The BritHop Series, pioneered by Drinks Maven, has been initiated in conjunction with hop merchant Charles Faram and the British Hop Association [BHA] and aims for a supergroup of new and exciting British beers to be brewed by some of the nation’s top brewers. Each beer will also be aligned with a music track from a British band or artist that suits the beer.
Breweries involved in the project include: Burning Sky, The Kernel, Cloudwater, The Wild Beer Co and North Brewing Co.
“Great beer and great music should go hand-in-hand. In Britain, we are lucky enough to have both. The new progressive hop varieties we now have available to us in the UK are at the heart of this series and will be used to create some exciting new beers. This is the start of a journey into the next generation of flavour for British beer – an exciting step towards growing an appreciation for all of the nuances and subtleties of what British hops have to offer whilst also giving a nod to some decent music at the same time,” said Drinks Maven founder Jessica Mason.
Breweries and their selected tracks are as follows:
Burning Sky: The Astronauts – Typically English Day
The Kernel: The Slits – Heard It Through The Grapevine
Cloudwater: Kate Tempest – Europe Is Lost
The Wild Beer Co: David Bowie – Changes
North Brewing Co: Longpigs – Lost Myself
Mark Tranter, Head Brewer and Founder at Burning Sky Brewery, who is crafting a 5.6% abv pale ale for The BritHop Series, said: “To showcase new British hops, we paired the delightfully citrusy experimental CF185 and CF218 hops with some light spices to create a quietly contemplative and refreshing pale ale. Set to the backdrop of The Astonauts, Typically English Day, there is hope, love and friendship – despite the government and their schemes.”
Paul Jones, Co-Founder and Managing Director at Cloudwater Brew Company said: “We’re using Pioneer hops in a small or not so small IPL. Song pairing is Europe Is Lost by Kate Tempest.”
Jasper Tupman, Technical Brewer at Wild Beer Co, who is making a 5% abv beer that can adapt and change with age, said: “We were invited by our good friend Jessica ‘Drinks Maven’ Mason to get involved in the BritHop project, a celebration of the finest progressive UK hops married with classic British music in honour of Beer Day Britain. Our take was to brew a beer with 100% UK yeast, malt and hops and the spirit of the Thin White Duke himself – David Bowie. We have used copious amounts of new experimental Jester and Godiva hops that combine the tang of gooseberry and grapefruit, with the alluring sweetness of white grape, lychees and blackcurrant.100% fermented with the super attenuating yeast Brettanomyces means it will let the juicy hop character shine through whilst drunk fresh, or choose to cellar and let the Brett do its Funky (Dory) thing. This is a beer that allows for exceptional ageing and flavour development. Chchchchanges!”