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12th July 2013

Beers from the Hopshires – Britain’s best kept brewing secret

The hop yards of the Midlands of England produce more than half of the hops grown in the UK, but most of our beer drinkers are unaware that they exist. The brewers of Herefordshire and Worcestershire will come together in the Autumn of 2013 to proudly boast that the hops on our doorstep and the growers who produce them are the best in the world.

 British hop varieties – from the venerable Fuggle and Goldings to the newcomers Sovereign and First Gold with many others besides – give the signature aroma and flavour of British beer. They define traditional beer styles and can be used to thrilling effect in beers that are completely modern.

 During hop harvest 2013 (September to October for the non-agrarians) we will launch an initiative for local brewers to produce at least one beer each containing only hops grown in our Hopshires – Herefordshire, Worcestershire and Shropshire. Initially to run for September and October, this will ultimately become a unique regional identity and a message that, for the brewers involved, British Hops are vital for the future of British brewing.

 Geoff Thompson, Chairman of the British Hop Association is delighted: “It’s fantastic news that our neighbouring breweries want to support their hop farms and even more exciting that they want to raise the profile of the great tasting beers that our hops produce”. Chris Gooch of the Teme Valley Brewery, Worcestershire has been overwhelmed by the support for the idea: “You can see from the list of breweries already signed up that this initiative promises to be a huge success. In every case, our local breweries are already using hops from the UK. We need to pass on the message that the resource on our doorstep is uniquely valuable”.


he beers will be available at pubs throughout the Midlands during the autumn of 2013 and we will be presenting the enterprise directly to the public at:

  • The Bromyard Hop Festival 31st August, Bromyard Town Centre, Herefordshire where growers and brewers will be available for interviews and photos.
  • The Green Hop Festival at The Talbot, Knightwick 11th – 13th October
  • Ludlow Food Festival 14th September
  • Flavours of Herefordshire Food Festival 2nd – 3rd November TBC


For further information, please contact Chris Gooch on email at: or on +44 (0) 779 2394151







Notes to Editors:


Breweries on board so far:

Teme Valley Brewery

Wye Valley Brewery

Hobsons Brewery

Hereford Brewery

The Friday Beer Co

Pope’s Brewing Co

The Firefly

Mayfields Brewery

Malvern Hills Brewery

Bewdley Brewery

Cannon Royall Brewery

Ledbury Brewery

Ambridge Brewery

The Worcester City Brewery Co

St George’s Brewery



Hop Farms supporting Beers from the Hopshires:

SJ Adams, Lower House Farm, Worcs

JH & GN Andrews, Forge Bank, Hfds

MH & L Andrews, The Townend, Hfds

RMO, RCO & AM Capper, Stocks Farm, Worcs

HJ Davies & Sons, Walsopthorne, Hfds

MT & RJ Hancocks, Wyecroft Farm, Worcs

Hawkins Farming Ltd, The Farm & Millend Farm, Hfds

JS & CP Hawkins, Claston Farm Hfds

JS & SA Hawkins, Thinghill Court, Hfds

I Isherwood, New Hazeland Farm, Worcs

ER Lane & Sons, Old Court, Hfds

EL Lewis & Son, The Haven, Hfds

Tom Lewis, Lulsley Hops, Lulsley, Worcs

TR Morris, Burford Mill Farm, Worcs

Okells Organics, Bargains Farm, Hfds

SJ Parker, Instone Court, Hfds

HW & HG Pennington, Lulham Court, Hfds

RB Phillips, Eggleton Court, Hfds

JM Probert, Church House Farm, Hfds

GW & EA Powell-Tuck, Pridewood Hops, Hfds

C&R Pudge, Brooks House, Hfds

W&R Redman, Upper Ridney Farm, Worcs

E Thompson, Pixley Court, Hfds

G Thompson, Little Lambswick Farm, Worcs

John & Thomas Walker, Tedney Farm, Worcs