Brews in brief …

Verdant Yakima Chief

Verdant Brewing has collaborated with Yakima Chief Hops on Solid State IPA, a creamy, massively tropical, and punchy brew. It’s hopped with Cryo and T90 varieties. “A bit of first for us, and a really exciting opportunity to team up with one the world’s finest purveyors of all things dank, green, and delicious,” say the brewer.

Langham Brewery has used location app what3words to help with home deliveries. what3words has divided the world up into 57 trillion 3m squares, every one of which has been given a unique combination of three words: a what3words address. The technology can also be integrated with checkout software to aid contactless delivery. Langham has even named a beer after its what3words address: Hence Mute Lizards is a West Coast style IPA.

Redchurch Brewery has re-opened, offering its core range as well as a few bottled seasonal specials, including Stort Valley Kolsh and Deck Chair IPA, as well as März Atak and Old Ford Export Stout.

ORA Panaro

Inspired by the original pale ales of America’s West Coast, Ora Brewing’s best-selling Panaro has now been boosted with a dry hop of Citra, Mosaic, Simcoe, Centennial, Chinook, Cascade, Columbus and Amarillo. It’s an easy-drinking pale with a hazy appearance and passion fruit, grapefruit, and bitter pine on the palate.

Norfolk’s Barsham Brewery has agreed a three-year supply deal with City Pub Group’s East Anglian venues. The beers are set to be made available in other parts of City Pub Group’s estate in due course.

Cider maker Weston’s is donating 1,880 kegs of Stwoford Press to bars around the country as the pub industry gets back on its feet. The company is also offering venues re-usable plastic glasses, branded glassware, and parasols.

Carlsberg has swapped its iconic green branding for red in a special edition can celebrating Liverpool’s Premier League title.

Padstow Brewing Co has re-opened its small but perfectly formed Tasting Room in the Cornish port and will be serving fresh beer from 4th July. Bring your growler for a take-away!

Duration Brewing has Dripping Pitch back in stock. It’s a 6.7% ABV West Coast IPA with citrus, zest, and resin notes.

Some 98.7% of Marston’s shareholders have backed the proposed brewing joint venture with Carlsberg to create the Carlsberg Marston’s Brewing Company. The deal, however, is still subject to clearance from competitions authorities.

Thornbridge Brewery’s Green Mountain hazy Vermont session IPA is back in stock. The 4.3% ABV brew is generously dry hopped with Galaxy, Mosaic, Citra, and Amarillo, creating a hugely aromatic and juicy fruit bomb.

To The Pub, a 4% ABV double-dry-hopped American pale ale, has been launched by Camden Town Brewery to support the pub industry. When pubs officially re-open, Camden Town will be giving 260,000 pints of To The Pub to its pub customers for free, so they can make a higher margin on every pint and get more cash in the till to help them get back on their feet as quickly as possible.

Gloucester Brewery is launching Tropic — a “super juicy” mango IPA coming in at 5% ABV — in can. The beer is the latest in its sustainable bread mash range, which uses leftover loaves from the Authentic Bread Company, in Newent.

Siren Lumina

Siren Craft Brew has unveiled a new session IPA, Lumina, inspired by the sirens of Greek mythology. The new beer is both vegan and gluten free. Billed as Siren most universal beer to date, the brewer says Lumina has hoppy aromas of tropical mango and pineapple, flashes of citrus highlights, and a refreshingly balanced bitterness.

Docks Beers’ spirits arm has launched a spiced rum called Stevedore. This follows the success of the Grimsby brewer’s Maritime Gin and is a collaboration with Lincoln’s Unconventional Distillery. It is billed as a special blend of spices: vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, and finished with a fresh peel of seville orange and a pinch of sea salt to give a hint of the ocean.

Greene King says it will make a “substantial investment” to benefit the BAME community and support race diversity in the light of revalations of one of its founder’s links with slavery. Benjamin Greene had several slaves, and profited through compensation when the practice was abolished.

Bede’s Chalice is being sold online again by Durham Brewery. Deceptively dry, this  smooth, sweetish, luscious and fruity ale, with peach and orange notes, is both refreshing and satisfying, says the brewer.

Villages has produced a third version of its Isolation IPA, once again with proceeds from its sale going to the National Emergencies Trust. This time around it has been hopped with Amarillo, Centennial and Chinook.

Sheffield-based Neepsend Brew Co has apologised after Hindu’s protested over its “highly inappropriate” Hanuman beer. Director and head brewer, Gavin Martin, told Hindu statesman Rajan Zedm, who spearheaded the protest: “Though ignorance isn’t an excuse, we certainly didn’t mean any deliberate insult or disrespect by using the name. We’ll be sure to research beer names more thoroughly in the future to avoid something like this happening again.”

Brewhouse & Kitchen can now deliver five-litre mini-kegs of fresh beer anywhere in the UK. There’s a choice of Craft Lager, Cask Ale, American Pale Ale, or IPA. Find out more here.

Fourpure Brewing Co has released a mixed six-pack, including five new beers, inspired by ingredients and recipes from around the world. The beers are: Jazz Age (7.4% ABV), an espresso martinistout; Lantern (3.7% ABV), an Earl Grey session IPA; Castaway (8% ABV), a Mai Tai double IPA; Carnival (4.5% ABV), a coconut and lime sour; Midsummer (5.5% ABV), a Pinot Noir gose; and Cosmic Cafe (5.4% ABV), a coffee sour.

Shepherd Neame mini-kegs

Shepherd Neame has re-opened its brewery shop in Faversham, with all Covid-19 and social distancing measures in place. The shop will initially open from 10.30am to 4.30pm, Monday to Friday, closing for a 30-minute break at 1pm.

Signature Brew has created a Sicilian lemon and Citra hop sour, C-Sharp (4.5% ABV), available now in cans. Its slightly hazy yellow appearance is matched by an aroma of lemon meringue, with hints of lime and elderflower. Back for summer is Festival Saison (4.8% ABV), with dry, big-hop flavours and a fruity aroma.

Badger Beers has developed a twist on its Tanglefoot brew in Twice Tangled, a double-hopped IPA, coming in at 5.2% ABV. Brewed with WGV, Centennial and Amarillo hops, it’s available in the Badger web shop.

Folk Pale Ale is back in stock in the Two Tribes shop. The 4.9% ABV brew has been hopped with New Zealand varieties Motueka and Wai-iti, and there’s Kveik yeast in the recipe, too.

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