Robbie and Octawia

Robbie and Oktawia

It’s later than planned, but I have started brewing a single hopped pale today with Oktawia (Octavia), a new variety from  Poland.

This hop is a cross between Brewers Gold, Northern Brewer & a wild hop variety from the former Yugoslavia.

We don’t know much about it but have read descriptors such as honeydew melon, white grape, lime, cucumber, apple & tropical fruits – to name but a few! 

If you don’t want to wait for my findings before you order, the UK office has a small quantity of T90 pellets available in 2kg foils. 

Contact our Sales team for more information.

Brew updates to follow….

Join the team: International Sales Advisor

International Sales Advisor

Newland, Malvern, UK

Are you passionate about the craft beer industry?  Do you show up early when you know there’s going to be a cask tapped?  Do you plan your tourism around the craft breweries you want to visit at your destination?  Well, we’ve been guilty of all of these.  If you said “yes” to any, you just might be the fit we’re looking for to join our UK based team at Charles Faram.   

 With offices in the UK, the USA and Canada, Charles Faram has been at the forefront of the brewing industry for over 150 years, providing the world’s best hops, malts, yeast and brewing aids.  Based in Newland, Worcestershire, Charles Faram has a passion for delivering high-quality brewing supplies to Craft Brewers across the globe and strives to provide first class customer service.

The International Sales Advisor will be the face of outside sales in Southern Europe and will cultivate new and strengthen existing customer relationships through regular visits. In addition, this position will need to provide after-sales support and work closely with finance, administration and operational teams to ensure each sale/order is accurate from start to finish. This position will require approximately 75% office time and 25% travel.

Summary: The International Sales Advisor will be responsible for generating leads in Southern Europe while also playing the role of account manager for existing clients.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Act as main sales and customer service contact for clients in Southern Europe who have questions about their accounts, contract balances or product availability
  • Visit trade shows/events or regional clients to maintain solid relationships with existing customers and generate opportunities with new ones
  • Contact lost customers and enquire why business was lost
  • Use industry network to introduce our company and generate new leads
  • Receive orders directly from customers and verify accuracy against company resources to include but not limited to sales plans, contract databases, customer order history and the company’s prevailing sales strategy
  • Prepare accurate and timely sales orders to submit for processing
  • Respond to enquiries and complaints from customers and give after-sales support when requested
  • Project creation and management 
  • Assist in Marketing strategy and help identify key demographics that need targeting
  • Work with team management to maintain current price lists and re-evaluate price points to accelerate stock turnover and ensure relevance in times of market fluctuations
  • Perform administrative and office support activities, as needed
  • Perform other duties as required to support these processes

Minimum Qualifications

  • A Business Administration, Marketing or Finance qualification preferred
  • Sales or customer service experience preferred
  • Ability to maintain a mature, problem-solving attitude in all situations

Other Skills

  • Passion for the craft brewing industry is a huge plus
  • Strong phone contact handling skills and active listening
  • Ability to multitask, prioritise and manage time effectively
  • Highly proficient on Microsoft applications (Outlook, Word, Excel)
  • Excellent written and verbal communication
  • High degree of accuracy and attention to detail 
  • Work with minimal supervision


Send a covering letter and CV to

Andrew Whalley, International Sales Manager

Closing date: 31st May 2019

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Five minutes with Faram’s – Matheau Hicks and Oliver Parsons of Arundel Brewery

Matheau Hicks and Oliver Parsons of Arundel Brewery

What’s your favourite hop?


Oliver: my favourite hop is Mosaic®

What’s your favourite beer?


Oliver: my favourite beer is not available in the UK and is Swish by Bissell Brother, it’s phenomenal


Mat: Westmalle dubbel

Favourite Food & Beer pairing?


Oliver: You can’t beat a good spicy meat pizza with a lovely NEIPA

Favourite beer destination?


Oliver: Last year I had the opportunity to tour the New England area of America and it has amazing taprooms and great beer to boot


Mat: Belgium. I have been a few times and it has been amazing beer and weather.

Favourite pub in the UK?


Oliver: The Lockhart tavern in Haywards Heath, It has the nicest staff with an great ever changing craft beer range


Mat: Georgi Fin in Worthing, Was my local micro pub.

What’s the one item in the brewery you couldn’t live without?


Oliver: I could not live without our Anton Paar cbox


Mat: Tea bags!

Favourite song/album/artist/music to play during a brew day?


