Colour: Pale gold.
Hops: From Instone Court and Townend Farm.
Grains: Pale Maris Otter, crystal, wheat.
Availability: From 11th September 2019
Green Swan is our well-regarded green hop beer. This year the Herefordshire hop harvest runs from late August through to early October. If you are travelling through the county you may see heavily laden wires in hop yards in Dilwyn, Ashperton, Bosbury, Munderfield being relieved of their hop bines for another year. Locally grown hop varieties include Fuggles, Goldings, Instone, Olicana, Cascade, Challenger, Admiral and Jester.
On Friday 20th September we have a Tasting Day from 9am to 9pm to enjoy the first of the Green Swans, brewed 2nd September featuring Goldings hops. We'll serve hot pots (or should that be hop pots?) from 5pm: Hearty Beef & Ale Stew or Three Bean Casserole from Croft Kitchen. There's a free screening of Stories from the Hopyards from 7pm.
This year we are brewing 3 green hop beers for draught, with hops grown by Simon Parker at Instone Court in Munderfield and Mark and Lesley Andrews of Townend Farm in Bosbury. The whole idea of a green hop beer is to work with the hops on the day they are picked and in as little time as possible, to infuse the ale with all their aromatics. We're also brewing a Green Swan for bottling which will be available at our second Green Swan Tasting Day 18th October.