Brews in brief

Eden Brewery is to can its Depth Charge (Pilsner) and Dynamite (IPA) beers. But conscious that some drinkers may still be suspicious about this packaging, they have written a blog extolling the virtues of the modern can. Read it here

BrewDog has released Abstrakt AB:20, a blend of an English barley wine brewed with coffee oats and milk. The beer has a deep and alluring nose of molasses, brandy and a spicy hit from the rum cask, says the brewer. On the palate are rich, decadent flavours of coffee bean, chocolate and vanilla… a full bodied and chewy brew with notes of caramel and biscuit.

Bristol Beer Factory and Sambrook’s Brewery are new arrivals at online beer retailer EeBria this week. There are also new barrel-aged beers from Partizan Brewing and collaboration beers from Stewart Brewing.

Chiltern Brewery’s specials for April are Nut Brown Mild and Colombian Coffee Porter.

Moorhouse's Pure WitchMoorhouse’s is rolling out seasonal brew Pure Witch (4% ABV), a light golden brew, for May. Top-quality Maris Otter malt is paired with the American Calypso hop to offer “upfront citrus-like aroma followed by full malt biscuit-like flavour, with ripe peach and pear overtones.”

Adnams Ghost Ship Crisps are the latest innovation from artisan crisp maker Fairfields Farm Crisps. Teaming up with the Suffolk brewery, the team has created what they describe as ‘hauntingly-good snacks’.

Lerwick Brewery’s Shetlnd Pale Ale has had a revamp. Single hopped with Azacca, this 3.8% ABV session ale has sweet biscuit and lightly toasted malt flavours followed by a refreshing citrus finish. Lerwick has also revealed that Asda has started stocking 60° North and Skipper’s Ticket as part of its Scottish Craft Beer Range.

Cloudwater DIPA v3 has arrived at online retailer EeBria … and probably won’t be around long. Also new at EeBria are beers from popular North East outfit Wylam.

New brews from Billericay Brewing Company include Norsey Gold, a hoppy beer for spring, and Gold Sovereign, brewed to mark the Queen’s 90th birthday.

Inveralmond Brewery’s popular Ossian golden beer is now available in 330ml cans.

Dragon Rapide (3.8% ABV), a classic English bitter, is Tring Brewery’s special for April. There’s English malt and a quartet of English hops, including some in the dry hopping.

Fool Proof, a 4.3% ABV dark chestnut ale with a malty aroma and a rich, nutty flavour, is Box Steam Brewery’s April special. Also this month, the brewery is due to have its Tunnel Vision brew on the Strangers’ Bar in Parliament.

Navigation Brewery, in Nottingham, is marking St George’s Day with Late Knight, a 4.5% ABV golden beer packed with English hops. It’s available now.

Heineken-owned Foster’s has signed a two-year deal with the England and Wales Cricket Board to be the official lager of England Cricket. The partnership sees Foster’s return to sports sponsorship for the first time in a decade.

Carlsberg chocolate barCarlsberg created a chocolate bar in Shoreditch, London, to mark the run-up to the Easter bank holiday weekend. Highlights included a chocolate dartboard, chocolate bar stools and a bespoke chocolate television screen, showcasing one of England’s greatest World Cup moments. Members of the public were invited to help themselves to a complimentary half-pint of ice-cold Carlsberg, served in a Carlsberg-engraved milk chocolate glass.

Charles Wells will make full use of digital media to promote its Bombardier brand in the run-up to St George’s Day (April 23). Traditional, tangible items, such as bar runners, pump crowners, flags and bunting, will work alongside digital versions of posters that can be downloaded and personalised before being printed locally.

XT Brewing is celebrating its brewery expansion with the launch of XPA Black (7.2% ABV), a heavily hopped, dark version of its XPA American-style IPA.