New craft beers for autumn….

Welcome to winter! Chilly nights and falling leaves… I kind of like it. The headline news is we are 4-6 weeks away from the first Craft Metropolis bar in SE20 London! More info to follow on the newsletter but first a quick bit of news about what’s new this month:

Our top news for beers this month is the Introduction of mega-brewery Cloudwater to our shelves. With the forthcoming bar and shop the time to update the site and the type of beers is upon us starting with one of the best! We covered most corners from a Small Pale (which just shows what a sub-3% beer can taste like without the big booze) though to a Belgian Bitter. We also made sure Lager fans had their hit as well a a brilliant DDH Pale and a classic juicy IPA. Limited as hens teeth on dodo, grab ’em quick!

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Second up we grabbed a whole load more Redchurch brews. Lots more experimentation coming out of the brewery thins month including an Apricot Pale (with Vibrant Forest no less) and an Experimental IPA. Both excellent. There’s a movement and trend towards brewing German marzen beers and we’ve added this to the roster too.

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Next up one of London’s finest and who says summer is over (other than me at the start of this newsletter)?! Pina Colada from BBNo brings back a glimmer of that summer sun in the gloom of the darkening evenings. It’s full of pineapple and coconut and is a cracking brew. Another nod to summer is also introduced in the form of a limey Mexican lager and a cracking three hop DDH Table beer. Our pick has to be the Pina but a close second is the Sour IPA. Loads of hops but still lots of pucker from the sourness. Great beer as always from BBNo.

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We have two new breweries up next (for CM) in the shape of Forest Road and Rock Leopard.

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While Forest Road are bring a top lager in Posh and a classic pale in Work Rock Leopard bring big soupy hoppy brews. The imaginatively titled Distant Cousin of a Mu Mu Cat IPA is our pick!

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Last but not least we some partizan (can you tell we love them yet?) and new cans beers from One Mile End. The 4am Juicy sold out in record time last time and is our pick from them but there’s a ton to go at from Partizan too.

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Old favourites like Raspberry and Lemon Saison return and the mega 8% Stout too. But there’s new and intriguing brews like L’Intensa and Beer? If you’re looking for flavours you’ve not had before grab a Partizan or two!

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I hope you enjoy picking and trying these brand new craft beers as much as I enjoyed hunting them out for you/me!

Cheers in beers!

Oli

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Newest craft beers and the best beer right now.

Wow August was hot! I hope you enjoyed the summer sun and are ready for a slightly more chilled September? Here’s a quick bit of news about what’s new this month in the world of craft beer online:

Our headline for this month is the return of Siren brewery with a load of their beer including staple core and specials. Ten Dollar Shake is an old favourite and its’ so good to see it in a 330ml can for more people to grab hold of. As good as that is (and it really is very very good) it’s somehow pipped by Oats on Oats which has all the oaty creaminess and all the hops too! Try both maybe? Of the core range you know what you are getting; easy drinking hoppy and fresh delicious beer. Our pick of them has to be the dry-hopped lager Santo. If you think lager is boring think again this is brilliant and choc-full of flavour.

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Second up the kings are back. We’ve not had many pales from Kernel recently so a little treat for you right from the beautiful basics up. We start with Table (always brilliant, this time with El Dorado hops) through very different pales to two IPAs and a much sought after Beiré de Saison! Our pick would be the Amarillo/ Cascade/Vic Sectret pale and the Saison but they are all worthy of anyones attention.

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Next up….we’ve been chatting to Affinity Brew for 3 years so we guessed them releasing 4 big cans for of delicious beer was as good an excuse as any to grab them and ping them on the site for you to get your chops around. A really small set-up and well worth supporting we bring you a session IPA, a sour and a saison. Our pick of the bung has to be the single hop Glass of Drink centennial IPA. Very floral and full of punch.

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OK, not a month goes by without some new Brick beer right? Yeah, sorry about that! I blame them for making amazing beers and I’ve told them as much. “You stop making great beer, I’ll stop buying it!” haha.

