Northumberland hops at heart of new Cullercoats brew

Beery botanists in Northumberland have helped Cullercoats Brewery create a new ale using hops grown in England’s most northerly county.

The brainchild of hoppy horticulturalists at Wilde Gardens, near Ponteland, and the North Tyneside based beermaker’s Bill and Anna Scantlebury, Wilde North Blonde saw Bramling Cross and Fuggles hops go from field to brew in less than 24 hours.

Wilde North’s pump clip

“Who knew that hops could be grown in Northumberland?” said Anna. “Well we didn’t, until the good folk from Wilde Gardens near Ponteland got in touch.

“After a visit to see and smell the hop bines, and a quick re-jig of our brew schedule, we came up with a green hopped beer called Wilde North Blonde.

“Usually the hops would be expertly dried and vacuum sealed to preserve them at their best but our Bramling Cross and Fuggle hops were picked and added to the brew within 24 hours, before any deterioration or oxidation could take place.”

When will the beer made with Northumberland hops be available?

Only 42 casks of Wilde North Blonde have been produced and they will be hitting pubs and bars in the coming weeks.

Anna said: “With September/October being the only time you’ll spot a green hopped beer in the UK, it’s an opportunity not to be missed, so do grab a pint if you see it on the bar!”