- Most of us enjoy drinking Belgian Beer but if you make it yourself you may well “Dubbel” the pleasure and “Dubbel” the fun! The late hop characters give this ale an interesting twist on a typical Dubbel.Looking for a beer to share with Gran’? This is not that beer. Bold, brash and big, it’s the biggest of all beers - an American Barleywine. Wine you say? Called barleywine because the main ingredient is malted barley and due to its near double digit strength, it's closer to wine than the average beer (Hey Boo Boo). Dark, brutal and brooding, even after a long time ageing it still packs a decent hop punch.
- This Malty Sweet, Citrus Marmalade flavoured Amber Ale is a must try this month and lives up to it’s name; with strong Toffee and Caramel aromas and a hop filled smooth finish, this rebel is revving up a righteous reputation.This is an IPA for real fans because real fans know the best song is always the b side. We’re not saying you’re the eggman if you didn’t, but it’s just the sweetest thing when someone knows it’s nearly the 51st anniversary of one of those great vinyl flipsides. If you know beer, you’ll fall in love with the tropical citrus notes and the complex toffee and sweet malt beats. The lasting bitterness will roll on like a melancholy morning, or a heavy balloon, but hey, hey, what can you do? This beer will rock you.
- Being a proprietary blend of unique hop varieties from USA’s Northwest, Falconers Flight is kind of like the Batman and Robin of the hop world. The ultimate duo of super hop crusaders produces a beer that is at first pine resinous with notes of grapefruit and hints of stone fruit, then breaks out into all out bright lemon esters on the nose and tongue followed by a mighty punch of IPA bitterness and sweet malt that knocks the flavour into the stratosphere while the carbonation brings the final zing into the melee. This awesome beer triumphs over the tastebuds!Deep amber in colour and rich in flavour, this "big brew" will give you a warming sensation all the way down. At around 8% ABV, it is the type of beer that we like to call a "Stay-at-Home" beer. This brew displays a level of complexity that will see it develop nicely over 6 months or so but try one early, as well!
- The black moon is a rare occurrence, usually considered a time for new beginnings, and a Foreign Extra Stout is a potion potent enough for such an occasion. Midnight black, with robust malt character, and balanced, yet noticeable hop bitterness, cloaked in a large tan head of foam. Give this one time to mellow, it will prove worth the wait!This month’s Craft recipe was inspired by a Belgian farmhouse beer that boasts a lively, spicy pale malt flavour with a thirst quenching finish and a fruity, peppery aroma with hints of vanilla.
- An American IPA that is true to style, bitter, bold and hoppy. Pale malt strikes a fitting counterpoint to all the complexity of the hops that are classic for this style. Citrusy, floral with notes of pine and resin, with a bitterness that lingers, it’s all about the hops in this beer.With a name like British Bulldog, you know this isn’t a quiet little pup you’d expect to see in someone’s handbag.
It’s a bulldog; and it bites. This robust twist on a classic English Porter creates an intense roasted bitter dark chocolate flavour with a malty sweet finish and strong coffee, chocolate and dried fruit aroma that perfectly suits a variety of foods.
- A tantalising potion that will leave you sated, but still yearning for just one more taste. Rich caramel toffee malt with a balance of woodsy, herbal hops round out the flavour medley in this fresh take on an Imperial English Brown.Waiting decades for your prince/princess charming can make you bitter. This interpretation of an Extra Special Bitter will make you happy for the wait, and the victory that much sweeter. English hops flavour this classic style, with pale malt at its base but some caramel, nutty tones tossed in for a nice complexity. A celebration of aromas and flavours worthy of a royalty toast!
- Ancient Egyptians were known for their brewing, even immortalising it in their hieroglyphics. Barley and wheat spiced with mandrake root (as an aphrodisiac), dates and honey were some of the ingredients known to be used. Our amped-up take on appeasing your inner sphinx has amber malt and a little wheat forming the core, with a touch of sugar and spice to bring it all together for a tasty trip down memory lane in the Valley of the Kings. A dash of cayenne provides at the bite that sealed the queen’s fate, but here it is pleasure, not pain, that carries you away.Hop forward but with a rich malt base, this American Brown is just the right balance of the four elements of beer to go down smooth. Whether you're out exploring new worlds or snuggled up in front of a fire, you'll find you return again and again for just one more taste of this liquid velvet.
- Be warned, this beer is seriously dark. Good for sipping on a cold night, after a hard day's work or just sitting back and getting really "relaxed."An IPA that delivers more bite than a desert full of Gila Monsters (google them).
A perfect melding of the orange and the black with a fierce hop bite. This big and dark India Pale Ale showcases roasted malt characters followed by a deep hop back bite. Watch this one, and handle with care, it's a serious contender in aroma, flavour and the bitterness that it brings is truly a wild ride!
- This time of year brings out the grandfather in all of us. It’s the time for open fires, armchairs, crosswords, and slippers. But most of all it’s the time of year for stout: a beer as black as the bottoms of your feet after you’ve walked seven miles to school in the rain; as bitter as your thoughts about politicians; and as strong as you are stubborn. It smells better than grandfather, with notes of coffee, chocolate, and aniseed. Robust but with a sweet side behind it all, this stout is one for the generations.The cold wind cutting through the heathers leaves you longing for a hearty beer to warm you through. Malty, caramel notes dominate this russet coloured beauty, earthy complexity underpins initial stone fruit impressions with intense warming alcohol. You don’t have to wear a kilt to warm to this drink!
- Stand back, she’s gonna brew!
