Friday, October 13, 2017

Beer Of The Week 41 - Liberation 'Ale'

This week's selection has surprised me as much as any beer I have selected for 'Beer Of The Week'. I never expected a 'Beer of the Week' to come from the Wetherspoons festival list. I did see the list a few weeks ago, an to say I was disimpressed may be an understatement but may be I was a little premature.

Liberation Brewery are based in Jersey, in the Channel Islands and have been brewing for over a century. Their beers rarely seem to make it to the mainland, in fact, all the ones I have sampled bar one, have been at 'Spoons festivals.

'Liberation Ale' is a 4% beer, golden coloured with a clean, fresh taste with just a hint of citrus. Reading their website explains why: Maris Otter and lager malts are used and teamed up with Goldings, Styrian Goldings and Hallertau Herskbrucker hops.

The beer is readily available throughout the Wetherspoons estate, and given their prices, is an absolute bargain.

Friday, October 06, 2017

Beer Of The Week 40 - Brass Castle 'I Am Gruit'

I must admit that in all my drinking career, which has been quite extensive, I have never encountered a beer called 'Gruit'. However this week Brass Castle brewery from Malton have corrected that when I came across their 'I Am Gruit' .

That set me looking at Wikipedia, which explained that Gruit is effectively a beer brewed without hops, instead using herbs. There were four in this version but I never jotted them down from the pump clip. One was thyme however, as the beer had a strong flavour and nose of that. I was a little unsure what to expect but once I got used to the unfamiliar taste I was quite drawn to it. It was 4.3%, which gave it enough body to support the variety of flavours within.

I experienced it in The Head of Steam in Leeds but I hope to try it again closer to home soon. I assume it to be a fairly new beer as it does not yet appear on 'Untapped' (my usual crib source!), nor does it appear on the brewery web site.