Beer For A Year Club – October 2014
We couldn’t let the Scottish referendum debate finish without including a beer from north of the border in this month’s selection. We’re delighted the Scots have voted to stay part of Great Britain, as it gives us loads more brilliant breweries to work with. Alloa based Williams Bros are a really progressive independent producer of quality beer and we’ve chosen their Harvest Sun for you. It’s a beer that signals the end of the summer and the start of the darker nights.
We try and tailor our beer choices to the changing of the seasons and we’ve picked a few darker beers to enjoy this month – Brown Ale from Sonnet 43 in Country Durham, Wiper & True’s Milk Shake Stout and Powerhouse Porter from the London based Sambrooks Brewery. None of these beers are ridiculously strong, but they all have a lovely mellow taste to them with hints of coffee, chocolate and toffee.
Mobberley Fine Ales is a lovely set up on a farm in rural Cheshire and we’ve been stocking their beers ever since they started brewing. Originally started by Phil Roberts, an IT Executive, he got his son, James to help out during holidays from Bangor University. James got so hooked on the business that after graduation, he’s taken on a full time role as Head Brewer, Sales Manager and Social Media guru – not bad for someone who’s still under 25. It just shows the varied backgrounds that lots of our brewery partners have had before ending up making beer.
With Christmas fast approaching, our buyers are already starting to sort out which seasonal beers will be featured this year and with over 1400 independent brewers to choose from, it gives us a lot of choice. We’ve built up a range of Christmas goodies and we’re really proud of our Advent Calendar, it’s the only one of its kind in the world and it is selling very quickly indeed. We’ve included some details about our Beer Tree with your October selection.
As always, if you have any favourite breweries you think we should be stocking, please let us know.