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http://boakandbailey.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/wild_hops_richmond_2010.jpgWhich hop varieties were British brewers using in 2001? And how had that changed by 2009?When we picked up the 2001 edition of Jeff Evans’s*Good Bottled Beer Guide the other week we were surprised to note that information is provided on the hops used in almost every beer listed (home brewers take note) — that is, every bottle-conditioned, CAMRA-friendly British beer then on the market.
We decided that it might be worthwhile crunching the numbers on this nice little data set and so, first, here’s the breakdown of hop usage in 2001 by percentage:
We hadn’t realised just how popular Challenger was.
Here’s the breakdown of the 25 ‘other’ varieties, with apologies for very small type:
Mr Evans has published an edition of this guide every few years since the late 90s and we had a 2009 edition at hand, so here’s how things changed in a decade, again with percentages:
The ‘other’ category now contains 46 different varieties, many of them such as Sorachi Ace used only in one beer, with Styrian Goldings (4.3%), Target (4%), First Gold (3.8%) and Bramling Cross (3.5%) leading the stragglers.*Between them, Simcoe, Centennial, Chinook, Columbus and Amarillo make up 2.7% of the total.
We’ve never spent so much time and effort finding out something that we already knew: Cascade grew in popularity in Britain during the noughties; brewers played with an ever wider range of hops; and*Goldings and Fuggles lost market share, while still remaining hugely dominant.
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