Young’s is giving away free pints to mark its 186th anniversary. The offer lasts until Sunday (September 24) and is available by downloading the Young’s on Tap app.
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”.
Stannary Brewing Co, of Tavistock, Devon, is making two green hop beers this year after its own green hop harvest increased by 75%. There will be Verde, a 4.5% ABV pale ale, and, ready for its Oktoberfest event on September 30, a weisse beer.
Old Dairy Brewery is adding a third variant to its green hop range this year. Challenger and Bullion brews (4% ABV) are being joined by a hefty 6.5% ABV Green Horn Bullion IPA.
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.
Old Dairy Brewery is launching a new brand, Cattle Shed Brew Co, to make limited batch, world craft beers. The beers will be inspired by the brewer’s travels and experiences and will be available in KeyKegs, cans and bottles.
Bays Brewery is celebrating its tenth anniversary by bringing back Breaker Ale (4.7% ABV), one of its original beers, for a limited period. It’s a golden brown English ale, with sweet malt and UK hops.
Dark Star Lager (4.2% ABV) is making a comeback and will be available to trade customers from Friday (September 8).
Ain’t Bright (5% ABV) a New England pale with Citra, Mosaic and experimental hop BRU-1, launches this week. It’s a collaboration between Bad Seed Brewery and North Riding Brewery.
Look out for a new Belgian golden ale, called Waterloo Sunset, from Truman’s, in London. There are Australian hops and Belgian yeast, the latter contributing banana and spice flavours.
Quantock Brewery has created a limited edition brew, Flying Scotsman, to celebrate the Flying Scotsman visit to the West Somerset Railway. It’s billed as a full-bodied, malty ale with a dry finish and a fruity aroma.
There’s a new batch of Siren Craft Brew’s Comfortable Silence available from its online shop. The beer is the follow-up to last year’s Ten Dollar Shake — a fruit smoothie IPA. Comfortable Silence follows the same formula, but is packed full of peaches, apricots and cherries this time around. It’s available in keg and bottle. This is the last batch, but the next scene in the (unofficially dubbed) fruit pulp fiction movie could appear in the coming months.
Thornbridge has created a new brew of Jaipur X, originally made to celebrate the brewery’s tenth anniversary in 2015. The beer packed with 15g per litre of American hops and bursting with citrus fruit flavours. Unfiltered and this time unfined, it is available now in the brewery’s online shop at the special price of £27.50 for a case.
Dutch Pilsner Bavaria is becoming available on draught for the first time in the UK, exclusively in Manchester. It is available from today at: The Dockyard, Media City; The Dockyard, Spinningfields; The Gas Works, Jack Rosenthal Street; Tib Street Tavern, Tib Street; and The Shack, Hilton Street.
Space Hopper (4.2% ABV) is the latest release from St Austell’s Brewery’s small-batch plant. It is hopped with American Comet hops, which were popular in the 1970s, then faded away. Now, they’re being grown again, matched here with low-colour Maris Otter malt for a clean bitter taste.
Tring Brewery’s September special will be Explorer (3.8% ABV), an oatmeal blonde brewed with Munich malt and fermented longer and at a lower temperature for a clean malt flavour. Simcoe hops add a fruity, herbal, pine and earthy fragrance.
Launching this weekend (August 4) on keg and in limited cask, Hawkshead Passionfruit Gose (4.5% ABV) is tart and fruity with a hint of salt, made with a blend of lager and wheat malt. Think sweet, sour and salty with an overriding flavour of fresh passion fruit. The Gose has been kettle soured with Himalayan rock salt added to the boil. After fermentation, the beer is aged on passion fruit.
John Hampden’s Golden Harvest Ale has been named central Chilterns champion at The Chiltern Society Craft Beer Awards. The beer has also received a five-star rating from Gluten Free Heaven magazine.
Purecraft Bar & Kitchen has closed its Nottingham venue due to lack of support. It’s Birmingham bar continues to thrive, though. On Twitter, the comany said: “In Notts we had great beer, food and team, but couldn’t get enough folk loving us often enough — Brum continues to go very well.”
IPA (6.5% ABV) made by Tiley’s Brewery at the award-winning Salutation Inn, Ham, has been named champion beer of Gloucestershire by local CAMRA members.
BrewDog’s 7.2% ABV hazy New England-style IPA Hazy Jane is back. Expect low background bitterness, loaded with intense juicy fruit character — pineapple, stone fruit, mango, light resin and hints of lime peel. This juicy IPA is full-bodied and smooth, enhancing the soft ripe fruit flavours.
Norwich Craft Beer Week (August 18-27) organisers have collaborated with Ampersand Brew Co to make the official event beer. EAIPA (East Anglian IPA) is a 4.7% ABV beer double dry hopped with Citra and Mosaic.
Cullercoats Brewery’s Dry Hop Project has yielded a new brew, Ernest, a 4.8% ABV English pale ale. Hop supplier Charles Faram says the hop variety, named after its breeder, Prof Ernest Salmon, has new world characteristics, with apricot, citrus and pine notes.