Hook Norton has announced two summer special ales. Harvest Hop (3.9% ABV) was brewed for the first time last year and is back by popular demand. The light and fruity ale delivers a cosmopolitan hop burst. Haymaker (5%) is a strong pale ale with a refreshing hoppy character, thanks to a bucketload of Goldings hops.
Hazy Jane, new from BrewDog, is an intensely fruity New England-style IPA, featuring a full but soft body underneath layers of ripe fruit flavour. Think pineapple, nectarine and mango, followed by light piney resin and hints of lime peel. Making a return from the Scottish brewer is summer seasonal Electric India, a saison/IPA hybrid, fusing incredible hoppy aromas with a complex yeast character. There is citrus, pine, passion fruit and a peppery-spicy edge on the tongue.
Black Tor Brewery’s latest limited edition brew is American IPA (5% ABV), hopped with Cascade, Simcoe, Mosaic, Centennial and Pekko. It is a light amber colour, having an abundance of piney, citrus and tropical fruit flavours, with a smooth bitter finish and malty backbone from Maris Otter and Vienna malts.
Durham Brewery has oak aged some of its Temptation Russian stout to create Diabolus (12% ABV), described as “whisky, port, sherry and beer rolled into one experience. A big alcoholic raisin and whisky aroma is followed by a dry, clean and smooth winey” brew. The brewery also a has a new batch of Czech-style Pilsner Interstellar (4.9%) and a new brew, Nelson Sauvin (4.7%), a single-hop IPA.
Beers of Europe is offering free delivery on orders over £60. Social media manager, Kate Clark, said: “Free delivery has been an objective of ours for some time.”
Arkell’s has two sports-themed brews coming this summer. Strawberries ‘n’ Cream (4.5% ABV) is a fruit-flavoured brew for Wimbledon, while golf-themed Triple Bogey *(3.8%), coming in August, is a triple-hopped IPA.
Sunny Daze (4.4% ABV) will be Loddon Brewery’s special for July. It’s described as a refreshing summer bitter, packed with hops. The brewery is also launching 330ml bottles of In Yer Face, a 5.8% ABV American-style IPA.
Bursting with hops yet very sessionable, Über Brew has been launched by Old Dairy Brewery. Clean drinking, with a strong floral aroma, the beer is hopped with Citra, Chinook and Equinox.
Anspach & Hobday has celebrated its 500th brew by creating a sessionable saison spiked with Brettanomyces Lambicus. This will give the beer “notes of funk, more spice, a touch of horseyness and pineapple fruit. It will also dry the beer out further and should result in a high level of carbonation,” says the brewer.
Tring Brewery has a new eight-barrel small-batch plant in operation. The first beer to be brewed on it was a white IPA. Meanwhile, the brewery’s monthly special is Gazelle (4.1% ABV), deep copper coloured with Hallertau hops and rye, crystal and chocolate malts.
New beers from Durham Brewery include Belle Saison (4.5% ABV) and Jack in a Box (4.8%). The former is a Belgian-style saison with banana notes and hints of grapefruit, the latter a 58 IBU IPA, with punch American hops.
Author Paul Carroll has worked cooking and beer into his new novel, Trouble Brewing, which follows disgraced former celebrity chef Brian Parkin as he leads a campaign to save the Brimdale Brewery, Yorkshire, and its ‘miracle’ Brim ale from closure. The book is published in paperback at £8.99 and as an e-book at £3.99.
Tickets for the Independent Manchester Beer Convention — AKA Indy Man Beer Co — have gone on sale here
Cottage Brewing Co Ltd, which brewed the 1995 CAMRA champion beer of Britain, Norman’s Conquest, has gone into administration. Insolvency specialist CVR Global is seeking to achieve a deal with creditors. Sixteen staff were made redundant as a result of the closure.
Scottish craft brewer Stewart Brewing has announced a nationwide listing with Majestic Wine for four of its beers — Black IPA, Embra, Ka Pai and St Giles. Jo Stewart, co-founder of the brewery, said: “These four beers are particular favourites of the Stewart Brewing range so we’re confident they’ll go down well with Majestic’s customers.”
“Quenching citrus fruits and unctuous tropical smoothness all served in a freshly baked fruit loaf of a tin can.” That’s how Verdant describes its new pale ale, Some Fifty Summers (4.6% ABV), available from Friday, May 21. The beer has been double dry hopped with Simcoe, Centennial, Citra and Azzaca.
Old Dairy Brewery has produced two new barrel-aged versions of its Dark Side of the Moo. There is Islay Whisky (8.3% ABV) and Bourbon (8.2%). The beers are available in the brewery shop in 330ml bottles.
Heineken is rolling out Skinny Lager to its pub estate. The 4% ABV beer has a third fewer calories than comprabale lagers, says the brewer.
A limited release of BrewDog’s 32% ABV Tactical Nuclear Penguin is now available, with online purchases restricted to two bottles per customer. The imperial stout is freeze distilled to achieve its remarkable strength.
Robinsons’ Trooper, developed with Iron Maiden, is being promoted through North American by Artisanal Imports as the band tours there. The beer will soon be pouring all over the country, including many states where it has never been sold before. Most tour venues, hundreds of surrounding bars and designated Trooper Bar Alliance locations will carry the brew. It will pour from a limited-release 3D tap handle featuring Maiden’s renowned mascot, Eddie.
Orbit Beers is launching a new beer with musicians Public Service Broadcasting, as the tech act prepare to launch their new album, Every Valley. A limited edition bottle will be available soon from EeBria and also at the album launch gigs in Ebbw Vale.
The Pub — A Cultural Institution, by Pete Brown, has been named best drink book at the 2017 Fortnum and Mason Food and Drink Awards.
Bramling Craft, a warm chestnut ale, is the latest offering from The Beer Studio, in Salford. With flavours of blackcurrant, lemon zest and a hint of spice, the beer is hopped with Bramling Cross for bitterness and aroma, while dark crystal malts provide flavour and the chestnut colour.
The Raspberry Special is a new 3.9% ABV brew from Fourpure Brewing Co. “Fruity and sweet with a subtle tartness, this kettle-soured beer has the addition of pureed fresh raspberries with a soft rather than puckering finish,” says the brewer.
Cobblestones (3.5% ABV) is Chiltern Brewery’s seasonal offering for May and June. Golden, crisp and refreshing, it offers hints of blackcurrant on the palate.
Bays Brewery, in Devon, has launched two limited edition summer beers. Summer Ale (3.9%) is a pale, thirst-quenching beer with a crisp, citrus hop character. Crocod-ale (4.7%) is raising funds to help Paignton Zoo continue work to save the endangered reptiles.