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  • Feeling Fruity? How to Tell a Kölsch From a Lager

    There are many lookalike beers that can be hard to tell apart. Any number of similarly dark brews can give you pause for thought – mild and porter, schwarzbier and black IPA…

  • Taste testing three strong stouts

    It’s cold out there! Warm up with these strong stouts

    It seems like winter just doesn’t want to let go this year. Here we are in mid-March, with St Patrick’s Day looming, and the temperatures are set to plunge below zero again.…

  • Hop Stuff Brewery, Mosaic and Simcoe DDH IPA

    Hop Stuff, Mosaic and Simcoe DDH IPA

    This was a free sample. Delivered on a bicycle, through the snow and ice, this hazy amber beauty has a lot going on. Biscuity malt sweetness turns to marmalade and stewed stone…

  • Kriek overload: drowning in cherry beer to find you the best one

    I have always loved cherries. It’s one of my favourite flavours, so it’s no surprise that I’m also a big fan of kriek, the Belgian cherry beer. I inadvertently started amassing an…

  • Brick Brewery, Watermelon and Lime Sour

    Brick Brewery, Watermelon and Lime Sour

    Having previously enjoyed Brick Brewery’s Rhubarb Sour, which I have since learnt sold out within just two weeks, I was pleased to get hold of their Lime and Watermelon Sour. It pours…

  • Mongozo Banana

    Brouwerij Huyghe, Mongozo Banana

    A delightful oddity: its main aroma, by a long way, is banana. Hardly surprising. But delve deeper and you will find aromas of fake banana sweets, then pear drops and bubblegum. In…

  • Siren Craft Brew, Project Barista: Crema

    Siren Craft Brew, Project Barista: Crema

    It’s not often that a beer completely bamboozles me, but this was definitely one of those occasions. I had met a friend in Wimbledon to check out some of the Old Ales…

  • Burning Sky x Harvey's, Last Voyage IPA

    Burning Sky x Harvey’s, Last Voyage IPA

    I love both of these breweries, so this collaboration was a must-try for me. It pours a hazy golden pale amber and is subtle on the nose with orange, citrus and tropical…

  • Mash and Vanilla barrel aged barleywine by The Bruery

    The Bruery, Mash and Vanilla

    Tasting notes for Mash and Vanilla, a barrel-aged barleywine by Californian brewers The Bruery.

  • Omnipollo, Noa Hazelnut Cupcake

    Stouts are never really black. Even the strongest imperial stout held up to the light will show itself to be deepest ruby or garnet. So Noa must be something else.