From the light end of zippy to the big end of dark and moody we have two sours and their easy-drinking Pils to the mega-dog that is Scroggin‘. Needless to say if the suns out the grisette is our pick but as the leaves turn yellow we are reaching for the nutty dark 10% impy. Enjoy!

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Last but not least we have our first cans from Mondo. Mondo have always been well represented on these virtual shelves because of their drinkabilty and fun approach to brewing. This has continued through their new series and it looks like there will be no stopping them now. Lots of styles, plenty of experimentation and bags of flavour. The Mango Pale is probably the pick of these but they are all well rounded and well executed brews.

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I hope you enjoy picking these beers as much as I enjoyed hunting them out and trying them for you/me!

Cheers and keep smiling

Oli

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This month’s best new craft beers

Our headline for this month is the return of Anspach and Hobday. A Bermondsey beer mile mainstay and a brewery that are really hitting the right notes with their core range as well as specials.

We took the whole range on so you can try as many as possible. The Porter is their flagship and first beer and extremely well executed. For more summer drinking the Citrus Sour and the Noble Saison are real thirst quenchers….along with a Session Porter which goes down a treat well chilled.

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Second up we have some of the best beers in London this year. BBNo – as you probably already know – are a firm fav of ours but these beers blew us away. Of the three I was expecting to love the Session IPA and like the others but the Blueberry and Lime Berliner Weiss and even more so the Triple Fruited Gose were out of this world. Highly highly recommending both of these or I will drink them all quite happily!

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Next up are a few old favourites. We have restocked on some classic core from Weird Beard. The hoppy trio of Trench, Little Things and Shadow are some of the beers that started the craft beer adventure for me. All well worth a stock up or revisit if it’s been a while. We’ve also added their new hopped pale ale Gravelands too.

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OK, an absolute treat for you next. Not only have we stocked up on one of our favourite beers from Hammerton (Crunch Peanut Butter Milk Stout) we’ve grabbed some Fudge Cake too! Wow, talk about indulgence in a glass! Fancy something lighter? We have their 440ml cans of their NEPA and Concrete Jungle. The latter is our pick of the brews – it’s criminally easy to drink.

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Last but not least we have added another brewery that’s been away from our shelves since last year in the shape of Bianca Road. They have so many summery beers brewed at the moment it was hard not to. The stand out brews for me are the LA Bloods orange zest and the new table beer Costa Mesa.

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If you are on a 2 or 3 month deal don’t miss our new Outsider brewery Wild Beer and their eclectic range. A long-time favourite of mine it’s a pleasure to welcome them to the site with their brilliant mix of experimental ingredients and well rounded core beers.

We also had loads of new stuff from Weird Beard, Redemption and Seven Sisters to name a few.

I hope you enjoy picking these beers as much as I enjoyed hunting them out and trying them for you/me!

Cheers and keep smiling in the sun!

Oli

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Brick Brewery Take The Peaks

Brick Brewery, the craft brewer from South East London, is taking a unique approach to the Three Peaks Challenge by launching a limited-edition charity series of beers in collaboration with brewers local to the three highest mountains in the United Kingdom.

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While most event attendees make do with a map and a generous bar of Kendal Mint Cake in their rucksacks, the crafty team at Brick have taken the challenge to another level by creating the Three Peaks Beer Series in collaboration with Fallen Brewing Co. (Ben Nevis, Scotland), Hawkshead Brewery (Scafell Pike, England) and Wild Horse Brewing Co.(Snowdon, Wales).

Ian Stewart, Brick Brewery Founder, said: “We love the areas in which the challenge takes place and have long admired the work of some of the local breweries there. It was a no-brainer to team up with like-minded beer folk and concoct this series inspired by the three peaks.”

Each of the breweries has a similar ethos and shares a number of common values to Brick Brewery. They each combined their skills to create a series that reflected the cultural surroundings of the local breweries while maintaining an element of Brick’s signature South East London style. They also selected local charities to benefit from the collaboration.

