2012

Blog category: Beer, Kent Green Hop Beer, Pilot Brewery

Senior brewer Stewart Main has brewed Oast Dodger at Shepherd Neame’s pilot brewery for the Kent Green Hop Beer Fortnight. He explains why the brewery was keen to get involved: “Green hop ales are a unique opportunity to showcase the full array of flavours and aromas contained within hops. Brewers usually brew with dried hops which are designed to keep for a whole year, but once a year we’re afforded the opportunity to use fresh hops and retain some of the esters and aromas that are lost during the drying process.

“Brewing is a fraternal industry, so when we were invited to take part in a collective project with the other brewers in Kent, we jumped at the chance. Kent is one of only two major hop-growing areas in the UK and the industry needs the support of beer drinkers everywhere to help keep demand high and safeguard its future. We want to show how brewers who are side-by-side in one small corner of the world can produce a huge array of beers styles, flavours and aromas just using their local hops and showcase the variety of this iconic Kentish produce.

“Our brew is fittingly named Oast Dodger – as it’s forgoing the usual process of drying in an oast house – it’ll be a refreshing 5.5% abv zesty pale ale with the pronounced, floral bitterness expected of a green hop beer. I can’t wait to see what people think of it.”
 
Using fresh, green Challenger hops this zesty pale ale is hopped four times during the brew - once in the mash, twice in the copper and again in the whirlpool - to give the rare esters and oils that are usually lost during drying a chance to come to the fore. This spicy, punchy hoppy hit is balanced with generous quantities of pale ale malt to deliver a fruity pepperiness on the palate.

TASTING NOTES:

Oast Dodger 5.5%
Using fresh, green Challenger hops this zesty pale ale is hopped four times during the brew - once in the mash, twice in the copper and again in the whirlpool - to give the rare esters and oils that are usually lost during drying a chance to come to the fore. This spicy, punchy hoppy hit is balanced with generous quantities of pale ale malt to deliver a fruity pepperiness on the palate.

STOCKISTS:

·         Compasses, Sole Street, nr Canterbury
·         Hoop and Grapes, Farringdon Street, London
·         King’s Head, Shadoxhurst, Ashford
·         Northern Belle, Margate
·         Prince of Wales, Herne Bay
·         Walnut Tree, East Farleigh
·         Railway Hotel, Faversham
·         King Henry VIII, Hever
·         Woodman, Farnborough
·         Woolpack, Chilham
·         Dog and Gun, Maidstone
·         Cock Inn, Boughton Monchelsea

If you intend to visit one of these pubs to try 'Oast Dodger', please contact the pub beforehand to check availability.