Hogs Back beer revives classic hop after over 100 years

Hogs Back Brewery

A new beer from Hogs Back Brewery will mark the return of the Farnham White Bine hop to commercial brewing after over 100 years.

The 4% ABV golden bitter is brewed with the classic English hops which were harvested in September from the Hogs Back hop garden next to the brewery in Tongham, Surrey. Brewed with fine English malts, the beer has a fresh flavour with rich, peppery notes.

It will be launched exclusively through Enterprise Inns’ pubs and bars as the company’s ale of the month for January 2016, available to licensees across the 5,000-strong estate.

Rupert Thompson, managing director of Hogs Back Brewery, said: “Unique can be an over-used word, but Enterprise Inns licensees will be able to offer their customers a genuinely unique beer in January thanks to our exclusive partnership.

“The world premiere of the first beer made with Farnham White Bine hops in over a century will have a huge appeal as part of the January campaign to encourage consumers into pubs in the often-quiet weeks after Christmas and New Year.”

The Farnham White Bine hop was first grown 250 years ago and was a major contributor to the economy of the area for many decades. Enterprise licensees ordering Farnham White will receive a point-of-sale pack which will help their customers understand the history, heritage and unique character of Farnham White Bine, which was a forerunner to the popular Goldings hop variety.

Rupert added: “With many younger beer drinkers in particular taking an interest in the role hop character plays, we’re helping licensees engage with these consumers.”

Hogs Back Brewery is marking the festive season with two seasonal ales: Advent Ale is a 4.4% ABV rich ruby ale, available on cask and in 500ml bottles, and Mistletoe & Swine is a 5.2% ABV full-bodied festive ale, available on cask.

Demand has also grown for the brewery’s Montezuma’s Chocolate Lager for the Christmas season. Launched in 2014 in 330ml bottles, it is a collaboration with West Sussex-based chocolate maker Montezuma’s. The 4.5% ABV light honey-coloured, highly aromatic lager contains a natural essence of Montezuma’s Lordy Lord dark chocolate.

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