:: Brews in brief

Robinsons’ Trooper beer, made in collaboration with rock group Iron Maiden, now comes in a presentation tube when purchased from Morrisons.

Durham Brewery’s Russian Imperial stout Temptation (10% ABV) is now available in a 750ml swing-top bottle. There’s a swing-top, too, for Belgian-style Bede’s Chalice (9%) and the brewer’s 20th anniversary Imperial pale stout 1994 (10.2%)

A new Belgian-made beer has been created — for dogs. Snuffle Dog Beer is non-alcoholic, of course, and is brewed with beef or chicken stock and malt barley extracts, plus mineral oils. It comes in 25cl bottles and in four packs.

Fresh off the bottling line at BrewDog are festive brews Hoppy Christmas (7.2% ABV) and Santa Paws (4.5%). The former is a hop bomb with citrus, papaya and pineapple notes, and the latter a decadent Scotch ale brewed with heather honey. Also new in bottle is Konnichiwa Kitsune, a citrus-packed double IPA. It is a Japanese-inspired, yuzu-infused imperial IPA, brewed with Amarillo, Cascade and Citra hops.

Brews from Hammerton Brewery, Little Beer, and Anspach & Hobday have been added to the listings at online retailer EeBria, along with Yarde Ciders, from Devon.

The Chiltern Brewery has released a limited edition of 2,000 bottles of its Black Chocolate Stout, aged for 18 months and brewed with a blend of 100% British roasted malts, including chocolate malt and rolled oats, and hopped with an extra charge of English Fuggles.

Tommy Atkins’ Traditional Ale (3.9%) is back this month as a special from the West Berkshire Brewery. It is available in cask and bottle.

Old Dairy Brewery has bottled a new batch of its AK1911 Historic Kentish Bitter. Also available in bottle now is the brewery’s 10% ABV Imperial Russian Stout Tsar Top, and winter ale Snow Top (6%).

Thwaites’ Triple C has been named champion beer in the Brussels Beer Challenge. The beer, which up against 730 other brews, was praised for its perfect balance and good drinkability. The brewer has also secured pouring rights for the 2015 Manchester International Festival.

Matt Wall, from Southampton, has launched a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign to raise £25,000 to get his WoW Brewery idea off the ground. “We at WoW Brewery want to make not only the best beer, but the beer that makes your taste buds go WOW!” says Matt in his pitch.

Glasgow’s WEST is developing a Baltic porter as its 2014 winter beer, which should be available at the end of November. Expect a rich beer with spicy, aromatic flavours.

New London brewer Orbit has been added to the listings at EeBria. The range comprises pale ale Ivo, German-style altbier Neu and Köln-style Nico.

Regimental IPA returns for Everards this November. It is a golden/amber beer with a refreshingly dry finish that delivers a complex mouthful of citrus flavours, says the brewer. Five pence from every pint sold goes to the British Forces Foundation.

Stuart Thomson at Atlantic Brewery, Cornwall, has brewed a limited edition honey beer, as yet un-named. There will be six casks and some bottles available.

Ibex (4% ABV) is Tring Brewery’s special for November. French Aramis hops are balanced with five malt varieties for a spicy and slightly herby copper ale.

India Pale Weizen is hot off the bottling line from BrewDog. A collaboration with Weihenstephan, it is a mash-up beer using the signature styles of both breweries. It has classic base hefeweizen aromas and flavours of banana and clove, with distinctive haziness, and layered on top  is a tapestry of US citrus hop character. “A perfect symbiosis of traditional and modern brewing,” says BrewDog.

Tennent’s has launched Black T, a 4.7% ABV premium lager using high-quality, mostly home-grown ingredients. Following teaser activity over the last few days, including secret deliveries of all black, unbranded bottles to social media users and mysterious messaging outside the brewery, Black T will now be available in Tesco and Sainsburys from this weekend.

