Orange Blaze (4% ABV) is a new seasonal beer from St Peter’s Brewery featuring First Gold and Cascade hops. Orange peel is added to the golden brew to give a marmalade note.
Paradigm Brewery in Hertfordshire has created a beer using local watercress. Chief executive, Neil Hodges, said of Sarratt Watercress Ale: “It tastes delicious. It’s a pale ale, so it’s light and summery but with a nice peppery taste to it.”
St Austell Brewery has created a new batch of its limited edition beer, Eureka. The American-style pale ale was created by head brewer Roger Ryman in collaboration with Thornbridge Brewery’s Rob Lovatt.
Spanish lager Alhambra Reserva 1925 is making its way to British bars this summer. Part of the Cervezas Alhambra portfolio, it is made with Saaz hops and has a 35-day fermentation. Best enjoyed with tapas and smoked barbecue meats, it is available in 330ml bottles.
Billericay Brewing Company has a couple of new beers out. Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll was a 5% ABV IPA brewed as a special for the Chelmsford Summer Beer Festival. Dry-hopped Sun Corner Gold (3.9%) is back for the summer.
The Tring Brewery special for July is Gipsy Moth (4.1% ABV), a light-coloured beer with added wheat for a crisp taste.
Harviestoun has released 9th Legion red ale (4.7% ABV) in bottle. There are aromas of dark berries, dried fruit and biscuity caramel, with fruit and dried currants on the palate, lading to a dry finish. Hops are from the Czech Republic, New Zealand and America.
Online retailer EeBria has limited supplies of Cloudwater Brewing’s incredibly popular DIPA, v4 and v5. There are also new beers from the likes of Northern Monk and Wylam.
Meantime Brewing is offering a trip to the famous hop-growing area of Yakima Valley as a prize in a new competition. While there, the winner will get the chance to go fly fishing and water rafting on the Yakima River with Meantime’s brewmaster. More details at www.meantimebrewing.com/get-involved/yakety-yak/
Online retailer Beer Hawk is offering pick ‘n’ mix boxes of its bottled beers to trade accounts, for a minimum purchase of £50. The firm says the service will help free-of-tie publicans with short-date and overstocking issues.
This month’s limited edition brew from Box Steam Brewery is Perfect Serve, a light, coppery, full-flavoured 4.0% ABV ale with a hint of malt and a hoppy aroma.
Summer Gold (3.9% ABV), brewed with 100% British ingredients, including UK Cascade hops, is available now from Chiltern Brewery. It is golden, light and refreshing, with honeyed and biscuity malt notes.
BrewDog’s summer seasonal Electric India (5.2% ABV) is back. It has the spicy, sweet notes of a Belgian saison combined with the new world hops of an American IPA, amplified by the addition of peppercorns, honey and coriander.
Sheffield beer bloggers Mashtun and Meow have collaborated with Bad Seed Brewery to create Mojito: Lime Gose. The bloggers write: “Against a delicately salty gose background, the mint and lime work in perfect harmony with the style to produce a beer which is tart, refreshing, and lip-smackingly delicious, without overwhelming the tastebuds.”
Viiking Ventures is now importing a 650ml bottle of its Goa Premium Beer (4.8% ABV), alongside the original 340ml bottles. The gluten free beer, brewed using a unique malt and maize based recipe, is available in some 300 bars and restaurants.
Durham Brewery is launching a craft lager, Interstellar. The 5.6% beer has been lagered for more than three months. It is more hoppy than a conventional English-brewed lager, with a decidedly eastern European style. A round fruitiness is brightened by lemon citrus which tails into a long spicy finish, with a hint of honey.
Falmouth’s Black Rock Brewing has undertaken its first re-badging exercise to enable the Ship Inn, Porthleven, to sell Shipwrecked, a 3.8% ABV bitter. “The experience might inform future decisions about the Black Rock brand proper,” said the brewery in its newsletter.
Beavertown has collaborated for a third time with Boneyard Beer, of Oregon, to create Boneyard Bloody Notorious. The recipe blends the concepts behind Beavertown’s Bloody ‘Ell IPA with Boneyard’s Notious TIPA to create a beer packed with blood oranges, plus Citra, Amarillo and Mosaic hops.
Old Dairy Brewery, of Tenterden, in Kent, has started selling Turners Sweet Cider (7% ABV), a blend of Kentish desert and culinary apples including cox, russet, gala and bramley. It’s available in bottles and polypins.
Majestic Wine, which has launched an own-label craft beer, King of Hops, has reported early progress in the first year of a three-year turnaround plan, with like-for-like performance up 4.8% in the 52 weeks to March 28.