:: Brews in brief

Siren Craft Brew is introducing a new variant of its Beliner weisse Calypso. This time the beer has spent time in Bourbon barrels with cucumber, mint, basil and grapefruit. Th bad news? There are just 240 bottles. Meanwhile, seasonal IPAs White Tips and Half Mast have returned. They are, respectively, a white IPA and a ‘Quarter’, or low-ABV IPA (2.8%).

Chiltern Brewery’s summer seasonal Cobblestones (3.5% ABV) is released today. Golden, light, refreshing and fruity with a slight bitterness and a hint of blackcurrants, it goes well with fish and chicken dishes, cheeses and fresh salads. Hops are Challenger and Bramling Cross.

Inkie Pinkie, Inveralmond Brewery’s light summer ale, is back for another season. The 3.7% ABV brew is refreshingly fruity with a pleasant hop aroma. Available in cask only.

Ramsgate Brewery is creating a beer for the Pub Landlord, Al Murray, to mark his candidacy in Thanet South at the general election. Beautiful British Beer, a pale ale, will go on sale on May 8.

Don’t say Alex Arkell, brewer at the Swindon family brewery, hasn’t got a sense of humour. He’s named the latest special brew A Tinge of Ginge after his auburn hair, having taken some teasing over the years. It’s a 3.6% ABV  pale ale with hints of ginger extract.

Summer’s here (well, nearly) and the time is right for… trying Meantime’s beer of the month, California Pale Ale (5.5% ABV). It showcases two different types of hops, says the brewer: Celeila, from Slovenia, and Crystal, from the Yakima Valley in Washington State, packing trademark fruit aromas such as raspberry, orange and tangerine.

Online retailer EeBria has some new vintage beers on its books, with very limited availability. From the Old Chimneys Brewery comes Red Admiral (11.4% ABV), an oak-aged barley wine, blended with the addition of liqueur whisky, which has been aged for two years, and White Admiral, an 8.3% wheat ale brewed in 2013 and cold conditioned since. From Moor there is Fusion 2014 vintage, matured in three-year-old brandy barrels. There are also some 2009 to 2013 vintages on offer, too.

Old Dairy Brewery’s Dark Side of the Moo imperial porter(7% ABV) is now available in bottle and cask. The brewery has also created VE 70th Anniversary Ale to mark the 70th anniversary of VE day in 1945 on May 8.

BrewDog has revealed its 2015 IPA is dead series. This year’s hops are Ella, Mandarina, Bavaria, Pioneer and Chinook. Also available via its website is Electric India, an IPA Saison fusion featuring Amarillo and Nelson Sauvin hops, honey and peppercorns.

Black Rock LabelBlack Rock Brewing Co, in Falmouth, has unveiled new bottle labelling which incorporates charts of the local Falmouth Bay waters.

Enterprising Dartmouth couple Marcus Pomeroy-Rowden and Freya Hart have set up a cargo route between Brixham, in Devon and Brittany. And part of the first cargo is four tons of organic Avocet Ale, made by Exeter Brewery.

Pivo Estivo (3.8% ABV), from Kelburn Brewery, is being bottled and should be ready to buy in May. The brewer’s current seasonal is Regnitz, a red cloured, German inspired beer.

Brentwood Brewery has produced its 1,000th brew. The brew of Summer Virgin (4.5% ABV), Brentwood’s first beer, will be ready to drink in a couple of weeks’ time.

Tring Brewery has announced a forthcoming beer called Seven Hundred which will mark the 700th anniversary of Tring’s charter on June 29. Meanwhile, its monthly special for April is Ramscoat (4.1% ABV), blending Munish malt and Mosaic hops.

Punch Taverns is running a promotion giving away free pints of Carlsberg or Carling lager. The event will run from April 27-May 1 with the pints available to those e-mailed from a Punch Taverns Buying Club customer base.

Mild has been added to Hook Norton’s 33oml bottle range. These bottles are only available through the brewery shop and website.

Nut Brown Mild is now available from the Chiltern Brewery. The seasonal brew (3.9% ABV) is luxuriously smooth, says the grewer, dark and subtly sweet with a beautifully balanced hop aroma.

Ascalon (4%) is Everard’s St George’s Day special for 2015. Named after the saint’s swrord, Ascalon is a traditional chestnut ale brewed with British Challenger and Admiral hops. Orange, zesty flavours are complemented with chocolate, earthy aromas, leaving a perfectly rounded finish, says the brewer.

Triple fff Brewery’s Alton’s Pride and Pressed Rat and Warthog beers won gold in their respective classes at the South East and London CAMRA beer competition.

Carlsberg has launched a ‘Trust your Tastebuds’ ad campaign pushing its bottled Export brand, on the back of consumer research which shows it is preferred to another well-known strong keg lager brand.

Kopparberg, best known for its fruit ciders, is introducing a beer to the UK. Fagerhult is deeply rooted in Sweden’s history after originally being brewed to satisfy the thirst of Swedish elk hunters returning from the hunt. No hint as to what sort of beer it is, but it has a “clean, malty taste” and is “best served ice cold” from the stubby 330ml can.

Cullercoats Brewery has an 11% ABV barley wine, Royal Sovereign, currently maturing in barrels, ready to be bottled in May with an addition of Champagne yeast. The beer will then mature further during the summer before going on sale later in the year. A limited amount will appear in cask.

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Siren Craft Brew is introducing a new variant of its Beliner weisse Calypso • Chiltern Brewery’s summer seasonal Cobblestones (3.5% ABV) is released today • Inkie Pinkie, Inveralmond Brewery's light summer ale, is back for another season • Ramsgate Brewery is creating a beer for the Pub Landlord, Al Murray, to mark his candidacy in Thanet South at the general election • Alex Arkell, brewer at the Swindon family brewery, has named the latest special brew A Tinge of Ginge after his auburn hair • Summer’s here (well, nearly) and the time is right for… trying Meantime’s beer of the month, California Pale Ale (5.5% ABV) • Online retailer EeBria has some new vintage beers on its books, with very limited availability • Old Dairy Brewery’s Dark Side of the Moo imperial porter(7% ABV) is now available in bottle and cask • BrewDog has revealed its 2015 IPA is dead series

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