The Graveney Boat, a hop history mystery

In the history of brewing in Britain, the Graveney Boat is an archaeological anomaly almost as great as finding the skeleton of an Anglo-Saxon warrior with a hole in his skull that could only have been made by a 17th-century musket ball. The boat – actually a clinker-built cross-channel cargo vessel, reconstructed as some 44… Read More The Graveney Boat, a hop history mystery

Befuggled: doubts about a hop’s birth

(Update December 2014 – for more on this subject, answering several questions, see here) Bang, bang, another beery myth hits the floorboards, or at least staggers back badly wounded, after excellent work by Kim Cook in an article called “Who produced Fuggle’s Hops” just published in the latest (Spring 2009, issue 130) edition of Brewery… Read More Befuggled: doubts about a hop’s birth

Will the real Mr Golding please step forward

Considering what a huge impact he had on the taste of British beer, astonishingly little is known about the man who gave his name to the Goldings hop. About all we do have comes from a book published in 1798 with the marvellously long title of The Rural Economy of the Southern Counties: Comprizing Kent,… Read More Will the real Mr Golding please step forward