Online retailer EeBria has new limited and special edition beers from Buxton and Stewart breweries, new brews from Waen Brewery and 10% off beers from site newcomers Liverpool Craft Beer Co and London Beer Lab.
Tiny Rebel Brewing has cask and keg Christmas specials this year. Filthy Animal (5.5% ABV), on cask, is a strong fig and hazelnut ale with earthy, roasty flavours. On keg is Yippee KaIPA (5.6%) which packs a big hoppy punch from Equinox, is described as woody and earthy. Tiny Rebel is also launching a collaboration with Salopian, an IPA called Catatonic (5.7%). There’s mngo and apricot and a clean, dry finish.
Durham Brewery’s new release, Star Fusion (4.9% ABV), is based on its Evensong. The beer has the qualities of a well-balanced English ruby bitter, says the brewer. It is aged with star anise, ginger and raspberry, and similar to ageing in wood, the additions were infused over time. Deep ruby in colour with spice and fruit, an aroma of vanilla and toffee crystal malt is followed by sweetish malt and gentle fruit and spice.
Lerwick Brewery’s IPA is now available in both keg and bottle. With juicy, hoppy flavours with a sweet malt backbone, it is suitable for vegans.
Inveralmond Brewery Ossian is now available in 330ml cans.
Budvar Budweiser UK is getting listed in 59 premises around the UK belonging to the Revolutions Bars Group. Simon George, UK sales director for Budweiser Budvar, said: “This is a great year to kick off our new pouring deal as we celebrate our 120 year anniversary.”
Carlsberg is the new official beer partner of Barclays Premier League football club, Watford, and has extended its long-term official beer partnership with Tottenham Hotspur FC. The partnerships give Carlsberg UK exclusive rights to pour its flagship beer and its wider drinks portfolio to football fans at the Vicarage Road and White Hart Lane stadiums on match days, until the end of the 2018-19 season.
BrewDog has launched No Label, what it calls a post-modern, post-gender, non-binary brew; the world’s first beer made with transgender hops. The brewer explained: “Brewed with whole hop bines that have spontaneously changed from female to male, No Label goes its own way. The base style, Kölsch, blurs the boundaries between lager and ale, drawing comparisons to ‘non-binary’ individuals who class themselves as neither exclusively male nor female.” A portion of the sale will going to LGBTQI+ events organiser Queerest of the Queer.
As the weather turns colder, Triple fff Brewery has Comfortably Numb and I Can’t Remember back on bars. Comfortably numb is a 5% ABV chestnut coloured ale, deep and spicy with a full, rounded, hoppy finish. I Can’t Remember is a 6% London porter with a complex coffee and chocolate flavour, slightly smokey, with dry roasted bitter finish.
De Havilland aircraft will be the theme for Tring Brewery’s 2016 monthly special beers. The aircraft maker was based close to the brewery and there’s a museum dedicated to the planes nearby, too. Meanwhile, the penultimate 2015 special is Catstail (4.1% ABV), an amber ale with a slight spicy, citrus profile from Vienna malt and Green Bullet hops.
Siren Craft Brew has three new beers for November. Pompelmocello IPA is a tart, sour and puckering grapefruit IPA brewed with grapefruit juice and zest, as well as lactose for a slightly creamy mouthfeel and sweet edge. Baby Wheel, meanwhile, is an almost all-English-hopped IPA. And Ryesing Tides is a seasonal autumn IPA offering a toasty and slick malt base from the use of rye, balanced by a juicy American hop profile giving tropical fruit and berry notes.
Eden Brewery has created Psycho III — Espresso Shot (8.3% ABV) using coffee beans from Carvetii Coffee Roasters in Cockermouth. As well as the coffee, there are Maris Otter, chocolate and crystal malts for a rich mouthfeel and plenty of body, and French Fuggles, too.
Hunters Brewery, in Devon, has created Elmhirst Ale (5% ABV) for The Shops at Dartington. The smooth, traditional-style amber bitter boasts notes of strawberry, chocolate and caramel and celebrates the heritage of the Dartington Hall estate and its founders, the Elmhirst family.