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

Friday, July 21, 2017

Beer Of The Week 29 - Salopian 'Disintegration'

For a few weeks I have been bemoaning the dearth of decent beers to write about, this week has been the total opposite with new beers appearing every day which could take the weekly accolade. It does give me  plenty of choice for later weeks but eventually it was a no brainer as to the winner.

I had not really intended to call in Huddersfield on Thursday but circumstances took me there, and the trio of football shirts took me to St Georges Square (on display on the Railway Station), and obviously, as one does, a trip to the Kings Head was in order.

There, alongside a new Pictish beer - excellent in its own right, was Salopian 'Disintegration'.

What a superb beer. 5.1% with plenty of strength to give it balance it is a massively hopped beer - I am not quite which - that give it clean, fresh, and fruit notes. Each mouthful increases the fruit hit, and brings out subtleties in the brew that give underlying flavours as well.

I have published this today so that if you are near the Kings Head call in for a pint before I get back and finish it off !!

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Beer Of The Week 28 - Mallinsons 'CF127'

For my avid reader, you may recognise the CF127, showcased in week 22. It is new experimental hop, and on that occasion I was enthusiastic about the XT version of the beer made from it.

This week I have sampled the Mallinsons version, on several occasions and each time it has just got better. In fact it is certainly heading towards my beer of the year; it is certainly my hop of the year.

If you have not tried it, the hop gives hints of tropical fruit, and in some ways is similar to Mosaic, but CF127 gives a rounded bitternessthat becomes very moreish.

It a beer widely available through the local Mallinsons supplier.

Sunday, July 09, 2017

Beer Of The Week 27 - Furnace Brewery 'Son Of Abyss'

This weeks choice is a little unusual. Firstly it is from new brewery, the first beer I have sampled from them, and consequently information is a little scarce; and secondly, I don't really like it. Let me explain.

Had I written this on purely personal terms I would have chosen either Mallinsons 'Hopburst' or 'Daniella' - both of which are excellent beers but my choice is based on the compliments that other people have made about it, despite my misgivings.

Furnace brewery from Derby have been brewing for less than 6 months at the pub of the same name. It was previously home to Shiny brewery but they have relocated and Furnace have started to brew. The first beer I have encountered from them was a little unusual.

'Son Of Abyss' is a vanilla mild but at 4.6% is on the strong side for a mild. There is plenty going on - sweeter rather than dry, no discernable hop flavours but a complex selection of malts makes for a pleasant mouth feel. And there is a distinct vanilla hit. If you want to sample it, it is on the bar in the Star.

I look forward to sampling further efforts from them.

Sunday, July 02, 2017

Beer Of The Week 26 - Brew York 'Reinvent The Peel'

This week has been a little disappointing on the beer front. Plenty available but nothing really outstanding. That was until I called in Tapped in Leeds on Friday. They had a Brew York tap takeover the previous night and some of the offerings were still available.

I had sampled all bar one of the cask beers previously so I sampled the two new keg beers. The weaker of the two has achieved this weeks accolade. It was launched at the takeover so I was obviously new to me and I had no real information about it. 'Reinvent The Peel' does give a clue about the beer but not much. It is a 2.7% Berliner Weisse, light and subtly hopped with Mount Hood (which I think is a much underused and excellent hop), and with real lemon and lime in the brew.

It is an excellent beer for a summer day, light and refreshing, and very cleansing in the mouth feel. Not sure where it is available but it is worth trying should you see it around.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Beer of The Week 25 - Wishbone/Thirst Class 'Cloudy with a Chance of Hops'

One of the breweries that seems to be going from strength to strength is Wishbone of Keighley. They started brewing about  3 years ago and although I found their beers decent, they never seemed to have the wow factor. More recently I have have sampled some of their output that have been excellent, and this week they have the 'Beer Of The Week' accolade. And well deserved.

My choice was 'Cloudy with a Chance of Hops'.  This is a collaboration with Stockport based Thirst Class and is produced in both cask and keg. I sampled the cask version.

They website reveals it is their take on a New England IPA, and as suggested by the name is unfined. It contains a combination of Ahtahnum, Mosaic, and Nelson Sauvin hops, so there is a massive hop hit and it is 5.9% so it has plenty of body and mouthfeel.

I sampled it at the Victoria Cafe Bar in Halifax where they have both the cask and keg versions.