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Adnams/ Thornbridge Case Study – Nevermore – India Porter 5% ABV

Adnams x Thornbridge Case Study

Nevermore – India Porter 5% ABV

Hops Used – UK Chinook, Challenger

Flavour Profile – Locally sourced malt provides a rich, toasty balance to a raft of fresh UK hops. Hints of milk chocolate, coconut, and subtle touch of smoky complexity. Flavours and aromas of juicy pineapple, grapefruit and resinous pine along with earthy herbs and a lovely, spicy bouquet.

The spirit of experimentation, and innovation that flows through the craft brewing world is seemingly endless with new trends emerging all the time. As we transition from the lockdown measures of 2020 there has been a noticeable shift towards the use of English hops in many different beer styles as drinkers and consumers start to pay more attention to the provenance of ingredients in their food and drink. Perhaps this is because of regional producers being rediscovered by their communities during periods of restricted travel, as well as an increased desire to find new ways to be more sustainable and support the recovery of local economies.

There is always a special place in our hearts for beers brewed with English hops, and particularly the amazing hops grown on our own farms. As a hop grower there is nothing more satisfying than when you finally get to experience home grown hops in great beer.  We were very excited earlier this year when we discovered that Adnams and Thornbridge were combining their years of brewing expertise to create Nevermore, an India Porter brewed with some of our UK Chinook and Challenger hops and locally-grown grains to ensure the beer is made using only what is needed and ‘never more’.

Adnams however are not a stranger to using British hops as Fergus Fitzgerald, Head Brewer explains.  

“British hops like Fuggles, Goldings and First Gold have been central to Adnams beers for many years and while our use of hops from other areas has grown substantially our love for local hops has never wavered and that is only strengthened by the exciting new varieties coming through.

We made a decision last year that we needed to do more to support British hops growers so our collaboration beer with Thornbridge, Nevermore, was part of that commitment to putting British hops back to the fore and also committing that all our beers will use some British hops.

We think it’s important to use British hops, not just because it results in lower transport emissions, or lower water use, or that it supports growers who have been growing hops in some cases for many generations, but primarily because they are great and they are key to some of our best loved beers.

Brook House Hops commitment to continually invest in making sure that the quality we all know is there in British hops, is consistently delivered, is music to our ears.”

Sebastian Nielsen, Sales & Marketing Director at Brook House Hops adds;

“It is no surprise to see established and well-respected brewers like Adnams and Thornbridge ahead of the curve when it comes to using more British hops, and locally sourced ingredients in their beer. This is very encouraging for the hop growing industry in the UK, and comes at a time when we need it most.

High quality farm-fresh British hops have the versatility to provide a wide range of complex flavour profiles that can be the perfect compliment to US or NZ hopped beers, or can be used exclusively in beers to great effect as demonstrated by this marvellously drinkable India Porter, Nevermore.

For any breweries looking to differentiate or innovate with their brewing recipes in the coming months we urge them to give British hops a try if they haven’t already. We’re confident that they’ll be coming back for more!”

ENDS

English Hops are Underrated

The British have been growing hops since the 16th century, but intense hop flavours have dominated the craft beer industry in recent years, often sourced from the USA.  We believe English hops are vastly underrated and we want to explain why. Perhaps we can even encourage a few of you to use more of them in your beers!

The British ‘terroir’ (read: a sense of place, felt by things such as the combination of soil and the climate) means that our hops are lower in myrcene compared to hops grown almost everywhere else in the world. But what does myrcene do for a hop plant?

In a nutshell, hops that are low in myrcene content typically have a more moderate aroma intensity, which actually delivers far more delicate and complex aromas to the beer.

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The low alpha acid levels in English hops also provide an earthy and slightly spicy flavour, which is why they get used in pale ales/india pale ales as well as stouts and porters. Versatile and complicated, they give more than some might expect.

It is no surprise therefore that brewers across the world put our UK gown hops into their ‘session’ beers. English hops don’t give you a smack in the face as soon as you take your first sip, they typically play with your taste buds and encourage you to take another sip, and then another, and then another…

The combination of Goldings and Fuggle hops is renowned globally. Think about it – if you want to produce a complex yet drinkable beer, it is hard to go wrong with a mix of these two classics.

Fun Fact: Did you know that the very popular hop Citra, is a 3rd generation of the British Fuggle?

We are exporting a large amount of our English hops to the US this year and we are always looking for new customers who might want to try some in their next brew. The staples of our inventory will be Goldings and Fuggle, but we are also open to supplying alternatives like Admiral, Pilgrim and Target.

Please get in touch if you have any questions or if you are ready to place an order: hops@brookhousehops.com