The Wellhopped World Series 2020 #AromaFest

The Wellhopped World Series is an annual competition to find the best grower and hop variety sample from the Charles Faram Hop Development Programme.  

Who’s the best hop grower this year?
Which is the best new variety sample?
What does this achievement mean?

The Wellhopped World Series provides a platform to celebrate the dedication and progression made by those committed to the Charles Faram Hop Development Programme around the world.

Watch out for the latest developments

Keep your eye on the #AromaFest news and award presentations as they unfold.  See the face behind the hop, see what’s involved, discover the latest opportunities for your next beer adventure. #WWS2020

What our team says

2019 winner

Photo of Mark Andrews of Townend Farm accepting his overall winner trophy and certificate from Paul Corbett, Charles Faram Managing Director, for the Wellhopped World Series 2019
Mark Andrews accepts the Gold award for Harlequin from Paul Corbett, MD Charles Faram

Mark and his wife Lesley farm at Bosbury near Ledbury in Herefordshire. The farm has been in the family for 3 generations.

Townend Farm grows 30 ha of hops including Challenger, Pilgrim, Phoenix, Jester®, Olicana®, Sovereign and Cascade.

He has a large number of the new trial varieties on the farm including Godiva™, Mystic and Harlequin.

Mark has worked closely with Faram’s for over 20 years as did his father before him.

The Wellhopped World Series
2019 category winners

More details of the 2019 winners can be found on the WWS 2019 page.

See what the judges had to say.

Read about the winners.

The awards presentation took place in front of brewers and key industry people at SIBA BeerX in Liverpool in March 2019.

The 2020 competition

The Wellhopped World Series
2020 competition

The 2020 #AromaFest competition will take place at the Charles Faram site in Malvern, Worcestershire on Friday 17th January.

The Wellhopped World Series
Judging process

Head brewers from around the UK are invited to judge samples of existing and new Charles Faram hop varieties from around the world.

Both the individual and overall categories will be judged on aroma and quality. The overall winner will be judged from categories 1-3 on aroma quality and appearance quality.

 

Individual categories

  1. Flavour intensity 5-6 Delicate
  2. Flavour intensity 7-8 Mid-range
  3. Flavour intensity 9-10 High
  4. Best early stage varieties – varieties that do not have enough quantity to enter a brewing trial

 

WellHopped World Series Champion

The 3 gold winners from the individual categories 1-3.  Resulting in 1 Gold overall champion.

Be part of hop history

If you would like to be part of the process get in touch with any of the sales team to discuss opportunities with brewing trials, collaborations and more