Hop imports almost totally dried up during the war. Falling from 44,056 cwt. in 1939 to just 2,024 cwt. in 1940. During the last four years of the war a total of a mere 3,589 cwt. were imported. The vast majority - 3,254 cwt. - in 1943.* That must have been the year when Shepherd Neame's Oregon hops were imported.
I am slightly surprised that Shepherd Neame were still using hops from the 1940 and 1941 seasons as late as 1944. By the later war years brewers had mostly used up their old stocks and were limited to hops from the most recent harvest and possibly the one before that.
It's a shame Shepherd Neame didn't bother recording the growing region. We can, however, safely assume that the majority were from Kent. What with the brewery being located in that county and having its own hop gardens.
|AK hops during WW II|
|Date||Year||Brewer||Beer||hop 1||hop 2||hop 3||hop 4|
|23rd Jan||1940||Greene King||AK||EK (1936)||EK (1938)|
|8th May||1940||Fullers||AK||English (1938)||English (1939)|
|20th May||1940||Shepherd Neame||AK||English (1937)||English (1938)||English (1939)|
|25th May||1941||Fullers||AK||English (1939)||English (1940)|
|4th Feb||1943||Shepherd Neame||AK||English (1939)||English (1941)||English (1942)|
|18th Dec||1943||Shepherd Neame||AK||English (1940)||English (1941)||English (1942)||English (1943)|
|21st Feb||1944||Shepherd Neame||AK||English (1940)||English (1941)||English (1942)||English (1943)|
|27th Nov||1944||Shepherd Neame||AK||English (1941)||English (1943)||English (1944)||Oregon (1942)|
|22nd Feb||1945||Shepherd Neame||AK||English (1941)||English (1943)||English (1944)||Oregon (1942)|
|7th May||1945||Shepherd Neame||AK||English (1941)||English (1943)||English (1944)||Oregon (1942)|
|Fullers brewing records held at the brewery.|
|Greene King brewing record held at the brewery, document number AC93/1/14 .|
|Shepherd Neame brewing record held at the brewery.|
* 1955 Brewers' Almanack, page 64.