What's An Oast? Answering The Big Question
Updated: Jun 3, 2022
They play as a backdrop for many Instagram and Facebook photos these days, along with a great place to hang out, if we do say so ourselves. But the Oast once played a major role in the brewing process and can be traced all the way back to the Mid-1700's in the United Kingdom.
An Oast, also referred to as a hop kiln, is a house designed for drying hops as part of the brewing process. They consist of two or three stories on which the hops were spread out to be dried by hot air from a wood or charcoal-fired kiln at the bottom. The drying floors were thin and perforated to permit the heat to pass through and escape through a cowl in the roof which turned with the wind. The freshly picked hops from the fields were raked in to dry and then raked out to cool before being bagged up and sent to the brewery.
The oasts at Twin Oasts represent the exact farm-to-fermenter connection that crafts our brand and culture. The beer found at Twin Oasts is reminiscent with what would have been consumed by the old-world oast house workers... with our own special twists. Come on in and enjoy some historically good brews.