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Hoppy days! Experimental beer made from Hutton hops

Hops grown at the James Hutton Institute, Dundee (c) James Hutton Inst
“We’re now actively considering further work to look into different aspects of hops, such as increased disease resistance, quality and yield.

James Hutton Institute scientists have achieved an unusual feat: they have harvested a full batch of hops in Dundee. Some of this has been shared with St Andrews Brewing Company, which has produced an experimental wet (green) hop beer.

Dr Rex Brennan, leader of the soft fruit breeding group at the Institute, explained that hops are vigorous, climbing perennial plants that usually grow in warm temperate climates, and although they have been grown as far north as Aberdeen, they are a rare crop in Scotland.

“From an idea by Professor Robbie Waugh from our Cell and Molecular Sciences group, we decided to try to create a particular environment to investigate the feasibility of growing hops in Dundee.

“Euan Caldwell, Head of Farms, Field and Glasshouse Services, led a team that created an innovative platform for hops to grow at our Invergowrie site, and I am glad to say this led to a successful experiment.

“We’re now actively considering further work to look into different aspects of hops, such as increased disease resistance, quality and yield.”

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The James Hutton Research Institute is the result of the merger in April 2011 of MLURI and SCRI. This merger formed a new powerhouse for research into food, land use, and climate change.