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By Johnny Homer

The county of Kent holds a special position within the historical past of brewing in nice Britain. while hops have been first cultivated during this state round six hundred years in the past, brought by means of Dutch and Flemish retailers, it used to be at Westbere, simply open air Canterbury, the place they have been grown. certainly, the Kentish soil proved so suited for the becoming of Humulus lupulus, the Latin identify for the hop, that the backyard of britain quickly grew to become the centre of the British hop undefined. possibly for the reason that brewing used to be one in all Kent’s significant industries for plenty of, a long time. The marketplace city of Faversham is domestic to Shepherd Neame – the oldest surviving brewer within the nation with a background that may be traced again to the mid-sixteenth century, maybe a bit earlier.

Despite its hop history, Kent used to be no longer proof against the decline in neighborhood brewing that blighted the post-war years. although, within the final decade or so a unbelievable renaissance has taken position, and from the darkish days of the mid-1990s whilst the county had just a handful of brewers, it might probably now boast in way over 40. Kent can be the birthplace of the micropub, small and autonomous pubs that placed the point of interest on in the community sourced produce. they've got helped revive the brewer’s artwork in Kent and, in doing so, written the most recent bankruptcy in a captivating and extremely vibrant history.

This absolutely illustrated e-book explores either the wealthy historical past of brewing in Kent, and all that the county has to provide today.

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