Hope you’ve had a great Christmas, and wishing you a Happy New Year.
Many people talk about Dryanuary, but how about giving Tryanuary a go instead. Details are here http://www.tryanuary.co.uk/
Where better to try out all those different beers than OLC. By the time we get to tomorrow night we will have had 213 different real ales in 2014! That will make 436 different real ales in the three years since we broke away from Greene King.
And what better time to try out some of those beers than at our New Year Celebrations tomorrow night. We’ll have five great beers on. Book either online NOW or come in to the club tonight and buy some tickets (more info here).
We have three real ales on now:
Pilgrim Quest 3.6%
Lighter on the palate with a restrained hop structure. A mix of hops from both the Continent, America and New Zealand give the beer a floral, lime note. £2.40. LocAle. Reigate.
Hammerton N7 5.2%
A refreshing pale ale with six different hops from the US and New Zealand giving a complex citrus aroma. The subtle sweet malt flavour balances the fresh bitterness. Brewing legend JK (James Kemp) formally Head Brewer of Buxton and Senior brewer for Thornbridge helped develop the recipe for this Hammerton’s very first beer. £3.00. LocAle. Islington.
Hop Stuff Gunners Porter 7.4%
Yes, that does say 7.4%! Gunners Porter is Hop Stuff Brewery’s take on a traditional English porter, and a nod to their home at the Royal Arsenal and its rich military heritage. Made with roasted and chocolate malts and blended with pilgrim hops from the UK and a little Willamette from over the pond to add spicy notes- a perfect winter warmer. £3.00. LocAle. Woolwich.
Joining these three tomorrow night will two really WILD Beers
Adnams Wild Hop Amber 4.8%
Brewed with Pale Ale, Malted Wheat and Acidified Malts and hopped with locally (to Adnams) gathered Wild and Garden hops including Fuggles, Goldings, Bramling Cross and Sovereign. £2.70. Suffolk
Wild Beer Bibble 4.2%
This is one of the best beers we’ve tried all year and it just had to go on for New Year’s Night. Brewed with Vienna Malt and Oats, an unusual mouth filling malt base. Hopped with beautiful Mosaic hops, renowned for their tropical fruit beauty, helped along with some nice orangey Amarillo hops both at the end of the boil and in the dry hop. It is unfined, so naturally hazy. A moreish bitterness is complimented by tropical fruit tastiness. Somerset. £2.70
(Duncan’s note: The best beer I had all last year was Siren Liquid Mistress. There’s a cask hidden in our stockroom which will go on late in January after we return from holiday!)
Quite what and when the replacement beers go on depends on what gets drunk the quickest.
When the Hop Stuff Gunners Porter goes we should have:
Bexley Black Prince Porter 4.6%
Duncan went to two secondary schools, both were approved. Cray Valley Technical High School for Boys at Crittalls Corner and BETHS in Bexley. BETHS is next to what was the Black Prince pub and is now the Holiday Inn. So he is looking forward to this one. Black Prince Porter combines brown, chocolate, black and crystal malts to produce a dark rich ale with a roasted, vanilla aroma and a sweet chocolate, coffee flavour. Cyclops tasting information – http://www.cyclopsbeer.co.uk/beer.asp?beer_id=5974 £2.70. LocAle. Erith.
What else goes on this week is in the beer drinkers hands. Possibilities depending on deliveries and when casks end are:
Pilgrim Progress 4.0%, Gadds No7 3.8%, Truman’s/Caveman Christmas Cave 4.8%.
(all these beers will be on at some point soon).
Next Wednesday we will have five exciting beers on. Four from Brodies and one from Surrey Hills. Plus some new Cider and Perry (we always have a range of real cider and perry in stock). Watch out for an early Ale Mail next week.
Cheers and Happy New Year.