Pure Gold

Pure Gold

June 30, 2018

Pure Gold – Itchen Valley  (500ml bottle, 4.8% ABV) The phrase ‘pure gold’ always reminds me of Lord Percy’s attempt at alchemy in Blackadder II. Rather than a nugget of gold, he ends up with a splat of green. Thankfully, Itchen Valley’s Pure Gold makes no such mistake, and looks every bit how it…

Becoming North

June 23, 2018

  Becoming North by Good Chemistry  (660ml bottle, 6.0% ABV, vegan) When is a porter not a porter? When it’s a Baltic porter. When is a lager not a lager? When it’s a Baltic porter. In the 19th century, Britain was doing a roaring beer trade with Russia, Poland and other…

Kick start


June 16, 2018

Kick-Start – Vibrant Forest  (500ml bottle, 5.7% ABV, vegan) Breakfast, we’re told, is the most important meal of the day. What do you have for breakfast? Maybe some porridge oats and a cup of coffee. Or, given that it contains both of these ingredients, why not kill two birds with one stone and have…

D-Day Revival Southwick Village

June 6, 2018

Southwick D-Day Revival The annual Southwick Village D-Day Revival event is this weekend, and it is a biggie. Last year we had over 10,000 visitors to the village and this year we are expecting even more! If your planing a trip to the Brewhouse this weekend here are a few…

Narrow Guage

Leighton Buzzard

May 17, 2018

Leighton Buzzard –  Narrow Gauge (500ml bottle, 3.9% ABV) Apparently there’s a light railway in Leighton Buzzard. The things you learn from beer bottles, eh? It makes you wonder if, after the apocalypse, some future society might be able to piece together our history purely from beer bottle labels. Although, if they…

Fred In London

Fred in London

May 2, 2018

Fred in London (330ml, 11.0% ABV) Siren Craft  ‘Fred in London’ is named for the late Fred Eckhardt, a pioneer of the American beer scene. He started homebrewing when it was still illegal in the States*, and was also a celebrated beer writer, historian and critic. It’s common to get a…

Trapped in Amber

Trapped in Amber

April 25, 2018

 Trapped in Amber (440ml, 3.2% ABV) Staggeringly Good Table beer, or small beer, used to be a very fashionable thing – a beverage with such low alcohol you could drink the stuff all day, even feed it to your kids! Of course, people didn’t need much persuading, given how disease-ridden Britain’s water supply…

Black Buzzard

Black Buzzard

April 20, 2018

 Black Buzzard (500ml, 5.8% ABV) Leighton Buzzard I love English place names. From the energetic (Westward Ho!, complete with its exclamation mark) to the oxymoronic (Lower Upham), England is full of settlements both historic and strange. Leighton Buzzard has always struck me as an one of these. How many other town names include…

Snake Oil

Snake Oil

April 18, 2018

 Snake Oil (440ml can, 7.5% ABV) Renegade Brewery Early on in this beer-reviewing lark, I made a decision to only review beer I like. My thinking went like this: why dismiss a brewer’s efforts when someone else might rave about them? Why spend my time describing something I don’t like when I could be enthusing…

Knight Ryder

Knight Ryeder

April 12, 2018

  Knight Ryeder Staggeringly Good / Arundel  (440ml, 6.0% ABV) Collaborations between breweries are increasingly common these days. Some (I’m looking at you, Mikkeller) don’t even have their own brewing facilities, and brew solely on other companies’ equipment. Knight Ryeder is a joint venture between Arundel Brewery and Staggeringly Good of Portsmouth. A label that…

 Lerryn Blonde

April 5, 2018

  Lerryn Blonde (330ml, 4.7% ABV) The Fowey Brewery  Considering its relatively small population, Cornwall has an awful lot of breweries – 36, according to brewery listing websiteQuaffale. Lostwithiel alone has two – Castle Brewery (whose beers are also stocked by the Brewhouse) and The Fowey Brewery, situated on the river of…

Gyle 59 The Queens Legless Liz

March 28, 2018

Gyle 59 The Queens Legless Liz (500ml, 3.8% ABV) Brewed for a pub called The Queens in Corton Denham, Dorset, Legless Liz is an interesting proposition: a Belgian farmhouse beer with relatively low alcohol and a dose of American hops. The bottle suggests you can drink this with or without…

March Madness

March 7, 2018

March is upon us, we survived the arctic winter, so time to celebrate! So, we’re bringing back an old favorite, 10 pounds off! Check the end of this post to claim your voucher! Brand new Southwick Brewhouse T-shirt. Only available online! The Southwick Brewhouse T-shirt is the gift that keeps…

Pot Kettle

Pot Kettle

February 22, 2018

Fallen Acorn Pot Kettle (500ml, 4.4% ABV) Coffee is yummy, beer is yummy. Put the two together and … yummy x yummy = yummy2. It’s a mathematical fact, which is why brewers have been doing it for years. Fallen Acorn’s Pot Kettle is their coffee porter, brewed with beans from Solent Coffee Roasters. It comes out…

Siren Craft

February 21, 2018

Siren Craft –  I Love You Honey Bunny (330ml, 6.3% ABV) For a brewery that’s only existed since 2012, Siren Craft of Berkshire have done pretty well for themselves. Named the best brewery in England, and one of the best in the world, they’ve not rested on their laurels either,…