We were then shown round the hop yard. Here's Ali Capper of Stocks Farm and the British Hop Association in front of some Sovereign plants.
These were normal height hops:
And here's some whizzing along conveyor belts:
The success or failure of hop crops may be a lot more controllable than it was back in the day but there still seems a lot of variation in yield:
At Stocks Farms they've gone from growing four high alpha varieties to nine aroma varieties, which fits in with the way a lot of world hop growing is going.
After that it was on to Wye Valley Brewery, where the Head Brewer Gareth Bateman showed us round. They've got a shiny new 80 barrel brewery and are brewing ten times a week.