By Johnny Homer

The county of Kent holds a special position within the heritage of brewing in nice Britain. while hops have been first cultivated during this nation round six hundred years in the past, brought by way of Dutch and Flemish retailers, it was once at Westbere, simply outdoor Canterbury, the place they have been grown. certainly, the Kentish soil proved so suited for the starting to be 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. might be the reason is, brewing used to be one in all Kent’s significant industries for lots of, a long time. The marketplace city of Faversham is domestic to Shepherd Neame – the oldest surviving brewer within the state with a historical past that may be traced again to the mid-sixteenth century, probably a bit earlier.

Despite its hop historical past, Kent was once no longer proof against the decline in nearby brewing that blighted the post-war years. notwithstanding, within the final decade or so a marvelous renaissance has taken position, and from the darkish days of the mid-1990s while the county had just a handful of brewers, it will probably now boast in far more than 40. Kent is usually the birthplace of the micropub, small and autonomous pubs that placed the focal point on in the neighborhood sourced produce. they've got helped revive the brewer’s artwork in Kent and, in doing so, written the newest bankruptcy in an enthralling and intensely vibrant history.

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

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