It may come as little surprise to learn that the team at Best of British Beer have no interest in Dryanuary. Instead we prefer to start the new year with a look back on 2015 and choose a selection of beers that have really stood out from the crowd for us. I suppose you could call them all winners of the 2016 Bobsters! So in no particular order here are ‘Six of the Best’ from Best of British Beer
Allendale Brewery. One of England’s most northerly brewers, we’re delighted to be the online partners for this multi award winning business. Pennine Pale is the proud holder of a ‘2 Star Great Taste’ award and a whole host of regional and national SIBA gongs and once you’ve tasted this beauty, you will know why. Jam packed full of flavour, but with a very sessionable ABV, it is the epitome of a modern pale ale.
Chapel Down. Brewed at one of England’s most popular vineyards in the beautiful Kent countryside, Curious Porter is one of three in their beer range. Using a classic English porter recipe as a base, French vanilla oak chips are added to add a creamy softness that balances the natural bitterness of the beer.
We’ve only been selling Roosters beers for a couple of months, but they are already proving incredibly popular. While their entire range is brilliant, we’ve chosen Baby Faced Assassin in a 330ml can as the stand out product. From a home brew recipe to recognition at the 2015 International Brewing Awards in just 4 years gives you all the proof you need that this beer is pretty special.
We all love a ruby beer at Christmas and this year’s stand out offering was Winter Warmth from Great Newsome Brewery in Hull. A lovely sweet, smooth beer with a beautiful mahogany body, it has a toffee and chocolate nose and hints of orange and liquorice on the tongue. The perfect fireside beer on a cold winter’s night.
The guys at Freedom brewery have totally revamped their entire range and we’ve highlighted their East India Pale as the top of the hops. With a healthy 5.5% ABV and a really interesting lager/IPA crossover style, this beer delivers a massive hit of grapefruit and citrus fruit that is full on, yet not overpowering.
When the winners of the CAMRA Champion Beer of Britain collaborate with one of this country’s most decorated brewers, you can expect something special. Catatonic is the brainchild of Tiny Rebel from South Wales and Salopian brewery in Shropshire. It is a wonderful bright golden beer that’s fruitier than Carmen Miranda’s hat.