I went along to the Shakespeare Pub in Carnaby St to try the new single hopped beers from Marston’s and do some “hop rubbing”. No it’s not code for some deviant social practices. It’s exactly what it implies. The rubbing of hops in the hands to release the aromas. The hop is a varied and fascinating plant. I learned a great deal and was amazed by some the smells that these magic herbs released.
The beers were equally interesting. The make single varietal wines. Beer should be treated no differently. Joining me were some of my favorite Beer folk Adrian Tierney-Jones and Marverine Cole aka Beer Beauty.