A new beer brewed with a new hop, Jester, touted as the closest to powerful American aroma hops ever grown in Britain, is our answer to a challenge by pub chain JD Wetherspoon, to showcase British not foreign hops.
The beer which we’re brewing for Wetherspoon’s Spring Beer Festival, is named “Jester,” the same as the hop, which is in its first year of commercial production.
It is a low strength (3.7%) pale beer, the better to appreciate the fruity hop flavours which Hop Merchant Charles Faram hope Jester will show.
Jester was grown as part of Faram’s hop breeding programme, to try to find a British equivalent of the big flavoured American and New Zealand hops which have found such favour among craft brewers.
Paul Corbett of Farams said they named the hop Jester because they assumed the grower was joking when he told them it was English. They thought it was American because of its big aroma. He hopes Jester will be the most successful new English variety they have so far developed.
We secured a supply of Jester, grown at Town End Farm, Bosbury, Herefordshire, in answer to the Wetherspoons challenge to brewers to supply only English hopped beers. Jester is a limited edition beer, we’ll be brewing only 100 barrels (16,400 litres). It will be available nationally during Wetherspoons 13th – 29th March beer festival and will be previewed at our own Spring Beer Festival from 6th to 8th March.