Brews in brief

Kasperia, Thornbridge’s single-hopped Cashmere pale, has returned. Pouring with a light haze, Kasperia radiates a joyful aroma of candied melon and peach, says the brewer, leading into flavours of lemon and mango on the palate.

Padstow Brewing Co has collaborted with podcasters Craft Can Gang on Design By Committee, a double-dry-hopped DIPA. The beer has been heavily hopped with Nelson Sauvin, backed up by Simcoe, Mosaic, Citra, and Amarillo. There’s wheat and oats in the malt bill.

Old Dairy Brewery has created two green hop beers this year: Challenger Best Bitter (4.1% ABV) and Ernest Red Ale (4.5% ABV). The beers have been made using hops from the brewery’s neighbour, P&R Hukin, and area abailable in 10- or 20-litre bag in box.

Dartmoor Brewery’s winter beer, Dragon’s Breath, is back. Flavoured with black treacle, the 4.4% ABV brew is ruby brown in colour, rich and full-bodied, with an aftertaste of morello cherries.

Seldom Often is the new imperial stout from Verdant Brewing, coming in at 8.5% ABV. It’s “the darkest beer we’ve ever made, with close to 40% speciality malts,” says the brewer. “No adjuncts. No pastry. Loads of layered roasted barley and crystal malts on a bed of UK Munich and Golden Promise. Full-on flavours of dark chocolate, black coffee, and juicy berries.”

Camden Town Brewery has launched the 2020 edition of its Barrel Ages Imperial Pilsner. “Barrel aged for eight months to create an elegant lager with white wine-like characteristics, it’s the perfect way to toast the end of a year that we’ll be glad to see the back of,” said the brewer. “Perfect for any occasion you’d usually serve a cocktail or glass of fizz, this aperitif-like lager makes a special treat at Christmas parties, or for gifting to beer-lovers.”

Pivo, a bar dedicated to Czech beer, is to open at 2-4 Old Street, Clerkenwell, London. It will have an additional basement room for meetings and functions.

Crate Brewery has teamed up with zero-waste restuarant Silo to launch a sustainability-driven market, from Thursdays to Sundays. The market will launch this week in Crate’s White Building, in Hackney Wick, and aims to support local suppliers.

The Duration Brewing team have been filling two new tanks with Ebb and Flow, a 6.5% ABV American stout, and Remember When The Pub, a new malty West Coast IPA, coming in at 7.1% ABV.

Vocation has teamed up with Hong Kong brewery Gweilo on East & West Pale Ale. “The soft, hazy base is dry hopped with Galaxy and Vic’s Secret, imparting notes of ripe papaya, guava, and pineapple, leading into a dank flavour profile on the finish,” say the brewers.

The Campaign for Real Ale has released a second season of its podcast, Pubs. Pints. People. It is available to download on Apple Podcast and Spotify. Season two features fresh interviews, archive dives, and beer recipes. Hosts Katie Wiles, Matt Bundy, and Ant Fiorillo will be sitting down with leading industry experts, such as Roger Protz, Jonny Garrett, Natalya Watson, and James Finch. Catch up on previous epiosdes at

Magic Rock has secured a listing with Tesco for the newest addition to its core range line-up. Hazy 5% IPA Murk-Life Balance is also the first of the brewery’s range to showcase a can redesign. The beer’s name is a nod to the increasing number of people working from home and adapting to the ‘new normal’.

Siren Craft Brew is enjoying great success with its new session IPA, Lumina, which is now being offered in a special ‘drink at home’ pack. The beer has already become one of Siren’s best sellers, averaging 6,000 sales a day since launch. The beer is available in a special pack which includes 12 cans of beer, beer mats, stickers, and a star chart, tying in with Lumina’s astromonical theme.

Beavertown has added Lazer Crush to its portfolio, a hoppy, low-calorie, and alcohol-free IPA. Brewed with a new type of yeast, it provides lots of fruit flavour but generates only 0.3% ABV during fermentation. Brewery founder, Logan Plant, describes the beer as “a new IPA that we feel offers Beavertown’s punchy fully packed flavour, but simply without the alcohol”.

