Brews in brief …

Peroni Nastro Azzurro has launched its first alcohol-free beer, Peroni Libera 0.0%, into the UK. Following an exclusive launch in Tesco this month, the beer will be rolled out across the on- and off-trade.

Thornbridge Brewery has collaborated with radio station Planet Rock to create Skull Rocker, a 4.8% ABV American pale ale. The beer is packed with flavourful hos from the West Coast of the USA. There’s a tropical and fruity characterm balancing a light malt sweetness.


Verdant Putty


The latest batch of Verdant Brewing’s 8% ABV DIPA Putty has been released (but don’t expect it to hang around long. Hopped with Galaxy, Mosaic and Azacca, it was first brewed in 2016, and has been in demand ever since. Read the story behind the brew on the Verdant blog.

North Brewing Co has brewed its latest Triple Fruited Gose in collaboration with Italy’s Ritual Lab. The fruit beer is loaded with blueberries, apricots and blackberries.

Table Beer — a 2% ABV brew with a hoppy punch — and 3 Thread Stout — a blend of Vintage Ale, 300s and Table Beer — are Chiltern Brewery’s first seasonals of 2019.

After the success of its beer tasting masterclasses, Brewhouse & Kitchen is now expanding into gin masterclasses. More details at

Unbarred Rhubarb CustardUnbarred Brewery has collaborated with Cloak and Dagger Brewing on Rhubarb and Custard, a 5.7% ABV ale. Some 40kg of rhubarb, bags of Madagascan vanilla pods and lactose make a creamy New England-style pale ale.

Pipers Crisps says its new jalapeño and dill flavour pairs well with IPA and cold craft lager. The company will be showcasing its range at Craft Beer Rising in February.

Ora Brewing has teamed up with Craft Tooting for its latest limited edition gelato series, a pale ale with strawberries, white chocolate, chilli and basil. “The base is pale, wheat and flaked oats,” says Ora. “We have added loads of strawberries, lactose and cocoa, which we have balanced with the savoury of basil to bring the sweetness down a touch. We have then added a combination of cayenne and Scotch Bonnet chilies, to give a tingle on the tongue with a bright and tropical fruit note.”

Great Orme Brewery has opened its first bar, Sheldon’s, in Colwyn Bay. The venue is a former stationery shop.

Duration Brewing is currently brewing at Amundsen Bryggeri, Oslo, while it awaits completion of its own premises in Norfolk, and has been working on three collaborations. There’s If We Must, an 8% ABV double IPA made with Verdant Brewing, using grape pressings from Cornwall’s Polgoon Vineyard; 18:12, a bretted pale made with Brew By Numbers; and The Ground Up, a sour IPA collaboration with Unity Brewing and Boxcar.


Unity Duration Ground Up


Good Chemistry Brewing is to open a pub, The Good Measure, in Chandos Road, Bristol. The community venue will serve the brewer’s own cask and keg products, as well as guest beers.

Abbeydale Brewery, in Sheffield, is expanding its brewing capacity by 20%. It has acquired an additional 7,426 sq ft of space, as well as four new vessels.

Described as rich and velvety, Island Street Porter is new from Salcombe Brewery Co. A blend of eight malts produce hints of dark chocolate, coffee and black cherry which, combined with British hops, create an aroma reminiscent of Black Forest gateau.

Stone Berlin has teamed up with Norway’s Lervig Brewery for its latest UNIQCAN release — Hi I’m Kveik! IPA (pictured below). Kviek is the Norwegian word for yeast, which is a star of this beer. The Hornindal mix used brings out light hints of tangerine, pineapple and other exotic fruit flavours.


Lervig Stone Kviek IPA


Northern Monk has launched its DIPA collabotation with Equilibrium Brewery, of New York, A Whale of Two Cities. The juicy brew is hopped with Citra, Mosaic, El Dorado and Simcoe.

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