Opera House to host real ale festival with only British-grown hop varieties

HOP HOUSE The festival will feature 15 real ales

THE Opera House in Tunbridge Wells is to host a 12-day real-ale festival featuring only British-grown hop varieties – with overseas brewers going as far as brewing their beers in England for the event.

Opening today (October 12) and lasting until Sunday, October 23, the festival at the JD Wetherspoon owned pub will showcase 15 real ales, including three from overseas brewers, who have brewed their beers in England specially.

Pub manager, Ross Markwick, said: “The festival is a great celebration of real ale, all made using only British-grown hop varieties.

“It will allow us to showcase a selection of superb ales over a 12-day period and support the British hop industry too.”

The ales, which include Rebel Flame from Kent-based Shepherd Neame Brewery, will cost £1.99 a pint.

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