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579: Hogs Back | Gardeners Tipple

The Brewery: “We’re a small family-owned brewery tucked away in the village of Tongham, in the heart of the old Surrey hop-growing region….We first opened our doors on the 4th August 1992, in 18th century farm buildings that at various times have stored wheat, and housed cattle and, appropriately, hogs. The brewhouse was what is now our shop and the very first brew was TEA, which was an instant hit.”

The Beer: “First brewed as an exclusive celebration beer for the Royal Horticultural Society garden at Wisley for their 100 year Centenary, Gardener's Tipple proved to be a great success. Perfect for relaxing after a hard day in the garden.A refreshing thirst-quenching bitter, with an exceptional taste and light amber colour. We brew a rounded malty base from finest English malted barley in the mash tun and combine it with the fresh local Fuggles and Goldings whole hop flowers in the copper to achieve a long lasting finish. Brewed to be enjoyed by gardeners or gentry alike.”

I’ve enjoyed most of the beers from Hog Back so when a colleague brought me a bottle of this – one of his favourites – I was keen to try it. Very nice it was too – lovely bright colour and refreshing though just a tad on the sweet side. Would happily drink again though. 4.0% A.B.V. April 2019. Procured I believe from Asda at Brighton Marina.