Drunk in... July
We're a bit late posting up July's Drunk in... mainly because we've been so busy travelling, trying some fantastic new craft beers, and attending amazing beer festivals over the summer. The good news is that we will have some exciting new posts coming soon to cover all of our adventures. So without further delay, here is what we were drinking in July...
Liquid Cuddle - Maibock 6.5% // Marble Beers x Yeastie Boys
I popped into The Lawrence Arms in Portsmouth, a pub that I haven’t visited much in recent years, to check out their craft beer selection. It was a blisteringly hot day so I wanted something to enjoy in their beer garden and I don’t think I could have done much better than this collaboration between Marble Beers and Yeastie Boys. A warm red amber beer, packed with complex, tropical flavours. Most prominently, I picked up on a sweet melon flavour, it seemed like it shouldn’t work but it somehow it did, I actually found it pretty moreish. I would highly recommend this if you are after something a bit different.
Black Perle - Milk Stout 3.8% // Weird Beard Brew Co.
What could be more appropriate feature for Warrior Fest, a beer festival on a Royal Navy ship, than this excellent stout, Black Perle by Weird Beard. Normally, I would stay away from heavier beers at a beer festival but this sweet milk stout went down a treat after sampling a few others at the festival. Brewed in partnership with Alchemy Coffee, this beer has just the right combination of coffee, sweetness and richness. At 3.8%, it’s not too heavy and is a perfect breakfast beer, or in my case, a night-cap to a beer festival that didn’t send me overboard.
Special Editon Drink Fresh DIPA - Double IPA 9% // Cloudwater Brew Co.
Located on the dark, damp, haunted hull* of the HMS Warrior at the ‘secret bar’ as part of Warrior Fest. This strong DIPA from Cloudwater was much sought after and didn’t last on tap for long. Fortunately, I managed to locate the secret bar but not after wandering the ship admiring the rifles and officers galley. As expected from Cloudwater, this DIPA was excellent, full of flavour from the combination of hops, and very easy drinking.
* Please note: the HMS Warrior has excellent lighting and is well maintained by the Royal Navy. Hauntings are unconfirmed.
Beavertown Says Wit Or Wheatout You - Witbier 5.5% // Beavertown
Oh Beavertown, I can't live Wit or Wheatout you and I certainly can't live without this mothertrucking wheat beer. Another favourite from our visit to the brewery, Wit or Wheatout You, a tangy, sour mix in a refreshing wheat beer. This was like drinking beer infused with a packet of sherbert. I think this stood out most from the beers I sampled at Beavertown and this was probably the best I had all day.
JURASSIX - Double IPA 8% // Staggeringly Good
ABV A pre-historic DIPA from the Staggeringly Good guys. Packed with massively resinous flavours. I’ve already posted a fairly comprehensive write-up of this from the Jurassix launch event so check out the post for the full scoop on this.
Bellini Vice - Berliner Weisse 4.5% // Magic Rock Brewing
A quick impulse grab as I was after a train beer. I knew I couldn’t go wrong with picking up something from Magic Rock with the name Bellini Vice. This sour is refreshing, with raspberry and peach fruit notes, but not too overpowering on the sour front. This makes for a really enjoyable, easy drinking beer. I’m really starting to enjoy my sours, Magic Rock have set the bar high and hopefully, other breweries can keep up. Also, great can art as always from Magic Rock.