This is another blog from Dan, our Tooting store manager. We will get him his own account to post from soon – we promise!

Beer is the world’s most diverse drink, so it comes as no surprise that we believe there’s a beer for everyone. You don’t have to be a hop addict to get in on the action either, because craft beer is about much more that just on-trend IPAs.

We’re into flavour, and we believe that’s what makes the craft beer scene so exciting. Passionately brewed products made by people who love to experiment, pay homage to tradition and celebrate beautiful ingredients.

One of the things that gives us our biggest kick is turning people onto new beers. Whether that’s opening someone’s eyes to the complexities of a traditional lambic or pouring them a roasty stout brewed just a few miles down the road.

There’s also the challenge of finding something for someone who doesn’t like beer. This situation has become commonplace in our stores: a group of people walk in and someone tentatively approaches the counter before whispering, “do you sell cider?”

The answer is simple: no. However, all is not lost. Collectively our shops stock around 600 different beers from around the world. There are sweet beers and sour beers; fruity beers and malty beers; strong beers and alcohol free beers; hoppy beers and easy-drinking beers; barrel-aged beer and even salty beers. Variation is key to the industry, and our shelves are a showcase of diversity.

While beer may be defined by the way it’s made, that doesn’t mean that it all tastes the same.

In this blog we want to turn all you non-beer-drinkers onto something new and exciting. Maybe wine is your preferred tipple, or perhaps you’re a slave to the spirits. Either way, we’re here to surprise you by telling you all about some of our most unique products. I mean, what’s the worst that could happen?

Magic Rock Salty Kiss 4.1%

For those who don’t know, Gose is style of beer, brewed in Germany, that can be traced back to the early 16th century. Commonly, at least 50% of the malt bill is made up of wheat, and you’ll often encounter a herbal characteristic and saltiness to the beer. Magic Rock have taken their award-winning brew to the next level with the addition of gooseberries, sea buckthorn and sea salt. It’s subtly sour and slightly tart, with a crisp, clean finish. No wonder it’s one of our top ten sellers.

Omnipollo Noa Pecan Mud Pie 11.0%

Thick, rich and decadent – Omnipollo’s Noa is an 11% imperial pecan mud cake stout that tastes like a pudding in a bottle. It pours ink-black with a burnt tan head, aromas of nutella, roasted malts and cookies jump from the glass. You’ll also find notes of wood, vanilla and coffee, all topped off by a hearty boozy finish. This sure as hell isn’t the kind of brew you’d sink on a daily basis, but we all need to treat ourselves every now and then, right?

Wild Beer Co. Ninkasi 9.0%

Our friends down in Somerset know a thing or two about funky beers. This divine Belgian-style saison (a traditional seasonal style of beer) has been brewed with a wealth of juicy New Zealand hops, freshly harvested Somerset apple juice and wild yeast added to the mix. The use of wild yeast, or Brett as it’s more commonly referred to, will give the beer a funky, sour edge. The result is rustic, fresh and earthy. This one’s for the cider fans.

 

Two Roads Road Jam 5.0%

This summer seasonal by Two Roads Brewing Co. begins life as a wheat ale. The beer is then fermented along with red and black raspberries and given an extra kick as lemongrass is added to the mix. As the beer makes its way into your glass, a delicious red liquid is unveiled, followed by thirst-quenching aromas of freshly picked berries. The finish is dry, refreshing and rather complex, with very little fruity sweetness.

Mikkeller Hallo Ich Bin Berliner Weisse (Cherry) 3.7%

Mikkeller cans look the business, but it’s what’s hidden in those cylinder vessels that really surprises and delights us. For the ultimate summer tipple, try their cherry flavoured Hallo Ich Bin Berliner Weisse on for size. This is a traditional German style sour beer which is usually served with red or green cordial to balance out the acidity, but Mikkeller are far from traditionalists so that funky tartness is on full display, all of which is underpinned by the subtle integration of sharp red cherries and unripe apples.

Maui Brewing Co. Coconut Hiwa Porter 6.0%

This robust porter by Maui Brewing Co. is dark, sweet and strangely tropical. The beer has been spiced with all natural coconut to give a rich and exotic flavour, the likes of which is complemented by notes of roasted coffee, milk chocolate and hints of vanilla. One of the things we like most about this beer is the satisfying silky mouthfeel, a sought-after characteristic which takes this porter to the next level.

Fourpure Juicebox 5.9%

Okay, so this is technically an IPA, but hear us out. This has been one of our most popular beers since its release a few months back; Fourpure even sold out of the stuff so we had to wait until September to get it back in. Labelled as a ‘Citrus IPA’, it’s packed with tropical aromas of papaya and mango. Orange zest was also added to the brew for an authentic fruity flavour. Although there is a delicious bitter finish to this beer, you will discover that it’s been well balanced by the sweet fruit. If you like this we’d also recommend trying Wild Beer’s Pogo.