Fresh Hop, Old Dairy
Added: Monday, October 1st 2012
Old Dairy Brewery Fresh Hop (4%)
The bottle-conditioned and cask beer has been brewed by Old Dairy in conjunction with other Kent breweries that are supporting the Green Hop campaign (see article on this site). The brewers are taking hops fresh from the harvest and using them in brews within 12 hours of being picked. This is in contrast to the conventional method of slowly drying hops in heated oast houses and then packing them into sacks.
Fresh Hop is brewed with Maris Otter pale malt and a touch of cara malt. The bittering hops are conventionally picked and packaged Fuggles but fresh green Goldings are added at the end of the boil.
The pale gold beer has a pungent aroma of fresh grassy and spicy hop resins, lightly toasted malt and a hint of lemon fruit. Peppery hops dominate the palate but are underscored by juicy malt and tart fruit. The finish is a fine balance of bitter hop resins, toasted malt and lemon fruit.
A case of 12 bottles costs £24.50 plus £7.95 p&p when bought online from the brewery’s website: www.olddairybrewery.com. A list of pubs serving the draught version will be made available on the site.