We have three utter belters from Siren Craft Brew. Gird yer loins, pin back yer lug ‘oles and get ready to salivate all over yer keyboard at these babies! Firstly, “Middle Finger Discount” is a single hop IPA. The hop in question being Mosaic and it’s aged on cedar wood. A collaboration with To Øl, this beer is packed full of tropical flavours and woody spice notes. Next up is “The Tickle Monster” – this is a triple IPA, again a collab with To Øl and again aged on cedar wood. Jam packed with hops and mango, this is a serious flavour sensation and at 12%abv could be said to pack more of a punch than a tickle! And finally there’s “Odyssey 001″ Hushed tones and due reverence for this one ladies and gents. If you like stouts then this is probably THE most delicious one you will ever taste. The base beer brewed for the Odyssey series is a rich, decadent stout brewed with muscovado sugar and liquorice root. The base beer is then aged in Banyuls (French fortified wine) bourbon and brandy barrels for over a year. The result is a dark, velvety smooth, rich beer with a near indescribable mix of flavours. 12.4%abv but this is a beer you’ll sip very slowly because you never want the bottle to end. *dribble*
More ‘newness’ in the shape of two beers from Weird Beard Brew Co. now. We have “Heaven & Hell” – we’ll let the brewers tell you about it via a quote from the bottles tasting notes: “Aged in Heaven Hill bourbon barrels. This double IPA is brewed with the same grain bill each time, to the same ABV and IBUs, but the late hops in each version will be whatever we think will wreak most havoc on your palates.” Sounds fair to us We also have “Decadence Stout” rich with chocolate and roast coffee flavours with just a touch of oat creaminess. Definitely decadent.
Now, a new brewery to us, Quantum Brewing Co. from Stockport. We have their “Black IPA” brewed with Galaxy, Chinook and Cascade hops and finally dry hopped with more Chinook. A definite curiosity is their “Stockport Sour”. The Stockport Sour is a Berliner Weisse with an added twist of pineapple and Scotch Bonnet chilis – that’s got to be worth checking out, right?
Here’s a couple of curve balls for you. From the Jack’s Abby Brewing co in Massachusetts, USA we have “Cascadian Schwartzbier” at 7%abv – black lager, but properly ‘lagered’ as in aged. Also their “Hoponious Union” at 6.7%abv – a traditional IPA with a twist. It’s fermented cold and aged for extended periods. It’s brewed using American hop varieties so it’s got loads of tropical fruit flavours going on too.
There seems to be a theme running through some of our new beers this week, fruity twists to be exact. Here’s one from Pressure Drop Brewing in London (http://pressuredropbrewing.co.uk/) It’s their “Nanban Kanpai” – a wheat IPA with Yuzu, Orange and Grapefruit. There’s three of your five a day right there!
Continuing our theme of new Scottish breweries, we’d like to introduce you to Glasgow’s newest brewery – Jaw Brew. Recently launching their first 2 commercial beers at Glasgow Real Ale Festival they now also sell their beers in bottles.
These first 2 beers are Drop – a 4.2% session pale ale and Drift – a 4.6% golden ale with a bit more body and a less forward hop profile. You’ll find them both on our website so less jaw jaw and more pour pour…..or something like that.
We did things a little bit back to front with these next new beers. We took them to the farmers market before they were on the web site. We’ve decided to call this ‘thinking outside the box’ instead of admitting to being a little bit senile. It sounds better, don’t you think? Anyway, Brass Castle Brewery beers are now here and after tastings at an impromptu focus group earlier today (you can tell we’re making this up as we go can’t you?) “Sunshine” has emerged as a firm favourite. “Sunshine” is their IPA – we also have “Brass Lager”, “Flying Man” pale ale and “Bad Kitty” vanilla porter in stock. Something for everyone in that range we reckon. Also check out the nifty bottle labels – they read the same upside down* as the right way up…..intriguing, no?
*please check out the upside-downie labels BEFORE you take the top off the bottles OR after the top is off but the beer has been poured out. Top tip right there
A revamp of some AleselA firm favourites for you lovely customer type people. We’ve been stocking Fallen Brewing Company beers for quite a while now, but they’ve recently had a bit of a facelift and are in 500ml bottles instead of 330ml bottles. Nice new eye-catching labels too. The beer inside the bottles is just as tasty as before, it’s just now there’s more of it per bottle. Good thing too in our opinion!
Recently a couple of articles were published, one in the Grauniad and one in the Evening Whines, listing Glasgow’s top 10 good beer pubs to visit during the Commonwealth Games. In our opinon both these articles fell woefully short of the mark in their aim of showcasing the best pubs Glasgow has to offer. Uncharacteristically, local bloggers have failed to step up to the plate to redress this so we’ve taken it upon ourselves to muddy the waters with our own opinion of the top 10 good beer pubs in Glasgow.