Post-Hoc Fallacy, a keg-only special, has been brewed by Solvay Society in collaboration with McColl’s Brewing. The biere de garde is a chestnut-coloured ale, brewed with a selection of American hops and fermented with two yeasts before being lagered for six weeks. The result is an autumnal beer that blends notes of coconut, burnt sugar, and honey with a unique floral aroma.

New alcohol-free brewer Good Karma has collaborated with Rock Leopard Brewing for its first brew, an alcohol-free lemon radler. It’s inspired by the Bavarian classic style, says the brewer, and “extremely thirst-quenching, light, and refreshing, bursting with flavour”.

Martin Barfoot, owner of graphic design company Brightsky, has designed a new can label for BPAVK, a series of imperial pastry Russian stouts from Three Hills Brewing, in Northamptonshire. Double mashed for extra viscosity, the imperial stouts are rich, decadent, robust, and complex, and come in the following variants: Coconut Macaroon, Peanut Brittle, Maple Pancake, Hazelnut Praline, Fudge Brownie, Cherry Bakewell, Rocky Road, and Marshmallow. The cans feature a rich, thick, black liquid effect background image and are overprinted with gold and silver text. A barrel-aged blend version is coming soon.

Luftballon is new for autumn, launched at Signature Brew’s Alternative Oktoberfest. it’s a moreish, golden festbier, says the brewer, with a refreshing bitterness and an aroma of lightly toasted bread. It’s named after the biggest ever German language single, Nena’s 99 Luftballons. Also just in for the new season is Antipodean New England IPA, Equaliser, a hazy beer that balances hits of tropical fruit and white grape from the finest Australian and New Zealand hops, while amplifying an aroma of gooseberry and passion fruit.

Ora Brewing’s Panaro West Coast pale (4.5% ABV) is available from the brewery again. Crystal clear, with a light hop haze, the beer showcases Simcoe hops for a bright citrus and pine resin aroma, and a pleasant bitter finish.

There’s a new brew of Grasshopper, Billericay Brewing Co’s annual green hop brew. It’s 4.1% ABV and available now.

Brewhouse & Kitchen is offering five-litre mini-kegs of signatures beers, for customers to take home.

Craft Lager — 4.5% ABV, vegan, and gluten free — is a Kolsch-style brew, now available in bottles and cans from the Cattle Shed Brewing Company.

Sobersauce Discovery Box

Alcohol-free beer specialist Sobersauce is offering a Build Your Own beer box ahead of Sober October, and a cheaper Discovery Box (pictured), for those new to the sector. Founder, Adam Uttley, said: “It’s all about flavour. Just because it’s alcohol free, it doesn’t have to be boring. We’ve got some really exciting varieties, from Vandestreek Playground to Nirvana Helles and beyond. All the beers we stock have been carefully taste tested, judged, and serve a specific purpose in completing our collections. We are continually searching for the best tasting alcohol-free alternatives for all beer styles and varieties, so we have an alternative to suit all our customers’ varied palates.”

Hiver Beer’s award-winning Honey Blonde has launched into Waitrose stores. Brewed with the finest British honey from urban and rural beehives, Hiver delivers a fresh, smooth, and easy-drinking beer and because the honey is brewed in rather than added later on, it’s refreshing rather than sweet. It’s brewed with Kent Apple Blossom, Kennington Urban, and Yorkshire Heather honeys during the fermentation and conditioning processes to produce a beer of medium body and low bitterness. The beer is ‘fresh’ (unpasteurised) which enables the subtle honey flavours to shine through without being too sweet.

Stringers That One

Stringers Brewery, in Ulverston, has secured a deal with JD Wetherspoon which will see its beers on sale in The Furness Railway, in Barrow, The Miles Thompson, in Kendal, The Woodrow Wilson, in Carlisle, The Dog Beck, in Penrith, and the Velvet Coaster, in Blackpool. Kirsty Ridge, managing director of Lakeland Inns, which owns the brewery, said: “We have invested a great deal in Stringers since we bought the brewery in 2018, and I’m delighted that this is now paying off in so many ways.”

UnBarred is enjoying strong demand for its Single Hop, Single Fruit series. In the line-up so far are: Citra and Passionfruit NEIPA (7.6% ABV); Simcoe and Grapefruit West Coast IPA (6.9% ABV); and Nelson Sauvin and Gooseberry Sour (7.2% ABV).

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