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Cheers: a pint full of community spirit

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Stroud Brewery is saying cheers after brewing up a seasonal beer brimming full of community spirit.

The much-loved ‘Brewer’s Garden’ is the product of the annual Hop Picking day, which Stroud Brewery has been hosting for more than 12 years.

The hop bines are harvested in September, and members congregate at the brewery to handpick the hop cones and even enjoy a few ales.

In a good year, around 3000 pints of ‘Brewer’s Garden’ are brewed and barrels of which are eagerly awaited by local pubs.

“Having a green hop beer is quite special,” revealed brewery boss Greg Pilley. “We make it once a year because it tastes so good. We could buy green hops from a grower but it’s a great way to get people involved with the brewery and a great community activity.

“This year’s Hop Picking Day was even more significant due to the support the Brewery received during its Crowdfunder earlier this year.

“One of the many rewards for investing in our Crowdfunder was to join our Hop Club and receive a hop plant to grow at home, we’re hoping to see the produce of these going back into our community brews in the coming years.” 

Hop pickers & growers are able to get involved in the brewing process, as well as take home a 5L bag-in-box once it’s ready.

You can you sample a pint of this harvest celebration at the Old Fleece, Rooksmoor, Chalford Sports Club, Bowbridge Arms, Royal Oak, Cromhall, Vine Tree, Randwick,Prince Albert, Clothiers and Stroud Brewery, Tap.

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