This powerful flavour explosion of Sweet Malt and citrus is why the Hop Bomb IPA is one of our favourites. A resinous and lasting bitterness is coupled with a burst of tropical fruit and citrus hop aromatics; that will turn anyone within the blast zone into a casualty of this dangerous but delightful deep copper craft beer.
The flavour of this beer is intense, like the red glow of a morning sunrise. The full bodied flavour and the moderately strong alcohol content warms you all the way down, like a sunrise warming your face.
- Is this the ultimate t-shirt and suit jacket beer? Centennial and Falconer's Flight hops are the real stars here, added late for maximum aroma and flavour. They add pine, floral and bright citrus notes. They are backed nicely by golden pale ale malt, and laced with a zing of pepper and clove, which the yeast brings to the party. This is an inspired White IPA that will leave you revelling in its complexity, and yearning for more!A real buzz went around Washington and the world when the White House brewed their own beer, so this is our take on their Honey Ale. A subtle honey flavour provides a crisp rebuttal to the strong malt base at the heart of this amber ale. Fuggle hops add another layer of complexity to the profile and the traditional English yeast leaves the finish clean and true. Wander out to the East Lawn, take your shoes off, sip a few cold ones and chill…
- We don’t just come up with names on a whim; this really is an ale to be revered. Inspired by a ground breaking IPA style, that was first made in 1975 by the Anchor Brewing Company, known as Liberty Ale, this golden coloured brew delivers a perfect mixture of spicy, citrus and marmalade aromas that precede a balanced sweet/bitter citrus finish to taste, with a pale malt backbone.
Medium bitterness and an approximate alcohol content of 6.0%, make this is an easy brew to be respected and admired by all. Cheers.
Feeling pale? The Prescription Pils’ is the perfect tonic for your thirst.
Built on a bed of unhopped pale malt extract you can expect a medium bodied pilsner with golden straw colours. Its sweet malt spice flavours are followed by a dry finish and a healthy dose of floral aromas and a hint of citrus.
After your first Prescription Pils the only thing you’ll be nursing will be the next one. No reason to worry about running out though, the repeat prescription’s in your hands.
- Good gourd! This beer has a real Pumpkin Pie flavours and aroma. The caramelised pumpkin and the spices really enhance the flavours so they shine most brightly against the malt back drop. With a thick creamy head and a lingering spice finish, this is truly a beer with which to celebrate in style!A well balanced American Amber Ale that glows with a tinge of red. Flavour is lush with caramel and toffee malt that are the heart of its foundation. Cascade hops provide a nice hit of citrus in the aroma as you taste, rounding out the malty finish.
- Shiner: (Informal) A black eye.
The only black eye you need to worry about though, is this black IPA that packs a heavy punch of chocolate, passionfruit, and stonefruit. With rich roasted malt and espresso flavours, this beer ends with a finish nearly as bitter as a certain Irish lightweight. This heavy might just be that new sparring partner you’ve been looking for, but remember at 7.2%, be prepared that the Shiner can look after itself… it might be time to lace up those gloves.
Warm yourself up on a cold night with this special brew! The perfect blend of spices makes this beer one of a kind. We recommend you condition this brew for no less than 2 months before enjoying as it only gets better with age. Serve in a tulip shaped glass and drink slightly warmer than fridge temperature.
- A brew best enjoyed in red Speedos.
Love them or hate them, you can’t deny the beauty of the Baywatch crew; something we attribute to the fact that this fine brew was their knock-off of choice. Inspired by a well-known Hefeweizen, this Mit Hefe style brew (meaning with yeast) is the perfect pale gold partner for a relaxed afternoon after running along the beach in slow-motion. With aromas of clove, spice and a hint of banana, matched with a spritzy, yet soft malt palate and a suggestion of lemon that leaves a clean finish… it’s safe to say, The Hoff will have you surfing a wave of satisfaction into the sunset; and unlike the Hoff himself, this brew will improve with age. Cheers.I was mighty blue,
thought my batch was all through,
till the fridge doors opened,
and I gazed upon you.
You do something to me,
send the current all through me,
every time I sip,
that frosty glass full of you.
You'll wax melodic after your first few sips of this enchanting ale. Amber, yet a little hazy, and malty, yet balanced. Just the right notes all the way through, truly something magical is at work here.
- A gem of a brew, displaying similar luxurious colours of the rock with the same name and an almost luminescent quality to its unfiltered look, the flavour is as rich as its appearance. Malt forward, and balanced with bright citrus hop notes, it finishes with a crisp yet lingering bite at the end.What’s an IPL? You take all of the hop-forward citrus and pine hop goodness of an India Pale Ale and smooth it out with lager yeast. Flavoursome, with a serious bite and all the crisp smoothness you would expect from a great lager. By George, I think I'll have one!
- In honour of Bram Stoker, deep and dark, roasted and bitter like a stake through the heart. You'll gladly die the little death after you wrap your fangs, um lips around this hop forward ale. A deep veil of dark coffee malt cloaking the luscious hop bitterness that engulfs your palate, the remnants running languidly down your throat and you realise your soul has been forever changed. The thirst for more of this dark biting ale is all you desire.
This West Coast American style Pale Ale builds upon a Pale malt backbone and showcases a firm citrus and melon note with light but bitter finish; while delicate floral, tropical fruit, lemon and grapefruit aromas waft from within this golden, amber Ale.
- Dark roasted malt character takes the lead but there’s a deep underlying bitterness to offset those flavours. Mouth-feel is generous but not overdone, with enough body to stand up to the spirit essence addition. The Rum essence is the final note in the composition and brings delightful roundness of flavour that chases away the frostbite. What a tasty way to warm up on a cold winter day, or any time!