Brews in brief

Harvey’s is releasing a limited edition of 5,000 cans of Tin Lizzie, based on its Elizabethan Ale, which has been produced for more than 65 years. The 7.5% ABV beer has a full, malty palate, and a satisfying warmth, strongly reminiscent of barley wines brewed during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I, says the brewer.

East London’s Nirvana Brewery is to have two of its beers listed in Whole Food stores nationwide. The brews are Kosmic Stout and Tantra, a traditional English pale ale.

Wimbledon Vintage XXXKHere’s a thing of beauty from Wimbledon Brewery — a velvety and spice-enriched barley wine, XXXK Vintage Ale, coming in at 10% ABV. The beer was inspired by a 19th century listing for a Wimbledon Strong Beer, recovered from the original Victorian brewery site.

Freedom Brewery as added Organic Helles Lager to its range, a reflection on the Munich Helles style, which is suitable for vegans. It is described as a pale balanced lager that uses a clean malt canvas to showcase Hallertau Tradition hops. The full-bodied beer delivers a range of delicate flavours.

Verdant has new stocks of cans at its online shop (although you probably need to be quick on the click!). There’s old favourite Headband pale ale (5.5% ABV), slightly tweaked and now fermented with the Lalbrew new England yeast, and If We Must, a super fruity double IPA fermented on white grape pressings and hopped heavily with Eldorado, Ella and Galaxy.

Sadler’s Ales has teamed up with Crabbie’s to create a Ginger IPA. The blend of Crabbie’s spices with Sadler’s Red IPA gives a citrus, passion fruit and mango aroma — from American and Australian hops that stands up perfectly to the Crabbie’s ginger beer.

Asda has become the latest superstore to take on St Peter’s Brewery Without Original, anticipating sales after the festive season in Dry January. Brewery chief executive, Steve Magnall, said: “During a time like Dry January, when people are really seeking out alcohol-free alternatives, Without Original will now be even easier to buy.” The beer will be in 67 Asda stores.

Brew By Numbers DDHBrew By Numbers is celebrating its fifth anniversary with the release of DDH Pale Ale on December 1. It uses five of the brewer’s favourite hops — Mosaic, Simcoe, Wai-iti, Galaxy and Citra — but in double the quantity of a normal beer.

Emma Victory, who runs the home brew club We Brought Beer at Clapham Junction, London, is the latest person to be named as an Imperial Beer Club ambassador. She joins Simon Williams, founder of the Campaign for Really Good Beer, in the curator role. Read more here…

Flight of the Kiwi is a punchy New Zealand pale ale from Old Dairy Brewery. The 4.5% brew has zesty aromas and a crisp finish and is hopped with Pacific Jade, New Zealand Cascade and Rakau. It is naturally hazy. Meanwhile, strong dark ale Snow Top (6%) is now available in bottle, and there’s a new brew of Dark Side of the Moo (7%), in keg, cask and bottle.

Dynamite Valley Brewing Co is experimenting with keg beer. First to try is Black Charge Oatmeal Stout (5% ABV) currently on the bar in Beerwolf, Falmouth.

The Imperial Beer Club, which specialises in high-ABV brews, has become part of the longer-established Ales by Mail. A spkesperson for Ales by Mail said: “We’re really excited about the link-up between us and the IBC. In coming months we will be introducing new perks to the club for its members and our own ABM family.”

Stannery Brewing Co currently has a range of nine bottles available from its Tavistock tap toom, with some going to other local stockists, soon.

Bays Storm IPAStorm IPA is a first for South Devon’s Bays Brewery — a ruby red ale using a single hop variety (Mosaic from the US). The 4.6% ABV brew is well balanced and smooth and is late-hopped for added flavour.

Cullercoats Brewery is to make a second batch of its collaboration with Tony Patton from Dog and Rabbit brewpub in Whitley Bay, Sea Dog. The mark II version of the 6% ABV IPA will have a different hop profile.

After launching Malta’s famous Cisk beer in bottles in January, UK importer Morgenrot used its recent trade event in Manchester to announce the roll-out of the lager in 33cl cans. Cisk is a golden, well-balanced lager with a distinctive, refreshing flavour profile, a rich hop aroma and pleasant bitterness.

Leeds’ Ridgeside Brewing Co has used cold brew coffee from North Star Coffee Roasters to create Milky Joe, a 5.6% ABV milk stout. It will be available in cask only.

Ridgeside Milky JoeSiren Craft Brew has announced the launch of Draugen, an imperial smoked porter, created in collaboration with Dugges Bryggeri.

Gingerbread Stout (5.5% ABV) is coming soon from Tap East. It will be mostly bottled.

Sambrooks is re-launching its Black IPA with a party at the brewery on Friday, November 24. Tickets here

Wiper & True, in Bristol, is introducing brewery tours every Saturday, from noon until 1pm. The tour will include the brewery’s story, an overview of the beer-making process, tasting of an exclusive brewery tank beer and a bottle of beer to take home. Tours (over-18s only) cost £16.50 and can be booked here

Old Dairy Brewery’s strong dark winter ale, Snow Top (6% ABV) is back in cask. Challenger and Bramling Cross hops give notes of fruit cake and marmalade.

Icelandic Einstok beers — White Ale and Arctic Pale Ale — will be available from November in 330ml cans. Einstok managing director, Gudjon Gudmundsson, said: “After a successful test launch in the US, we’re
ready to bring our brewery-fresh canned beer to the UK.”

Meantime coffee

Meantime Brewing has teamed up with Nude Coffee Roasters, of Shoreditch, to create two new coffee-infused beers. There’s a punchy Espresso Coffee Porter and a lactose cream ale, Cream Of The Crop. The best bit? The two can be served together as a caffeine-infused split.Wadworth Old Timer

Wadworth has brewed its seasonal ale Old Timer for the 50th year. The winter warmer remains true to its original recipe, has an ABV of 5.8% and is brewed using pale ale, crystal and black malts, with Fuggles, Goldings and Sovereign hops. Deep chestnut in colour, it has a strong, malty aroma and is full bodied. It pairs well with slow-cooked beef stew, black pudding, blue cheese and caramel or toffee desserts, says the brewer.

Black Tor Brewery will be releasing Jester Gold (4.7% ABV), a limited edition green hop beer, soon. There are just 30 casks of the vibrant golden ale which showcases the Jester hop variety.

Anspach & Hobday has announced four beer launches. Available now, in keg only, is The APA: Citra, the latest in a series of American pale ales. In bottle from Friday (October 13) are Petit Saison Brett and The Red Wine Stout, the latter brewed in collaboration with Dugges. Then, from mid-November, and again in keg only, look out for The Lager.