Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Beer #425 - Saltaire XS Imperial Stout

My final beer enjoyed at the Wanstead Tap whilst I was there for the E7 Supper Club. My girlfriend and I sensibly decided to split this imperial stout (which was served with an excellent chocolate brownie). It was rather light in body which belied its 8.9% ABV - it had some nice chocolate notes and more than a hint of molasses but it was nowhere near as rich as I had expected/hoped. Fine but not amazing.

Brewery: Saltaire Brewery
Country: United Kingdom
ABV: 8.9%

Tuesday, 16 June 2015

Beer #424 - Celt Experience Bleddyn 1075

Another brew I had at the Wanstead Tap during the E7 Supper Club I went to, this time an IPA from the excellent Welsh brewery the Celt Experience. This is brewed with a variety of new world hops that lend it a sticky, resinous character and a fruity yet rather dry and bitter finish. I enjoyed this one.

Brewery: Celt Experience
Country: United Kingdom
ABV: 5.6%

Monday, 15 June 2015

Beer #423 - Partizan Pale Ale Sorachi Ace Calypso Bravo

The second beer of four at the E7 Supper Club I attended was this pale ale from Partizan. Brewed with Sorachi Ace - a Japanese hop commonly used in wheat beers and saisons this was a very interesting beer and a definite break from the pale ale norm. The hops lent the beer a lemon flavour alongside some pineapply and some lovely grassy/wheaty notes. I really enjoyed this one and having been a touch disappointed with the last couple of Partizan beers I'd had, I was glad I liked it as much as I did.

Brewery: Partizan Brewing
Country: United Kingdom
ABV: 4.5%

Sunday, 14 June 2015

Beer #422 - Five Points Pale

For my birthday recently I was lucky enough to be taken to an E7 Supper Club by Michael Sanders at the Wanstead Tap in East London. Diners are treated to four courses of delicious food with an optional beer pairing also available. I won't go into huge detail about the food (or indeed any, suffice to say it really was amazing) but I did have the four beers to go with each course. The first was Five Points Pale from the east London brewery. This is yet another fairly prominent London craft brewery that I had, up until then, somehow managed to avoid. This APA is brewed with Amarillo, Centennial and Citra hops which give it a zingy fruity flavour. The US hops have been showcased excellently in this beer which was fresh and highly drinkable with lovely orange and lemon flavours.

Brewery: Five Points Brewing Company
Country: United Kingdom
ABV: 4.4%

Saturday, 13 June 2015

Beer #421 - Lervig White Dog Brand

Lervig have been pushing their beers pretty hard in the UK of late and I'm a pretty bag fan of theirs, having discovered a good proportion of their range at a Draft House Sunday Session last year. I recently attended a dinner club event at the Wanstead Tap in East London and while waiting for things to kick off I shared a couple of bottles of this wheat beer with my girlfriend. This is a very solid if unspectacular witbier – a nice wheaty banana flavour with a decent hint of clove in there too. It’s not a world-beater but it is very easy drinking.

Brewery: Lervig Aktiebryggeri
Country: Norway
ABV: 4.7%

Friday, 12 June 2015

Beer #420 - Tiny Rebel Hank

One of my favourite things about the Craft Beer Co chain in London is that the invariably have something from Tiny Rebel on and it is invariably pretty good. I recently spent a very pleasurable Saturday evening drinking pint after pint of Hank, a session-able golden ale at the Farringdon branch and very good it was too. Rather light in body but what it lacks there it makes up for in flavour - it has a big tropical fruit flavour to it that belies its 4% ABV. A slightly bitter and dry finish but that doesn't detract from its drinkability. Very tasty.
Brewery: Tiny Rebel Brew Co.
Country: United Kingdom
ABV: 4.0%

Thursday, 11 June 2015

Beer #419 - Khevsuruli

This bottle had been knocking around in my beer wardrobe since my holiday in Georgia last year and I thought it was high time I drank it. I figured it was going to be a generic, disappointing lager but it is in fact an amber lager (brewed to a ‘traditional recipe’ no less). Khevsuruli is brewed by Zedazeni in Saguramo, which lies 20km or so to the north of Tbilisi. Despite being slightly different from the norm it wasn’t really any better. It was quite highly carbonated with a fairly disappointing weak caramel malt flavour – but very weak indeed. Not particularly well-executed, but quite a cool bottle label which is what attracted me in the first place!

Brewery: Zedazeni
Country: Georgia
ABV: 4.9%