Hop Pocket Race World Championship
For three years, Bromyard has hosted a Hop Festival to celebrate the beginning of hop harvest in the midlands. A celebration of the history of hop farming and the beers made with them, it also runs the World Championship Hop Pocket Race. Teams of 4 carry a 75 kg hop pocket (less weight for women’s and junior teams) at a speed of their own choice from Bromyard town square to the top of the town and back.
Brewery teams have always entered, but last year brewers competed for The Brewer’s Gauntlet – a handsome trophy donated by the Teme Valley Brewery.
Hobsons clinched the honour by a few seconds last year, but all breweries are welcome to try and take it from them. Entries are now open at http://www.bromyardhopfestival.co.uk/world-championship.html
This year’s festival and event take place on Saturday 30th August. The Festival is a full-day event with Jazz on the Green, Rock in the Square an inflatable assault course, country crafts, horse and cart rides, circus and street entertainers who will challenge you to “have-a-go” and, of course food and many local craft ales.
Do you pride yourselves on your brewery’s physical prowess? Are you up to the challenge?
The gauntlet has been thrown.