Here are the beers from our May 2020 beer box, enjoy!
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Sierra Nevada, Chico, California – Hazy Little Thing Session Edition, Session IPA, 4.6%, 355ml can
One of the latest creations from the famous California brewery. An unfiltered session IPA with just the right amount of haziness, showcasing fruit-forward hops like Citra, Simcoe, Comet, and El Dorado.
Two Roads Brewing, Stratford, Connecticut – Honeyspot Road, White IPA, 6.0%, 355ml can.
An unfiltered IPA that uses wheat as the dominant malt backbone. Super refreshing with hints of pineapple and lemon.
Firestone Walker, Paso Robles, California – Luponic Distortion No. 14, American IPA, 5.9%, 355ml can.
This is the latest version of Luponic Distortion available in the UK. The base beer stays the same, but each new release features a different hop blend designed to showcase the possibilities of pure hop aromas and flavours. Luponic Distortion No. 14 features a blend of seven experimental hops from South Africa, Australia, Germany and the Pacific Northwest with explosive flavours of white grape, mandarin orange and passionfruit.
Samuel Smith Old Brewery, Tadcaster, UK – Organic Raspberry, Fruit Beer, 5.1%, 355ml bottle
Samuel Smith Brewery was started in 1758 making it Yorshire’s oldest brewery. They brew their organic fruit beers at the ancient Melbourn Bros’ All Saints Brewery in Stamford where they restored the old steam-powered brewing equipment. This is not just another fruit beer, it’s full of complexity with a bold raspberry taste, some well balanced tartness and a slight yeast funk.
Schloss Eggenberg, Vorchdorf, Austria – Höpfenkonig Pils, Pilsner, 5.1%, 330ml bottle.
The Eggenberg brewery is famous for Samichlaus, a delicious (and strong: 14%) doppelbock that we’ve been stocking in the shop since the day we opened. It’s also Austria’s oldest brewery. Luckily for you they also make more sessionable beers. Hopfenkönig (the hop king) is a light and refreshing pilsner with a balanced hop bitterness that has been matured for 12 weeks in the historic cellars of the Eggenberg Castle, where the brewery is located.
Schlenkerla, Bamberg, Germany – Rauchbier Hansla, Smoked beer, 1.2%, 500ml bottle.
Before we had drinking water on tap, the beverage of choice was beer – they were obviously lighter at around 2-4% ABV. For hard labor with high drinking need and for children this was taken one step further in Bamberg: they started making beers with an even lower amount of alcohol, adding more hops than usual to keep the beer bacteriologically stable. Schlenkerla, the famous smoked beer brewery, continues this tradition today with Hansla, a hoppy, unfiltered smoked beer.
De Brabandere Brouwerij, Bavikhove, Belgium – Kwaremont Blond, Belgian blonde, 6.6%, 330ml bottle
The Kwaremont range is inspired by the Oude Kwaremont, a cobbled road in Belgium that is very famous among cyclists. The ‘Blond’ is a hoppy Belgian blonde: fruit esters from the Belgian yeast on the nose associated with flavours of herbal, piney hops, balanced by a strong malt backbone. The perfect post-ride treat, or in these times, post-walk around the back garden treat.
If you chose ‘I like all beers’
Köstritzer, Bad Köstritz, Germany – Schwarzbier (black lager), 4.8%, 355ml bottle
Mentions of the Köstritzer brewery and its ‘dark beer’ can be dated back as far as 1543. A Schwarzbier is a lager brewed using roasted barley. If you close your eyes and just smell the beer you won’t be able to tell the difference, but take sip and you’ll notice a unique roasted malt flavour with a touch of smokiness.
If you chose ‘No dark beers’
St Feuillien, Le Roeux, Belgium – Grisette Blanche, Wit beer, 5.2%, 330ml can .
A typical Belgian wit beer, brewed according to tradition with wheat, coriander and orange peel. It’s refreshing and flavourful, perfect for that time of year when days are getting longer and warmer.