13 Oct News of the Brews – October 2017
We’ve just taken in a metric boatload of To Øl beers. There are far too many to list here individually – there are 28 available at time of writing – but we have some great new beers and some tried and trusted seasonal beers too.
As well as the To Øl, we’ve also had a HUUUUGE restock of Belgian beers. Along with the old favourites, there are interesting (and large format) beers from Tilquin, 3 Fonteinen, t’Verzet, De Ranke, Rodenbach, Boon and Lindemans.
We were particularly taken with Boundary Brewing’s beers when we first tried them, and we heard a few people at Indy Man Beer Con saying that their Screwball vanilla and raspberry IPA was the beer of the festival. While drunken hyperbole is no way to sell beer, we think it’s certainly pretty good, along with the rest of their range.
Northern Monk continue to smash it out of the park with a solid core range and a dazzling array of brilliant specials specials. Currently of note we have their sublime Mango Lassi Heathen, a lactose IPA with an unfeasible amount of mango, and Slam Dank, part of their Patron’s Project fancy-artwork peel-back label series.
In a similar vein, we’ve been impressed at the variety and quality coming from Electric Bear at the moment. The core beers are good, and last three specials from them have all been on the money – Berried Alive (summer berry pale ale), Inspector Remorse (chocolate biscuit porter – please note no HobNobs were harmed during the making of this beer) and Big Poppa (all-Simcoe IPA).
In a crazy Ghostbusters-style “don’t cross the streams” moment, Elusive Brewing recently picked up a CAMRA award that was presented to them at Indy Man Beer Con – truly a collision of two worlds. We’re delighted to have some new and returning beers back stock from them, particularly Sphere Of Destiny, a session IPA intensely hopped with Vic Secret.
We’re not entirely sure why it’s taken about seven years from first speaking to Summer Wine Brewery to actually stocking their beers, but that seems to be the case. Two new 44cl cans from them currently – Pico Diego, a 3.5% pale ale that punches well above its weight, and Surfing Monk, a Nelson Sauvin IPA fermented with a Belgian yeast strain.
And finally, thrilling us from the tip of our tongue to the ends of our toes, more fresh beers from Odyssey Brew Co. As well as pale ale Spottieottiehopsalicious, we also have Hop Zombie Blood (an India red ale) and Simcoe Fiend DIPA, a stunningly juicy take on the style, but with plenty of West coast bitterness to back it up.