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This is one of the best beers I’ve ever tasted. Pours black with a coffee coloured head. The coffee theme continues within the taste together with chocolate and malts which combine to create a perfect blend. Its strong but not too strong and the bottle design is ace as well. Nothing at all wrong with this beer.

Found:Bitter Virtue, Southampton

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8 Ball rye IPA by Beavertown

Great local brew!

Mind Jots and Brain Crumbs

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The beer is Beavertown’s ‘8 ball’ rye IPA. Son of the Led Zeppelin frontman, Logan Plant is more importantly founder of this newish Hackney based brewery. The brewery feels very much like a project with its heavily brand-conscious and seemingly rootless style; This is a man who thought, ‘Hell, I want to have a brewery, and I want it to be cool.’ And it was. Kudos to him, he’s good at what he does. Touring the States with his 70’s style psychedelic band he discovered beer in a barbecue joint, experienced that sacred American harmony. “The romance of a brewery, a brewer, of good times” appealed to him and he started up Duke’s BBQ in Beauvoir Town. The beer wing soon expanded, the name came from the location and the all-seeing eye from Plant’s masonic reading material at the time of his logo-search. With their self-acclaimed American influences they remind me…

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The story of Lord Chambray – Malta’s or rather Gozo’s first artisanal brewery

Looking forward to my Malta holiday even more now…

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Lord Chambray The Lord Chambray brewery (Photo courtesy of Lord Chambray)

Malta, or should I say Gozo, has its first artisanal brewery with the opening in June of Lord Chambray at the Gozitana Agricultural Village in Xewkija.

While on a visit to Gozo, I went to meet Samuele d’Imperio, the managing director of Lord Chambray to discover why they set their eyes on making Malta’s first craft beer.

He told me the family had been visiting Gozo every summer for the past 25 years and it was always their dream to eventually buy a property with a view on Malta’s sister island. They finally bought a property in Fort Chambray around five years ago.

It has always been his parents’ dream to retire on the island of Gozo. His father, an accountant, is around five years away from retirement.

Samuele, also an accountant, fell in love with craft beers during a year working…

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Beer: Euston Tap and Siren Craft Brew’s Soundwave IPA

Good piece on Siren’s Soundwave IPA and the good old Euston Tap!

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The Euston Tap was at the top of my list for craft beer, as our very own Sheffield Tap has just been very newly named one of the top 10 brew pubs in Europe, according to the Guardian. I was also recommended it by Sam of Good Beer on Friday,  so I was sure I should try it out.

As I arrived in Euston I was unsure of its exact whereabouts so I exited the station and had a little walkabout and approached a building set back from the road, a little tall and a little out of place. I later learnt that it’s a Grade II listed Portland Stone Lodge, an original part of the station. 

It’s small inside, dingy, but the best kind of pub dingy. A number of cask and keg ales were available from the menu, and a huge variety of bottles were stacked in the…

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– Top Reviews of the Week –

TGIF: Posts of the Week

BEER not WAR

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ABITA : ABBEY ALE – Direct:

ALAMEDA MY BLOODY VALENTINE BLOOD ORANGE SAISON – Direct:

ALASKAN HOPOTHERMIA DOUBLE IPA – Direct:

AOI BREWING: BITTER ALE – Direct:

BAD SEED BREWERY: SOUTH PACIFIC PALE ALE (5.8%) – Direct:

BAIRD BEER SURUGA BAY IMPERIAL IPA – Direct:

BALLAST POINT – INDRA KUNINDRA – Direct:

BEAR REPUBLIC BREWING CO.: CAFÉ RACER 15 DOUBLE IPA – Direct:

BIG ROCK BREWERY: CUVÉE BRU DRUIVENBIER – Direct:

BIRRA DEL BORGO: RE ALE EXTRA – Direct:

BOULEVARD: SINGLE WIDE IPA – Direct:

BREWDOG: BLACK EYED KING IMP – Direct:

BREWDOG: DEAD PONY CLUB – Direct:

BRIDGE ROAD BREWERS CHESTNUT PILSNER – Direct:

BROUWERIJ BOSTEELS TRIPEL KARMELIET – Direct:

BROUWERIJ VAN STEENBERGE: GULDEN DRAAK – Direct:

BROUWERJI DE BLOCK: SATAN GOLD – Direct:

CASTLE MILK STOUT – Direct:

CHAUCER’S RASPBERRY MEAD – Direct:

CHESAPEAKE PORTER – Direct:

CORONADO BREWING COMPANY: IDIOT IMPERIAL IPA – Direct:

CREW REPUBLIC: DETOX…

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Red/Amber Ale – Scottish: Brewdog 5 A.M. Saint

This weeks beer is called 5 A.M. Saint and is a Red/Amber Ale from the crazy guys over at Brewdog. This beer is great to drink at the start, all the way through and when summer is nearly over.

