Hops grown in community orchard produce charity ale

Just the Job staff and service users with a barrel of the charity's ale.

Hops grown at a community orchard in Richmond have been used to make an ale which will go on sale this weekend.

The hops were grown at the orchard at the Gallowfields Industrial Estate managed by Richmond-based Just the Job Environmental Enterprise.

The hops, which were also grown at local allotments and at the Fox and Hounds pub in West Witton, were planted in 2017 and have produced their first crop this year.

The crop was sufficient for a micro brew of Just the Job Ale.

The 4.0% bitter was produced by Sunderland-based Darwin Brewery.

Gavin Sutherland, from Darwin, said the brew had a solid body and spicy hoppiness flavours.

“It is challenging to brew with only small amounts of fresh hops as we don’t know the characteristics which vary with the location and weather.

“However, the hops this year were very fresh and provided distinctive flavours.

“We look forward to more extensive brews next year.”

The beer will be on sale from December 7 at the George and Dragon in Hudswell and the Fox and Hounds in West Witton with contributions going to Just the Job.

Volumes are limited but the charity hopes some bottles will be available for Christmas.


  1. Congratulations just the job you’ve grown so much since it started proud of you all xxxx

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