- Blackfriars (36 Bell Street, G1 1LG) – Both articles did list this place and for good reason. Nice selection of beers on tap and in their well-stocked fridges. Since they’ve opened the downstairs part during the day there’s no problem finding a table so you can grab some of their lovely food too.
- Bon Accord (153 North Street, G3 7DA) – Probably the most glaring omission from both articles is this pub. The Bon Accord is an institution! With 10 hand pulls on at all times you’re bound to find a beer that’s to your taste, especially just now when they have their Scottish Beer Festival running. There’s also the huge whisky selection and a full menu of stomach lining pub grub available – 2 more great reasons that the Bon Accord is a must.
- BrewDog (1397 Argyle Street, G3 8AN) – if you don’t know about BrewDog bars and how they operate you must have been hiding under a stone for the last few years. They’re not to everyone’s taste but there’s usually a decent selection of house and guest beers making it worth a visit. A touch too expensive for regular visits from us – or are we too cheap?!?!?!?
- Drygate (85 Drygate, G4 0UT) – new brewery/bar/restaurant/off-license/venue doo-hickey in the east end with more beer taps than anywhere else in the city. Like BrewDog we find it a bit expensive to visit regularly but the beer selection is awesome and the food is delicious making it well worth a visit.
- Inn Deep (445 Great Western Road, G12 8HH) – we have to admit to having a wee soft spot for this place and the number of Untappd checkins we have from here kinda supports that. Owned by Williams Brothers, they have 3 guest casks and 3 guest kegs as well as a permanent range of their own beers and the wee sit-ooterie by the riverside makes for a very scenic venue for enjoying good beer.
- Laurieston (58 Bridge Street, G5 9HU) – Fyne Ales central! Many describe this pub as retro but that’s not the case. Retro is when something new has been made to look old. The Laurieston is the real deal and looks pretty much exactly as it did back in the day, it’s a bit like stepping back in time. Always a friendly welcome in this bar and from a beer point of view they always have a great selection of Fyne Ales available.
- The Pot Still (154 Hope Street, G2 2TH) – whisky is the focal point here with a huge selection (there’s a menu to save you scanning the gantry) but they also have a nice choice of beers on tap and a quality range of bottled German beers in their fridges.
- The State (148Holland Street, G2 4NG) – Oakham central! The only bar in Glasgow to be a member of the Oakademy of Excellence you’re guaranteed a great pint in here. There’s usually a good range of beers on offer and they’re always in good condition.
- Three Judges (141 Dumbarton Road, G11 6PR) – Another Glasgow institution, the Judges has 8 hand pulls and a first rate reputation for the quality of their beers.
- WEST (Templeton Building, G40 1AW) – Glasgow’s own German style brew pub. Inside the magnificent Templeton Building on the edge of Glasgow Green you can sit out in the beer garden and take in the wonderful view. Great German-style food is also available.
It should be noted that at no point during this opinion piece has the word “craft” been used…..oh damn!
Look what’s just flown in from Lossiemouth. Those wonderful people from Windswept Brewing have produced a single hop Amarillo IPA which is light, zesty and moreish with a lovely floral aroma.
Now available in our shop for all you lucky people to buy, you’ll be blown away
(don’t blame me, blame my script writer!!!)
Today sees the launch of this years beer brewed by Natural Selection Brewing. For those of you not up to speed, Natural Selection Brewing is a different set of brewers every year who are currently studying Brewing at Heriot Watt University in Edinburgh. Find out more about the whole thing here: http://www.naturalselectionbrewing.com/
This years brew, Mutiny On The Beagle, is described as a British IPA, brewed exclusively with British hop varieties. With aromas of marmalade, spice and toffee malts, and flavours of bitter orange, stawberry, lime and resinous pine it sounds like the perfect beer for British summer.
Order yours here: http://www.alesela.co.uk/shop/NaturalSelectionBrewing
Well okay, you’ve talked us into it. As well as replenishing all our Buxton Brewery Company beers we got a new one too (well, new to us!)
We got some Buxton Gold to delight your taste buds. A 5.2% refreshing golden beer with a wonderful aroma and flavour coming from its Amarillo, Liberty and Nelson Sauvin hops from New Zealand and the US.
Now for another couple of very special beers.
First up is one from Bermondsey’s finest Brew By Numbers – their 01|04 Saison made with Ginger and Grapefruit.
From farther afield this time (Stockholm in Sweden to be precise) we have the legendary Nebuchadnezzar DIPA from Omnipollo.
If I was a customer I’d be awfy impressed