Let’s start with Brewdog‘s description of the beer:

5 A.M. Saint is our uber-hoppy red ale.

Start the car. The lights are about to turn amber.

Buy the ticket, take the ride.

Past the alley where thieves and pimps sell corporate brews and good men soak it up like vermin, blissful in their ignorance. Past the jackhammers who want their three and a half percent. Keep going. Towards that golden orb, the size of Zeus’s ass, that hovers over this crazy town.

Sleep late, have fun, get wild, drink amber, and drive like a bastard towards that saintly light.

 

Quite a strange description as always from Brewdog, but I’ve grown to accept nothing less from them. The description, is it metaphoric? Is it just a crazy description of the beer and what it would be like if it was a person, or thing?! Who knows! But we get the info we need. 5 A.M. Saint is indeed an uber-hoppy Red Ale.

Brewdog are always really open about what’s in their beer, which is nice. 5 A.M. Saint… there’s a meaning behind it. There’s 5 different types of malt: Maris Otter, Caramalt, Munich Malt, Crystal and dark crystal malt. The crystal malt is what gives Red Ales their red/ruby colour. Now for the hops: Nelson Sauvin, Amarillo, then it’s dry hopped with Simcoe, cascade, centennial. ahtanum, Nelson Sauvin. This gives the beer a very fruity, citrusy and pine character. The secret to this one, is the Dry-Hopping and late hop additions causing the hop flavours to be more forward in the brew’s taste and smell.

This beer pours a dark ruby colour with an off white almost tan head, as soon as you pour this beer a fruity caramel aroma escapes from the glass which is extremely inviting. Once you smell this beer you’ll notice some pine, some citrus and also some burnt sugar. It really does smell fantastic and makes you want to drink the whole thing in one go. Once you taste this beer you’ll get hit with a massive caramelised fruit taste, followed by pine and freshly cut grass, finishing with a citrus kick at the end. This really is quite a complex brew. It finishes quite sweet too for a hoppy beer which is nice because it won’t kill your palette. I’m going to be posting about another Red/Amber Ale next month, as they are one of those perfect beers for this time of year.

I really recommend this beer, and you can get it in a lot of places. At 5% it’s perfectly session-able and a great alternative to drinking IPA’s or Pale Ales.

You can purchase Brewdog 5 A.M. Saint in the UK at:

Tesco

Beers of Europe

Bottledog, Kings Cross

Cambridge Wines, Royston

And loads more places, google it!

For any Bars/Shops looking to stock this beer you can Contact the Brewdog rep in your area for more info.

 

EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%

 

Brouwerij Bosteels Tripel Karmeliet

Decent belgian beer.

Crofty's Beer Blog

Day 28, and from the same people who bring you Kwak (you know the beer with the funky glass) comes this Belgian Tripel. The beer is brewed utilising 3 grains, Wheat, Oats and Barley from a 335 year old recipe and is bottle re-fermented (assuming this refers to bottle conditioned).

It pours a beautiful golden colour, high clarity with a reasonable level of carbonation and a large white head which pours over the side of the glass. I detect some banana and citrus aromas on the nose, more aligned with a witbier than other tripels I have tasted.

The flavour is lightly fruity, some alcohol notes, a little lemon on the finish, underlying banana possibly some malt sweetness, but finishing relatively dry. a great slow drinker on a cool evening. 4 points, one of my favourite Tripels for it’s slight differences.

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Sierra Nevada Northern Hemisphere Harvest 2013 Wet Hop Ale

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Day 21 and after so many recent domestic ales I figured I better change it up and grab an international one. Every year Sierra Nevada produce a Southern and Northern harvest Ale showcasing the fresh hops of the year.

The beers are “Wet” or “Fresh” hopped forgoing the normal drying process which can drive off volatile oils which provide a greener flavour. Naturally they have to rush the hops to the brewery and this Northern brew features hops rushed from Yakima hop fields to the brewery within 24 hours of being plucked from the bine.

The beer pours a gold to coppery colour, generous head threatening to overflow the IPA glass.

The aroma is fantastic a testament to the quality of SNs production as this beer is coming up to 9 or 10 months old. Pine mixed with some grassy notes, the malt backbone coming though on the nose the…

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