This hop is principally grown in the counties
of Worcester and Hereford and is similar to Bramling
Hops' by George Clinch (1919) page 17
). In 2008, Martin Cornell
wrote that the origins of the Mathon hop were a puzzle, "One
source says drawings of this variety were
used in porcelain factories in Worcestershire in the 1790s, and
claims a plate showing the Mathon hop survives from 1794. If
Mathons are a variety of Golding, 1794 seems early for them to
have developed from Mr Golding’s original find as a separate
variety. The Reverend Luke Booker, a poet and clergyman who had
charge of parishes in both Herefordshire and Worcestershire at
various times, wrote in The Hop Garden, published in 1799, that
"thy preference demand/The Mathon-White, and far-fam’d
Golding-Bine" suggesting he was familiar with seeing both types
growing locally. Both “the Golding vine” and “Mathon-White” are
named in A
General View of the Agriculture of the County of Worcester,
published in 1810, as growing locally. In 1826 the “Mathon
white” was described as “superior to any other.
It not only affords a more pleasant and mild bitter, but a
much more pleasant aroma than the Kent or any other Worcestershire
hop.” My personal suspicion is that the Mathon white
was, like the Golding, descended from the Canterbury White-bine,
and that accounts for the Mathon being put later in the Goldings
- General Trade Perception:
- Possible Substitutions: Bramling, Kent Golding,
Progress, Whitbred's Golding Variety (WGV)
- Beer Styles: ESB, Bitter, Pale Ale.
- Maturity: Main crop.
- Growth Habit:
- Disease Reaction:
- Pickability: Fair to good.
- Lupulin: Plentiful.
- Cone Structure: Good size, firm and compact.
- Aroma: Pleasant aroma, characteristic of the best Golding
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