Ian Stewart added: “The process has been really memorable; friendships have been made and show-stopping beers produced that both locals and fellow climbers can enjoy. Now we just have to complete the challenge itself!”

Created with curious beer fans in mind, “Starting on Heaven” Session Helles, “Scroggin’” Imperial Stout and “Summit Fever” East Coast IPA will be available to purchase in 440ml cans and on tap at each brewery from 13th July onwards. A percentage of each sale will be donated to breweries’ chosen charities, giving back to local communities.  

People taking part in the Three Peak Challenge will also be encouraged to try all three beers via a social media competition which will run in July.

In keeping to its normal style, Brick has worked with artists local to each brewery to design the can labels to further strengthen the community connections.

The breweries’ teams will all take part in the challenge starting on 12th July 2019 and the beers will be available from 13th July on Brick’s website, The Tap Room in Peckham and at each of the participating breweries – Starting from £4.00

Starting on Heaven, Session Helles – Fallen Brewing Co. x Brick Brewery – ABV 3.8%

This delicate beer is a crisp, clean and refreshing German-style Helles lager using Weyermann malt, Mandarina Bavaria and Idaho 7 hops. Mandarina Bavaria brings tangerine and citrus notes while Idaho 7 hops adds subtle tropical aromas with a sticky forest pine and earthy black tea character.

Scroggin’, Imperial Stout – Hawkshead Brewery x Brick Brewery – ABV 9.0%

Inspired by ‘scroggin’, a mixture of dried fruit, nuts and other food eaten as a snack by hikers, this beer has rich ingredients and flavours. Aromas of chocolate, nuts, raisin, pecans and peanuts can be tasted with the addition of lactose for a decadent and creamy mouthfeel that complements its high ABV.

Summit Fever, East Coast IPA – Wild Horse Brewing Co. x Brick Brewery – ABV 6.6%

A bold, hop-forward East Coast IPA using Azacca and Nelson Sauvin hops. Staying true to the typical yeast profiles of the New England style, Summit Fever combines North and South hemisphere hops giving it heavy stone fruit, melon and white grape aromas and has a soft and fluffy mouthfeel coming from additional oats.

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Craft beer news. New beers in London right now – including a DEYA brewery collab!

BIG BEER alert! DEYA are one of the most popular breweries at the moment and when they teamed up with one of our favourites it was a no-brainer to get in some Pressure Drop beers. This DIPA is all things DIPAs should be. Syrupy but light, hoppy yet not overly raspy. It’s a cracker. Two Weeks in Florida is strictly limited to 1 per box folks – sorry! Grab it while you can!

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Redchurch are a brand new brewery to the site. They were one of the first breweries we talked to way back in 2015 but for one reason or another they never appeared on the site – until now!

Their style is accomplished and consistent and they are past masters of the sour. Our highlights are their IPL can and the Paradise Pale. Expect more sours and seasonal lagers from them after this first batch.

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Another month another set of amazing Brew by Numbers cans. Boring. Haha. These beers can never be boring when they are so good. The 55 Citra, Simcoe & Ekuanot is easily one of the best DIPAs (double IPAs) on the market right now and a series of beers I have a soft spot for. It’s always evolving and never disappoints. Big hops and smooth drinking make this a must-pick. Personally I was thrilled to see 23 Keller Pils make it into their new range this months as I rate this as one of UK’s best Pils by some way. I’d drink it all day (if I could!) and is always on the radar for the first beer of a session.

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We move onto Partizan who have literally sprung into spring like a springy thingy with a host of seasonal beers and rebrews.

Lots here to challenge even the most hardened of craft beer drinker including a beautiful Belgian pale Atomium and exceptionally easy drinking White Noise white IPA. We are loving this beer right now! This all comes alongside the usual brilliant offering of IPAs like including the best selling black coffee version (you went mad for this so we had to bring it back ASAP) and a new four hop drop thats fresh as a daisy. My favourite of these new pairs is certainly the white IPA, it’s rare that these come out as well as this and it would be the first bottle in my subscription box if I was picking.