Oliver: Its pretty much non stop metal throughout the day but mostly KillSwitch Engage


Mat: Metal with splatters of synthwave and some occasional Kraftwerk.

If you weren’t in the brewing industry, what would you be doing?


Oliver: I’d probably still be stuck behind a desk as a picture editor


Mat: Producing in the TV & Film world.

Biggest inspiration in brewing?


Mat: Local legend Mark Tranter. Dark Star were the first beers I was drinking and what he is now doing at Burning Sky is just awesome!

Favourite beer festival?


Oliver: Northern Monk’s Hop City Leeds

What got you into brewing?


Mat: I had always wanted to give it a go and my wife bought me a kit one Christmas. I told myself I wouldn’t let this hobby get out of hand. So here I am!

Favourite interest/hobby outside of brewing?


Mat: I do late Victorian military re-enactment (Zulu war era). It’s a good switch off and great sitting round a camp fire in the evening drinking far too much port with friends.

What’s the last beer you brewed?


Our brand new DIPA “Dragonfly”

Fuggles or Goldings?


Oliver: Golding

Mat: Goldings


What’s next for Arundel Brewery?


Getting our brand-new canning line up and running

Five minutes with Faram’s – Scott Povey, Fixed Wheel Brewery

What’s your favourite hop?
Enjoying Eureka!™ lately

What’s your favourite beer?

Hmmm changes every week or so, probably Wheelie Pale this year so far.

Favourite Food & Beer pairing?

Curry and IPA, I love curries and hot spicy food.

Favourite beer destination?


Favourite pub in the UK?

The Crafty Pint, nice little micro bar 10 mins walk from my house.

What’s the one item in the brewery you couldn’t live without?

The kettle for coffee!


Favourite song/album/artist/music to play during a brew day?
Usually have five live on the radio, but if it’s Friday maybe some Jay Kay.

If you weren’t in the brewing industry, what would you be doing?
Probably still getting greasy underneath cars.

Biggest inspiration in brewing?
Yeast! amazing stuff and still so much to learn.

What got you into brewing?
End of season trips to Ghent to watch the six days, the beers became more interesting than the cycling after a while.


Favourite beer festival?
The very first Birmingham Beer Bash was good, have a different look on festivals these days as I am most likely working, lol.

Favourite interest/hobby outside of brewing?
Cycling, trying to stage a little come back this year.

What’s the last beer you brewed?
The Sheriff 4.5% abv Italian Grape Ale, our monthly special for April.

Fuggles or Goldings?

What’s next?
We are just in the process of getting our second little bar to open, so lots of work to do before our scheduled opening at the start of May

Wheelie Thirsty Micropubs

Helping you to get creative

You may have seen our Twitter and Facebook ideas for which yeast to use to create a specific beer style.

Experimenting can be fun, but also a bit of a worrying expense, so the point of our “which?” features and “Robbie and the …” features are helpful guides and trials.

We don’t mind boasting that we have top experts in technical advice and recipe development, so please use them. It’s also worth noting that if you buy any Murphy’s products from us you are still entitled to their full technical advice service.

You may want to work with us on every aspect of brewing or just get confirmation that your hop choice is the right one.

There’s a whole world of ingredients and flavour experiences to be had, and we’d love to be part of it.

To see what Robbie has been up to lately, go to the Technical Talk section on our Resources page

And catch up on our recent yeast recommendations here…

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Wellhopped World Series AromaFest Awards #WellAnnounced

Phase one of the Wellhopped World Series is the AromaFest competition and SIBA BeerX was the perfect stage to present the first ever awards.  The main aims of this competition are to give growers of Charles Faram Hop Development Programme recognition for their endeavours in the search for new varieties and to show the Charles Faram commitment to quality.  


The AromaFest was judged on Friday 11th January and the awards presented to the winners at SIBA BeerX in Liverpool on Thursday 15th March.  The trophy was specially designed for the occasion by a local Worcester designer, then cast in bronze by a local casting company.  The design includes hops framing a globe and five leaves on the back to represent each country involved.  

The competition is showcasing Charles Faram hops produced by growers in five different countries worldwide, UK, USA, Poland, Czech Republic and Slovenia.

Each country is at a different stage of development but all are growing these new plants in an attempt to produce new and exciting varieties to help brewers bring new tastes to the beer drinker.

