A few days ago, I hinted that the Grove had a few Brodies beers lurking in the cellar. Well, that hint has come to fruition and a quick visit yesterday revealed four of the London brewery beers on the bar. I know that I often complain about one brewerys beers dominating a bar but on this occasion I will make an exception. It would have been rude not to have sampled them all, purely for quality control purposes.
If you are unfamiliar with the brewery's output, I am not too surprised as they very rarely seem to leave the capital, but the Grove is now onto its second batch, so successful was the first. The brewery started in August 2008 at the William IV pub in Leyton, and has brewed around 150 beers covering every style from malty to hoppy, weak to strong, dark to light.
What of my sampling though ? Starting with the weakest 'Shoreditch Sunshine'. A 3.9% perfectly balanced quaffing beer, it would have been ideal for a hot summers day, but seemed to hit the spot on a wet autumn Sunday as well. Light and hoppy, it was a real gem. Despite the temptation to try a second I was being drawn to a clutch of their stronger offerings. 'Amarilla' used to be a session strength single hop variety beer, it now weighs in at 5% and tastes even better at this strength with the powerful orange flavour of the Amarillo hops coming through. Next up was 'Old Street IPA' at 5% again, and another light beer with a powerful hop taste but a very pleasant malty background. The quartet was completed by 'White IPA', this time 5.1% and the hops here were perfectly balanced by the wheat used in the mash. A strong wheat beer I suppose, but I enjoy the style and this was one of the best I have ever come across.
If you have never tried Brodies before, a quick call to the Grove in the next week of so should remedy that, but beware, the quick call may extend into a long session. I just feel sorry for those poor souls who have taken themselves off to the coast for the week !!