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Two breweries up next up who we haven’t seen for awhile. The first is Howling Hops with refreshed the core range and also added a big special can. This would be the first place I’d go but they really do nail the core range so you can’t go far wrong. Also back on the shelves are a load of new flavours of mead from Gosnells. If these don’t get you ready for summer nothing will!

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Still with me? Good, because Canopy brewery have some big cans on the virtual shelves. We added their core but also took in the lager cans as it seems everyone is on a summer drive. If Rhubarb Weisse and Goosberry Gose don’t make you smile then nothing will.

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I hope you enjoy picking these craft beers as much as I enjoyed hunting them out and trying them!

Cheers and beers!

Oli

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Christmas craft beers – what’s new in the festive beer world this month

December. When did that happen? It seems only yesterday we were basking in the summer sun and enjoying the festival season. But worry not the dark nights and festive vibes bring presents, joy, happiness and festive beer!

Christmas craft beers – what’s new in the festive beer world this month

This month we’ve gone Christmas can crazy. A brewery local to us are absolutely destroying it in the can are Gipsy Hill. 3, 4 or 5 specials each month we couldn’t resist there latest offerings and bring you 6 new specials in can. They are all spot on but our pick of the bunch is the Christmas Kriek. Not just because it’s festive but because GH are nailing sour/fruited beers at the moment. This follows hot on the heels of their mixed berry sour and this is just as good, if not better. We’ve never had a cherry beer with the flavour of real cherries so prominent behind the tart sour front. An excellent winter companion to any fireside evening. Pure Christmas. You don’t see enough White IPAs these days so Momotaro is a lovely addition to their range and Baller, Swamper and Codebreaker are big, juicy fantastic brews – but all very different. Welcome back Gipsy Hill – pop these in your craft beer subscription box now!

We’ve also badgered the breweries at Seven Sisters, One Mile End, Big Hug and BBNo for some wares old and new and there’s some excellent picks in can from them all. Juice is the main player here and, let’s be honest, you can’t beat a bit of Brew by numbers. Soft, sessionable and now in alu 27|01 is outstanding. Don’t miss out one of the most interesting two beers this month in the shape of the Amaretti Impy from Canopy and Buddha’s sour ale. Both something for the adventurous.

Don’t worry we haven’t gone all can-mad. In bottle we have two smashing hop-beasts from Mondo. Both showcase different hops in very different ways but both very modern and different enough to stand out in a crowd – Green Monstah and Hongi are fresh in.

Christmas craft beers – what’s new in the festive beer world this month

We also have some of the last bottles from BBNo including an IPA 05|01. One of the original craft beers from them and one that is already selling fast. A month can’t go by without grabbing some utterly excellent Pressure Drop beers. Every month they just get better and better and three new brews from them this month scream hoppiness. Try one, maybe two, definitely three. Not to be missed.

We’ve rounded up this months new beers with a bit of pudding too. Who doesn’t like ice cream? Weird Beards Choco Azimut is a mint choc ice cream pale. Yum indeed.

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Craft beer of the month – Magic Rock/Verdant What are the Odds DDH DIPA

When people start talking of a beer as “beer of the year” you take notice. When it’s a Magic Rock and you’re about to load them onto your site as an Outsider you jump for joy! Good luck or genius timing? You can decide. We’ve had both Magic Rock and Verdant on our site before but never together and this monster 500ml can is basically the best of both.

Craft beer of the month – Magic Rock/Verdant What are the Odds DDH DIPA

Verdant do nothing but delivery soupy, hoppy, smooth, low-bitter big beers and Magic Rock are well versed in creating hop-forward brews so what could go wrong? Nothing at all, in fact it’s easily our beer of the month. There’s all that smoothness and tons of hops we spoke about previously but it has a very devilish slightly bitter and treacle-like triple edge to it that sets it apart from other DIPAs. For such a thick beer, and one with so much ABV, it’s scarily easy to drink and 500ml certainly won’t over-face you. Is What are the Odds “Beer of the Year”? Well that’s for you to decide but the only way to know is to try one – so grab one before they go (we have a few left as we type) and make up your own mind.

