AVAILABLE w/c 18or 25th Sept – harvest permitting 🙂
It’s that time of year again when we are set the challenge of picking hops and brewing in the same day to create a wonderfully unique, refreshing brew – Fresh Hop.
We say unique fresh flavour as this is genuinely a beer which changes year on year depending on the harvest.
It’s been a few years now since Ian, Bob, Ralph and the guys from the Sheringham Horticultural Society first planted Sheringham’s very own Moon Gazer ‘hop farm’.
The good news is that as the hops are becoming more established their bounty of flavour is becoming more plentiful.
In fact, with a wet summer this year the plants have been kept well and just waiting for some late sunshine to blossom in full – indeed it is looking like a bumper harvest!
We only ever have enough hops for one brew so it is a genuine limited edition, just 38ish casks of beer.
Each year, we also take on the Bird’s Eye challenge to get the hops picked and in the brew within the hour – now you can’t get much fresher than that.
The result is a beer bursting with fresh flavours and showing the hops at their absolute maximum.
Just by way of a quick reminder as keen horticulturalists the Sheringham guys responded brilliantly to my rallying cry during a meet the brewer session to see if they could combine their hobby and a passion with bringing the community together and celebrating with a local ale.
They planted traditional British varieties of Goldings, Fuggles, Challenger and Cascade.
The Fuggles hop has established particularly well but in fairness all 4 varieties are doing well enough that the guys tell us plans are afoot to plant even more next year!
We do of course be use locally grown Maris Otter malt for the malt with a sprinkling of Crystal to give a light amber coloured bitter.
Norfolk water from the brewery’s well, Norfolk malt and home-grown Norfolk hops – this truly is to be a taste of North Norfolk.