Bootleg Chorlton

Bootleg Brewing Co head brewer, Stefano Occhi, with Joseph Holt pub manager, Michelle Bennett


When the Bootleg Brewing Co, of Chorlton, Manchester, picked green hops for a new brew, it really did adhere to the principal of using local produce.

Bootleg ChorltonThe hops were grown on the roof of the Horse and Jockey pub, where the microbrewery is based. The result is single-hopped Chorlton Green Hop (3.8% ABV), which was launched at the pub by head brewer Stafano Occhi.

The unique ale uses fresh Centennial hops, directly from the bine, to maximise the beer’s aroma, giving floral and lemony scents. It is light in colour, refreshing and full of taste.

Stafano said: “I would like to thank everyone who came to our Green Hop Tasting event, and it was great to receive such positive feedback for the beer.

“I have enjoyed brewing this beer as it gave me the opportunity to grow our own hops that we then used for the beer, giving the beer a soft, floral and refreshing taste like no other.”

• Bootleg Brewing Co started brewing in 2010, housed in the Horse and Jockey pub, and is currently the only
brewery in Chorlton. The microbrewery was converted from the shell of the tower where an old brewery
once stood. A number of cask and keg beers are brewed, including Urban Fox, which won bronze at this year’s International Brewing Awards. The pub and brewery is owned by Joseph Holt.

Bootleg Chorlton

CAMRA representative, Heather Airlie, with Bootleg Brewery head brewer, Stefano Occhi