Notable runners up this month come from the ever-excellent Brew by Numbers and the “back to basics” beautiful 55|09 DIPA. A completely different beast to Odds but a stunning and beautiful brew none the less.

Craft beer of the month – Magic Rock/Verdant What are the Odds DDH DIPA

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Tiny Rebel Fields Forever – our beer of the month (which comes with a warning!)

It’s been hard picking a favourite beer this month for our online club. 50 beers added last month to the site and 50 more this has really tested out tasting team! There are worse jobs and all that. We were really excited about Mondo’s new brews as we haven’t had a brut (all the rage at the moment) on the shelves before. We were also very keen to try their fruit trio of Juice Crew and rightly so they are busting with flavour but it was another fruit infused beer that that grabbed out attention and fired all the way to the top of the charts this month – Tiny Rebel’s Fields Forever.

Tiny Rebel Fields Forever – our beer of the month (which comes with a warning!)

New England style IPAs are everywhere at the moment and with good reason; it’s a brilliant style to showcase murky hoppy beers. But what happens when you add a bucketload of strawberries to one? (Strawberry) Fields Forever is the answer. Now this gorgeous little drop isn’t just a Tiny Rebel masterstroke, Northern Monk had something to do with it as well and when great breweries collide it’s no surprise this is so damn good.

This is no ordinary beer though, it comes with a warning! It’s not like a Brewdog style stunt with a warning like “this beer will explode if not drunk at a 7 degree angle” or whatever their latest gimmick is this, no, is more of a subtle bit of advise to the lucky craft beer fan in question with this beer in front of them. The message is simple: “embrace the floaters”!

The breweries even went as far as writing up a blog on this to help beer drinkers understand this beer because putting it mildly it looks disgusting!

Tiny Rebel Fields Forever – our beer of the month (which comes with a warning!)

This {beer is full of} sediment {which} literally consists of lactose, fruit proteins and yeast. In other words, it’s really, really tasty. However, some people might not think it looks too appealing. Especially if you pour it like you would with any other beer, which would result in disturbing the large particles and distributing them throughout the beer – descriptions of the results of this include “chunky” and “snowglobe”. This is simply an aesthetic issue. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with the beer – it just might not “look right” to some. Tiny Rebel Brewery

We wholeheartedly embrace this beer and enjoyed it in all it’s floaty glory. It drinks with a good amount of smooth hoppiness but with an incredible (but not overpowering) end flavour of smushed fresh strawberries in it. It packs a punch too but is so very easy to drink you will definitely be popping another one open as soon as the first is gone. If nothing else, and this isn’t normally your thing, you have to admit you are intrigued right?

Tiny Rebel / Northern Monk Fields Forever NEIPA is our beer of the month for fun, fruitiness and floaters! Buy, pour hard, stir and sip in happiness.

PS: A notable mention also goes to Tiny Rebels Imperial Chocolate Puft which is epic as well and was soooooo close to taking the crown

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The five best Scottish craft beer breweries right now…

5 excellent Scottish breweries (including one you’ll be seeing in your subscription box soon!) Guest blog by @britishbeergirl

There is so much more to Scottish beer than Tennent’s, BrewDog, Caledonian and McEwan’s. With the craft beer scene booming the world over, Scotland has firmly been making its mark over the last few years with a reputable selection of breweries.

Edinburgh resident and self-confessed craft beer obsessive British Beer Girl tells us about some of the best breweries in her wee northern territory, who are making the Scottish craft beer scene one to be proud of: 

Stewart Brewing 

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Brewing since 2004 just outside the city of Edinburgh, Stewart Brewing are famous locally for their cask ales, which are insanely popular in pubs across Edinburgh. However, they have started to earn critical acclaim (including at the World Beer Awards this year) for their ‘Hop Series’ – their Cascadian East American pale ale is utter perfection, in this beer fanatic’s humble opinion. 

