As we await the appearance of the Rat’s new green hop beer Yorkshire Rat, as per a previous posting, two beers made from the same harvest of First Gold hops from Yorkshire’s new and only hop farm made their debut at the York CAMRA beer festival this week.
They weren’t expecting to produce a commercial crop this year but after a successful season aided by the sunny weather, 40 kilos of green hops have been supplied to three Yorkshire breweries: the Rat, Big River and Brass Castle. On sale at York were Black Rod from Big River and Force 5 from Brass Castle.
This week I was lucky enough to be there for the harvesting of the Sovereign hops and the subsequent sorting and grading by a machine brought in specially from Germany. Most of these have been snapped up by Saltaire and Great Newsome breweries for special Autumn beers.
It is hoped that most if not all of these beers will appear together at the Beverley Real Ale Festival which will take place on the first weekend in October.