On a seasonal tip, Brewdog have released their autumnal pumpkin ale, Pumpkin King (5.4%), along with a more malt-driven altbier, Candy Kaiser (5%). Keeping the hoppy beers to the fore, we have the latest in the series Hello My Name Is….Holy Moose (5.5%, no, we’ve no idea either, but it’s a Scandinavian berry IPA with sea buckthorn). And finally, behind a beautifully illustrated label, we have an imperial stout with vanilla, cacao and lactose, Hinterland (9%).
Also coming out of the Brewdog beer lab we have the latest release from Mikkeller – Pale Ale Swindle (5.6%), a punchy copper-gold pale ale with bags of citrus character.
In line with the autumnal turn in the weather, we have refreshed our range of Lindisfarne fruit wines and meads. On the wine front, we now have: Ginger, Mulled, Raspberry, Cherry, Strawberry, Elderflower, Blueberry, Black Beer & Honey, Blackberry, and Blackcurrant, along with a couple of new meads – Pink Mead, with a twist of orange, and Spiced Mead.
The Transatlantic Rainbow Project 2015 (you can click here for a Google of the relevant info)has yielded some interesting collaborations, and we currently have available the collab between Siren Craft Brew and Surly Brewing Co, Blue Sky Blue Sea (5%), a cloudberry and seaweed gose, as well as the Wild Beer Co and Firestone Walker collab Violet Underground (5%, wild ale). And we’re obviously delighted that our friends at Magic Rock Brewing have sent us a few cases of their collab with Cigar City Cigarro Roja Magica (6.5% red IPA with grapefruit).
Chorlton Brewing Co have been on a bit of a research tour of late, trying to find out more about Berliner weisse by going to Germany and drinking lots of it (I know, what a job, eh?). The current version of their Woodruff Berliner has been bottled with a strain of wild yeast isolated from a 30 year-old bottle of Willner Brauerei Weissebier Export – make of that what you will! Their current range also includes Farmhouse IPA (7.5%), Sandalwood Ale (6.7%), Ahtanum Sour (5.6%) and arriving shortly, Victoria Sour (5.6%, dry-hopped with Australian Victoria’s Secret Hops), Woodruff Berliner (3.8%), and Dark Matter (6.8% imperial black gose).
About a year ago, we got in touch with Bermondsey-based Brew By Numbers to see if they were interested in selling us some of their delicious beer. At that time, their production capacity meant that they were struggling to meet the demands of their existing customers, let alone taking on any new ones. Happily, they have recently increased capacity, so we’ve added them as what we hope will be a permanent listing. Current stocks are Saison Classic (5.5%), Brown Ale (6%), Session IPA Amarillo (4%), 5C IPA (6.4%).
AND FINALLY we are delighted to announce the overdue arrival of Thornbridge Tart (6%), a “Bakewell Sour” brewed in collaboration with Wild Beer Co (they have been lately, haven't they?). Tart is a golden yellow colour, refreshingly tart and dry with a combination of citrusy hops and flavours of grapefruit and bitter lemon. The name Tart is inspired by the Bakewell delicacy where we are based and accurately describes the flavour of the beer in a single word.