Monday, 16 February 2015


Brown ales are often described as having a nutty flavour, despite containing no nuts. Some are even called 'nut brown' ales. The nutty flavour referred to is derived from the use of roasted barley, chocolate malt (which contains no chocolate - confused?) and crystal malts in the recipe. No nuts used.

However, Kent is the agri-home to the Cobnut (a delicious sub-variety of the hazelnut) and it's long been my intention to attempt to get their flavour into a rich brown ale. Harvests in recent years haven't enabled me to get the amount of nuts I needed and last year the story looked the same until we were offered 75kg of 'fines' - a mixture of broken kernels and shells. We took them, and roasted them in the ovens at Thanet College (thanks Craig!) before milling them to a finer crush. Two thirds were mashed with the malt and final third chucked in the fermenter after 4 days. There's an awful lot that can go wrong with this brew but I checked it this morning and it's tasting great, spot on actually: a deep, rich malty base with a rather elegant Kentish Cobnut flavour riding on top.

It can still go wrong, but if it doesn't you'll find Gadds' Cobnut Brown Ale in the Montefiore Arms (and many other of the finest East Kent public houses) from late next week.


Tuesday, 30 December 2014

Taste of Kent Awards 2015

Awards get the competitive juices flowing and spur us on to greater achievements in pursuit of them, and that leads to a better pint down the pub, so I'm all for them personally.

Should you feel similarly inclined please vote in the Taste of Kent Awards. I'd direct you to the Best Kentish Beer award and suggest Gadds' Number 3 could be a contender, but that would be rather full of self interest, so I won't.

Seriously though, get on there and vote. Vote for your favourite butcher, your favourite restaurant and your favourite pub. Vote in every catagory, and vote well - it's fun, it helps create a quality-driven competitiveness and you'll get even better beer and food in the future because of it.

And do it now, because the deadline is in 2 days time!

Friday, 19 December 2014


Launch: New Year's Eve
First pint: 7pm
Last pint: 2am
Tasting notes: here

Monday, 15 December 2014

Drinking responsibility

Look, I can't be held responsible for who drinks my beer. I chose who I sell it to, but it's up to them who they sell it to. The Walpole Bay Hotel is now on my black list for allowing a politician to use my name in a publicity photo.

GADDS' does NOT support UKIP

Friday, 21 November 2014

Conspiracy of the season

We all have our favourite things, and we don't like letting go of them; we like to have them around all the time, not just when they want to be around. Green Hop Ale falls into that particular sorting bin for me - it's gone, it'll be back next year, but in the meantime I'll miss it like I miss the summer. However...

This deliciously rich dark ale, hopped with a mixture of earthy, blackcurrenty Willamette and (for contrast) zesty Cascades is a gorgeous way to waste (and taste) away a couple or three of your recommended units and an hour or two of your allocated time on Earth, dreaming perhaps of a Kent hop garden in late August.

 It's the best reason I can think of to welcome cold, damp winter afternoons and evenings.

Available in all the best East Kent pubs, especially the Montefiore Arms, throughout the winter.

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

East Kent Green Hop Brewers' Open Day

Sunday October 12th
10am to 6pm
The following breweries will open their doors for the day:

  • ·         Goody’s Ales
  • ·         Canterbury Ales
  • ·         The Foundry Brewpub
  • ·         Wantsum Brewery
  • ·         Gadds’ Ramsgate Brewery

Visit one, or visit them all and enjoy brewery tours, light entertainment, great food and, of course, barrels of Kent Green Hop Ale.

For those wanting to visit all 5, and looking for an easy life, we’ve organised one bus tour leaving from each brewery.

To book bus tours (£10 per head) check the routes below and contact the brewery most relevant to your travel plans.

  • The Wantsum Bus picks up at Deal Station at 10am, heads over to Wantsum Brewery and starts the Tour at 11am (
  • The Gadds’ Bus picks up at Broadstairs Station, heads over to Gadds’ Brewery and starts the Tour at 11am (
  • The Goody’s Bus picks up at Herne Station, heads over to Goody’s Ales and starts the Tour at 11am (
  • The Canterbury Ales bus picks up at Canterbury West at 10am, heads to Canterbury Ales and leaves on Tour at 11am (
  • The Foundry Bus starts at the Foundry Brewpub at 11am (

Each tour arrives back at the starting brewery at about 4:30 before heading back to the starting stations at 5pm, arriving there sometime later. Obviously you have the choice of starting at the station or starting at the brewery, and finishing at the brewery or finishing at the station. Full timetables are here.
Reserve your tickets in advance and pay at the starting brewery on the day.
Apologies: the tickets had been previously advertised at £7.50. This was before we had a true picture of the costs and was based on a single bus. I apologise profusely for promising something I can’t deliver. I do believe £10 represents great value for you though.

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Green Hop Ale Launch 2014

So the Head Brewer (me) now has a pub and the world seems to be just that little bit righter: Head Brewers ought to live in pubs. It's been the 'Best Pub in the World' for the last 12 years running and is set to eclipse that by getting the 'Lifetime Achievement Award' in my own, personal, Pub of the Year competition. It's a community based pub and it gets through plenty of local ale.

Anyway, it's Green Hop! And Gadds' Green Hop Ale gets an exclusive launch in the Monte next Wednesday evening. I'll be pulling the first pint at 7pm, for me. The second will go to some local pillar of the community or other (ideas on a postcard please) and the rest is for you lot. It will run out before 9pm, at which point we'll draw the raffle. The raffle prize is the first case of Green Hop off the bottling line (even before mine).

See you then, then.