Brews in brief

BrewDog is now offering Equity for Punks shares via the Crowdcube website (as well as via BrewDog’s own site). There’s also the chance to purchase a BrewDog bond, offering a 6.5% per annum return in four years, for a maximum of £500.

Nottingham-based importer Left Coast Distribution has got hold of some Heretic Brewing Company Evil Twin in 12oz cans. It’s described as an easy-to-drink, 6.8% ABV, red IPA with a huge hop character, not overly bitter and with a rich malt character without being too sweet. It has a RateBeer score of 97.

The Kop Hill Climb, in Buckinghamshire, is celebrated in a Chiltern Brewery beer brewed in conjunction with the Red Lion at Whiteleaf. Kop Hill Ale is a light smooth beer with a beautiful hop aroma with tangerine notes, says the brewer. The climb is being staged on September 19 and 20 this year.

Eden Brewery has created a new range of beers called Psycho, as its seeks to mess with drinkers’ minds. First out is Hop Rocket (7.8% ABV), which includes Cascade, Chinook, Rakua and Admiral hops. This will be followed by Cherry Bomb (9.4%), a Belgian-style kriek made with dark, tangy cherries, and Espresso Shot (8.3%), a porter infused with espresso.

Skinner’s Brewery is releasing its latest Green Hop (4.2% ABV), made with the very freshest picked English hops. Look out, too, for Rugby World Cup special, Splendid Tackle (4.2%).

UBREW member Julian Tavora has won the UK Craft Beer Network’s Crowdbrew in support of Macmillan Cancer Support with his 888 DIPA. He will now be scaling up the brew on UBREW’s five-barrel kit.

Harveys, of Sussex, has been adding to its awards cabinet. Imperial Extra Double Stout has been named champion bottle-conditioned beer of Britain by CAMRA, while Old Ale, Lewes Castle Brown and Imperial Stout were crowned best mild, best brown ale and best imperial stout respectively at the World Beer Awards.

Online retailer EeBria has begun stocking beers by John Hickling’s Vocation Brewery, of Hebden Bridge. John was the founder of the well-known Blue Monkey Brewery, in Nottingham.

Westerham Brewery is set to return to the town of Westerham, in Kent, after planning approval was given to  scheme to develop an old sawmill site. The brewery is currently in Crockham Hill.

Oranjeboom lager, brewed under licence in the UK by Shepherd Neame, is among the leading sponsors of this year’s Waterfest in Weymouth. The 3.9% ABV lager will be available on draught at the festival, taking place on September 5 and 6.

Old Dairy Brewery’s AK 1911 Kentish bitter is now available in bottles in the brewery shop. It is brewed to an historic recipe of a long lost Kent brewery from more than a century ago. East Kent Goldings hops give a pleasant fruity character, balanced with a sweet biscuity malt and hints of honey.

Metalman Brewing Company, Ireland’s first micro-canning craft brewer, has expanded its lineup of beers. Equinox (4.5% ABV) is an unfiltered wheat lager made with lemon peel, orange peel and ground coriander, while Heatsink (4.9%) is a smoked porter made with German beechwood-smoked malt and a touch of cayenne pepper.

Everards’ autumn seasonal Equinox (4.2% ABV) is coming soon. The beer was first brewed in 1996 and has been a consistent favourite among customers ever since.

Tring Brewery has created a milk stout called Moloko for JD Wetherspoon’s autumn beer festival in October. Meanhile, its seasonal for August is Ravensdell, a blend of rye crystal and dark crystal malt with First Goldhops to create a russet coloured ale with lemon and floral characteristics.

Prospect Brewery Silver TallyProspect Brewery’s pale golden yellow, cirtusy Golden Tally (3.7%) is now back in bottle with a new-look label.

Norwich’s Fat Cat Brewery has named its new beer after slain African lion Cecil. Cecil’s Revenge, a 5.6% ABV hoppy brew, was named after the brewery took to Facebook to ask for suggestions.

Heineken is organising a Birra Moretti Gran Tour, a series of pop-up food festivals across the UK highlighting Birra Moretti’s ability to complement Italian food.

Siren Craft Brew Caribbean Chocolate Cake (7.4% ABV) is back. The dense, rich and luxurious stout has hand-roasted cacao nibs from the USA giving hints of tamarind and soft lemon. The malt provides coffee and roast notes in abundance, while the experimental hop variety offers orange, chocolate and coconut flavours. Oh, and the beer’s aged on Cypress wood.

The Craft Beer Co is to open a new bar in Mitre Street, in the City of London. The venue will be the chain’s seventh.

Chiltern Brewery’s seasonal for July and August is Summer Gold (3.9% ABV), light and refreshing with UK-grown cascade hops.