Brewing in Kent by Johnny Homer

By Johnny Homer

The county of Kent holds a different position within the background of brewing in nice Britain. while hops have been first cultivated during this nation round six hundred years in the past, brought by means of Dutch and Flemish retailers, it used to be at Westbere, simply outdoors Canterbury, the place they have been grown. certainly, the Kentish soil proved so fitted to the growing to be of Humulus lupulus, the Latin identify for the hop, that the backyard of britain quickly turned the centre of the British hop undefined. might be reason why brewing used to be one in every of Kent’s significant industries for lots of, a long time. The industry city of Faversham is domestic to Shepherd Neame – the oldest surviving brewer within the kingdom with a historical past that may be traced again to the mid-sixteenth century, probably a bit earlier.

Despite its hop historical past, Kent used to be no longer resistant to the decline in nearby brewing that blighted the post-war years. in spite of the fact that, within the final decade or so a brilliant renaissance has taken position, and from the darkish days of the mid-1990s whilst the county had just a handful of brewers, it might now boast in far more than 40. Kent can also be the birthplace of the micropub, small and self reliant pubs that placed the focal point on in the neighborhood sourced produce. they've got helped revive the brewer’s paintings in Kent and, in doing so, written the most recent bankruptcy in a captivating and intensely vibrant history.

This totally illustrated e-book explores either the wealthy background of brewing in Kent, and all that the county has to supply today.

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