You can look out of the window and disagree if you want, but it’s summer, and summer is cider season! We’ve recently rejigged our offering from Sheppy’s to include three of flavoured ciders (Raspberry, Blackberry & Elderflower, and Elderflower, all at 4%) as well as their bicentenary cider Old Conky (5%). The range from Welsh producers Gwynt Y Ddraig continues to be popular, and Thistly Cross is certainly worth a look too, with sales of their Whisky Cask Cider picking up lately. We also have the last few cases of Norcott’s Cranberry (4%) on clearance currently (dated December 2016)
We’ve been watching Northern Monk Brewing Co since their inception a few years back, and this year when they won bronze with Eternal (4.1%) at the World Beer Cup this year in the Session IPA category, we thought the time was right to list their beers. It’s officially one of the three best session IPAs in the world! Alongside Eternal, we also have New World IPA (6.2%), Communion (5.1% American pale ale, arriving in stock Wednesday 13th), and a one-off special Heathen (7.2% single-hopped Citra IPA). These are all in 34x33cl cans.
Also riding high from success at the World Beer Cup, Thornbridge Brewery have pulled off an unprecedented double – gold and silver in the same category (Wood and Barrel-Aged Sour Beer). Both beers are sour red ales aged in Burgundy barrels, Days Of Creation (7%, aged on raspberries) and Love Among The Ruins (7%, aged on cherries). The packaging is super-premium, and we are offering single bottle picks on these.
We’ve been impressed by the quality of the beers Wylam Brewery have released recently, and these are all packaged in natty craft-compliant 12x33cl cases. The range comprises the excellent Jakehead IPA (6.3%), Hickey The Rake (4.2% Mosaic-heavy “Limonata ultra-pale ale”), Le Saisonnier (5.4% lemon balm and rosemary saison), Nomi Sorachi (5.3% Sorachi Ace-hopped American pale ale), All Gone South (6% New Zealand hopped pale ale) and Haxan (6% spiced black witbier)
Just up the road from us in Malton, a foodie mecca of North Yorkshire, are Bad Seed Brewery. We’ve listed their current core beers, and will be adding specials as they become available. Currently, the range is: IPA (7%), Cascade (5.4% single-hopped pale ale), Saison (6%, brewed with honey, ginger & grains of paradise) and Espresso Stout (6.5%). Beers are packed in 18x33cl.
Liverpool’s Mad Hatter Brewery have built a reputation for themselves over the last couple of years, both for their hop-forward beers and their more unusual offerings. Supply on these is limited, but we’re pleased to be able to offer three of their beers: Tzatziki Sour (4.2%), Te Punga (6.5% Antipodean IPA) and Down The Rabbit Hole (8.4% Belgian red ale with lots of Columbus hops)
On the Transatlantic front, we have a new canned beer from Firestone Walker: Luponic Distortion (Revolution No. 001, 5.9%) is the first in an ever-changing series of experiments with different hop varieties. And from Stone Brewing, we now have 3 beers listed – IPA (6.9%), Go To IPA (4.5%), and Cali-Belgique IPA (6.9%).