Brews in brief

Emma Victory, who runs the home brew club We Brought Beer at Clapham Junction, London, is the latest person to be named as an Imperial Beer Club ambassador. She joins Simon Williams, founder of the Campaign for Really Good Beer, in the curator role. Read more here…

Flight of the Kiwi is a punchy New Zealand pale ale from Old Dairy Brewery. The 4.5% brew has zesty aromas and a crisp finish and is hopped with Pacific Jade, New Zealand Cascade and Rakau. It is naturally hazy. Meanwhile, strong dark ale Snow Top (6%) is now available in bottle.

Dynamite Valley Brewing Co is experimenting with keg beer. First to try is Black Charge Oatmeal Stout (5% ABV) currently on the bar in Beerwolf, Falmouth.

Verdant Double BassThe latest addition to Verdant Brewing Co’s eclectically-named beer range is I Played Double Bass on That Tune, a double dry hopped (DDH) IPA coming in at 7.4% ABV.

The Imperial Beer Club, which specialises in high-ABV brews, has become part of the longer-established Ales by Mail. A spkesperson for Ales by Mail said: “We’re really excited about the link-up between us and the IBC. In coming months we will be introducing new perks to the club for its members and our own ABM family.”

Stannery Brewing Co currently has a range of nine bottles available from its Tavistock tap toom, with some going to other local stockists, soon.

Bays Storm IPAStorm IPA is a first for South Devon’s Bays Brewery — a ruby red ale using a single hop variety (Mosaic from the US). The 4.6% ABV brew is well balanced and smooth and is late-hopped for added flavour.

Cullercoats Brewery is to make a second batch of its collaboration with Tony Patton from Dog and Rabbit brewpub in Whitley Bay, Sea Dog. The mark II version of the 6% ABV IPA will have a different hop profile.

After launching Malta’s famous Cisk beer in bottles in January, UK importer Morgenrot used its recent trade event in Manchester to announce the roll-out of the lager in 33cl cans. Cisk is a golden, well-balanced lager with a distinctive, refreshing flavour profile, a rich hop aroma and pleasant bitterness.

Leeds’ Ridgeside Brewing Co has used cold brew coffee from North Star Coffee Roasters to create Milky Joe, a 5.6% ABV milk stout. It will be available in cask only.

Ridgeside Milky JoeSiren Craft Brew has announced the launch of Draugen, an imperial smoked porter, created in collaboration with Dugges Bryggeri.

Gingerbread Stout (5.5% ABV) is coming soon from Tap East. It will be mostly bottled.

Sambrooks is re-launching its Black IPA with a party at the brewery on Friday, November 24. Tickets here

Wiper & True, in Bristol, is introducing brewery tours every Saturday, from noon until 1pm. The tour will include the brewery’s story, an overview of the beer-making process, tasting of an exclusive brewery tank beer and a bottle of beer to take home. Tours (over-18s only) cost £16.50 and can be booked here

Old Dairy Brewery’s strong dark winter ale, Snow Top (6% ABV) is back in cask. Challenger and Bramling Cross hops give notes of fruit cake and marmalade.

Icelandic Einstok beers — White Ale and Arctic Pale Ale — will be available from November in 330ml cans. Einstok managing director, Gudjon Gudmundsson, said: “After a successful test launch in the US, we’re
ready to bring our brewery-fresh canned beer to the UK.”

Meantime coffee

Meantime Brewing has teamed up with Nude Coffee Roasters, of Shoreditch, to create two new coffee-infused beers. There’s a punchy Espresso Coffee Porter and a lactose cream ale, Cream Of The Crop. The best bit? The two can be served together as a caffeine-infused split.Wadworth Old Timer

Wadworth has brewed its seasonal ale Old Timer for the 50th year. The winter warmer remains true to its original recipe, has an ABV of 5.8% and is brewed using pale ale, crystal and black malts, with Fuggles, Goldings and Sovereign hops. Deep chestnut in colour, it has a strong, malty aroma and is full bodied. It pairs well with slow-cooked beef stew, black pudding, blue cheese and caramel or toffee desserts, says the brewer.

Black Tor Brewery will be releasing Jester Gold (4.7% ABV), a limited edition green hop beer, soon. There are just 30 casks of the vibrant golden ale which showcases the Jester hop variety.

Anspach & Hobday has announced four beer launches. Available now, in keg only, is The APA: Citra, the latest in a series of American pale ales. In bottle from Friday (October 13) are Petit Saison Brett and The Red Wine Stout, the latter brewed in collaboration with Dugges. Then, from mid-November, and again in keg only, look out for The Lager.

Keltek Brewery’s Grim Reaper (6% ABV) is back for the autumn. The deep ruby ale has big malty flavours and notes of dark fruit with a caramel finish. It was a silver medallist at the Taste of the West awards.

Shed Seven have become the latest rock artists to collaborate on their own beer. Going for Gold has been made with Rudgate Brewery and is described as a fruity ale.

Gower Brewery has released a range of craft beers under the branding Hoppy Seabird. Matt Joslin, co-founder of Gower Brewery, said: “We wanted something fun and quirky, something that was still wholly ‘us’, but didn’t necessarily connect with the same audience in the same way. We think we’ve cracked it with Hoppy Seabird.”

Surrey Hills Brewery’s Hammer Mild (3.8% ABV) is back for the autumn. The CAMRA award winner is a traditional dark mild with a wonderful malt base and mouthfeel, says the brewer. There is a delicate hop characters to complement the malt flavour.

Bays Brewery, of Devon, is celebrating after its Devon Dumpling (5.1% ABV) was voted CAMRA’s top beer in the South West. The beer now go up against other regional winners to compete for the Champion Beer of Britain 2018 title.Cullercoats Wild North Blonde

Cullercoats Brewery has created a green hop beer, Wilde North Blonde (3.8% ABV) made with hops grown on the local Wilde Gardens, in Northumberland. The hop varieties are Bramling Cross and Fuggles.

Bristol Beer Factory has launched a new 4% ABV bitter, Fortitude, described as “a perfect balance between the finest English Maris Otter malt and classic Southern English hops; malty, clean and moreish”.

Surrey Hills Brewery has a ninth brew of its 5.2% ABV Collusion available. The beer has aromatic and flavoursome hops melded to a solid pale malt backbone, with citrus and tropical characteristics. Also, the brewer’s Hammer Mild, a former champion mild of Britain, is making a comeback. At 3.8% it is a traditional dark mild with a wonderful malt base and mouthfeel, say the brewer. There are delicate hop characters, too.

Sandford Orchards, from Crediton, Devon, has won the Great Taste Golden Fork for the best food or drink from the South West for its St Louis Dry Hopped Cider. The drink is made using the whole juice of Devon cider apples and infused with Ella and Williamette hops.