Battle of the hops: Can Jester take on the Americans?

Very interesting development

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As you may know I’m a big fan of hops but I worry for them a bit. The UK grows nothing like as many as it used to and, although many beer fans – myself included – love them, the big flavours and aromas of US hops along with varieties from ‘Down Under’ threaten to overshadow British hops and therefore lead to a further decline in the amount grown.

Which is why UK hop merchant Charles Faram & Co, along with Liberty Beer and Moor Beer Co are behind the launch of a brand new British variety called Jester. The new hop is being showcased in a 5.7% Moor IPA appropriately named Empire Strikes Back.

Ahead of the launch Charles Faram MD Paul Corbett told me Jester has a lovely ‘New World style aroma’ and said he was hopeful this would carry through into the flavour of…

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