Jimmy Swan has held Slovenian hops in high regard for many years. Slovenia has a longstanding and proud tradition of hop growing. In 2020 around 1500 hectares were given over to hop growing in Slovenia, yielding over 2,700 tonnes of hops. To put that in to context, in England we dedicate a little below 1000 hectares to hop growing and harvest less than 1000 tonnes of hops. The main Slovenian hop growing area is the Savinja valley. Many of the Slovenian hop variety names are prefaced with Styrian, simply meaning “from Slovenia”, such as Styrian Fox, Eagle, Dragon or Wolf. You may also hear of Bobek, Aurora or Atlas.
Jimmy has chosen to feature Slovenian hops in new-for-2021 Tundra 3.9% crisp, pale ale. Styrian Goldings is also more commonly known as Celeia. If you think this hop name sounds familiar, we also work with Celeia in Swan Gold as part of the aroma hop load. Jimmy’s recipe for Tundra brings lemon, lime and floral notes from the Celeia and a crisp finish to the hop character.
There’s a great travelogue on the hop growing area of Slovenia on Beer 52, including a description and photo of a public beer fountain in Žalec.
A great pub to enjoy Tundra or other draught ales would be the Temple Bar Inn in Ewyas Harold. There you will be assured of a warm welcome from landlord and locals, a roaring wood burner in the winter, and a beautiful sun drenched rear courtyard in the summer. The Temple Bar Inn with its 3 ensuite rooms is perfect for a relaxing staycation exploring the beautiful Golden Valley.
This beer is a seasonal special so it isn’t available for sale at the moment.
Have a look at the Our Beers page to see the programme for specials in 2022.
Six weeks before a beer is brewed it will be marked ‘Available Soon’ and can be pre-ordered.