Louder Than 10 — the newest addition to Thwaites’ Signature Range — pays homage to the classic film This is Spinal Tap, which has its 30th anniversary this year. It is a 6.5% ABV double IPA with intense bitter notes, offset by distinct pint flavours with spicy and grapefruit overtones, says the brewery. It will be available during May.
Wheat (5%) is Meantime Brewery’s beer of the month. The beer is brewmaster Alastair Hook’s take on a traditional German wheat beer and is made using genuine Bavarian yeast. There are fruity and spicy aromas and flavours, with banana and cloves to the fore, and a sift, mousse-like mouthfeel.
Chiltern Brewery has launched Bucks Best (3.8% ABV) to mark the 20th anniversary of local radio station Mix96 and to support St Tiggywinkle’s Wildlife Hospital, the station’ charity for this year. The Chestnut beer is a blend of Chiltern Ale and Nut Brown Mild with an extra charge of hops to add complexity and character. Meanwhile, Nut Brown Mild (3.9%) is available in its own right as an April special. It is dark and subtly sweet with a balanced hop aroma.
The April special from Tring Brewery, the latest in its Around the World in 12 Hops range, is Blue Jay Brown Ale (4.3% ABV). It is brewed with American Centennial hops, offset against a rich, malty palate.
Everards has a new St George’s Day beer this year. Ascalon is a traditional brown beer, brewed with British grown Challenger and Admiral hops. It has orange, zesty flavours, complemented by chocolate, earthy aromas, with a rounded finish.
BrewDog has created anew range of its IPA is Dead beers, once again with single hops in each otherwise identical brew. This year the brewer has used Amarillo, Comet, Kohatu and Exp 336 hops.
West Berkshire Brewery has not one but three new beers for April. Monthly special Jargoyle (4.3% ABV) is a dark espresso porter, made with Northdown and Fuggles hops. Maharaja’s IPA (5.9%) is a seasonal in bottle and with a limited draught release. Also seasonal is Gold Star (5.2%), a strong golden beer with local honey.
Robinsons’ spring seasonal Hoptimum Prime (4.1% ABV) is available until the end of April. “This delicious, quaffable brew exhibits a rich array of malt flavours which are complimented by a crisp, dry finish,” says the brewer. Head brewer Martyn Weeks offers a short tasting of the beer on YouTube
Prospect Brewery’s April special is Carat, a traditional IPA heavily hopped with four American varieties.
Earlham Street Clubhouse, the 90s American-inspired cocktail and pizza joint in the heart of Covent Garden, has introduced a new way of refuelling its customers with its very own custom made, vintage Esso gas-pump-turned-beer-pump. The pump serves 1936 Biere, made in Switzerland.
Former footballer Ian Wright is the latest star in Let There Be Beer’s series of videos. He is interviewed by Anthony Pender, landlord of Somers Town Coffee House in London. The series kicked off with Rufus Hound, interviewed by SIBA chief executive and publican Julian Grocock.
Wold Top Brewery is promoting its Angler’s Reward (4%) as the perfect Father’s Day gift. “If your father is one of the millions of anglers who make fishing the biggest participation sport in the world, he may appreciate a gift that is perfect for a lazy afternoon on the lake,” says the brewer. The beer is available from 84 Waitrose stores nationwide.
North American IPA is a limited edition beer from Abbeydale Brewery. There’s Munich malt and late hopping from American Centennial, Columbus and Mosaic varieties.
Waen Brewery has a new beer coming soon. Newton’s law is a 6.8% ABV fruity and spicy red ale.
Lerwick Brewery’s online shop has opened — click www.lerwickbrewery.co.uk/shop
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.