Sunday, September 17, 2017

Beer Of The Week 37 - Lines Brewery 'Phat Firkin'

Well I hope that is what it is called !

A barrel that has been sitting tempting me on the rack in The Star at Lockwood for a few days is from Lines Brewery. This is because of two reasons. Firstly, they are a rare brewery around our part of the world, coming from Caerphilly in South Wales, and secondly, the beer itself looked fascinating.

The beer is 3.2%, and the pump clip gave me all sorts of information, but sadly trying to extract the actual beer name was a little complicated. I have since checked their website and what I have been drinking comes under the umbrella of (quote) - Small Beer ' Cryo Hop'  Line AD - (Phat Firkin). So pick the bones out of that then !

However it is a great beer. There is a massively fruit hit, which comes from dry hopping with Nelson Sauvin, and a pleasant soft background from oats in the brew, but what seems to place this beer apart from others is the Cryo Hop which is responsible for resins and aromatic oils. In addition to this the water for the beer comes from the brewery's own well, and the finished product is unfiltered and unfined.

I cannot do the beer justice here, just read the brewery website and it will make a lot more sense, but I can suggest that you get down the Star and try it. It looks a little different but it is superb.

Saturday, September 09, 2017

Beer Of The Week 36 - Wild Beer 'Pogo'

A damp, grey day in Huddersfield was brightened up considerably by this weeks beer choice. I happened across Wild Beer Pogo in the Grove yesterday. I have come across it before but this time it really hit the spot. Although it is available on keg and in cans, this was a cask sample.

It is a 4.1% light beer, that does not skimp on its hop character, that comes from the use of Southern Hemisphere hops but it is its fruit character that makes it special. It is full of orange, guava and passion fruit flavours that brings a taste of summer to a grey autumn day.

If you do make it to the Grove, Wild 'Millionaire' - many people's favourite dark beer (but not mine !) is also available.

Saturday, September 02, 2017

Beers of the Week 35 - Manchester Brewing 'Kir Bier' and 'Getting Caught In The Rain ...'

This week I seem to have stumbled on the Leeds Beer Week. Not a bad thing I may add, and after a quick nudge from a couple of like minded individuals I made a trip to the North Bar in the city. I was expecting a couple of keg beers from the Manchester Brewery but what I found was slightly different.

As I hinted last week, I am a bit of sucker for the 'weird' in respect of beer, and anything a little unusual often attracts me. However, on previous occasions when I have tried Manchester Brewing beers, (admittedly in their home city) their beers have always seemed a little on the safe side. Not so those in Leeds.

Firstly, I was surprised to find the two beers on cask, and secondly, the tasting notes just drew me in. The first one 'Kir Bier', was described as a 'tart, blackcurrant wheat' beer, at 4.8%. It certainly was tart, and tasted of blackcurrant but although there were hints of wheat in the background it was not what I would call a wheat beer, but it was still an excellent beer.

However, the second beer was even weirder, and even better. 'Getting Caught In The Rain' (again 4.8%) was an unfiltered, unfined pina colada pale. And it tasted of pina colada. I would have expected the tastes that came through to have come through in the keg version, but they were very apparent in the cask version. It was odd but it worked.

If you come across either beer, give them a go. You may be surprised what cask can do.

Monday, August 28, 2017

Beer Of The Week 34 - Hawkshead 'Windermere Pale'

Often my choice of beer of the week has been on the quirky side, or the unusual, and is often a one off beer that is a case of catch it when you can. This is not the case this week. I have chosen a beer that is regularly and widely available.

Hawkshead 'Windermere Pale'  is one of those beers that I see so often I overlook it many times, but there are times when a beer just hits the right spot at the right time, and on a warm summer day this on just does that.

It is 3.5%, a sensible quaffing strength,  and very pale but boasts plenty of flavour, with a blend of fruit and hops. It is brewed with Lakeland water, giving it a softness, and Maris Otter malt, and a complex mix of  three English hops and American Citra hops, giving it that little extra edge.

As I said, it  is available widely on cask but also in bottles, which are stronger at 4%. If you are like me and overlook it, next time try it, it may just be the beer for you.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Beer Of The Week 33 - Squawk 'IPA' (Citra/Mosaic)

This week I have come across a few beers that may have taken the weekly accolade. I won't mention which ones because I may need them later but they all faded into the background when I called at the Market Tavern on Wednesday.

There was no contest. A Squawk beer. An IPA at an IPA strength of 5.5%. And Citra and Mosaic Hopped. What was there not to like. May even be my beer of the year. There is very little else I can say.

End of this weeks blog - except I believe the Sportsman may have a barrel as well.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Beer Of The Week 32 - Church End 'Goats Milk'

If you are concerned that you may have missed week 31, do not fret. It does not exist due to my laptop finally disintegrating. Armed with a new machine, we are off and running again.

For the first time in this series this beer is not my choice, but is rather the choice of The Great British Beer Festival as their Champion Beer. Admittedly if I didn't like it it would not be included.

Church End brewery 'Goats Milk' has been around for a few years, and is one of the regulat beers from the Nuneaton based brewery. It is light, hoppy 3.8% beer, with pale barley and oats and a subtle hop blend giving a very quaffable beer. It got it's strange name as it was first brewed for a beer festival at 'The Goat' pub.

It is (or at least was !) often available locally. Try the The Star or The Kings Head if you want to sample it.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Beer of The Week 30 - Small World 'Home from Holme'

One of the local breweries that seems to slip under my radar is Small World from Shelley. They have been brewing for a few years now on an industrial estate in the village but using natural spring water. They have a core range of beers and seasonal specials, and all are perfectly crafted, acceptable beers. They are a brewery that does not appear to want to push the brewing boundaries, and they have to be applauded for that; just brew decent, consistent beers, and they are.

Their latest offering 'Home from Holme' was recommended to me a couple of weeks ago, and I tried it then, and was very impressed. It is light coloured, almost straw like, bitter, at 4%. What I liked about it was the subtlety of the beer. A pleasant malt profile is balanced by Citra hops which give citrus and tropical hints to the flavour and lead to a smooth, refreshing finish.

If you want to sample it, the beer has become widely available locally this week I was trying it yesterday in The Star