Cardiff may be in the midst of a craft beer revolution, with more craft bars and breweries appearing each month, but the city is also seeing a surge in interest of the growth of one of beer’s key ingredients; hops.
The capital’s community hop growing scheme is the brain child of Sam Holt and has largely been facilitated through social media to gather a group of growers. Following in the footsteps of similar London based projects such as Grow Beer in Crystal Palace that has seen the brewing of a community beer entitled Palace Pint, as well as Meantime Brewing’s scheme, which has witnessed the planting of hundreds of hop plants all over the capital, the program will today deliver the hops to Pontcanna based brewery, Pipes, where they will be used in the brewing of Taff Temptress.
“A group of dedicated growers, beer lovers and enthusiasts have been growing their own hopt plants in gardens and allotments around Cardiff,” explained Rhodri Malin who is involved with the scheme with four proud plants to his name. “The whole affair has been orchestrated by Sam Holt, a keen sustainable living campaigner and manager of the Riverside Community Garden, itself a grow site for the group,” Rhodri continued.
The project has seen people from all over Cardiff getting involved to grow and harvest their own hops and further demonstrates how in touch Cardiff is becoming with not only the end product of brewing, but with the whole process of creating great craft beer.