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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
I'm Eddie Gadd, Head Brewer of the Ramsgate Brewery on the East Kent Coast. I've been in the Biz for nearly 20 years, working for the big and the small, the greedy and the good. And now that I only work for myself I can say what I like, which is what I do here.
All requests, the odder the better, are given full consideration. email the shop Pictures of the Brewery, the Shop, the Beers and local Pubs Photo Album Cyclops Tasting Notes for our regular cask ales are all here.