When we get visitors to the warehouse we’re often asked which beers are our favourite. It’s such a hard question to answer and I never take for granted how lucky I am to have access to all of this amazing stock.
With so many great brewers that I admire it is impossible to choose a favourite but there are those I come back to time and time again. I like the ethos of all our brewers, we wouldn’t partner with them otherwise, and they’ve all got great stories to tell.
What I do find though is there are just some beers I gravitate towards and it’s a bit of a seasonal thing so I’ve highlighted my current go to beers. Maybe it’s because the sun is shining but these are the ones that I’ve been most excited about when we’ve had a beer delivery in. I’m just loving all the fruit at the moment and I didn’t realise how much of a theme that was til I selected these.
So, I’ll stop rambling and in no particular order:
Shindigger Brewing; Everythings’ Peachy
A gorgeously fruity, peach infused session IPA. At just 4.2% this is perfect. I’m not a big drinker of DIPA’s and strong beers, especially on a school night. Often, I don’t want anything too complicated and this along with my next fits the bill.
I’m a big fan of all of Shindigger’s brews and I love the fact that when they’ve perfected a recipe they then brew it on a larger scale in a local brewery with capacity. This is a great way to support other breweries and makes economic scale. Until I had Best of British Beer you don’t realise that few breweries brew every single day so there’s often some capacity.
First Chop Jam, Mango Pale
Another Manchester brewery. There are some amazing beers coming out of Manchester at the moment. We’ve been fans of Rik’s work for many years and just like Shindigger, I think I like every single one of his brews and that’s not something you can say about many.
He’s much better at brewing beer than coffee ( he’ll know what I mean! ) This pale ale with added mango is just yummy. Gluten Free and Vegan too.
Salopian Brewery & Polly’s Brew Co: Marches
Ignoring what I said earlier about loving uncomplicated, session IPA’s. This is a complex, multi layered tropical IPA, brewed with fresh grapefruit, mango and pineapple. There s so much going on and I love it. Totally blown away by it. Limited edition and sold quickly. We have a handful of cans left and I’ve hidden them!