Brews in brief

Founders All Day IPA was the most checked in craft beer on Untappd in 2017. The most checked in British beer was BrewDog’s Punk IPA.

Cullercoats Brewery is continuing its Shipping Forecast series of beers with Dover, a 4.1% ABV pale ale hopped, appropriately enough, with East Kent Goldings. Meanwhile, its Dry Hop Project is continuing with Phoenix, an unusual hop with a high oil content. It gives a fresh flavour with floral, pine and chocolate / molasses notes, says the brewer.

Old Dairy golds

Old Dairy Brewery has scooped three gold medals in CAMRA’s London and South East region Champion Beer of Britain Competition. Red Top came top in the bitter category, Copper Top took gold in best bitters, and Snow Top was triumphant in the class for old ales and strong milds.

Two Norfolk brewers have collaborated to create a Belgian-style IPA in support of the #tryanuary campaign. Norfolk Brewhouse and Watts & Co’s Belguique IPA has “fruity, spicy, sweet flavours and bring in to that the big hoppy flavours of an American IPA”. Local heritage malt, Chevallier, has been used.

Stubborn Mule Brewery is unleashing L’il Napoleon Pale Ale later in January. In cask and keg the 3.7% ABV brew is described as “aggressively ambitious” is hopped with Mosaic, Cascade and Crystal, and fermented with US-05 yeast.

Triple fff Brewery has brewed Citra Sonic, a 4.4% ABV IPA. Ready next week (w/c January 8), apparently.

Vibrant Forest MetropolisVibrant Forest’s black IPA, Metropolis, is back for the new year, along with imperial Red IPA Netherworld. Also, available via EeBriaTrade, are Bourbon Oktober bottles.

New Wharf Brewing Co is rebrewing Erin’s, its 4.5% ABV Mosaic-hopped American pale ale. The unfiltered beer will be available in cask, KeyKeg and bottle at the end of January.

Citron is back from Ridgeside Brewing. Hopped with Citra and Cascade, the 3.8% ABV ale, available in cask only, has orange and lime zest in the recipe.

Harvey’s is releasing a limited edition of 5,000 cans of Tin Lizzie, based on its Elizabethan Ale, which has been produced for more than 65 years. The 7.5% ABV beer has a full, malty palate, and a satisfying warmth, strongly reminiscent of barley wines brewed during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I, says the brewer.

East London’s Nirvana Brewery is to have two of its beers listed in Whole Food stores nationwide. The brews are Kosmic Stout and Tantra, a traditional English pale ale.

Wimbledon Vintage XXXKHere’s a thing of beauty from Wimbledon Brewery — a velvety and spice-enriched barley wine, XXXK Vintage Ale, coming in at 10% ABV. The beer was inspired by a 19th century listing for a Wimbledon Strong Beer, recovered from the original Victorian brewery site.

Freedom Brewery as added Organic Helles Lager to its range, a reflection on the Munich Helles style, which is suitable for vegans. It is described as a pale balanced lager that uses a clean malt canvas to showcase Hallertau Tradition hops. The full-bodied beer delivers a range of delicate flavours.

Verdant has new stocks of cans at its online shop (although you probably need to be quick on the click!). There’s old favourite Headband pale ale (5.5% ABV), slightly tweaked and now fermented with the Lalbrew new England yeast, and If We Must, a super fruity double IPA fermented on white grape pressings and hopped heavily with Eldorado, Ella and Galaxy.

Sadler’s Ales has teamed up with Crabbie’s to create a Ginger IPA. The blend of Crabbie’s spices with Sadler’s Red IPA gives a citrus, passion fruit and mango aroma — from American and Australian hops that stands up perfectly to the Crabbie’s ginger beer.

Asda has become the latest superstore to take on St Peter’s Brewery Without Original, anticipating sales after the festive season in Dry January. Brewery chief executive, Steve Magnall, said: “During a time like Dry January, when people are really seeking out alcohol-free alternatives, Without Original will now be even easier to buy.” The beer will be in 67 Asda stores.

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, and there’s a new brew of Dark Side of the Moo (7%), in keg, cask and 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.

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.