Chiltern Brewery’s first limited edition beer of 2014 is Chiltern White, a wheat style beer. Light in strength and pale gold, it has a grapefruit hop aroma and refreshing hints of wild flowers over a soft malt base.
Great Bustard is Tring Brewery’s third monthly special for 2014. It is brewed with Sladek hops from Austria giving sweet fruity flavours and gentle bitterness.
Marston’s is launching Pedigree new World Pale Ale this spring. The golden beers is 3.8% ABV, the name coming from the Galaxy and Topaz hops used.
Bourbon Baby (5.8% ABV) is BrewDog’s latest bottle release, available in limited quantities. A light bodied Scotch ale base has been matured in bourbon barrels. There are toasted shortcake and blossom honey flavours, says the brewer, the barrel ageing adding a dark vanilla twist. Rich brown sugar, hints of smoke, spiced fruit, chocolate and raisins are just some of the multitude of flavours that have developed, says BrewDog.
Ruby red coloured Yakima is Everards’ special for March. With Summit and Pacific Gem hops, the beer offers enticing aromas of tangerine and grapefruit, says the brewer. Distinctive blackberry notes and treacle toffee flavours are prominent and leave a satisfyingly crisp, bitter aftertaste.
Harviestoun has whisky barrel aged its Schiehallion lager. Orach Slie (6% ABV) makes use of casks from the Speyside distillery Glenfarclas.
Sixpenny Special is returning this spring as a seasonal beer after a two-year absence. At 4.8% ABV, it’s a traditional strong best bitter.
Saltaire Brewery’s Triple Chocoholic has been named champion beer at Alton Beer Festival.
The Bull’s Head, in Barnes,London, which has seen artists such as PP Arnold, Humphrey Lytletton and Mick Jagger perform over the last 50 years, has re-opened under the ownership of Geronimo Inns. The venue has bottled beers from Meantime, Duvel, Sierra Nevada and Brooklyn Brewery alongside a range of draught beers including Camden Pale Ale, Lowenbrau and Estrella and a rotating selection of real ales.
Frys Brewery in Cornwall has moved to Bude and been renamed Bude Brewery.
Oakham Ales has been named in beer review website Ratebeer’s top 100 breweries in the world, the list being based on the site reviewers’ ratings. Brewery managing director, Adrian Posnett, said: “It demonstrates that people, who are really enthusiastic about beer, are giving us great reviews. That’s very reassuring and a great accolade for our brewing team.”
The latest in Brewster’s Brewery’s Whimsicale series is Et Citra Et Citra. There’s lots of, you’ve guessed it, Citra, added at different times during the boil for different effects. Dark Crystal malt gives roasty notes.
Raspbeery Saison is new in bottle from Durham Brewery. Brewed with Saison yeast, the base is a porter to which raspberry juice has been added with an extra fermentation. The result is a smooth beer with raspberry acidity and fruit, chocolate and vanilla on the aroma.
Old English insults is the theme for West Berkshire Brewery’s 2014 monthly specials, and February’s offering is Fustilugs, a brown, roast malt, spicy brew with underpinnings of orange peel. Fustilugs? An ill-natured or big-boned person, apparently.
Saltaire Brewery and Dark Star Brewing Co are launching the first of two collaborations this year at the Sparrow Bier Café, Bradford, on Monday (February 10). Bock (5.6% ABV) is packed with roast malt flavours.
A new version of Shotover Brewing Co’s Trinity has been released, hopped with Willamette and Chinook “at a stunning rate”.
Shepherd Neame is creating 14 special beers this year, including a new range from pilot brewery, No 18 Yard Brewhouse.
The Stooge is Magic Rock Brewing’s first new beer of 2014. An American brown ale with four varieties of speciality malt and Cascade and English Admiral hops, it will be available in cask and keg later in February.
A new bottling line is up and running at Wild Beer Co.
Status Quo have become the latest rock group to team up with a brewery. They’re launching Piledriver (4.3% ABV), a “malty amber beer with a bold fruity hop character”, with Wychwood. Meanwhile, Elbow, who made build a rocket, boys! with Robinsons are set launch their second beer, this time working with Marston’s. Charge, an easy-drinking amber ale, is named after a track on the band’s new album.
Bock (6.5% ABV) is new on tap from Partners Brewery. It’s a strong malty beer with a mild hop flavour and a gentle aroma, says the brewer.
Growler (formerly Nethergate) Brewery favourite Pub Boar is back as a February seasonal. The auburn coloured beer is 4.3% ABV.
Tight Head Ale (4.2%) is Inveralmond Brewery’s Six Nations special. The beer has “vigorous malty flavours” with “fresh, fruity and floral aromas”.
Meantime is relaunching its Union Lager this month, when it will be available for a limited time. “A Vienna style, copper coloured lager, the Union Lager uses well kilned malts to produce a deep copper colour and bready, light caramel flavours and aromas,” says the brewer. “With a clean malt character, this is a light to medium bodied brew that is both refreshing and satisfying.”
Moorhouse’s latest seasonal, Cold Spell (3.6% ABV) debuts on February 1. Light amber coloured, it is brewed with Maris Otter malt and a touch of crystal and chocolate malts. British Target hops give a hint of cedar and liquorice on the aroma.
Chiltern Black is the latest winter seasonal from The Chiltern Brewery. It’s black, of course, and, says the brewer, has smooth, roast flavours, complex with golden treacle tones, hints of roast barley and beautifully hopped.
First deliveries of Star Brewing Co’s “well hopped” Astral are going out this week. The Lincolnshire brewery’s newcomer weighs in at 4.5% ABV.
New Norwich-based online beer seller 24 Beers is now up and running. They told Beer Today: “We’ve got five breweries and looking for more. Hope to broaden our range soon.”
Gyle 59 Brewery has opened an online bottle shop. Visit gyle59.co.uk
Ringwood Brewery has announced a number of specials for 2014: hoppy Young Scrumper (4%), amber ale Scuttle Butt (4%), full-bodied bitter Filly Drift (4.7%), refreshing session bitter Showman’s Tipple (3.8%), malty amber ale True Glory (4.5%) and XXXX Porter (4.7%).