Glasgow hops back to life for 2016

It looks from the signs of it that my dwarf hop plant is coming back for another year!  

After a rather successful crop last year that enabled me to homebrew an impressive one gallon batch of CWG IPA the wee thing has sprung into action in spring.


Very excited to see what harvest I can get this summer with it being its third year. Still drinking the CWG IPA from last year, here’s hoping I get the priming right this time and so it’s better than this.


7th beer of Christmas

You may remember that the elves down at Ales by mail managed to muddle up 7. Here it is in all its glory.

Alechemy Brewing – Talisman – 4.1%

Having used cascade as my first ever adventure into hops with my home brewing I have come rather fond of it. This lager is complemented with a moderate bitterness that while not pulling at the tongue allows the cascade hops to give a good kick.


3rd beer of Christmas #beeradvent

Discworld ales – Bledlows silence 5.5%

I am already starting to struggle to keep up with this daily beer intake. Today’s beer is a delicious IPA, being a fan of simcoe hops it was always going to go down well. Lovely grapefruit and citrus tastes backed up with a hint of aroma. The after taste is a bitter rascal that sucks you back in for more.

This bad boy is in the lead with a 7.5/10  

Hop growing in Glasgow 

My two year old dwarf First Gold hop plant finally has produced some crop.

Hop growing in Glasgow isn’t the easiest but thankfully I have a small allotment. I grow a variety of veg there and also have this growing on a south-east facing fence.

I was so pleased to actually have some hops grow this year but was actually surprised to get 59.2 grams of wet hops.

I was however disappointed with the aroma I was getting off them having always used pellets in my brewing.

I plan to use the whole batch on a really simple IPA. A small one gallon batch with marris otter is on the cards this weekend. I plan on posting the recipe for this and going to call it Centurion way growers IPA.