Hop Growing | Beer Brewing

A community growing project planting hops in gardens and balconies around Kentish Town, Belsize Park and Primrose Hill which is then brewed into beer St. Mary’s Brewery in the Church’s crypt. All the profits go to supporting the church’s outstanding youth work, including working with young people who are vulnerable to gangs and have very limited opportunities.

Look out for a new ‘green beer’ made with locally grown fresh hops. These hops were grown by members of Transition groups all over Camden, harvested in Autumn and brought to St Mary’s for the brewery to produce a green hopped IPA.

All hail the ale! The Bishop blesses the brewing equipment in the crypt and all the beers. Let there be Light… Ale!

Bottles of beer will now go on sale at St Mary’s in Elsworthy Road, Primrose Hill, as the church looks to raise £50,000 to cover the costs of two full-time youth workers, while some of the ale will be sold in shops and pubs. The church’s youth programme helps 300 local children, and Mr Reynolds added: “Our youth club is not about people playing table tennis or Fifa, it’s about getting out into the community with detached youth work targeting socially excluded young people and keeping them away from gangs.”

As part of the brewery launch a beer club is also being set up for the community where everyone can learn beer brewing, go to lectures lectures and beer tastings, visit breweries and become “part of the craft beer revolution”.

Interested in growing your own beer? Contact either:
steve@stmarysbrewery.co.uk or debbiebourne21@gmail.com

“We’re planning on doing a cider next year from apples and pears foraged from street trees and local residents’ gardens.”

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