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28th June 2016

Waitrose launches unique single hop “Farnham White” beer

Hogs Back Farnham White Waitrose exclusive

A new beer using a vintage hop variety is being brewed exclusively for Waitrose by Hogs Back Brewery.

“Farnham White” is a golden single hop bottled beer brewed by Surrey-based Hogs Back. The beer is made with Farnham White Bine, a traditional hop variety that made the Farnham area affluent in the 17th century, and which has been rescued from near extinction by Hogs Back.

The hops used to brew the 4% “Farnham White” were grown in Hogs Back’s own hop garden and carefully harvested by the brewing team on September 17th 2015.  Hogs Back is the only brewer in the world using this hop variety, and the result is a single hop beer with unique provenance, offering a fresh, golden colour with earthy, peppery notes and a lasting bitter finish.

“Farnham White” is a refreshing beer to enjoy on its own, as well as an ideal match for a strong, mature cheddar, going perfectly with a Ploughman’s Lunch. It retails in Waitrose at £1.99 for a 500ml bottle.

The Hogs Back Brewery hop garden is planted on 3.5 acres adjacent to the brewer in Tongham, Surrey. The garden produced its first harvest in September 2015, representing a significant step forward in the brewery’s commitment to sourcing ingredients as locally as possible, and making Hogs Back the biggest hop producer of any UK brewer.

The hop garden initiative has already won prestigious awards including the British Beer & Pub Association Grain-to-Glass Award 2015, recognising the brewer’s commitment to sustainability and engagement with the local community. In March, the Society of Independent Brewers gave Hogs Back its Business Innovation Award for 2016, in recognition of the investment in its hop garden.

Along with Farnham White Bine, the hop garden is also growing the English Cascade and Fuggles varieties, with plans for more exclusive beers using Hogs Back’s own hops.

Hogs Back Brewery managing director Rupert Thompson says, “We’re delighted that Waitrose customers will be able to enjoy our unique “Farnham White” beer. The Farnham White Bine hop once made our small part of Surrey world-renowned, and the whole community has welcomed its return. We’re very pleased to be bringing it to beer-lovers beyond our heartland.”



  • Hogs Back Brewery was founded in 1992 in Tongham, Surrey, in the heart of the traditional Surrey hop growing area.
  • Its flagship brand TEA, or Traditional English Ale, is the leading independent ale in Surrey and increasing in popularity elsewhere. According to CGA Brand Index figures for the year to September 2015, TEA was the third biggest craft beer brand in volume growth terms in the on-trade, behind Brewdog Punk IPA and Goose Island IPA, and saw the biggest growth of any cask ale brand.
  • The Hogs Back Brewery range includes a number of award-winning draught and bottled beers. Recent launches include Hogstar English Craft Lager and Montezuma’s Chocolate Lager, both demonstrating Hogs Back’s ability to combine brewing expertise and tradition with product innovation to create distinctive, memorable beers. Hogstar won a Gold award at the Society of Independent Brewers’ National Keg Beer Competition 2015. In 2013, Hogs Back also launched a traditional cloudy cider, Hazy Hog.
  • In September 2015 Hogs Back Brewery harvested the first hops from its own hop garden on a 3.5 acre plot adjacent to the brewery, bringing the traditional but near-extinct Farnham White Bine hop variety back to its Surrey home. Once fully mature, the hop garden will provide 25% of the brewery’s hop requirements.
  • Hogs Back Brewery is growing its presence in both the on and off trade.  Customers include Sainsbury’s, Waitrose, Lidl, Majestic Wine, JD Wetherspoon, Mitchells & Butlers, Greene King and Spirit Pub Company.

Issued on behalf of:    Hogs Back Brewery

Further information:    Ros Shiel: / 07841 694137

John Porter:  / 07734 054389