Hogsback Brewery

Our Hop Garden

Our Hop Garden

All the fields surrounding the brewery would have been covered with hop gardens in the 18th Century – we have begun reviving the fine hop growing tradition of Farnham.

We grow three varieties of hops

  • The Farnham White Bine which once made this area famous throughout the UK for the quality of its hops. We are the only scale grower in the world.  It has a fine, subtle, slightly peppery character.

  • Traditional Fuggles – the classic English ale hop which is used in many of our beers. TEA uses 100% Surrey Fuggles, providing a firm bitterness and gentle aroma.

  • Cascade – we are one of very few English growers of this wonderfully aromatic hop which has strong citrus/grapefruit character.

  • Pioneer – debuting in our Home Harvest Ale 2017, this dwarf variety has a distinctly hoppy, yet pleasant citrus aroma, with herbal flavour notes.

Our hop harvest

We planted our revival hop garden in Spring 2014 and left most of the hops on the bine to improve the rootstock for year two. However, we couldn’t resist picking some to green hop a batch of TEA and HBB and test the character of our first Farnham White Bine and Cascade – and were very pleased with the results.

In September 2017 we completed our third full harvest, helped by Bill and Bridget Bidell and the team from Hampton Estates who help harvest, dry and pack the hops for us.

We have a dedicated Hop Estate Manager, Matthew, who looks after our hop garden, ably supported by our Head Brewer, Miles, other members of the Hogs Back Brewery team and some willing volunteers from Tongham TEA Club members.

Having our own hop garden means we are closer to our ingredients, which in turn makes us better, more knowledgeable and innovative brewers. It also makes for more sustainable brewing, which can only be good for the environment!

Where possible, we source our hops locally and at least 70% of our hops will come from our own or local hop gardens, about 3 miles down the road from the brewery.

Hogsback Brewery
Hogsback Brewery
Hogsback Brewery

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