Nightingale (5.4% ABV, can)
A hazy, light straw coloured brew that not only tastes good but also celebrates the work of our NHS heroes, with a £1 donation from each can sold going to NHS Charities together. This is fruity joy in a glass. Big hop notes — resinous, piney, grapefruit — on the aroma, and carrying through to the taste, where pineapple joins the party. Head retention is great, consequently leading to satisfying lacing on the glass. It’s a collaboration with the organisers of the Manchester Punk Festival, sadly cancelled this year.
Buy: Mine was sent for review by Signature Brew, who sell it on their website
(28th April, 2020)
All Together (6% ABV, can)
Following an idea put out there by New York’s Other Half Brewing, this hazy straw coloured IPA raises money for hospitality professionals in need during the coronavirus pandemic. The aroma hints that this is going to be something special: resinous hops and grapefruit. If anything, the aroma undersells it, because the taste is fabulous. Its a big-hitting, US-style IPA, with a good malt balance, and a fabulous body and mouthfeel. Big grapefruit notes, some preserved lemon, and good bitterness on the finish. A cracking IPA for Beer O’Clock on a Friday afternoon.
Buy: Mine was sent to me by Signature Brew and it’s available via its website
(1st May, 2020)