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Brewhouse Beer Blog

by Richard Salsbury

Velocirapture

Staggeringly Good Velocirapture (440ml can, 6.5% ABV, vegan) It’s hazy, it’s hoppy, it’s festooned with dinosaurs. It can only be another brew from Staggeringly Good of Pompey – their take on the American IPA. It pours a hazy orange with a rapidly dissolving foam. The aroma and flavour are dominated by the hops, with grapefruit, tangerine and…
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Kellerbier

Kellerbier

Yeovil Kellerbier (500ml bottle, 4.3% ABV, vegan) A kellerbier (‘cellar beer’) is a style of German lager that hasn’t been pasteurised or filtered. Those expecting the usual characteristics of a lager (a clear, golden colour with a thick, foamy head) might be disturbed to see how murky a kellerbier is. This example also has almost no head. This is not…
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Grizzly Pear

Vibrant Forest / Affinity Brew Co Grizzly Pear (440ml can, 4.3% ABV, vegan) ‘You’ve got to go outside your comfort zone!’ That’s what people say, isn’t it? But there’s a perverse part of me that wonders how good this sort of advice is. No matter how exciting it might be, I’m still not prepared to…
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You got this

You Got This

West Berkshire Brewery You Got This (440ml can, 4.1% ABV, vegan) With the onslaught of beers hopped with American varieties, it’s often easy to forget that there are other parts of the world that grow their own unique hops in abundance. New Zealand is one such country, with many native varieties, some of which have…
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Escape Artist

Escape Artist

Siren Craft Escape Artist (440ml can, 5.9% ABV, vegan) ‘Sometimes you need a last minute recipe that can get you out of trouble’ it says on the can of Escape Artist. What’s this? Evidence of a brew gone wrong? With all the experimental beers that Siren Craft make, I wouldn’t be surprised. Perhaps the powdered…
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Turkey’s Delight

Turkey’s Delight

Summerskills Turkey’s Delight (500ml bottle, 5.1% ABV) With a label that looks like it was designed in the 1970s by someone with red-green colour blindness*, Turkey’s Delight is a Christmas beer by Plymouth’s oldest brewery, Summerskills. They’ve decided to use Phoenix, one of Britain’s most unusual hop varieties. Phoenix is the only hop I know that has a…
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Pudding Ale

Pudding Ale

Driftwood Spars Pudding Ale (500ml bottle, 7.5% ABV) Pudding is bad for you, they say. Beer is bad for you, they say. Oh well, having decided to be bad, you might as well combine the two and go for a pudding beer. Having said that, there is one group of people for whom Pudding Ale…
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Santa Monium

Santa Monium

South Hams Brewery Santa Monium (500ml bottle, 5.0% ABV) There’s a time-honoured way of making a beer for Christmas: brew up a strong ale, then throw loads of spices at it. Cinnamon? Check. Nutmeg? Check. Cloves? Check. Star anise? Check. That stuff has been in the spice rack for years, so it probably needs replacing.…
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Hoppy Chrimbo

Hoppy Chrimbo

Red Rock Hoppy Chrimbo (500ml bottle, 4.0% ABV) Red Rock are a Devon brewery founded in 2006. Like many modern breweries, they divide their range up into categories, in this case: traditional beer, craft beer and ‘slow’ beer (which makes much use of natural, local ingredients, such as elderflowers and blackberries). No prizes, though, for…
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Criminally Bad Elf

Criminally Bad Elf

Ridgeway Criminally Bad Elf (11.2 fl ozbottle, 10.5% ABV) Ridgeway’s ‘Elf’ series of beers have become something of a Christmas institution. The range now consists of seven brews in various different styles, including this 10.5% kick to the baubles. Criminally Bad Elf is a barley wine, so called because it’s basically a wine strength beverage, but with the…
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A Little About Richard

I try to write on a broad variety of topics, but I have a particular interest in technology, society, and personal philosophy, which all sounds very grand, but I’m also deeply concerned with writing stuff that entertains. An element of humour and/or irony often creeps in.

Some of my favourite writers include David Mitchell, Scarlett Thomas, Jonathan Coe, Kurt Vonnegut, Graham Greene, Dickens, Shakespeare … I could go on.

All of my novels are based in the fictional town of Strathurst, on the border between Hampshire and Surrey.

In my previous jobs I have worked as a civil engineer, software engineer, training instructor and technical writer.

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