It’s almost here: London’s first ‘crowd-sourced’ beer. Back in spring, the lovely people at Greenwich’s Meantime Brewery planted hops around a bunch of prominent sites in the capital, which have finally been harvested (hurrah).
Back in the day (by which we mean the 1930s), this was traditionally the time of year that people from the inner city would head down to Kent to pick hops for the London breweries – but who needs Kent when we’ve got London’s green spaces and rooftops? Growing sites have included two royal parks (St James’ Park and Regent’s Park), spaces at the Natural History Museum, National Theatre, Battersea Power Station and Kensington Roof Gardens. Hops were also grown in allotments and urban gardens across London, and dozens of pubs contributed by growing hops in their gardens and rooftops. Now that the harvest is done, brewing is about to start. In the meantime (no pun intended), it’s time to think about a name.
Keep an eye on Meantime’s Facebook page where you’ll you’ll be invited to suggest one soon. It’s a people’s brew, after all.