Kew's 'home brew'

The world-renowned Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew is preparing to launch its own beer.

The world-renowned Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew is preparing to launch its own beer.

A limited supply of Kew Brew has been produced using hops grown on the site in south-west London.

Kew, famous for its unique collection of plants from all over the world, staged an exhibition last year on the brewing process which included a field of barley and another of hops within its 300 acres.

The display was put on with the help of London brewery Young’s which used the harvested hops to produce 15,000 bottles of the new beer.

Kew Brew is thought to be the first product to be launched using ingredients grown on the site.

It will go on sale on May 2 in restaurants in Kew Gardens priced £3.50 (€5.25) for a 500ml bottle and at the nearby Coach and Horses pub owned by Young’s.

Twenty pence from the sale of each bottle will go back to Kew to support its science and conservation work.

Jill Preston, director of communications and commercial activities at Kew, said: “When Young’s agreed to sponsor the brewing display last year we didn’t image the hops would end up in our own beer.

“Kew Brew joins a range of other recently launched Kew products including jams and chutneys.

However, this has the magic touch of ingredients actually grown here.”

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