Aaaah. August! When the sun was shining and the sky was blue… it seems so long ago now…
On the last day of the month, Pete and I were invited to visit a Hop Garden in Kent, and learn more about how hops are grown, harvested and processed before being used to make beer. Our hosts, Shepherd Neame are based in Faversham, and are committed to using British hops as much as possible. They took us for a tour Mockbeggar Farm in nearby Teynham, where owner Tony Redsell showed us around.
You can read more about the visit on Pete Drinks.
For my part, I’d simply like to share some photographs from the day. (Click on individual images to view at larger size).
Out in the fields:
Stripping hops from the bines:
Drying the hops:
Packaging the hops:
Chatting to owner Tony Redsell and Shepherd Neame’s Head Brewer, Richard Frost:
A London Gardener visited Mockbeggar Farm as guests of Shepherd Neame.