UK Bramling Cross 5kg

£10.50 per kg
Aroma Profile: Loganberry, blackcurrant and vanilla

Chemical Profile

Alpha Acids 5-7%
Beta Acids 2.3-3.2%
Total Oils 0.7-1 mL/100g


Bramling Cross is a rare breed of hop. It is very tricky to get your hands on anywhere outside of the UK. It was first harvested at Wye College in 1927. It is the result of a cross between a wild Manitoban hop (that’s a subtle hop from Canada) and Golding. It has quite a distinctive taste, most notably known for its use in fruit and Christmas beers. However, it is also used in porters, black ale, English bitter and Dunkel. 

Just like most things British, Bramling Cross can be understated. In fact, BrewDog Brewery spoke of Bramling Cross and called it “elegant, refined, assured, (boring) and understated”, which is an odd way of advertising your new beer called Bramling X. If you are prepared to work hard for a brew that you can be proud of, Bramling Cross could be the perfect hop for you. You need to work hard to capture the aroma of the hops into a beer, but there is a smooth ale waiting to come out of Bramling Cross!

But that’s one of the biggest problems for the poor Bramling Cross hop, it’s used in a lot of traditional cask ales that are not as exciting with the flourish of new beers on the market nowadays. However, what brewers like BrewDog have tried to do is put a fresh spin on this old hop, and they have done an excellent job of it. By hopping the hell out of their new beer, they have created some stunning tastes with Bramling Cross. From plum and pears to blackberries and raspberries, this beer has a lot of depth to it. 

Breweries like Brew Dog have reinvented Bramling Cross in recent years, and this has pushed others to do the same. This hop doesn’t need to be confined to the cask ales of old. They can shine in this new wave of hoppy beer taking the world by storm. Its time for us to show what British hops are all about! Brewers of the nation, grab yourself some Bramling Cross and create a beer for the future generations of beer drinkers. A beer that makes us all proud to be British. We need to dust off the cobwebs and reimagine this great British hop and make Britain proud of it once more. 

Bramling Cross is a difficult hop variety to grow: all hops require a period of ‘vernalisation’ or dormancy during the winter. This is induced by cold weather after harvest. Bramling Cross requires unusually cold weather to trigger vernalisation, which means that yields can be reduced after mild winters.

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