We would like to invite you and a guest to the Hop Blessing event for our new Hop Garden next to the brewery on Thursday 30th May, 6pm – 8pm.
In October last year, we embarked on an ambitious plan to move the hop garden to a new site on Manor Farm increasing the acreage to 8.5 acres, which will provide almost 50% of our annual needs. With the help of Tongham TEA Club members, local workers and hop garden specialists we moved 2500 hop plants, planted 4000 new plants and have erected over 5 miles of wirework. The first shoots started to appear at the end of March and so far it looks like the moved plants have taken to their new surroundings.
As is tradition when planting a new Hop Garden, the local vicar of Tongham will conduct a short blessing ceremony to wish us a successful and bountiful harvest. The blessing is normally concluded with a celebratory toast! Owner of the Hogs Back Brewery, Rupert Thompson, will also give a short talk outside our new on-site kiln to discuss our new mission for brewing beer with the freshest homegrown hops – ‘From Field to Firkin in a Furlong!’
6pm: Arrive and collect welcome drinks
6.15pm – 6.30pm: Introduction from Rupert Thompson in the Hop Garden
6.30pm – 6.45pm: Hop Blessing from, Rev. Claire Holt, St Paul’s Church, Tongham
6.45pm – 8pm: Bar open with opportunity to meet members of the Hogs Back Team
Space is limited so register for your free tickets here.
What are my transport/parking options for getting to and from the event?
The Brewery is located on the edge of Tongham, just off the A31 (Hogs Back) between Farnham and Aldershot.
Free parking is available at the brewery but spaces are limited. You can park along the road outside the brewery.
By Bus: Stagecoach’s The Kite service runs regularly between Aldershot and Guildford stopping at Tongham and Ash Station which is just a short 10 minute walk from the Brewery.
Stagecoach’s No. 3 bus also runs regularly connecting Tongham with Aldershot, Yateley and Ash Vale train station
Visit https://www.stagecoachbus.com for timetables
By Train: The nearest stations to the Brewery are Aldershot (2.5 miles), Ash, (2 miles) Ash Vale and Farnham (3 miles) with the above bus routes connecting to Tongham
Visit https://www.southwesternrailway.com/ for timetables
Taxis are available from Rushmoor Taxis at 01252 333 555 or https://rushmoortaxis.com/
How can I contact the organiser with any questions?