Drunk in... April
The fourth edition of our monthly round-up of our favourite beers that have flown down our eager throats and three things are apparent:
- We had some cracking beers this month.
- Hedges really needs to stop taking photos of his beers on top of his radiator (don't worry, it's not turned on).
- Brand really needs to start taking photos of his beers.
Here are our top beers for the month of April...
Kaleidoscope - American IPA 6.5% // Vibrant Forest Brewery
Vibrant Forest have been on my radar for a while since they held a tap takeover at a number of local pubs. This sweet, hoppy IPA seemed to get everything right. Packed with a range (or Kaleidoscope) of fruity flavours it went down very well. I’ll be making an effort to try some more of Vibrant Forest’s brews.
Myrcia - India Session Ale 4% // Buxton Brewery
Discovered on a tour of some East London bars, this beer really stood out from the rest. Buxton have previously brewed a beer called Myrcia before but this is a new recipe for 2017. Fruity and hoppy, this full body IPA is comparable to some stronger DIPAs that have come out recently. The lower strength of this brew makes it a good easy drinking, session beer. Highly recommended.
Bergamonster - Hefeweizen 5.6% // Beavertown
On our trip to Duke’s Brew & Que, the original home of Beavertown, we failed to get any food as we had arrived two hours before the kitchen actually opened. Instead I enjoyed a Bergamonster, a pleasant hefeweizen. I’m a big fan of the hefeweizen style and this beer, with bergamot and citrus flavours hit the spot.
I would definitely recommend checking out Duke’s as well, it’s a cool little place and interesting to see where Beavertown started and has some of the original skull drawing art work up on the walls (as you can see behind me).
Milk Shake - Milk Stout 5.6% // Wiper And True
Wiper and True are fast becoming one of my favourite breweries and I like to keep an eye out for their distinctive bottles. I can’t find any fault in their offerings and really need to try the whole range.
This rich and creamy stout is no exception, sweet with a hint of vanilla, it goes down very easily.
Amigos Británicos - Saison/Farmhouse Ale 7.8%// Siren Craft Brew x Casita Cervecería
And now time for something completely different. Amigos Británicos, brewed in collaboration with Siren and Casita Cervecería features lime, honey AND chilli.
It sounds wrong for a beer yet somehow it works. It’s not something you could drink a lot of but if you want to try something different go for this. The spicy, Mexican style flavours work particularly well with food.
Konrad's Stout - Russian Imperial Stout 10.4% // Lervig
Big, strong flavours in this Russian Imperial Stout. Chocolate and coffee give this potent stout equal doses of sweet and bitterness. It was like drinking very a half pint of melted coffee ice cream. I enjoyed this at Portsmouth’s finest Belgium bar, Huis, at the end of a night. Enjoyable although in hindsight perhaps a bit too strong for a night cap.
Tap Type - American Pale Ale 6% // Magic Rock
Magic Rock have done it again. Smooth, drinkable and juicy with fruity citrus flavours in this American Pale Ale.
The abstract art of Magic Rock’s cans don’t give much away and it’s always fun waiting to see what they have in store. Brewed to celebrate a typography project created by Magic Rock designer, Rich Norgate, this APA was a pleasant surprise - well rounded and enjoyable, the type of beer you don’t want to end.