Why grow hops as a community project ?
Growing hops is an unusual way of introducing people to the wonders & benefits of growing your own.
Cultivating hops close to the brewer can reduce the beer miles associated with the import of additional hop ingredients.
Currently Irish brewers mostly import their hops from around the world which is currently suffering a global hop crop failure of 25% in 2015, there are a small amount of innovative brewers in Ireland growing hops but for their own supply and in very limited amounts, we hope to be able to example the need for more local hop production in Ireland.
By growing hops collectively, Social Hops aims to enable a more local hop economy with mutual benefits for both the growers & brewers. And what better a way to celebrate this green economy then with a Local Wet Hopped Beer brewed within 24 hours of
Social Hops collaboratively being harvested in the city by the participating growers.
We need people to plant HOPS HOPS HOPS!
You don’t need much space as it’s a vertical plant – a patch of ground next to a tall fence would be ideal.
We have planned hop events throughout the year where growers and brewers can get together, compare notes and sample some beers, culminating with the harvesting event and brew celebration. Hop plants take 3 years to mature so if you keep donating cones, you’ll keep getting beer as well and an average hop plant will then produce cones for up to 23 years. If you’re a community garden there are group deals as below. The pack includes a hop rhizome from certified UK disease free stock, 3 meters of coir hop twine and a grounding peg.
6pm - Thursday 19th we'll be launching our Wet Hop Rye Ale 4.5%ABV. All hops used in this beer came from the Social Hops collective. Rascals Brewing will be also pouring their Social Hop Wit.
Place: The Square Ball - 45 Hogan Place, D2