Brews in brief

Marble Wild Card sourNorth Brewing Co is to have beers listed in Northern supermarket group Booths. Generally acknowledged to have one of the best beer selections of the big stores, Booths will carry North Brewing’s Sputnik, Transmission, Herzog and Piñata.

Marble and Wild Card breweries have collaborated on Tropical Sour Saison (5.5% ABV), brewed with pineapple and mango.

St Peter’s Brewery has secured a contract to supply its Without Original alcohol-free beer to 400 Sainsbury’s stores and has created an exclusive four-pack of its 500ml bottles.

Fuller’s has offically launched Session IPA as a draught keg beer. The 4% ABV brew is hoppy with mango, pineapple and passion fruit notes.

World Gone Sour (6.2% ABV) is a soured version of Northern Monk’s New World IPA, in cans now. There’s Citra, Simcoe, Chinook and Ekuanot hops, as well as an addition of lemon juice.

Salcombe Brewery is promoting its winter seasonal, Rip Tide (5% ABV). Chestnut coloured, it has a sweet chocolate aroma with a hint of citrus fruit, thanks to the addition of orange zest.

Bays Brewery’s Devon Dumpling bitter is going forward to CAMRA’s Champion Beer of Britain competition after winning the South West stage of the competition. Meanwhile, Devon Rock craft lager was runner-up best drinks product at the 2017 Devon Life Awards.

Following on from its fifth anniversary DDH Pale Ale, Brew By Numbers has created DDH Pale Ale — Number Two (5.8% ABV), this time hopped with Citra, Summit, Ekuanot, Loral and Mosaic in double the normal quantity.

Wadworth Rucker WelshWadworth is sending out two different pumpclips with its Dirty Rucker Six Nations special beer. As well as the usual red and blue clip, aimed at English supporters, there will be a green and red variant, for Welsh customers. Dirty Rucker is a bold English ale, fruity on the palate with a malty sweetness that leads to a peppery note for a smooth finish. It is hopped with Goldings, Challenger, Cascade and Willamette.

Box Steam Brewery’s Six Nations special is Sin Bin (4% ABV). The dark copper bitter packs a citrus and currant flavour, with berry aroma and a smooth, malty taste.

Siren Old Fashioned

Berkshire-based Siren Craft Brew is releasing its take on the classic Old Fashioned, the Bourbon whiskey cocktail originally mixed in Louisville, Kentucky in 1881. The 11% ABV beer ages barley wine in bourbon barrels for 12 months. During the year, Old Fashioned picks up a well-rounded bourbon profile, with some vanilla and caramel sweetness. Siren suggest a classic zest to serve, with Bitters optional!

The House Brewery, based at The Prince, in Wood Green, North London, is developing a series of beers in collaboration with some of the pub’s regulars. The Housemates series will see three locals a year takes up the challenge to create a special beer which will then be enjoyed in The Prince.

Founders All Day IPA was the most checked in craft beer on Untappd in 2017. The most checked in British beer was BrewDog’s Punk IPA.

Cullercoats Brewery is continuing its Shipping Forecast series of beers with Dover, a 4.1% ABV pale ale hopped, appropriately enough, with East Kent Goldings. Meanwhile, its Dry Hop Project is continuing with Phoenix, an unusual hop with a high oil content. It gives a fresh flavour with floral, pine and chocolate / molasses notes, says the brewer.

Old Dairy golds

Old Dairy Brewery has scooped three gold medals in CAMRA’s London and South East region Champion Beer of Britain Competition. Red Top came top in the bitter category, Copper Top took gold in best bitters, and Snow Top was triumphant in the class for old ales and strong milds. Meanwhile, its rugby-themed special, Up & Udder (4% ABV), is available now ahead of the start of the Six Nations tournament.

New Wharf Brewing Co is rebrewing Erin’s, its 4.5% ABV Mosaic-hopped American pale ale. The unfiltered beer will be available in cask, KeyKeg and bottle at the end of January.

Citron is back from Ridgeside Brewing. Hopped with Citra and Cascade, the 3.8% ABV ale, available in cask only, has orange and lime zest in the recipe.

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.

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.