Six Degrees North 

The five best Scottish craft beer breweries right now…

Hailing from the same area of Scotland as BrewDog, this Aberdeenshire-based brewery is hitting the country by storm with their fantastic range of Belgian-inspired beers (they’re six° north of Brussels!). Their bar in Edinburgh houses the largest tap selection in Scotland, with 40 glorious British and world beers at the ready. Their Hopocrisy Belgian pale and Brevet saison are marvellous, and they also do some great collaboration brews. 

Fyne Ales

The five best Scottish craft beer breweries right now…

The Fyne Ales team has been brewing great beer within the beautiful west coast countryside in Argyll since 2001. They’re purveyors of some of the best cask ales in Scotland, and their Jarl (a hoppy blonde session ale) is one of the first beers in the UK to use the popular Citra hop. It’s their most-sold beer and has won multiple awards – if you see it, try it, and you’ll see why! 

Fallen Brewing 

The five best Scottish craft beer breweries right now…

Brewing out of the old Kippen railway station in rural Stirlingshire, Fallen have made a solid reputation for themselves by brewing some of the finest, most quaffable pales and IPAs in Scotland. Their Platform C IPA and Grapevine pale ale are just two examples from their core range of modern beers which is guaranteed to wow even the most discerning craft beer drinker. 

…and, last but not least *drumroll* we have Tempest, which Craft Metropolis subscribers will be seeing in their boxes very soon! 

Tempest 

The five best Scottish craft beer breweries right now…

Based in the Scottish Borders on the banks of the River Tweed, Tempest are famous for their Long White Cloud, but have been killing it with their extensive selection of beer styles since 2010. Try their Marmade on Rye and their Mexicake. Just do it. You won’t regret it. 

You can follow British Beer Girl’s boozy ramblings on Instagram, Twitter and Untappd at – @britishbeergirl 

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Craft Beer of the Month – July 2018 – Hammerton Crunch

Sun beating down relentlessly, 35 degree heat, hosepipe bans and browned charred grass as far as the eye can see. If this English summer didn’t scream “the hottest since records began” nothing ever will. Until the next one I suppose? So what beer goes best with the most-blisteringly-hot-thing-since-1976? A cloudy yet zippy fresh IPA? A super-cold unfiltered lager? Nope, neither. Not for us. For us it’s a stout. It’s true, in the hottest month since the universe dribbled into existence a stout wins out for this months best craft beer. So it must be some stout eh? Yes, it absolutely is. Let’s lay everything out there; it’s no barrel-aged beauty or rare-fermented hype monster it’s just good old Hammerton Crunch but we LOVE it. Crunch is a beer that took a while to perfect. 37 attempts to be fair but I think you will agree they nailed it.

Craft Beer of the Month – July 2018 – Hammerton Crunch

“After 3 Months and 37 experiments, this Stout has what we consider to be the perfect ratio of Peanut Butter, lactose and Biscuit. A massive hit of roasted peanut on the nose, followed by a silky-smooth mouthfeel and a sweet CRUNCH as it goes down”

Hammerton Brewery’s Crunch is a peanut butter stout that’s brimming with flavour. We fell in love with it simply because of just how naughty it was, and how spot on the flavour actually was. We added 50 beers this month to our range and grew the selection to over 200 beer so the competition was tough. Full disclosure; this beer is not for everyone but it’s one we utterly fell in love with and reach for over and over again. There’s a sweetness that hit you with every sip but a bitterness and a grown-up backbone that follows up to keep it from being too gimmicky. Then you sip again and the chocolate nuttiness come back in floods and you forget the adult sensibilities all over agin as you bask in a wave of childish nuttiness. It’s cycle that continues over and over until the can is diminished in record time. It’s not complex or cleaver, in fact it the opposite it’s moorish and daft. What it might lack in sophistication this beer makes up for in likability. Crunch is to us a a heap of fun and a bucket-full of nostalgia – there’ comparisons with Snickers and Reeses Pieces as comparative tasting notes, both of which are very accurate. It’s joy to drink, even in the blistering heat, and for us any beer that can stand out when really it has not right to is our beer of the month.

Congratulations Hammerton, Crunch is beer of the month.

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