Rain catches brewer on the hop

05 October, 2007

Wadworth Brewery is brewing its harvest ale Malt & Hops despite floods that nearly sank its hop crop and is bottling a small amount of the limited edition brew.

The Goldings hops for Malt & Hops come from Newnham Farm in Wiltshire. This year they were drowned in a metre of water in June, and in more than 1.5 metres in July.

Once the sun came out staff were able to nurse the plants back to health in the swamped ground, and two batches of Malt & Hops have been brewed.

The harvest ale was first brewed in 1992, using undried green hops used within hours of picking to give the pale ale cleansing orange zest flavours and a refreshing bitterness.

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