09 Feb News of the Brews – February 2018
January is always an exciting time of year in the beer industry, as it’s when the annual awards from RateBeer.com get released. As a round-up of the global brewing scene, it’s always an eye-opener. Cutting to the chase, we see Cloudwater ranked at number 2 in the world (that’s to say, the second best brewery in the world, just behind Hill Farmstead). Also on the list, Beavertown, Buxton, Siren, Tempest, Northern Monk, The Kernel, and Magic Rock. These are breweries that we’ve been working with for a long time, so it’s great to see them getting the recognition they deserve. From outside the UK, To Øl and 3 Fonteinen also appear in the top 100. We have stocks of all these beers ready to go, right now, and it’s not just us that’s saying they are top quality!
Everybody loves a party, right? Not as much as Wylam Brewery, you don’t! We’ve two new large format cans from them currently, Room 237 (5.5% NEIPA) and this year’s version of WxY3, their collab with New Zealand’s peripatetic brewers Yeastie Boys. We’ve also replenished their bottles too – plenty of Jakehead, Hickey The Rake, Catcher in the Rye, Macchiato and Pleasures In The Darkness to go round.
New in from The Kernel this week, we have the usual range of their excellent pale ales, IPAs, stouts and porters, plus a couple of oak-aged biere de saisons, one dry-hopped with Citra, and the other a honey-spiked collab with Chicago’s Off Color Brewing. Arriving shortly we will also have the sour cherry variant of this biere de saison
Fresh in from Marble Brewery we have a couple of re-brews and new beer. You’ll be familiar already with the awesomeness of the inaugural beer in Marble’s Metal Series, Damage Plan, a 7.1% IPA, and you may remember Tuckerlovsky Session IPA from early last year. Joining them is a new beer, Uppe Hela Natte (“up all night” in Swedish), a macchiato porter brewed in collaboration with Manchester’s Takk Coffee House.
Northern Monk continue to blaze a trail with new releases – as well as the pairing of Death (triple IPA) and Glory (imperial stout), we have a tweaked version of their imperial stout flavoured with toasted marshmallow – Campfire Strannik. We also have a re-brew of their popular session IPA Striding Edge, and in a total departure, we’ve also listed a couple of gins from them too – Cahokia New World Gin and Infirmarian Black Hop Gin.
The force of nature that is Verdant Brewery continues to make everyone’s head spin at the speed of stock coming and going. We currently have availability on Putty (8% DIPA), We’ve Lost The Manifest (8% DIPA – can you see a theme developing here?) and Track & Field (6.5% pale ale) and Headband (5.5% pale ale). It will no doubt sell out before long, but the good news is there’s more coming next week.