Haringey folks growing beer in their gardens
Wood Green Hopping is a not-for-profit community hop growing project based in Haringey and it's open for new members. The project’s aim is to get people gardening and socialising by making a local beer.
Members each grow one or two plants in their gardens or allotments of an English dwarf variety (they get to about 7ft tall and look and smell great). The hops are then all harvested on the same September weekend and taken down to a local Haringey brewery to be made into a delicious beer. After a successful 1st year which saw the creation of 'Wood Green Hopping City’ - a Pale Ale that was shared out amongst the growers, organisers Zack and Mike hope to get even more Haringey folk out in their gardens growing beer. This year the plan is to bottle a part of the beer for the members whilst the rest will go on tap in a couple of Haringey pubs for friends and the wider community to enjoy.
Members meet throughout the year in different local pubs to swap tips, socialise and have a beer. There is also online support in the form of a Facebook group where useful advise and help is always available. Growing a hop plant is quite easy - many novice gardeners got involved in the 1st year and grew great plants.
You can join through www.woodgreenhopping.co.uk or contacting firstname.lastname@example.org and find them on twitter @WGHopping. The one-off joining fee of £20 gets you everything you need to grow a hop plant (including one plant) and then the plant will return year on year to provide more lovely hops for free. The deadline for sign-up for this growing season is 12th February as the hop rhizomes need to be ordered and then planted in early March.
Zack and Mike will be meeting with old members, new members and any interested people in the craft ale pub, The Prince. 1 Finsbury Road, N22 8PA on Thursday 2nd Feb at 8pm. Go along, ask questions and have a drink with the lovely Wood Green Hopping members.