Buxton Brewery - Buxton Spa. I love a well crafted beer and this one is beautifully created. It screams grapefruit at you and is masterfully balanced. Refreshing, tasty and demonstrates how varied beer can be. Really great stuff.
Saddlers Ales - Mud City Stout. Lovely stout this. Chocolate and vanilla are strong enough to give this a real flavour, but subtle enough not to overpower. Smooth and well balanced. It is very, very tasty. Beautifully crafted. Will definitely have this again.
Summer Wine Brewery - Oregon. A west coast pale ale. This is a lovely little beer if you like that heavy hopped US taste and dont want a beer that will knock you over. 5.5% is just right for this classy, citrussy beer. Yes it is nothing new and yes there are better beers in this category. But, the beer tastes good and a change is as good as a rest. Give it a go.
Weird Beard - Little things that kill. The bottle says “a violently hoppy little beer” and boy was it violent. I popped the cap off and boom off went versuvius beer, the stuff was so lively it wasn’t for staying in the bottle. Who am I to argue. This is a low abv beer with a grwat hop taste. It begs you to drink more of it. Another brilliant beer from weird beard.
Ska Brewing Company - Modus Hoperandi. It’s an IPA. It’s a bloody good IPA. Massive lashings of hop, good bitterness. Perfection in a can.
Siren Brewey - Nacken. A wheat beer that has a huge hit of hops. This is a brilliant collaboration. This is awesome
Quantum - Smoked Imperial Treacle Stout. My word. This is practically food. Big treacle toffee flavours, thisnis a monster of a stout. Fullnof flavour and at almost 10% has a huge abv. Tastes good though.
Badger - Golden Champion. You know what, this isn’t half bad - I think. it is a bit bonkers, very biscuity and malty whilst having a huge great whalloping elderflower taste to it too. You could only have one in a night as the taste is so huge. I think I liked it, I’d have to try it again though to be sure.
Marstons - Old Empire. I’m not one of these people that avoids the larger breweries offerings, there are a few good ones out there so I’m not afraid to try something that is in the supermarket. BUT, and this is an epic BUT, this is a really poor beer, sounds good on the bottle, tastes a little bit too bland for me - I like big flavours from an IPA and this just didn’t deliver.
Co-operative - Gold Miner. I wanted beer, I was in the Co-op so I opted for this as it sounded good - the story on the bottle is wonderful. I was wrong, this isn’t good, I really didn’t enjoy it, it felt like it was lacking in every area, weak hop and malt flavours and didn’t really feel very bottle conditioned. Sorry Co-op, I really wanted to like this too.
Buxton Brewery - Jaw Gate. An American IPA. Just what I needed to restore my faith in hoppy beer after hoptimum. This is brilliant. Wonderfully balanced with bitterness and hops in good measure. This is as good as southville hop from Bristol Beer Factory and I don’t heap such praise lightly. Great work from Buxton Brewery, with these boys and Thornbridge producing such awesome craft beer the peak district is really kicking ass right now.
Siren craft brew - Broken dream. This is a breakfast stout. I have no idea what a breakfast stout is, but this is awesome. Coffee and Chocolate, beautifully subtle, this is a rich and very lovely beer. I think I like breakfast stout.
Sierra Nevada - Hoptimum. Oh god. Too much hop. Too strong. This weighs in at a whopping 10.4 % and is hopped beyond comprehension. I like hoppy but this is too much for me.
Durham Brewery - Amarelle. Beer with sour cherry. Bottle conditioned, , this is described as dark red and it is so dark red it is nearly black. The sour cherry is really subtle but cuts through nicely. A brilliant beer.
Dark Energy - Hardknott. Well this is interesting, very stout like and fruity without tasting of fruit. It’s bonkers and really good, not as heavy as a stout, not as hoppy as a black ipa it has a fresh taste with all the complex character youd expect from a stout. This is great work from Hardknott who have managed to create a unique beer that tastes good in a market place where that is getting more and more difficult to pull off. Good stuff.