Brews in brief

Specialist American beer importer Left Coast Distribution has added three new canned beers from Silver City to its portfolio. The beers are: Ziggy Zoggy (5% ABV), an unfiltered lager; Ridgetop Red (6%); and Nice Day IPA (5%).

North Brewing VespertineNew from North Brewing are Vespertine (3.2% ABV), a hibiscus and red berry sour, and Piñata (4.5%), a tropical pale. Both are available via online beer retailer EeBria, which has this week welcomed Swannay Brewery, Orkney, and Wild Horse, Llandudno, to its range.

Magic Rock, Siren and Beavertown have collaborated to create Rule of Thirds, comprised in equal parts of the respective breweries’ Cannonball, Sound Wave and Gamma Ray brews. The IPA is available in cans via Ales by Mail.

There’s “single-hop awesomeness” in Ace of Citra, new from BrewDog. The 4.5% ABV session IPA has been bombarded with Citra. Mango, pine and grapefruit explode from the glass, firing off from a light, complex toasty malt base.

New beers from Siren Craft Brew include: Amigos Británicos (7.4% ABV), a collaboration with Beavertown and Casita Cerveceria, with lime, honey and chilli; Summer Citra Party, an 8% IPA; and Chocolate Liquid Mistress (5.8%), a red IPA.

Lawman Brewing Company’s Obsidian Imperial Stout has won the craft beer class of the Great British Food Awards. Highly commended in the class, judged by beer sommelier and writer Sophie Atherton, were Magic Rock’s Highwire Grapefruit IPA and Wold Top’s Scarborough Fair IPA.

Thornbridge Brewery’s chocolate porter, Cocoa Wonderland, and Imperial Raspberry Stout have each won three stars at the Great Taste Awards — two of only six three-star awards made for beer.

Versions 6 and 7 of Cloudwater Brew Co’s hugely successful DIPA will be available soon from online retailer EeBria. The difference between the two is the yeast used. Version 6 uses the Vermont yeast used in previous versions, while 7 uses JW Lees yeast. The official launch date for the beers is August 13, but orders are being taken now.

Box Steam Brewery’s limited edition beer for August is Sand Caskale, a 4.2% ABV, dark copper, malty and spicy ale with a hint of grapefruit zest. From September, former limited edition beer Golden Bolt (3.8%) will join the core range, in cask, keg, box and bottle.

Sadler’s Brewery has named a new beer, Black Country Bodysnatcher, after Dudley middleweight boxing champion Darren ‘Macca’ McDermott. Profits from the 4.3% golden ale will be donated to Macca’s gym, Brooklands Amateur Boxing Club.

Greene King BobbyGreene King is celebrating the 50th anniversary of England’s football World Cup win with Bobby, a 4.2% blonde bitter which references winning captain Bobby Moore.

Eden Brewery, in Cumbria, has collaborated with Hakuba Brewery, in Japan, on Matcha Green Tea Pale Ale, made with green tea and hopped with Amarillo and Chinook. Hakuba partner Dan Cockburn moved out to Japan from Cumbria to start the brewery.

Working with hydrodynamics and fluid mechanics along with professors at universities including Birmingham and Imperial College, Cobra has created a smooth pour glass with a unique channel in the interior allowing liquid to flow smoothly around the glass to the base. Creating a whirlpool effect, the design helps release flavour and aroma to achieve the perfect head, says the brewer.

Old Dairy Brewery’s Jazz Ale, a 4.6% ABV golden beer created for Rye Jazz Festival, will be on sale in the brewery shop from mid-August.

Online retailer EeBria has new beers from 6º North and Milk Street breweries.

Wadworth has created Espirito de Carnaval (4.3% ABV) to celebrate the Rio Olympics.  A punchy beer, with a dry malt base, spicy pepper notes combine with fruity citrus hops to give a vibrant citrus taste. It is a well-balanced, easy -drinking ale, says the brewer, combining English malt with vibrant hops from the US and Brazilian spices.

Orange Blaze (4% ABV) is a new seasonal beer from St Peter’s Brewery featuring First Gold and Cascade hops. Orange peel is added to the golden brew to give a marmalade note.

New South East Cornwall pub The Carew Arms in Antony — formerly the Ring O Bells — has chosen Harbour Brewing Company, St Austell Brewery and Keltek Brewery for its initial beer line-up.

Paradigm Brewery in Hertfordshire has created a beer using local watercress. Chief executive, Neil Hodges, said of Sarratt Watercress Ale: “It tastes delicious. It’s a pale ale, so it’s light and summery but with a nice peppery taste to it.”

St Austell Brewery has created a new batch of its limited edition beer, Eureka. The American-style pale ale was created by head brewer Roger Ryman in collaboration with Thornbridge Brewery’s Rob Lovatt.

Spanish lager Alhambra Reserva 1925 is making its way to British bars this summer. Part of the Cervezas Alhambra portfolio, it is made with Saaz hops and has a 35-day fermentation. Best enjoyed with tapas and smoked barbecue meats, it is available in 330ml bottles.

Billericay Brewing Company has a couple of new beers out. Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll was a 5% ABV IPA brewed as a special for the Chelmsford Summer Beer Festival. Dry-hopped Sun Corner Gold (3.9%) is back for the summer.

The brewhouse has been installed at Alex Troncoso’s new Lost and Grounded Brewers, in Bristol. He has experience at Little Creatures Brewery, in Australia, and London’s Camden Town Brewery.

The Tring Brewery special for July is Gipsy Moth (4.1% ABV), a light-coloured beer with added wheat for a crisp taste.

Harviestoun 9th LegionHarviestoun has released 9th Legion red ale (4.7% ABV) in bottle. There are aromas of dark berries, dried fruit and biscuity caramel, with fruit and dried currants on the palate, lading to a dry finish. Hops are from the Czech Republic, New Zealand and America.

Meantime Brewing is offering a trip to the famous hop-growing area of Yakima Valley as a prize in a new competition. While there, the winner will get the chance to go fly fishing and water rafting on the Yakima River with Meantime’s brewmaster. More details at www.meantimebrewing.com/get-involved/yakety-yak/