Dry Hop Project

Here at Cullercoats we love British hops so that’s why all of the beers we make use exclusively British hop varieties. Our #DryHopProject is a chance to celebrate them!

Our dry hopped beers are heavily late hopped with the chosen hop and further enhanced by dry hopping, again with this hop. Dry hopping is the process of placing hops directly in the cask when barrelling to increase the hop flavour and complexity of the beer. Some brewers dry hop in the fermenter or conditioning tank, but we think you get the maximum flavour from adding the hops to the cask, the old fashioned way.

Anna keeps busy on the sewing machine creating the muslin hop bags that are added to each cask. Using a hop “tea bag” in this way, the beer receives the full hop flavour whilst maintaining clarity. We believe that we are unusual in dry hopping our beers in this labour intensive way and although there is extra work for Anna and Sean, making the bags and barrelling and cleaning the casks, we think the quality of the end product is worth this extra effort; we’re sure you’ll agree when you taste these one off brews.

If you get the chance, do try two or more of our #DryHopProject beers side by side; since they are all brewed with the same 4.8% base pale ale, you can readily compare the different hop characteristics. In the beer notes below, we’ve used descriptors given by britishhops.org.uk

Thanks to  http://www.britishhops.org.uk/ for the website which has helped us to write this page.

#30 Pilgrim

According to British Hops “Pilgrim has a deeply fruity, spicy, yet unusually pleasant lemon/grapefruit aroma with flavour characteristics including verdant berries and pears. As a bittering hop it provides a refreshing, full bodied and rounded bitterness. With a much hoppier aroma due

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#29 Keyworths Early

Keyworths Early was bred by Prof Ernest Salmon at Wye College, Kent. It was selected in 1943 as one of the few varieties found to show moderate resistance to wilt disease. It is a vigorous variety producing large, open, ragged cones.

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#28 Boadicea

Boadicea is an unusual hedgerow hop and is excellent for finishing and dry hopping. British Hops say “Boadicea was the world’s first aphid resistant variety and as such is the most environmentally friendly hop available. It was released in 2004 by

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#27 Janus

Janus was selected at Wye College, England in the 1950’s, but was abandoned commercially due to relatively low yields, in the early 1990s. It is a cross between a Eastwell Golding, a New Mexico Wild American hop and other unspecified

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#26 Phoenix

Phoenix is an unusual hop with high oil content. It gives a fresh favour with floral, pine and chocolate/molasses notes. A good balanced flavour, suitable for bittering and late hopping/dry hopping. British Hops says “Developed at the same time as

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#24 Godiva

#24 Godiva

Godiva is the latest hop to emerge from the rigorous development programme run by Charles Faram. They say “It is a daughter of our Jester hop and has distinct tangerine, citrus & gooseberry notes together with a more traditionally English

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#23 Ernest SIBA WINNER

#23 Ernest SIBA WINNER

Ernest has picked up a Bronze award at the SIBA regional competition 2017, premium beer category. According to Charles Faram hop merchants the Ernest hop has clear “New World” characteristics “producing a complex flavour with predominantly fruity notes, especially apricot,

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#22 UK Chinook

#22 UK Chinook

Chinook began as a US variety and Charles Faram have recently developed a UK Chinook hop giving those characteristic grapefruit and strong citrus notes, perfect for both bittering and late or dry hopping. This pale ale is spot on for

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#21 Olicana

#21 Olicana

Flavour Intensity 8/10        Olicana® is from the Charles Faram Hop development program.  It brings tropical flavours to the UK, including mango, grapefruit, and passionfruit.

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#20 Minstrel

#20 Minstrel

Minstrel® is a low trellis wilt resistant variety from the Charles Faram Hop Development Program. They say ” High Farnesene gives beers brewed with Minstrel great fullness of flavour and depth.” The flavour and aroma are that of spiced berries with

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#19 Pilot   SIBA WINNER

#19 Pilot SIBA WINNER

Pilot Pale Ale is a Regional GOLD and National Bronze WINNER Bred at Horticulture Research International (HRI) Wye College in the UK and released in 2001,this is a high yielding hedgerow variety. Pilot has aromas of lemon and spice, and it is

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#18 Flyer

#18 Flyer

Flyer is still on trial and has not yet been released for commercial growing. It results from a cross made in 2002 between a high alpha-acid female breeding line and a low trelliss-type male hop. The growers say ” it

