Ever fancied growing hops to brew your own beer? If you never knew where to start, Cardiff Hops are here to help…
Cardiff Hops was started in 2013. The group was started to grow hops in a city and create the group’s own Green Hop Ale – one that you couldn’t get from a large commercial brewery. The group teamed up with Simon (the owner of PIPES in Pontcanna) and over the last two years he has crafted the Taff Temptress from the group’s hops. Each year it evolves into an easy drinking green hop ale that the group is part of!
Last year Pipes produced 400 litres of the beer and had Chapter serving it. This year the plan is to hit a full 1000 litre brew!
The group are looking for your help – the more growers there are, the more hops there will be at harvest time, and the more local beer can be brewed.
To join, order your hop pack from the group. Pay upfront by 15th March and then pick it up on the 21st or 22nd March (the Hop pack costs £20).
The hop is a dwarf hop that only grows around 2m in height and is easy to handle unlike traditional hops.
You get all you need to get it off to a good start, plus twine and help and guidance from the group.
As a perk, hoppers get a discount on the beer when it’s ready and first dibs on the bottles when the rest is bottled up. Bonus!
For more information on hopping in 2015, join the Cardiff Hops 2015 Facebook event and help brew Cardiff’s own ‘co-operative’ beer – made from hops grown all over the city!