Kent Hop Grower of the Year

Award Sponsor

About The Award

Sponsored by BTF Partnership & Shepherd Neame
The Kent Hop Show is part of the Weald of Kent Ploughing Match also sponsored by BTF Partnership. Hop entries are invited from growers which are then blind judged on density of aroma and appearance. The highest scoring Kent grower will also be crowned the Taste of Kent Hop Growing winner.   Hop growing is enjoying renewed interest in the UK thanks to the rise of microbrewing, craft beers and the quality and variety of hops which are grown here.  

As Britain’s oldest brewer, Shepherd Neame has been supporting local hop growers for more than 300 years.Around 80 per cent of the hops used in our beers are harvested from Kent, and we are also proud guardians of the National Hop Collection, located just a few miles from our brewery in Faversham.Our county’s hard-working and innovative farmers produce some of the finest hops in the world, and we are delighted to be able to help recognise their efforts by sponsoring this award.