Casks of Colonial Mischief, a 4.1% ABV American brown ale hopped with Simcoe, Chinook, Galaxy and Cascade, are rolling out of Hardknott Brewery. For the interesting story behind this US-inspired beer, visit Hardknott Dave’s blog

Gyle 59 has Green Hop Wheat Beer now available in bottles through its online shop.

London Fields Pumpkin AleLondon Fields Brewery is to launch seasonal, Halloween-themed beers this week. Pumpkin Ale (6% ABV) is a pumpkin pie scented amber ale, with low bitterness, a balanced malt backbone, hints of cinnamon, clove, all spice and nutmeg. There will also be a brew called Gyle 666, which is a spiced brown ale.

Winter Sun, from Meantime Brewing Co, the floral yet spicy flavours of Hallertau and Hersbrucker European hops with fruity Liberty American hops to provide a thirst quenching, sweet and revitalising taste. A very refreshing winter beer, now out but on draught only.

Camden Town Brewery has created India Hells Lager (6.2% ABV), “IPA resurrected as lager”.

Old Chimneys Brewery’s Good King Henry Special Reserve (2012 vintage) has gone on sale at EeBria. Stocks are limited to six bottles per customer.

Hogs Back Brewery and Montezuma’s Chocolates have teamed up to create a chocolate lager, based on the brewery’s Hogstar lager.

BrewDog Pumpkin Head Ale

North East pub and bar operator the Malhotra Group is working with Molson Coors to expand its beer offer. The move follows the introduction of craft beers from producers including Brooklyn Brewery and Erdinger earlier this year.

Star Brewing Co’s Dark Matter stout (4.4% ABV) is going into cask this week.

Asylum (4.5%) is Oakham Ales’ seasonal beer for October to December. It’s a premium amber bitter with a strong hop aroma and character, and grapefruit and berries on the palate. It will be followed by Forty Two (4.2%) in November and December, an Oakademy Exclusive, with, says Oakham, 42 varieties of hop in the mix.

Small batch brewer Honest Brew has created an Amber beer as part of its Straight Up series. It’s a warming autumnal ale designed to accompany a hearty seasonal dish.

James Clay is now importing Brooklyn Brewery’s 1/2 into the UK. This is a heavily hopped, 3.4% ABV session beer in a saison style.

Beer website AleTalk has launched its annual search for Britain’s best beer. The site’s registered users can vote on their favourite beers in two categories: draught (cask or keg) and packaged (bottled or canned). Voters can list up to three beers in each of the two categories.

Left Coast Distribution is bringing two Hermitage beers to the UK. Citra is a 7% ABV single-hop beer with resiny, citrus notes offset by toasty malt. Mandarina Bavaria is also 7% and focuses on the new German hop Mandarina, with Cascade lineage, whicj, not unexpectedly, offers mandarin flavours. Bot beers are available in 20-litre kegs.

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Durham Brewery's Russian Imperial stout Temptation (10% ABV) is now available in a 750ml swing-top bottle. There's a swing-top, too, for Belgian-style Bede's Chalice (9%) and the brewer's 20th anniversary Imperial pale stout 1994 (10.2%) • A new Belgian-made beer has been created — for dogs. Snuffle Dog Beer is non-alcoholic, of course, and is brewed with beef or chicken stock and malt barley extracts, plus mineral oils. It comes in 25cl bottles and in four packs • Fresh off the bottling line at BrewDog are festive brews Hoppy Christmas (7.2% ABV) and Santa Paws (4.5%). The former is a hop bomb with citrus, papaya and pineapple notes, and the latter a decadent Scotch ale brewed with heather honey. Also new in bottle is Konnichiwa Kitsune, a citrus-packed double IPA. It is a Japanese-inspired, yuzu-infused imperial IPA, brewed with Amarillo, Cascade and Citra hops • Brews from Hammerton Brewery, Little Beer, and Anspach & Hobday have been added to the listings at online retailer EeBria, along with Yarde Ciders, from Devon.

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