Firebrand Brewing Co NEIPA

Firebrand Brewing Co NEIPA

October 11, 2018

Firebrand Brewing Co NEIPA (330ml can, 5.5% ABV) This is a foamy one. As soon as I open it, the top of the can – and my fingers –…

Andwell Red IPA

Andwell Red IPA

October 4, 2018

Andwell Red IPA (500ml bottle, 4.5% ABV) I’ve written before about the widespread use of IPA for beers that aren’t pale, or strong, or even particularly…

Hanlons Stormstay

Hanlons Stormstay

September 27, 2018

Hanlons Stormstay (500ml bottle, 5.0% ABV) Hanlons used to be called O’Hanlons, but have dropped both the apostrophe (graphic designers seem to be allergic to punctuation)…

Quorum Brune

Quorum Brune Unity Brewing 

September 14, 2018

Unity Brewing Quorum Brune (330ml bottle, 5.5% ABV, vegan) There are plenty of breweries in Britain devoted to US-style craft ale, but Unity of Southampton is the…

Dark Star Imperial

Dark Star Imperial Export Strength Stout

September 9, 2018

Dark Star Imperial Export Strength Stout (330ml bottle, 10.5% ABV) Dark Star predate many of the new independent breweries, having been set up in the cellar…


Azores – Atlantic Brewery 

August 29, 2018

 Azores – Atlantic Brewery (500ml bottle, 4.2% ABV, vegan, organic) Azores? Surely a small cluster of Portuguese-speaking islands in the north Atlantic haven’t got in…

Wilde Geest

Wilde Geest – Wiper and True  / Siren Craft 

August 22, 2018

Wilde Geest  Siren Craft / Wiper and True  (330ml bottle, 7.2% ABV) You at the back – yes, you – put your phone down. How are you going to pass…


Cali – Tiny Rebel

August 15, 2018

Cali – Tiny Rebel  (330ml can, 5.6% ABV, vegan) Tiny Rebel is one of the roaring successes of the Welsh beer scene. Starting in 2012 with two mates…

Amalgamation Houblon Tripel 

Amalgamation Houblon Tripel

August 8, 2018

Unity Brewing  Amalgamation Houblon Tripel (330ml bottle, 8.0% ABV, vegan) ‘So, let me get this straight, yeah?’ Josh says. ‘This beer we’re brewing is a Belgian Tripel,…

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…