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Success Leads to Major Investment in New Cutting-Edge Equipment

Rather excitingly, we have recently invested over £100,000 into our facilities on the back of customer feedback and encouragement, purchasing a much sought after hop pellet mill. Since launching last year, business has boomed due to the popularity of not just home grown, locally sourced hops but also the unique aromas that come from our...

Yakima Valley Research Visit – November 2019

Several members of the Brook House Hops team spent a few weeks on the road in the US during November. We try really hard to differentiate on quality, which means we buy hops pelletised at the source in Yakima and invest in selection. Hopefully this means that our customers can brew tasty, fresh beer. We...

The Story of Brook House Hops

As a team running a hop farm, we have a surprising amount of career history between us in stockbroking, investments, tech start-ups and enterprise software. So where did the hop journey begin? The Career Change into Hops First things first: there’s Will. Will is our owner and the farmer at Brook House Farm. Will used...

English Hops are Underrated

The British have been growing hops since the 16th century, but intense hop flavours have dominated the craft beer industry in recent years, often sourced from the USA.  We believe English hops are vastly underrated and we want to explain why. Perhaps we can even encourage a few of you to use more of them...

Time to Celebrate with our First Ever Annual Hop Walk

Based just beside the stunning Malvern hills, just off a country lane in Bromyard, Brook House Hops are a hidden gem in the Herefordshire countryside. Boasting just shy of 100 acres of hop fields, we have been selling our UK hops to brewers all over the country since last year but this year was our...

New Zealand Hops – What is All The Fuss About?

New Zealand hops are the most sought after on the market right now. But why? They have a tropical flavour profile that aligns perfectly with the IPA craze, which could be the main reason. But is that it? Is this the reason why most brewers find access to them limited and they are thus so...

2018 UK HOP HARVEST REPORT

Hop harvest is now winding down across the UK. Hops are only at their peak ripeness for about a week per variety – most farmers only have enough expensive harvesting machinery to just cover the acreage they grow – which means that harvest is an extremely busy time. There are still some growers picking their...

2018 UK HOP OUTLOOK

Fuggles (above), and some Goldings varieties, are usually the first hop varieties to be harvested in the UK. We will be picking ours in the first couple of weeks of September. These hops are just going into burr. Burr is the growth stage when delicate flowers emerge on hop plants – they are the precursor...

CRAFT BEER AND BRITISH HOPS

British Hops are unique – Goldings and Fuggles can combine to produce great cask-conditioned beer. However modern craft beer is often built on the US ‘big four’: Amarillo, Citra, Mosaic and Simcoe – along with Southern-Hemisphere favourites like Galaxy and Nelson Sauvin. This leaves problems for craft brewers in the UK – on the one-hand...

SPOT VS CONTRACT HOP BUYING

Brewers need hops to brew tasty beer. Hops can either be bought on contracts (you agree a price now for delivery in a couple of year’s time), or on the spot market for immediate delivery. Contracts are generally best: Hop prices are volatile – as a brewer you can protect yourself from future fluctuations by...
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