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Innovation is a wonderful thing. Yes indeedy. Truly wonderful. It heartens me to see British brewers adopting exotic ingredients like American hops. A brilliant innovation. I wonder who was first to do it? And when?

Take a butchers at this. The bottom left-hand corner in particular. It's a Barclay Perkins brewing log from 1848.

The bottom left. That's where the hops are listed. The next to last line reads

Amn. 1846 428

American hops, from the 1846 crop. Which means they were almost certainly grown in New York state.

Innovative chaps, those Victorians.

On a totally unrelated note, I wonder if you can guess what I'm currently working on. Behind the scenes. My recent posts should give it away. It's obvious to me.