TOP OF THE HOPS PROVIDES UNIQUE EXPERIENCE FOR BEER LOVERS
RECORD BREAKING BEER LAUNCHED IN YORKSHIRE USING 2015 DIFFERENT HOPS
The Great Yorkshire Brewery has launched its annual record-breaking beer, Top of the Hops 2015.
A golden beer with complex flavours, this year it is brewed with 2015 different UK hop varieties.
The project was set up in 2011 as a way to invest in the UK hop industry by purchasing the new hop varieties that were previously destroyed.
The UK still has a vital role to play in the cultivation of new hops, as hop varieties developed elsewhere in the world are not suitable for production in Britain due to the latitude and susceptibility to disease. At the forefront of research into UK hop cultivation is Wye Hops Ltd in Kent and hop scientist, Peter Darby.
Joanne Taylor, co-director of The Great Yorkshire Brewery says ‘With the continued interest and greater understanding in hops and their role in the diverse flavours of beer, we’re delighted to be working with Peter Darby again on this project. Our customers have come to expect new and exciting beers from us, which is why we’re happy to be supporting the British Hop industry’.
Are you ready for the science part?
- The hop plants are either male or female; they cannot self-pollinate. Furthermore, because it is not ‘true-breeding’, every seed resulting from pollination has a unique genetic code.
- The superior individuals are selected and approximately 30 crosses are made, resulting in 20,000 seeds. These seeds are sown and 1500 seedlings are transferred to the field where they are grown for 3 years.
- At any time there are 4500 different individual hop plants in the field and any of the female plants could become a new variety. Each year approximately 5% of these go onto further assessment.
- The rest now go into Top of the Hops brews, and into your pint glass. This year The Great Yorkshire Brewery has purchased 2015 plants. The hops are different each year and have varying features and flavours making the beer truly unique.