Island Life Magazine Ltd October/November 2011 - Page 112

FOOD Hops bring cheers! Staff and volunteers recently joined forces at Ventnor Botanic Garden for the annual hop picking to ensure there will be another special beer on offer in a year’s time. This was the third year of hop picking, and the hops picked 12 months ago have now been converted by the Island’s Yates’ Brewery into a fine 5 per cent ABV cask brew, which is appropriately known as Tropic-Ale. It is on sale at the Botanic Gardens’ Royal Garden Cafe, and is also available at several pubs across the Island. Chris Kidd, Garden Manager 112 at Ventnor Botanic Garden, said: “Volunteers who came along to help with the hop picking were rewarded with a free sample of the new beer made using last year’s crop. The bitter beer is a rich golden colour with the unmistakable aroma and taste of hops. “New for this year, Tropic-Ale is also available in bottles, which can be purchased at the Gift Shop at the Botanic Garden, and online at www. “