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The Hop Store, Monksfield Lane, Newland, Worcestershire, WR13 5BB

Phil Douglas
Black Sheep Brewery


What’s your favourite hop?

Citra certainly takes some beating

What’s your favourite beer?

Currently Thornbridge Jaipur – nectar. An old favourite was Ind Coope DBA – one hell of an ale!

Favourite food & beer pairing

Beer and cheese. A cheese platter and a range of beers – great way to forget an afternoon!

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

Yorkshire squares. I love showing them to people and watching their faces as they rouse and the yeast rises.

What got you into brewing?

Pure chance. I signed up to a degree in Nottingham that I had no idea was a sandwich course. After spending a summer on a remote farm in Northumberland (not good for a young lad from Birmingham!), they took pity on me and sent me to Hardy & Hansons Brewery in Kimberley. Was hooked from the start!

Favourite beer festival?

Nottingham. Held at the castle so you couldn’t get a better location.

Favourite interest outside of brewing?

Strangely enjoy growing vegetables. Would never waste time on a flower, but a courgette…

What’s the last beer you brewed?

Chocolate Orange Stout

Fuggles or Goldings?

Can’t choose, they are both superb in different ways

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About Us

Charles Faram has been established as merchants of hops and hop products for over 150 years. The company, which was originally based in  Worcester, now resides in the small hamlet of Newland, situated at the foot of the picturesque Malvern Hills.

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