Worcestershire Goldings hop named best in Britain

26 January, 2015

A Goldings hop from Worcestershire grower S J Adams & Son has beaten 123 rivals to be named the overall winner at the British Hop Awards for 2014.

It was chosen for its “rounded complexity encompassing delicate floral and citrus overtones with slightly spicy and earthy notes in the background”.

Simon Jackson, executive director at the Institute of Brewing & Distilling, which organised the awards, said: “The hop competition has grown over recent years in line with the increasing demand for British hops, driven in large part by the growth of craft brewing both in the UK and in international markets, where brewers are increasingly inspired by British beer styles and hop varieties.”  

“This innovation in brewing at home and abroad is matched by that of British hop growers, who have rekindled interest in our traditional native varieties, and developed new ones at an astonishing speed. We were, once again, delighted by the quantity and quality of samples submitted, and grateful for the continued support of so many hop growers and growing groups for this long-standing competition.”

Jonathan Adams, of S J Adams & Son, added: “Winning the Goldings category last year was a great achievement. To win the Goldings category this year and take the overall champion award is the ultimate prize in British hop growing.”

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