:: Brews in brief

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”.

Chiltern Brewery’s Black Chocolate Stout (9.5% ABV) is available now. Brewed with a blend of 100% British roasted malts, including chocolate malt and rolled oats, and hopped with an extra charge of choice English Fuggles, the beer has been matured for 18 months in the brewery’s cellars.

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 AleBrewDog is launching Pumpkin Head Ale (5.1% ABV) for Halloween. It available from October 16 online at BrewDog’s online shop and on October 17 in the brewer’s bars.

St Austell Brewery’s Halloween special, Bucket of Blood (4.5% ABV) is back. Head brewer, Roger Ryman, said: “Bucket of Blood is a really unique beer and its warm, spicy flavours are perfect for Halloween and the winter months. This near-blood red ale is full of biscuit malt flavours with a balanced bittersweet finish, and is a chillingly perfect complement for pub-goers during the October festivities.”

Junkyard, a bottled beer shop and bar, has opened in Bridlesmith Walk, Nottingham. The bar has 15 beers on tap, but also sells coffee, wines, cocktails and soft drinks.

300’s old Ale, from the Chiltern Brewery, is back for the winter. The well balanced old ale is Chiltern’s most garlanded beer, having won ten awards.

Sharp’s seasonal Red Ale (4.7%) is back for the autumn. It aims to strike a balance between the pale and citrus beers of the summer, and the full, sweet and warming beers of winter.

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.

West Berkshire Brewery’sWest Berkshire Spatherdab October special is steam beer Spatherdab, a slang term for a gossip or scandal-monger. It’s light, pale in colour, with fruity hops (Northern Brewer) beautifully balanced with a good malt base.

Folk band Bellowhead are collaborating with Harvey’s Brewery on Revival Ale, to tie in with their November tour.

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

Tring Brewery’s single-hop monthly special for October is Tubby Dormouse (4%), made with brown malt and Slovenian hops. The malt is the star here, with subtle aroma, flavour and bitterness.

Old Dairy Brewery’s Silver Top cream stout (4.5% ABV) is now available in bottles.

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.

Everards’ Pumpkin Ale returns this October. “The rich ruby coloured beer, 3.8% ABV, is made with real pumpkin offering a depth of flavour. A burnt, smoky character is balanced with light citrus flavours,” says the brewer.

CAPDOG (9% ABV) is a new smokey black IPA, brewed to imperial strength and infused with cascara, the fruit of the coffee plant. Subtly sweet, with big resin and chocolate notes, balanced by spicy and smokey flavours, it is a collaboration between BrewDog and Swedish brewery CAP (Curious Audacious Products).

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.

Celt Experience is brewing Farmhouse Pomegranate Saison this week. “Its low mash temp encourages a dry finish to allow the tartness from the pomegranate to come through,” says the brewer, who is using Dupont saison yeast.

Harveys’ winter seasonal brew, Old Ale, will be launched at the brewery on Saturday, October 4, after a service of thanksgiving at St Thomas a Beckett’s Church.

Brentwood Brewing Co’s beer of the month is Strawberry ‘n’ Lime, brewed with strawberries from Calcott Hll Farm Shop.

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