Early Bird (E.K.G) – Hop Plant


Early Bird is an early flowering variety, considered one of England’s premier aroma hops and favoured for producing traditional English bitters.

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Early Bird (East Kent Goldings) Hop Plant/Rhizome

Early Bird is an early flowering variety, considered one of England’s premier aroma hops and favoured for producing traditional English bitters.

Discovered in 1887 by Alfred Amos in Wye, Early Bird was hand-selected from a field of Bramlings. This variety was widely grown in the Canterbury area.

While not terribly disease and wilt tolerant, it is bred for its immensely pleasing aroma and gentle hoppiness and has been used by Britain’s oldest brewer, Shepherd Neame, in their gently bitter and lightly malted Early Bird Spring Hop Ale.

Early Bird hop plant will grow to approx. 15-20 feet once mature.

Substitutes: East Kent Golding, Cobbs, Bramling Cross


Also Known As Amos’s Early Bird
Characteristics Pleasing, delicate aroma
Purpose Aroma
Alpha Acid Composition 4.4%-6.7%
Beta Acid Composition 1.9%-2.8%
Co-Humulone Composition 26%-32%
Country UK
Cone Size Medium
Seasonal Maturity Early
Yield Amount 1500-2000 kg/hectare (1340-1780 lbs/acre)
Growth Rate Moderate to high
Susceptible to Susceptible to wilt, downy mildew and powdery mildew
Storability Retains 78% alpha acid after 6 months storage at 20ºC (68ºF)
Total Oil Composition 0.8 mL/100g
Myrcene Oil Composition 25%
Humulene Oil Composition 36%
Caryophyllene Oil 9%
Farnesene Oil Trace
Style Guide India Pale Ale

Additional information

Weight 0.15 kg

Hop Plant Care

Growing hops is easy!  The instructions below are sent with each plant, and you can find more information on our Guides & Info page.

  • Hop plants are a hardy perennial, best planted as a bare root during the dormant winter months.
  • Hops like a well drained fertile soil and should be planted in open ground as soon as possible.
  • Make sure the hole is deep and the crown well covered.
  • Mark the spot with a screw peg.
  • Install your support (trellis, coir string) for the plant to climb up before the spring.
  • Small shoots should appear when the weather warms (April)
  • Train the shoots clockwise during May & June.
  • Harvest at the end of August.

Availability & Delivery

Dormant root stock becomes available in late November / December and is available to buy through to the following spring, as stocks last. Pre-order is available in September.

Our dormant hop plants are wrapped with damp moss and are happy in transit for several weeks. Any delay will not affect the viability or health of your plants and they can still be planted mid-winter in January.

We use Royal Mail to delivery our hop plants.

We do not send bare root hop plants overseas.

Hop Plant T&Cs

All of our plants are checked for viability and the presence of new shoots before we send them. We are confident that if you follow our care instructions you will have a happy hop plant.  Do keep in mind that your plant will not reach its full growth potential until the third season, after it has put down roots and got established.  In the event that your plant is not successful please get in touch here.

Exporting outside of the UK
We are not an exporter, and as such do not deliver overseas and do not supply phytosanitary certificates. Please be aware that we do not recommend sending plants that you have purchased from us within the UK to overseas destinations, as we cannot guarantee that your plants will not be seized or delayed at customs. If you choose to send items purchased from us to overseas destination, we will not be held liable and no refunds for these products are available. Read our hop plant terms and conditions.

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