Merry Xmas

Right that’s it, no more deliveries till after Xmas, we’re gonna settle down and have a few beers and prepare ourselves for the mind-numbing telly. Oh, and some Eggnog

We’d like to wish a Merry Xmas to all our customers, suppliers, brewers and partners in crime.

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Nollaig 2014

Nollaig 2014Okay…NOW it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! Keith has his festive Xmas hat on and a smile on his face. Well….he has his hat on at least. Another portent of the approaching festering season is when Williams Bros Brewery bring out their Nollaig beer. Beer brewed with akshull Christmas trees (and American hops) What could be more festive than that!? This year Nollaig spruce beer is available in 330ml bottles as well as the traditional 1ltr Growler.

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The Festering Season is upon us

Keith XmasHard to buy for beer ticker on your pressie list? Just palm them off with one of our stylish gift vouchers ;0)

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New Products Dec 2014A veritable cornucopia of new beers landed in our warehouse on Friday. Here’s a brief summary in photographic form. Beers from Beavertown, Buxton Brewery, Evil Twin, Jack’s Abby, Jaw Brew, Magic Rock Brewing, Moor, Pressure Drop Brewing, Siren Craft Brew, To Øl, Weird Beard

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Hop Bombs!

'Merica / UtopiaHeads up folks! All you lovers of hop bombs need to be paying attention to these new (to us) beers from the wunnerful folks at Alechemy Brewing. They been and gone and done an IPA series and these are the first two offerings. First, “Utopia” – a 6% IPA where 80% of the hops used were added post-boil. That means none of those lovely hop flavours are detracted from during the brewing process – result! Then, Batch No. 2 is “‘Merica” To quote from the bottle label: “#@$& YEAH! This American style IPA is a tip of the hat to our friends in the States who gave the world the face-melting, hop forward style of IPA we love.” We can vouch for the face-meltingness of this one!

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Wolf of Glen Moray 2014

Wolf of Glen Moray 2014Now if this doesn’t herald the onset of winter and dark nights (in a good way!) nothing will. We are delighted to announce the release of the 2014 vintage of Windswept Brewing‘s “Wolf of Glen Moray”. This is their “Wolf” dark ale, barrel-aged in Glen Moray whisky casks at the brewery, then hand bottled. The barrel ageing imbues the ale with hints of bourbon, oak, whisky, treacle toffee and chocolate and brings the abv up to a fortifying 9.2%. Dark, welcoming and warming, this ale is one to be savoured. There are a VERY limited number of these beauties, each one individually numbered. Restricted to one per customer order.

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Here to kick some ass

Black Hop Down/KiWheatTwo beauties next from Cromarty Brewing Co. There’s “KiWheat” – a juicy refreshing wheat beer made with Kiwi fruit and New Zealand hops, Waimea and Riwaka. Also the wonderful “Black Hop Down”. This is the very definition of a Black IPA in our humble opinion. It pours black as pitch but smells tropical and juicy. If you smell this blindfolded you’d swear it was “AKA”. The perfect combination of roasty flavours and pine/tropical notes. Sure-fire winner.

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Sevy Saison

Sevy SaisonNew-ness on’t website lovely customer type people! Feast your eyes on this lovely lot and then get clickin’ From the ever popular Elixir Brew Co. we now stock their excellent “Sevy Saison” a saison brewed with 5kg of hemp seeds and lashings of Cascade, Kazbek and Northern Brewer hops. Hoppy and hempy – and you just know that being from Elixir, it certainly wont be boring!

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We’re all going on a Summer Holiday (in October!)

Heads up lovely peeple! We’re off on our annual hols as of tomorrow, Thursday the 9th October for a whole week! As Keith the gargoyle is made of stone and not very flexible and George the cat doesn’t have opposable thumbs (also, neither of them can drive) there’s no-one to cover for us unfortunately. We’ve informed our wholesale customers by e-mail but for individual customers ordering from the website, please note this means that any orders submitted after 10pm tonight will not be processed and dispatched until MONDAY 20th OCTOBER.
Normal service (?) will resume on that date.
Apologies to anyone who’s desperate for beer but we promise we’ll bring you back some pressies in a pathetic bid to make it up to you

See you in just over a week! *waves*

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Jack’s Weird Quantum Siren Pressure

Siren Craft BrewWe 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*

Weird Beard Brew CoMore ‘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.

Quantum Brew CoNow, 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?

Jack's AbbyHere’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.

Pressure Drop BrewingThere 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 ( It’s their “Nanban Kanpai” – a wheat IPA with Yuzu, Orange and Grapefruit. There’s three of your five a day right there!

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