Well I’m thinking about it… a bit of a hop garden.
I had a great time, recently, visiting my nieces A&J down towards the old smoke and we were lucky enough to catch a few days of the sunshine. Having yomped round my old stamping grounds we headed to a niche craft beer shop, (a recent arrival on the London Road), for some take out ales.
Given the sunny weather we plumped for pale ales – I’m partial to IPA, J leans towards the APA style.
The little shop was stuffed full of ales from small breweries – both Pressure Drop and The Kernel are recent arrivals on the scene. I like the way the hop varieties appear on the labels – just like grape varieties on wine labels!
The main areas for hop growing appear to be: the US; Europe (UK; Germany; Czechoslovakia mainly); Australia and New Zealand. Hopunion has a handy site that describes the characteristics of each hop variety and there are a number of nurseries in the UK where you can obtain the rhizomes. So, a few poles and wires for support and off we go.