Here are the beers from our June 2020 beer box, enjoy!
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Stone Brewing, Escondido, California – Neverending Haze, IPA, 4.0%, 355ml can
Stone Brewing is famous for its big bold west coast style IPAs. You’ve probably had Stone IPA or even Ruination. High ABV, strong bitterness and clear beers are their signature. Here they are surprising us with a softer, lower ABV IPA brewed with Kveik yeast and Mosaic and citra hops. Hazy and packed with citrus and pineapple flavours, an easy one to enjoy in the sun.
Oskar Blues, Longmont, Colorado – Dale’s Pale Ale, 6.5%, 355ml can.
A pale ale at 6.5%? Well that’s America for you. Dale’s Pale Ale is Oskar Blues flagship beer and the first American craft beer to be put in a can. It may feel like the norm now but back in 2002 it was revolutionary! It’s a classic American Pale Ale, citrusy and hoppy balanced with smooth malt flavours.
Anchor Brewing, San Francisco, California – Fog Breaker IPA, 6.8%, 355ml bottle.
What would San Francisco be without its fog? It’s present so often that the residents have gave it a name – Karl. Luckily for Anchor Brewing, they are based in one of the sunniest spots in SF at the bottom of Potrero Hill. It inspired them to brew Fog Breaker IPA, a crisp and refreshing beer with piney and tropical fruit flavours and assertive bitterness.
De Koninck, Antwerp, Belgium – Wild Jo, Belgian Wild Ale, 5.8%, 330ml bottle.
Wild Jo is named after Joseph van den Bogaert, who restarted De Koninck brewery after the First World War. It’s a Belgian blonde ale brewed with wild yeast (as opposed to brewers yeast) – that type of yeast keeps working its magic inside the bottle meaning the beer continues to evolve over time. So you’ve got a choice here: drink it now and enjoy a refreshing blonde ale with light floral hops flavour, fruity esters and a balanced bitterness, or age it for a few months (or years?). Hops will fade away to let the wild yeast shine: lower bitterness and a touch of acidity, giving the beer a sherry-like complexity.
Lost and Grounded Brewers, Bristol, UK – Start This Record Over, Raspberry Berliner Weisse, 3.2%, 440ml can.
Berliner Weisses are a great introduction to sour beers, especially the fruited ones – they are super refreshing, crisp and tart more than sour. Here is a British take on the classic German style. Fruity, light and tart as if you were eating a freshly picked raspberry.
De Brabandere Brouwerij, Bavikhove, Belgium – Bavik Super Pils, Pilsner, 5.2%, 330ml can
De Brabandere Brouwerij was founded in 1894 by beer enthusiast Adolphe De Brabandere and his son Jozef. Today, it’s still a family business now managed by the fifth generation of brewers. Bavik Pils is one of their original beers, a clean and crisp pilsner with aromas of herbal hops and light bitterness.
St Feuillien, Le Roeux, Belgium – Five, Belgian blonde ale, 5.0%, 330ml bottle .
Not sure we need to introduce the St Feuillien brewery anymore! A great Belgian brewery that keeps providing us with excellent beers, including that massive 9L bottle of Tripel we opened on Christmas Eve last year and shared with everyone. Five is a light and refreshing Belgian blonde with a dominant malt flavour balanced by light hoppiness and fruity esters from the yeast.
If you chose ‘I like all beers’
Samuel Smith Old Brewery, Tadcaster, UK – Organic Chocolate Stout, 5.0%, 550ml bottle
Another beer from Yorkshire’s oldest brewery after the Organic Raspberry fruit beer last month. This time it’s a rich, smooth stout made with roasted organic chocolate malt and organic cocoa. It’s chocolate cake in glass: sweet and creamy with vanilla and caramel undertones. A slow sipper, perfect post-dinner drink.
If you chose ‘No dark beers’
Kloster Andechs, Andechs, Germany – Vollbier Hell, Lager, 4.8%, 500ml bottle
Andechs brewery is based in Andechs Monastery south-west of Munich and run by Benedictine monks. Proceeds from the sale of the beer are used to fund the daily life in the monatery. Their Vollbier Hell is a classic Helles Lager, a type of lager typical of the Munich region. Smooth grainy-sweet malty flavour, subtle floral hops and low bitterness with a soft, dry finish. Refreshing, delicious, crushable, our favourite kind of lager.