Drunk in... August
As summer draws to a close, we saw it off superbly with a whole host of great beers. This month, Hedges appeared to have a thing for collaborations (two breweries are better than one, right?) whilst Brand has been in pale ale paradise. Check it out below.
Pacific Ale - Australian Pale Ale 4.4% // Stone & Wood
During a trip to Camden, I ended up sinking a couple of beers in the Black Heart. As with most of Camden’s rock bars, the Black Heart is pretty dark and dingy (read ‘alternative’) which makes it near impossible to read the pump clips (and take a decent beer snap hence the stock image). Fortunately, I picked a good one on tap with this pale ale out of Byron Bay, Australia. Stone & Wood’s Pacific Ale is mega fruity, easy drinking and really enjoyable. Overall, a perfect summer beer to sup in complete darkness.
Curse of the Ryeclops - Rye IPA 7.5% // Weird Beard Brew Co.
This was another sampled during my trip to Camden. Curse of the Ryeclops is the sequel to the original Attack of the Ryeclops (both awesome names) by Weird Beard. A hoppy rye IPA which features tropical fruits with spicy pepper notes. Overall, a well-balanced beer, although to be honest, I was mostly sold on the Hammer Horror-esque name.
Beaverillium - American IPA 7.5% // Beavertown x Trillium Brewing Company
I’ve started to get fed up with the trend of so-called ‘juice bombs’, maybe it’s just a phase, maybe it’s just an oversaturated craft beer market. Either way, it would be criminal not to feature this excellent collaboration from Beavertown and Trillium in my top beers of the month. Extra juicy, fruity, and packed full of flavourful hops, you can’t really get much better than this. Beavertown brew some great stuff and Triullium are also massively popular, combine the two and baby you’ve got a stew going... or, a rather good IPA.
Prototype Tangerine - Session IPA 4.5% // BrewDog
After a long tiring day out in Southampton, with achy feet and legs giving way, I managed to carry myself a little further to the welcome sight of the nearest Brewdog establishment for a refuel with pizza and beer. This was my first visit to Brewdog Southampton, an unassuming little bar tucked away not far from the city centre. I was after something refreshing and spied the Prototype Tangerine Session IPA on the menu. Massive, massive tangerine flavours in this IPA. The flavour is almost so overpowering it tastes a bit artificial like someone has added a shot of orange cordial. It’s bordering on being wrong, but… it works though, and I could gladly session with this beer.
Oz Bomb - Australian Pale Ale 4.6% // Arbor Ales
Whilst attending Victorious Festival in Portsmouth I was keen to check out the at the real ale tent. Unfortunately, the queues for the bars were pretty horrendous this year and I contemplated giving up. I held out however and managed to get my hands on some decent beer, often a rarity at music festivals that will typically serve overpriced lager-water. Oz Bomb was my choice of the festival, a refreshing, hoppy pale ale from Bristol brewers Arbour Ales, packed full of Australian Hops (hence the name). My first choice was actually Why Kick a Moo Cow (which I had to ask for repeatedly), also by Arbour Ales but it was off at the time. My other favourite of the festival was Arbour’s Shangri-la (4.2% session IPA), an all-around good offering from Arbour Ales.
Framboise - Fruit Beer 3.6% // Kirkstall Brewery
What’s this? A fruit beer? Get out of here with your pectin-based nonsense! This must be a first for Beer Voyage. Also sampled at Brewdog Southampton, this has to be one of the best fruit beers I’ve tried. This was ordered by my girlfriend and partner in crime for the day, who being a non-beer drinker (a what?), certainly enjoyed it. Framboise by Leeds based Kirkstall is bright raspberry-red, sweet and juicy in flavour with a little bit of sharpness to balance it out. Basically like an alcoholic fruit juice, highly recommended.
Mr. Pink - Berliner Weisse 4.5% // To Øl
Mr. Pink: Why can't we pick our own colors?
Joe: No way, no way. Tried it once, it doesn't work. You get four guys all fighting over who's gonna be Mr. Black, but they don't know each other, so nobody wants to back down. No way. I pick. You're Mr. Pink. Be thankful you're not Mr. Yellow.
An excellent film and an excellent sour, probably one of the best I’ve ever had.
Brusseleir - IPA - Black IPA 8% // Brasserie de la Senne
I was after trying something different at local Belgian style bar Huis and settled on this guest beer by Brasserie de la Senne. I have to be honest, I was mostly won over by the awesome (and very Belge) artwork on the pump clip featuring a rocketeer. This black IPA is really indulgent and at 8% I found myself savouring it for a while. It has a strong malt flavour and combines this with rich chocolate notes. Overall, a very satisfying dark beer.