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Added: Monday, January 28th 2013

British hop growers and brewers gathered at Stocks Farm in Worcestershire for the unveiling of the results of the Institute of Brewing and Distilling’s annual British Hop Competition for the 2012 crop. The competition dates back to 1944 and is judged by a panel of Master Brewers who draw on their personal experience as head brewers to judge the quality of the hops.  One hundred and twenty two samples from the 2012 harvest were submitted to the competition by 45 growers from across Britain.  

The overall champion was a sample of Fuggles hops grown by James Rickard of Rickards Farm in Canterbury, Kent.  The award was presented by Mark Woodhouse, Chairman of Hall and Woodhouse and Master of the Worshipful Company of Brewers.  

Simon Jackson, Chief Executive of the Institute of Brewing and Distilling said, “Britain is famed around the world as one of the world’s top brewing nations. The excellence of our local raw materials has been a key contributor to this noble tradition. 

“This year’s winning hop variety, Fuggles, can be traced back to Kent in the 1870s and has a wonderfully delicate, minty, grassy and slightly floral aroma. The winning sample ably demonstrated why this British hop variety continues to be one of aristocrats of the hop world.” 

Hop Farmer and British Hop Association Committee member Ali Capper added, “Hop growers and merchants are thrilled to welcome so many brewers to these awards. It’s thanks to your enthusiasm that British hops are going through such resurgence. You have shown how they can be used to brew beers with a myriad of different flavours -- tangerine, citrus, grass, grapefruit, chocolate, blackcurrant, spice, pepper, apricot, marmalade and mint. An endless array of delicate but complex flavours to tempt the palate of every beer connoisseur.”

The British Hop website* has a flavour guide that allows brewers and beer drinkers to discover which beer flavours are associated with which hop variety. 

Pictured on the Home Page: The 2012 British Hop Awards -- Braving the snow at Stocks Farm in Worcestershire.  Left to right: Simon Jackson (IBD), Ali Capper (BHA), James Rickard (winning grower); Mark Woodhouse (Master of the Worshipful Company of Brewers) and Paul Corbett (Managing Director of Charles Faram).

 


RESULTS of the 2012 BRITISH HOP COMPETITION

 

Class A: The Le May Cup for the best sample of Golding and eligible clones

1

C W J Lillywhite, Lenhall Hops

Canterbury, Kent

East Kent Goldings

2

Little Lambswick Partnership

Lindridge, Worcs

Goldings

3

Redsell Teynham Partnership

Teynham, Kent

East Kent Goldings

 

 

 

 

Class B: The Hop Merchant Cup for the best sample of seeded hop bought on the basis of their flavour character, regardless of alpha acid content.

1

Steve and Dan Sewell
Little Pell Farm

Wadhurst, East Sussex

Brambling Cross

2

Coombe-Jones & Sons

Goudhurst, Kent

WGV

3

Redsell Teynham Partnership

Teynham, Kent

Northdown

Highly commended : Redsell Teynham Partnership

Cascade

 

 

 

 

Class C: The Brewers Cup for the best sample of seeded hop that are bought primarily on the basis of their high alpha acid content.

1

CR & G Daws

Bodiam, East Sussex

Admiral (17.5%)

2

Ian Strang

Lamberhurst, Kent

Target

3

Little Pell Farm

Wadhurst, East Sussex

Pilgrim

 

 

Class D: The Wigan Cup for the best sample  of Fuggles

1

James Rickard, Rickards Farm

Canterbury, Kent

Fuggles

2

W Rogers & Sons

Dartford, Kent

Fuggles

3

Little Lambswick Partnership

Lindridge, Worcs

Fuggles

 

 

Class E: The Botanix Cup for the best sample of Dwarf/Hedgerow variety

1

Nigel Edmed, 
East Sutton Growers

East Sutton, Kent

Boadicea

2

MR & A Capper

Suckley, Worcs

Endeavour

3

Peter Cyster

Northiam, East Sussex

Sussex Hop