Craft brewer, Meantime Brewing has planted hundreds of hop plants across London in a bid to engage people with the art of British brewing. The hops grown will be used to create the City’s first “crowd-sourced” beer - Meantime True Brew of London.
The brewery has planted the hops in some of London’s most famous locations – including two Royal parks - St James’ Park and Regent’s Park, The Natural History Museum, The National Theatre, Battersea Power Station and Kensington Roof Gardens.
In September, the hops will be harvested and used to create a ‘wet hop’ harvest beer at the Meantime Brewery in Greenwich. Aroma hops have been critical to the growth of modern craft brewing. To make the True Brew of London, the hops will be dried and added together with other ingredients – malt, yeast and water. The beer will then be left to mature for a full eight weeks before being kegged and ready to serve.
Dozens of pubs will be contibuting to the brew by growing hops in their gardens, on balconies and rooftops. The brewers are also growing plants in allotments and urban farms across the capital. To see the location of each hop garden visit http://goo.gl/maps/GJKY9 and www.meantimebrewing.com