Herefordshire hop grower Sarah Hawkins and Farm Manager Matt Bailey of The Farm in Bosbury, travelled to the Pure Craft Bar in Birmingham this week
What’s your favourite hop?
Citra certainly takes some beating
What’s your favourite beer?
Currently Thornbridge Jaipur – nectar. An old favourite was Ind Coope DBA – one hell of an ale!
Favourite food & beer pairing
Beer and cheese. A cheese platter and a range of beers – great way to forget an afternoon!
What’s the one item in the brewery you couldn’t live without?
Yorkshire squares. I love showing them to people and watching their faces as they rouse and the yeast rises.
What got you into brewing?
Pure chance. I signed up to a degree in Nottingham that I had no idea was a sandwich course. After spending a summer on a remote farm in Northumberland (not good for a young lad from Birmingham!), they took pity on me and sent me to Hardy & Hansons Brewery in Kimberley. Was hooked from the start!
Favourite beer festival?
Nottingham. Held at the castle so you couldn’t get a better location.
Favourite interest outside of brewing?
Strangely enjoy growing vegetables. Would never waste time on a flower, but a courgette…
What’s the last beer you brewed?
Chocolate Orange Stout
Fuggles or Goldings?
Can’t choose, they are both superb in different ways