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.
Keltek Brewery’s Grim Reaper (6% ABV) is back for the autumn. The deep ruby ale has big malty flavours and notes of dark fruit with a caramel finish. It was a silver medallist at the Taste of the West awards.
Shed Seven have become the latest rock artists to collaborate on their own beer. Going for Gold has been made with Rudgate Brewery and is described as a fruity ale.
Gower Brewery has released a range of craft beers under the branding Hoppy Seabird. Matt Joslin, co-founder of Gower Brewery, said: “We wanted something fun and quirky, something that was still wholly ‘us’, but didn’t necessarily connect with the same audience in the same way. We think we’ve cracked it with Hoppy Seabird.”
Surrey Hills Brewery’s Hammer Mild (3.8% ABV) is back for the autumn. The CAMRA award winner is a traditional dark mild with a wonderful malt base and mouthfeel, says the brewer. There is a delicate hop characters to complement the malt flavour.
Bays Brewery, of Devon, is celebrating after its Devon Dumpling (5.1% ABV) was voted CAMRA’s top beer in the South West. The beer now go up against other regional winners to compete for the Champion Beer of Britain 2018 title.
Cullercoats Brewery has created a green hop beer, Wilde North Blonde (3.8% ABV) made with hops grown on the local Wilde Gardens, in Northumberland. The hop varieties are Bramling Cross and Fuggles.
Bristol Beer Factory has launched a new 4% ABV bitter, Fortitude, described as “a perfect balance between the finest English Maris Otter malt and classic Southern English hops; malty, clean and moreish”.
Stannary Brewing Co, of Tavistock, Devon, is making two green hop beers this year after its own green hop harvest increased by 75%. There will be Verde, a 4.5% ABV pale ale, and, ready for its Oktoberfest event on September 30, a weisse beer.
Old Dairy Brewery is adding a third variant to its green hop range this year. Challenger and Bullion brews (4% ABV) are being joined by a hefty 6.5% ABV Green Horn Bullion IPA. It has also launched 950, a Battle of Hastings 950th anniversary ale. The 4.6% ABV pale ale is hopped with East Kent Goldings, Challenger, Fuggles and Cascade.
Surrey Hills Brewery has a ninth brew of its 5.2% ABV Collusion available. The beer has aromatic and flavoursome hops melded to a solid pale malt backbone, with citrus and tropical characteristics. Also, the brewer’s Hammer Mild, a former champion mild of Britain, is making a comeback. At 3.8% it is a traditional dark mild with a wonderful malt base and mouthfeel, say the brewer. There are delicate hop characters, too.
Sandford Orchards, from Crediton, Devon, has won the Great Taste Golden Fork for the best food or drink from the South West for its St Louis Dry Hopped Cider. The drink is made using the whole juice of Devon cider apples and infused with Ella and Williamette hops.