Brews in brief

Twickenham GrandstandTwickenham Fine Ales has created Grandstand, a 3.8% amber session bitter, for the duration of the Six Nation rugby tournament.

Fourpure Brewery has collaborated with Australian restaurant and bar Timmy Green at Nova Food in London SW1 to create a bespoke beer for the venue. Freeman’s Forthie is being served during the week of Australia Day, which falls in January 26.

St Peter’s Brewery’s alcohol-free beer Without is now getting into Oddbins and Majestic. The new contract with Oddbins is for all of its 47 stores across the UK, while Majestic will start selling Without locally in East Anglia.

Molson Coors and AB InBev have revealed wholesale price rises for their beers, of 2.4% and 2.3% respectively.

Online retailer EeBria is taking advance orders for V11 of Coudwater Brewing DIPA. First orders will be going out on January 18.

Tring Brewery is to launch a range of beers produced on its 200-litre pilot plant on January 20. Beers to come will include a smoked porter, oatmeal stout and red rye IPA. Meanwhile, this month’s special is Black Hawk, a “dark ruby, malty treat”.

Old Dairy Brewery’s award-winning Dark Side of the Moo (7% ABV) — an imperial porter — is now available in cask, with bottles to follow soon.

BrewDog Zeitgeist

BrewDog Zeitgeist — a black lager with West Coast American hops — is available now in cans and 660ml bottles.

Everards CathedralCathedral is the latest in Everards’ Leicestershire Landmarks series. The 3.5% ABV golden ale has rounded honey and mead characteristics with aromas of delicate spice and citrus.

Hook Norton Brewery’s multi-award-winning Double Stout (4.8% ABV), is back for January and February. With toasted malt, coffee, chocolate and caramel notes, the beer is hopped with Fuggles, Challenger and Goldings.

Totnes Brewing Co has introduced Nutty Od England (4% ABV), a mild, well-balanced but malt forward, chocolatey porter with a punch of hazelnut in the aroma.

Well balanced and easy drinking, Bays Brewery is kicking off the year with 2017, a 3.9% ABV amber ale.

Dinner Ale, a 3.3% Table Beer, is Ilkley Brewery’s January special in cask. The brewery describes it as a “healthy option” for the month.

Pop singer Rick Astley, who recently revived his career with a new album, 50, is to team up with Danish brewer Mikkeller to make a beer. He said: “Mikkeller beer is quite experimental and they’ve been sending me various bottles to sample. Some are quite fruity — one was a pear beer they make for a restaurant — but we’ve gone for a Pilsner type lager.”

Windswept Brewing Co is launching Calvie (5.5% ABV), a smoked porter, in January.

Eden Brewery has created a Winter Ale with cinnamon, ginger, star anise and clothes exclusively for Tebay and Gloucester motorway services. Ideal with Christmas lunch, says brewer Jason Hill.

Northern Monk Forgotten Sin

Forgotten Sin Heaven Hill Bourbon Barrel Aged Wild Ale — Vintage 2015 is now available from Northern Monk Brew Co’s Refectory, in Leeds. The beer was intended the second of the brewer’s Seven Deadly Sins series, Gluttony, but wild yeast intervened. Undeterred, the Northern Monk chaps held off to see what ageing the beer might do … and Forgotten Sin is the result.

Durham Brewery has announced that its well-known bitter, Magus, is now gluten free. Durham has altered its best-seller’s brewing process to make the beer available to coeliacs.

North Brewing Company is collaborating with Magic Rock Brewing on an 8.4% ABV IPA. Galaxy, Equinox, Amarillo and Centennial hops will combine for flavours of orange pith, mandarin, grapefruit and mango.

Coming soon from Siren Craft Brew: Bourbon Coffee Broken Dream (6.5% ABV), made with bourbon barrel-aged coffee; Moment of Clarity (4.7%), a naturally hazy pale ale with wheat and oats in the grist; and an as yet un-named American brown ale

Chiltern Brewery has introduced limited edition, bottled, black and white IPAs, at 7.8% and 7.5% ABV respectively. The beers celebrate British malts and hops and have been aged for 18 months.

Sheffield Brewery is introducing a range of Finely Polished Beers. First up is Razor Paste (5.6% ABV), an IPA hopped with Mosaic and Citra.

Loughborough-based Charnwood Brewery has created Rainbow Fox, a deep copper ale, to raise money for the local Rainbows Hospice.

Goose Island has Winter Ale (5.3% ABV) available as a seasonal beer. The brown ale is layered with rich, nutty, chocolate notes, with malty, roasted caramel flavours.

Weird Beard Brew Co launches Safe Stout (7.7% ABV), today, a chokeberry stout. “Dark, chocolatey, fruity and a touch tart,” says the brewer.

Harvest (4.8% ABV), a winter saison, is new from Errant Brewery. Warming, it’s spicy and fresh with a hint of ginger.

Coventry-based Byatt’s Brewery has opened a new brewhouse at units 7 and 8 on the Lythalls Lane Industrial Estate. The venue will be open every Saturday from noon until 11pm, as well as prior to all Wasps home games from 11.30am to 2.30pm.

Forth, a marmalade ale, is the sixth in Cullercoats Brewery’s series of Shipping Forecast-inspired beers. A boatload of orange peel is added to the boil, producing a 4.1% ABV golden beer which should be available at the end of November.
Silver City cans

Importer Left Coast Distribution has welcomed Silver City Brewery cans to its line-up. There are three beers — Nice Day IPA, Ridgetop Red and new seasonal lager, Sesh Appeal — from the Washington state brewer.

Lidl has teamed up with Scottish brewery Black Wolf to add a whisky beer to its Belheather range of brews. Expect flavours of caramel, tropical fruit and honey.

English Winter (5.5% ABV) is returning from Black Country Ales after a two-year break. It’s a “well-balanced brown ale with a complex character of Concerto malt and choice Fuggles and Goldings hops,” says the brewer.