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Hops

The Hampton Estate and hop growing are synonymous. Hops have been grown in the estate’s hop gardens in the village of Puttenham for hundreds of years – now the last commercial hop gardens in Surrey.

We specialise in just one variety of hop, the traditional Fuggle hop, revered by brewers throughout the country. It has a wonderful delicate, minty, grassy and slightly floral aroma and its bittering characteristics are described as well rounded, classic and green tea.

Decorative Hops

During hop picking (late August/early September for two weeks) we sell lots of green hop bines direct from the Oast. Decorative Hops are For Sale Direct from The Hop Oast and available for order at sales@hamptonestate.co.uk

Our decorative hop garlands are easily used for flower decoration, harvest festivals and wedding venues during this period. The 12 foot garlands look extremely attractive and provide a year round dry flower display. Bought fresh the hops dry naturally in situ and can either be augmented with other dried flowers or used by themselves. The hop bine has a string running through the centre for easy fixing but needs to be put in place as soon as possible after purchase to avoid deterioration. The aroma of a freshly strung hop is intoxicating, and gently fades over the first month.

Hop garlands are available during the hop picking season, August/September and come and pick one up direct from the Hampton Oast House.

For decorative hops please email shop@hamptonestate.co.uk or phone us on 01483 810465

Growing Hops

Our hop gardens extend to 24 acres and are situated on the southern slopes of the Hogs Back where they form the backdrop to the picturesque village of Puttenham.
The hop gardens comprise hop poles and wirework which form a framework around the plants. In February and March each hop plant is given four strings hooked from the top of the wire and the shoots begin to grow up the strings. The growing season starts in April when the hop plants start to shoot and small purple buds emerge.  By May they need a hand and they are individually trained to ensure that only the best shoots are used to grow up the strings ( two shoots per string)  and that they are heading in the right direction.

By midsummer day all the shoots should have reached the top of the framework at a height of 16 feet and fruit starts to form. The mature hop flowers are harvested at the beginning of September plucked from the hop bines by the estate picking machine before being dried in the Hampton Hop Oast. The hops are finally pressed and stored in bales weighing around 60 kgs.

Our bales are stored on farm until they are despatched to our brewer customers. Currently we are delighted to supply The Hogs Back Brewery, Harvey’s of Lewes, The Black Sheep Brewery in Masham Yorkshire and many UK hop merchants. Part of the crop is exported to the USA for craft beers with a hint of English character.

Homebrew Hops

Our award winning Hampton Fuggles Hops are available direct from the farm in handy vacuum packs for home brewing. We grow and nurture the hops in exactly the same way as for our brewery and hop merchant customers but realise that many expert home brewers are missing out so Hampton Fuggles are now available in 100 gram foil packs.
The characteristics of a well grown Fuggle Hop; It has a wonderful delicate, minty, grassy and slightly floral aroma and its bittering characteristics are described as well rounded, classic and green tea. It has a Flavour Intensity of 6 and an Alpha Acid (bittering) range of between 3% and 5.6%.

Home brewing packs are available throughout the year. To order your homebrew pack please email shop@hamptonestate.co.uk or phone the estate office to chat over your requirements 01483 810465