Traditionally grown in the counties of Kent and Hereford, brewers prefer UK hops as our farmers usually grow seeded varieties that are best suited for real ale or beer. Lagers use a different seedless hop grown in other countries in Europe. It is the hops that add the bitterness and aroma to beer.

 

Kent is known for two famous breweries, Whitbread Fremlins and Shepherds Neame, and both used hops grown locally on their own hop farms around Sittingbourne and Faversham. Whitbread closed its Faversham brewery in the 1990’s but Shepherd Neame has been brewing continuously since 1698, longer than any other brewery in Britain.

 

Before we started Essentially Hops, all the hops grown on our farm were supplied for brewing…… most of our hops went to Bass Charrington and Truman beers. Now that we specialise in growing hops for decoration, less of our crop are sold for brewing but we do have a limited supply of plump unpressed dried hop cones that we “liberate” from the kiln at hop picking before they get pressed into hop pockets. Dry hopping with loose hops will give more flavor and aroma to your final beer. We sell these plump, unpressed hop cones in small 100g bags or by the kilogram.

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Dried Hop Bunch

£20.00

These dried hop bunches were harvested and dried in Autumn 2020.  They are carefully stored to preserve their colour and aroma. Bunches are perfect for smaller spaces or for using in your floral craft projects and arrangements.

Bunches from the 2019 harvest are now on sale for clearance here but their colour will not be as good as new season dried bunches and they will be more delicate.

Decorated Hop Garland Natural

£125.00

Made to order by our florist, this dried hop garland is arranged on an easy to handle length of rope, approximately 120cm/4 feet long and decorated with natural dried flowers (flowers will vary according to availability).

Decorated Hop Garland Red

£160.00

Made to order by our florist, this dried hop garland is arranged on an easy to handle length of rope, approximately 120cm/4 feet long and decorated with dried red flowers (flowers will vary according to availability).

Dried Hop Garland

£37.50

These dried hop garlands were harvested and kiln dried in Autumn 2020 and are approx. 2.5-3m in length. They are carefully stored to preserve their colour and aroma. All of our hops are grown on our farm here in Bekesbourne.

Please read more below about how to hang them and about what to expect if you have never had dried hops before.

Dried hop garlands harvested in 2019 are still available here and are now on sale.

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Fresh Hop Bunches

Fresh Hop Bunches are a great way to hang hops in your home and enjoy their gorgeous aroma and colour, especially if you don’t have space for a hop garland.

We have now come to the end of delivery for this years fresh hops. If you would like to be notified about the availability of hops next year leave your email below or sign up to our mailing list.

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Dried Hop Bunch (SALE)

£20.00 £11.50

These dried hop bunches are on sale for clearance as they are from our 2019 harvest. Their colour will not be as good as new season dried bunches and they will be more delicate. Bunches are perfect for smaller spaces or for using in your own arrangements.

Please note that refunds/returns are not available on sale items.