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#17 Archer

#17 Archer

Archer® is a new low trellis, wilt resistant hop variety from the Charles Faram Hop Development Program, who say “It combines classic British aroma with a citrus twist, Archer is useful as a dry hop addition. It is floral with delicate hints

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#16 Sovereign

#16 Sovereign

Sovereign is a wonderful hedgerow variety with a medium alpha acid range and wonderfully complex aroma. Bred from an open pollination made in 1995 at Horticulture Research International (HRI), Wye College in the UK and released in 2006, Sovereign is the

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#15 Northdown

#15 Northdown

Northdown was developed at the Uk’s Wye College and commercial production began in the early 1970’s. It is a high yielding, dual-purpose variety and flavour notes include spicy, fresh, pine, floral and berry. For bittering it is well rounded and full bodied. British

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#14 Jester

#14 Jester

Jester® is from the Charles Faram Hop Development Program, and they say ” it brings new world flavours to the UK, having an intense, punchy aroma of new world proportions, with flavour notes of grapefruit and tropical fruits”. Used early in

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#12 First Gold

#12 First Gold

First Gold is the world’s first Hedgerow hop released in 1996 by Horticulture Research International (HRI) at Wye College in the UK. It is a cross of hedgerow male and WGV (Whitbread Goldings Variety)and has a wonderful tangerine, sweet orangey citrus

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#11 Pride of Kent

#11 Pride of Kent

This is a ‘daughter’ of Brewer’s Gold which is a revived hop, having not been grown commercially for many years.

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#10 Brewer’s gold

#10 Brewer’s gold

This is a revived hop. According to Charles Farham’s website, “A well-tried and tested bitter hop, Brewers Gold has a high resin content and gives a well-balanced bitterness which is ideally complimented by a late aroma hop in Lager beers.

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#9 EPIC

#9 EPIC

This hop was grown as an ornamental garden plant until 2004 when it was propagated to give a small trial area. A consistently good yield has encouraged the planting of a larger commercial area during the winter of 2014-15. So

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#8 Fusion

#8 Fusion

This is a new addition to commercially available British Hops and is a mixture of developmental hops giving fruity/spicy/floral flavours.

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#7 Challenger

#7 Challenger

Challenger was released in 1972 by Wye College in the UK. Its Aunt is Northdown and its Grandmother is Northern Brewer. A tall hop with long slender cones, it is high yielding and stores well. It boasts a spicy, cedar,

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#6 UK CASCADE

#6 UK CASCADE

This tall, late maturing hop was first grown in the UK in 2002, but was originally developed in 1971 in Oregon, USA from hops derived from Fuggle and Serebrianker. It is much more rounded and less intense than US Cascade,

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#5 FUGGLE

#5 FUGGLE

Fuggle is always thought of as the classic English aroma hop – delicate, minty, grassy and slightly floral in aroma. It is a traditional hop giving well rounded bitterness and subtle aromas when used for late hopping. Released in 1875

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#4 BRAMLING CROSS

#4 BRAMLING CROSS

According to Britishhops.org.uk Bramling Cross “has a distinctive “American” aroma with flavour notes that are spicy, blackcurrant, loganberry and lemony citrus.” It is one of our favourite hops and the intense flavours work well both in bittering, late hopping and

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#π cf133

#π cf133

We have been lucky enough to secure some of the small harvest of an experimental hop, code named CF133, part of Charles Faram’s hop development breeding programme. It is the ‘daughter’ of Jester. So we have squeezed it into the

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#3 Golding

#3 Golding

For late and dry hopping we have chosen East Kent Goldings known for gentle aromas including floral, lavender, spice, honey, earthy and thyme. An old English favourite, developed from the Canterbury Whitebine variety in the  late 1700s.  According to British Hops,

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#2 Endeavour

#2 Endeavour

Available just in time for Christmas 2014 and New Year celebrations! We endeavour to please 😉 According to BritishHops.org.uk  “Complex blackcurrant, loganberry and spice notes best describe Endeavour’s aroma, with a wonderful grapefruit and lime flavour. It is gentler than

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#1 Admiral

#1 Admiral

Our Admiral beer was launched in August 2014 at the Cumberland Arms, Byker, and has since won a silver award at the Beamish Hall beer festival. This beer was the inspiration for our project so we have brewed it again

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