Magic Rock has created a spring seasonal, Sakura Pale Ale, to mark a series of late-night arts events at Tate Modern, London. The beer has been created by Nick Zeigler, Magic Rock’s lead brewer, in collaboration with Andrew Downs, of Tate. The beer has delicate notes of sakura (cherry blossom) and peach.
Golden Bolt PA, from Box Steam Brewery, has earned a silver medal in SIBA’s South West regional keg heats, in the standard bitters and pale ales category up to 4.4% ABV. A refreshingly hoppy pale ale, Golden Bolt (3.8%) is light in colour with a surprisingly original fruity note, achieved with the edition of Wai-iti hops.
Hook Norton’s seasonal beer for May will be Mane Tail (3.7% ABV), inspired by the brewery’s shire horses. It’s a pale straw coloured ale, with a crisp and refreshing taste, says the brewer.
Dog F, developed from AB:04, a coffee, cacao and chilli imperial stout, is new from BrewDog, as is Born to Die 13-05-2017. There’s also the latest in the Paradox series, Paradox Rye, this time influenced by rye whiskey.
Manchester Brewing Co is launching two new beers: Some Might Say, a 4.4% ABV session IPA, and Your Mother Was a Hamster, a Citra-hopped pale ale with elderflowers (4% ABV).
Long-established Manchester brewer JW Lees has started packaging some of its beers in cans. The first beers to undergo the process are Manchester Pale Ale, Manchester Star Ale and Moonraker. Seasonal beers will also be canned.
As the days get longer and the weather gets warmer, Goose Island’s Preseason Lager (5.8% ABV) is making a return. The amber brew combines citrus, spicy and herbal hop notes with a balanced, bready malt body and a bright bitter finish.
Camden Town Brewery has released a new brew of its Flue Faker smoked lager. The first of Camden’s seasonal beers for 2017, it is made using Pilsner malt which has been smoked over beechwood in Bamburg.
Chiltern Brewery has released MM, a 6.4% ABV IPA, in a 750ml Champagne bottle, to mark it’s 2,000th gyle. Also new for April are Nut Brown Mild (3.9%) and Colombian Coffee Porter (4.1%).
Jack Daniels has launched bourbon-infused Tennessee Cider into the on-trade in the UK.
Skinner’s Brewery’s Hops ‘n’ Honey is back for spring. The Cornish golden honey beer balances bitter and sweet flavours. Hopped with Aurora, Celeia and Northdown, it is available in bottle and on cask.
Grand National-themed Out in Front is Box Steam Brewery’s special beer for April. The 4% ABV brew is an extra malty, ruby red best bitter.
Yulu, with subtle bergamot orange and lemon notes, plus lemon zest, has joined the Siren Craft Brew core range. Send the brewer a photo of the beer using the hashtag #YuLuCalling on Twitter or Instagram and you could win a mixed case including bottles of the new beer, a branded glass and a Yu Lu artwork print, along with other goodies.
London brewer Hop Stuff has launched its core range of four beers in cans. The beers are Arsenal Pale Ale (3.8% ABV), Four Hour Sessions (4.2%), Unfiltered Pilsner (5%) and Renegade IPA (5.6%).
Black Sheep Brewery’s best-selling seasonal, Velo, is returning in time for the Tour de Yorkshire cycle event on April 28. It is brewed with Cascade hops with a subtle hint of orange and coriander.
Natural Blonde (4.2% ABV) is new from Durham Brewery. Dry hopped with Azacca for a tropical fruit aroma, there is mellow bitterness throughout, with Cluster hops creating berry fruit over a pale malt base.
Shepherd Neame has Kentish Saison (4.5% ABV) available until the end of April. The refreshing, pale golden beer is flavoured with locally-sourced elderflowers.
Cloudwater Brew Co, from Manchester, takes three spots in Ratebeer’s quarterly top 30 of best scored beers, with versions 11 and 12 of its DIPA and its birthday DIPA. But it takes another spot, too, with New Engand IPA, a collaboration with BrewDog. Meanwhile, Cloudwater has released v13 of its DIPA, available now through EeBria.
Batemans’ seasonal beer East Coast Screamer (4% ABV) is now available on draught. It’s a copper coloured beer, powerfully hopped with American Chinook before extended barrel ageing.
Three new premium beers have been launched by Tennent’s. Under the Caledonia name, it is offering Outpost IPA, Double Hop and Hopscotch, the latter described as a whisky oat beer.
Harvey’s, of Lewes, was named best brewery at the National Shire Horse Show, in Stafford, also gaining two third places in the singles and pairs categories of the competition. The horses are managed by Drayhorse Shires for Harvey’s.
Anspach & Hobday has some interesting brews in its tanks, due to come on sale in April. Look out for Salt & Pepper Gose (3.1% ABV), Tea Saison (in collaboration with L’Ermitage, 4.5%), The APA: Columbus (4.8%) and The IPA Single Hop: Cascade (6.5%).
Award-winning Petrus Sour Beers, three blonde-based, high-fermented, oak-aged ales with a distinctive sour taste from Belgian Brewery De Brabandere, are now available to UK beer lovers through Ales By Mail. Refreshingly sour Petrus Aged Pale, Flemish red brown Petrus Oud Bruin and dark fruit Petrus Aged Red are the only Belgian sours to use blonde beer as a base and are brewed using traditional techniques dating back to the 1800s.