Everards use these hop bungs to ‘dry hop’ some of their beers – adding some extra depth of flavour at the end of the brewing process. See, today we had fun, and we learned something.
You may have seen that we visited the Everards Brewery lately. Mark Tetlow (the nicest guy in beer) gave us a hop bung and suggested we put it in to water so we could see just how much plant material was compressed in there. It seemed like a sensible thing to do, so we did.