:: Brews in brief

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.

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.

Winter seasonal Foxtrot Ale (3.9%) from Chiltern Brewery will be available from Friday, November 7. This dark draught winter ale is irresistibly smooth, complex and cunningly tasty, says the brewer, bristling with chocolate malt character and dark berry hop notes. Rich claret in colour it matches beautifully with seasonal favourites like red meat and full fat hard cheeses.

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”.

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 Ale

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.

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.

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

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.

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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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 • Matt Wall, from Southampton, has launched a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign to raise £25,000 to get his WoW Brewery idea off the ground • Winter seasonal Foxtrot Ale (3.9%) from Chiltern Brewery will be available from Friday, November 7. This dark draught winter ale is irresistibly smooth, complex and cunningly tasty, says the brewer, bristling with chocolate malt character and dark berry hop notes. Rich claret in colour it matches beautifully with seasonal favourites like red meat and full fat hard cheeses • 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

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