We brewed an Oakham Green Hop Ale using UK sourced hops back in 2013.
But producing one with our signature US hops has never been an option due to the impossibility of getting freshly harvested “green” hops from the US to the UK quickly enough to brew with – they need to be used within a matter of hours of being picked.
That was until now.
Our agents for Citra hops announced earlier this year that they would be sending freshly harvested “green” Citra to the UK this autumn in “Frozen Fresh Hop” format.
These are raw, un-kilned whole cone hops that are flash frozen within a few hours of being picked in order to preserve the natural qualities of freshly harvested hops.
And as the first UK brewer to brew with Citra back in 2009, we were chosen as one of the select few to receive an allocation of Frozen Fresh Hop Citra.
The hops arrived at the brewery on Thursday 18th just in time for us to thaw them out on our brewhouse gantry and brew with them on Friday 19th November.
“Frozen Fresh Hop Citra” (4.8%) is the result and we can now confirm that it will be available from Monday 6 December.
We can’t wait to see how this one pans out, to compare it to its kiln-dried cousin and of course to hear what our customers think of it.
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