Drunk in... June
2017 is steamrolling on and here we are already over halfway through the year. The days of complaining about the rain are now replaced with cursing the sun. At least we can enjoy a beer or two to cool down. Here’s what we were drinking in June...
Squid Ink IPA - Black IPA 5.5% // XT Brewing Company
Picked up from local bottle shop, The Beer Musketeer, as part of a run for some beach beers. This isn’t the usual type I would go for on a blisteringly hot sunny day but this Black IPA went down really well. Fantastically malty and really smooth. Also, aptly named for a drink to swig whilst staring out to sea.
Columbus Comet Cluster - American Amber Ale 5.7% // Wiper and True
The King Street Tavern in Portsmouth was having a beer festival as part of their first anniversary celebrations. I’ve enjoyed popping into the King Street Tavern on occasion, it has a cool decor and normally has some beers on I don’t see in most places (the excellent Bruges Zot on tap for example). For their beer festival they had got in even more beers for the celebrations, my favourite was this excellent amber ale (with an even better name) by Wiper and True. Readers of the blog will know I’m a big fan of Wiper and True so no surprises here. A warm, rich and slightly spicy amber ale.
Bloody 'Ell - American IPA 7.2% // Beavertown
I had been waiting to get my hands on this year's version for some time and finally tracked a can down last month. Having heard mixed things about the beer I was a bit unsure what to expect. I’m pleased to say that I found it thoroughly enjoyable, juicy with just a hint of orange (definitely not overpowering). At 7.2% it's pretty strong for an IPA and I could definitely taste the alcohol in this.
Peacher Man - Witbier 6.2% // Beavertown
This Belgian Wit was my beer of the month. I’m a big fan of wheat beers anyway but this refreshing number stood out as something special. It’s fruity with a pleasant mix of apricot and peach flavours without being overpowering. A pleasant, easy drinking beer… I’m glad I got my hands on this as I almost walked out of the shop without spotting it!
Tellicherry - Witbier 5.4% // Red Cat Brewing
Something a bit different from Winchester based Red Cat Brewing. I’ve had a couple of their beers before but nothing as good as this refreshing Wit. If you were expecting cherry from the name you will be sorely disappointed as Tellicherry actually refers to the type of peppercorns used in the brewing this beer. The peppercorns provide an interesting character and create a nice balance within this beer.
Part of Red Cat's more experimental Untamed Range.
Tremendous Ideas - Double IPA 8% // Cloudwater Brew Co. x Other Half Brewing Company
I find it hard to describe Cloudwater’s brews and do them justice. Another massive, juicy, fruit IPA. It smelt amazing; like a literal juice bomb had been opened. It also tasted pretty good too, great collaborative effort with Other Half Brewing Company.