What is Growing Beer?
Is it possible to grow everything you need to brew a pint of beer yourself? Throughout the whole of 2017 that’s what I tried to find out – taking a small piece of rough, unloved land I went on a quest to make beer, with one major rule: all of the ingredients must be grown or collected on site. The project has its own site: growingbeer.co.uk
It took a lot of work but was a brilliant journey. Whilst I know a fair bit about beer and brewing, the worlds of horticulture, agriculture and microbiology were strangers at best so I enlisted the help of many friends, old and new.
The process was documented through regular podcasts, interviews with experts and photos, video and content through the website too – looking at all of the ingredients, talking to all of the people who passionately grow, harvest and use them, and learning more about the fascinating and ever-changing world that is beer.
Modern beer combines one of history’s biggest industries with an increasingly diverse and enthusiastic range of drinkers. People have more interest in how beer is made, how the ingredients are sourced and how brewers are inspired in their recipe creation. I love drinking beers of different styles from across the world, but I’m also interested in finding out more about our national and local brewing history.
I started in January 2017 and carried through until December of that year. You can see how I got on through the dedicated site – growingbeer.co.uk. It’s looking very likely that I’ll be taking the next steps on the journey in 2019…