Blonde pilsner-style lagers
The Haná variety of barley was first developed and grown in the Haná area of Czech Moravia, an area of Europe long fabled for its high quality malting barley.
Haná’s early claim to fame was that it made up the mash of the first-ever golden-blond Pilsner lager, which was created in 1842 by Bavarian brewmaster Josef Groll at the Pivovar (Burgher Brewery) of Pilsen in Bohemia.
The subsequent global success of the pilsner beer style spawned the planting of Haná barley in many countries around the world. The original 19th century Haná is internationally recognized as the classic genetic progenitor of modern top-quality brewing barleys.
We have taken just a few Haná seeds and grown them up over successive generations on prime Norfolk malting barley land, harvested them and slowly and carefully steeped, germinated and gently kilned them on our 1870s floor maltings.
When our very first harvest was released, it consisted of just 14 tonnes. This malt produced flavours of freshly baked bread with subtle malty notes producing a clean, smooth, sweet wort.
We hope you enjoyed this barley of brewing history.
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