What is Growing Beer?
Is it possible to grow everything you need to brew a pint of beer yourself? I don’t know yet, but in 2017 I’m going to try – I’ve got a small piece of rough, unloved land and I’m 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’s going to take a lot of work but it’s going to be a brilliant journey. Whilst I know a fair bit about beer and brewing, the worlds of horticulture, agriculture and microbiology are strangers at best so I’ll be needing some help from friends old and new.
I’ll be documenting the progress through regular podcasts, interviewing the experts that I’m hoping will guide me through to the finished article and keeping you up to date with photos, video and content through the website too. I’ll be 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 you can follow the progress on the new site – growingbeer.co.uk. I’ll be moving through the various process throughout the year, culminating in the brewing and drinking of the final beer toward November.