Paul Corbett, MD said, “we’re already extremely grateful to everyone who has grown or brewed with one of our experimental hops and given us feedback about the varieties. We are also keen to get more brewers involved”. Anyone that is interested in helping with brewing trials and focus groups should get in touch with the team at Charles Faram in the UK.

Paul also went on to give big thanks to the judges for giving up their time to judge these hops for Charles Faram.  “It was a long and hard day, not made any easier by having a camera focused on them for long periods during the day”.

Charles Faram teams in the UK, Canada and USA are very excited about the way the programme is moving forward and are anticipating even more exciting discoveries in the future.



James Hawkins with Faram Fuggle


John Walker with Faram Fuggle


John Walker with Minstrel

John and his wife Sue farm at Tedney, which is in the beautiful Teme Valley about 12 miles from Worcester.

They have been working together with Charles Faram since 1995 when the farm planted its first hops.  At age 3 Hannah (John and sue’s daughter) was pictured tying the hops on one of the first Charles Faram calendars back in 2002. 

Category 1: Flavour intensity 5-6 Delicate

Photo of John Walker accepts the Gold awards for Minstrel® from Paul Corbett, MD Charles Faram
John Walker accepts the Gold award for Minstrel® from Paul Corbett, MD Charles Faram

Category 2, Flavour intensity 7-8 Mid-range

In our video Will Hartley explains what the judges were looking for in category 2, mid range alpha/flavour and aroma.


Mark Andrews with Mystic


Mark Andrews with Godiva™


James Hawkins with CF185

(as yet un-named)

James farms hops at Withington on a mixed farm with hops, strawberries, asparagus and turf.  The farm is about 5 miles from Hereford and James has been working with Faram’s since 1993, but his family has worked with Charles Faram for many years before that.

James grows 50 ha of hops including First Gold, Boadicea, Pioneer, Pilot, Archer®, Minstrel® and Faram’s trial Fuggle replacement. 

These are all hedgerow varieties as James has no tall hops. CF185 is one of the trial varieties James also has on the farm.

James Hawkins accepts the Gold award for CF185 from Paul Corbett, MD Charles Faram

Category 3, Flavour intensity 9-10 High

Gareth Williams of Tiny Rebel describes what the judges were looking for in category 3.


Mark Andrews with Olicana®


Jindrich Krivanek with HP111


Mark Andrews with Harlequin

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

Mark 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.

Mark Andrews accepts the Gold award for Harlequin from Paul Corbett, MD Charles Faram

Early stage varieties

Faram’s own Jason Little explains about the category, Early stage varieties, which are the varieties of tomorrow.

Dariusz Kozieł accepts the Gold award for CF129 from Paul Corbett, MD Charles Faram


Jindra Krivánek  with development variety CF201

You may recognise Jindra if you have been to the Charles Faram HopWalk as each year Jindra gives an update on the Czech crop. 

He has been an agronomist at the Czech Research institute and advises growers on everything from planting to harvesting. He is also a part owner of Hop Products Ltd which is a Charles Faram distribution partner in the Czech Republic. 

He is growing these hops in conjunction with a grower group in the Rocov area near Zatec in the north of the Czech republic.



Charles Faram’s own Peter Glendinning with development variety CF250 



Dariusz Kozieł with development variety CF129

Dariusz farms with his father-in-law in Wilkow which is not far from the border with the Czech Republic, and is the biggest county of hop production in Poland

They grow 5 ha hops including Lubelski, Sybilla and Magnum.

They planted the first Charles Faram trial hops in 2015

Supreme champion commercial variety

With samples taken from the top three in each commercial variety category the judges then went on to select their favourites overall. The video shows how they approached the final judging and what they thought of the quality on show.



Jindra Krivánek for HP111


James Hawkins with CF185


Mark Andrews with Harlequin

The Wellhopped World Series AromaFest did have US and Slovenian samples from the hop development programme on show against all of the winners, but as they are only in their second year the selections are not yet hitting the high notes that the judges had from the winners which have been in the ground for a bit  longer. 

Charles Faram are looking forward to seeing these varieties as medal winners as they go forward as they will undoubtedly be producing some very big aromas.


The whole team send congratulations to Mark and all the growers on their achievements this year and look forward to working with them, and the brewers on the future hop trials.

Photo of Mark Andrews accepts the Supreme Champion Gold award for Harlequin from Paul Corbett, MD Charles Faram
Mark Andrews accepts the Supreme Champion Gold award for Harlequin from Paul Corbett, MD Charles Faram