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26th June 2024

CAMRA podcast explores an essential beer ingredient, Hops

The Campaign for Real Ale’s (CAMRA) podcast Pubs. Pints. People. is back for a new episode dedicated to hops.

CAMRA’s popular Pubs. Pints. People. podcast shines a light over the world of beer, cider, pubs and clubs, as well as highlighting the consumer group’s campaigning efforts.

In the third episode of the podcast’s seventh series, the team explore one of the essential beer ingredients; hops. The episode features interviews with industry experts, including Will Rogers, the Technical Director, based in Malvern. Charles Faram have been hop suppliers for over 150 years and Will talks in detail about growing hops and how significant they are when it comes to beer.

The hosts also chat with Lead Brewer Stephen Holland and Hop Garden Manager Matthew King of Hogs Back Brewery in Tongham. Brewing since 1992, Hogs Back was one of the first places in the country to grow hops and the pair give insight into the brewery’s famous hop gardens.

The team visit the family brewer Harvey’s at their historic brewery in Lewes to speak with Head Brewer Miles Jenner, getting up close to English hops and discuss how they are used in the brewing process.

The Head Brewer of Timothy Taylor’s, Andrew Leman, features in the new episode, talking about the brewery’s general approach to hops and their brewing process.

The podcast puts a spotlight on CAMRA’s ongoing campaigning efforts against misleading dispense. Following the release of Carlsberg Marston’s Brewing Company’s (CMBC) ‘Fresh Ale’ concept, which deliberately confuses customers into buying beer which isn’t cask conditioned, the team talk about their concerns and the fear that many more breweries may follow suit.

Find out more about CAMRA’s Handpump Hijack campaign here.

Two groundbreaking books published by CAMRA are also chewed over on this episode, Perry: A Drinker’s Guide by Adam Wells and Dr Christina Wade’s The Devil’s in the Draught Lines.

Perry: A Drinker’s guide is the world’s first authoritative guide to Perry, a magical drink that has a vast history previously unexplored. It is essential for those looking to start their journeys with this beverage. The Devil in the Draught Lines celebrates 100 years of women in Britain’s brewery trade. It includes interviews from various important female figures working in the industry today. You can purchase both great books on the CAMRA Books website.

This latest episode is available on Acast, Spotify and Apple Podcast, and wherever you get your podcasts from. You can listen now by visiting:


Notes for editors:

Listen to CAMRA’s Pubs. Pints. People. podcast here:

More information about CAMRA’s Handpump Hijack campaign against misleading dispense can be found here:

Perry: A Drinker’s Guide by Adam Wells can be purchased here:

Devil’s in the Draught Lines – 1000 years of women in Britain’s beer history by Dr Christina Wade can be purchased here:

About CAMRA:

CAMRA, the Campaign for Real Ale, is a not-for-profit consumer group with over 150,000 members that has been operating since 1971. Our vision is to have quality real ale and thriving pubs in every community.

Media Contact:  

CAMRA Press Office:

01727 337863

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