Wellhopped World Series AromaFest Awards #WellAnnounced

Phase one of the Wellhopped World Series is the AromaFest competition and SIBA BeerX was the perfect stage to present the first ever awards.  The main aims of this competition are to give growers of Charles Faram Hop Development Programme recognition for their endeavours in the search for new varieties and to show the Charles Faram commitment to quality.  

 

The AromaFest was judged on Friday 11th January and the awards presented to the winners at SIBA BeerX in Liverpool on Thursday 15th March.  The trophy was specially designed for the occasion by a local Worcester designer, then cast in bronze by a local casting company.  The design includes hops framing a globe and five leaves on the back to represent each country involved.  

The competition is showcasing Charles Faram hops produced by growers in five different countries worldwide, UK, USA, Poland, Czech Republic and Slovenia.

Each country is at a different stage of development but all are growing these new plants in an attempt to produce new and exciting varieties to help brewers bring new tastes to the beer drinker.

Paul Corbett, MD said, “we’re already extremely grateful to everyone who has grown or brewed with one of our experimental hops and given us feedback about the varieties. We are also keen to get more brewers involved”. Anyone that is interested in helping with brewing trials and focus groups should get in touch with the team at Charles Faram in the UK.

Paul also went on to give big thanks to the judges for giving up their time to judge these hops for Charles Faram.  “It was a long and hard day, not made any easier by having a camera focused on them for long periods during the day”.

Charles Faram teams in the UK, Canada and USA are very excited about the way the programme is moving forward and are anticipating even more exciting discoveries in the future.

 

Bronze

James Hawkins with Faram Fuggle

Silver

John Walker with Faram Fuggle

Gold

John Walker with Minstrel

John and his wife Sue farm at Tedney, which is in the beautiful Teme Valley about 12 miles from Worcester.

They have been working together with Charles Faram since 1995 when the farm planted its first hops.  At age 3 Hannah (John and sue’s daughter) was pictured tying the hops on one of the first Charles Faram calendars back in 2002. 

Category 1: Flavour intensity 5-6 Delicate

Photo of John Walker accepts the Gold awards for Minstrel® from Paul Corbett, MD Charles Faram
John Walker accepts the Gold award for Minstrel® from Paul Corbett, MD Charles Faram

Category 2, Flavour intensity 7-8 Mid-range

In our video Will Hartley explains what the judges were looking for in category 2, mid range alpha/flavour and aroma.

Bronze

Mark Andrews with Mystic

Silver

Mark Andrews with Godiva™

Gold

James Hawkins with CF185

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James farms hops at Withington on a mixed farm with hops, strawberries, asparagus and turf.  The farm is about 5 miles from Hereford and James has been working with Faram’s since 1993, but his family has worked with Charles Faram for many years before that.

James grows 50 ha of hops including First Gold, Boadicea, Pioneer, Pilot, Archer®, Minstrel® and Faram’s trial Fuggle replacement. 

These are all hedgerow varieties as James has no tall hops. CF185 is one of the trial varieties James also has on the farm.

James Hawkins accepts the Gold award for CF185 from Paul Corbett, MD Charles Faram

Category 3, Flavour intensity 9-10 High

Gareth Williams of Tiny Rebel describes what the judges were looking for in category 3.

Bronze

Mark Andrews with Olicana®

Silver

Jindrich Krivanek with HP111

Gold

Mark Andrews with Harlequin

Mark and his wife Lesley farm at Bosbury near Ledbury in Herefordshire. The farm has been in the family for 3 generations.

Mark grows 30 ha of hops including Challenger, Pilgrim, Phoenix, Jester®, Olicana®, Sovereign and Cascade.

He has a large number of the new trial varieties on the farm including Godiva™, Mystic and Harlequin.

Mark has worked closely with Faram’s for over 20 years as did his father before him.

Photo of Mark Andrews of Townend Farm accepting his overall winner trophy and certificate from Paul Corbett, Charles Faram Managing Director, for the Wellhopped World Series 2019
Mark Andrews accepts the Gold award for Harlequin from Paul Corbett, MD Charles Faram

Early stage varieties

Faram’s own Jason Little explains about the category, Early stage varieties, which are the varieties of tomorrow.

Dariusz Kozieł accepts the Gold award for CF129 from Paul Corbett, MD Charles Faram

Bronze

Jindra Krivánek  with development variety CF201

You may recognise Jindra if you have been to the Charles Faram HopWalk as each year Jindra gives an update on the Czech crop. 

He has been an agronomist at the Czech Research institute and advises growers on everything from planting to harvesting. He is also a part owner of Hop Products Ltd which is a Charles Faram distribution partner in the Czech Republic. 

He is growing these hops in conjunction with a grower group in the Rocov area near Zatec in the north of the Czech republic.

 

Silver

Charles Faram’s own Peter Glendinning with development variety CF250 

 

Gold

Dariusz Kozieł with development variety CF129

Dariusz farms with his father-in-law in Wilkow which is not far from the border with the Czech Republic, and is the biggest county of hop production in Poland

They grow 5 ha hops including Lubelski, Sybilla and Magnum.

They planted the first Charles Faram trial hops in 2015

Supreme champion commercial variety

With samples taken from the top three in each commercial variety category the judges then went on to select their favourites overall. The video shows how they approached the final judging and what they thought of the quality on show.

 

Bronze

Jindra Krivánek for HP111

Silver

James Hawkins with CF185

Gold

Mark Andrews with Harlequin

The Wellhopped World Series AromaFest did have US and Slovenian samples from the hop development programme on show against all of the winners, but as they are only in their second year the selections are not yet hitting the high notes that the judges had from the winners which have been in the ground for a bit  longer. 

Charles Faram are looking forward to seeing these varieties as medal winners as they go forward as they will undoubtedly be producing some very big aromas.

 

The whole team send congratulations to Mark and all the growers on their achievements this year and look forward to working with them, and the brewers on the future hop trials.

Photo of Mark Andrews accepts the Supreme Champion Gold award for Harlequin from Paul Corbett, MD Charles Faram
Mark Andrews accepts the Supreme Champion Gold award for Harlequin from Paul Corbett, MD Charles Faram