Grow your own hops for Wheathampstead brewery

PUBLISHED: 12:52 11 January 2017 | UPDATED: 12:52 11 January 2017

Nick Farr left, Matt Elvidge right

Nick Farr left, Matt Elvidge right

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A brewery on the fringe of Welwyn Hatfield has hit on a novel source of its crucial ingredient by enlisting its customers and other beer fans to grow it themselves.

Farr Brew, which started in a farm near Coleman Green last summer, is starting a “Hop Collective” to ensure an environmentally-friendly local supply.

Brewer Nick Farr said: “Hops are an essential part of brewing; but UK hops come almost exclusively from Kent and Herefordshire, and indeed many breweries import hops from abroad, incurring a hefty carbon footprint.

“We wanted to find a way to source our hops locally where possible, to keep our beer as sustainable and regional as possible.

“We want to encourage our community to play a part in our brewing journey.”

For £10, members will be given a dwarf plant and the necessary resources to grow it in a pot or the ground until late summer.

Mr Farr added: “We then use their harvest to brew a delicious, unique beer for the collective, and everyone celebrates at an exclusive Hop Harvest Party at Farr Brew HQ, where all members claim their original £10 back in beer.

“It’s easy to grow hops and it’s a great way to get involved in the community and get growing, producing a beer that you actually care about.

“Hops are striking plants which will enrich their visual environment.”

The brewery, located at Samuels Farm off Coleman Green Lane near Wheathampstead, can be contacted at info@farrbrew.com


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