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It’s called binary for two reasons, the more obvious being that hop leaves grow on a bine and less obviously it references the 1 and 0 number system which links to our all or nothing beliefs on quality. It conveys the sense of useful science that we rely on to make sure that our beer taste great consistently, travels well and are better for you than alternatives..
Grapes grow on a vine, hops grow on a bine. Bines are the flexible stems of the hop plant which twist and wrap themselves around a support structure as they grow an impressive 3 – 6 metres each season.
Hops are a wonderful thing – the spice of beer, the magic ingredient which provides flavour, bitterness and protection against spoilage. Before hops were used in beer, brewers experimented with many different herbs including bog myrtle, yarrow heather, ginger, juniper berries…. basically anything that could be locally sourced.
We think its time to re-introduce some of that botanical variety back into our ales – starting with the hop leaf.
Leaves play an important role in our culinary experiences. We eat them, we infuse them and drink them in tea. Hop leaves are no different – they are what give binary its unique flavour.
We add the hop leaves during fermentation where they are infused for a minimum of 5 days.
There are many different varieties of hops available. We source our organic hops in Worcester and we have selected two English varieties Sovereign and First Gold both bred in 1995 at Wye College in the UK. We chose to use organic hops leaves to ensure no negative impact of harmful chemicals on the leaves we use to infuse our products.
Table beers originated in Belgium in at the turn of the 20th century (tafelbier or bière de table) where, unlike their French neighbours, they served low alcohol beer not wine with meals and spearheaded the concept of a mealtime sharing beer. Designed to be enjoyed with a meal, the table beer was typically lower in both alcohol and bitterness but still flavourful. Table beers were also a safer choice relative to the drinking water available at the time. binary is the modern reinvention of the Belgian table beer, a low alcohol alternative to wine to enjoy with a meal but still aromatic and flavourful.
No, binary is gluten free.
Yes, there is less than 0.1 sugar per 100ml.
Yes, we are proudly vegan and registered with The Vegan Society.