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!”