Every fortnight we pick out 6 of our favourite beers to populate the centre table in our Balham shop. We’ve put them online because we love them so much that we want more people to know about it. These are some of our favourite beers and breweries that we’ve been enjoying and just can’t get enough of. Enjoy reading, hope it whets your appetite!

Belleville – Nthº Series

Style 

Double IPA | Barley Wine | Imperial Stout

ABV 

8.0% | 9.0% | 10.0%

Location

Wandsworth Common

Brewery

Belleville are our most local brewery and have some incredibly exciting plans. This beer series is the start, all three of the beers the biggest and boldest they have produced.

The Beer   

Boulder –  This has been double hopped to have a piney, fruit character with a sharp bitterness in West Coast style.

Asheville – With a big, sweet malt backbone, this has a boozy warmth with rich flavours that are accentuated by dry-hopping.

Portland – A blend of a multitude of malts, this beer has deep, complex flavours of chocolate, liquorice and sweet vanilla.

Jester King – Snörkel

Style 

Sour

ABV 

4.5%

Location

Austin, Texas

Brewery

Jester King are a relatively small brewery, producing around 1,500 barrels of beer yearly. However, they have built themselves quite a reputation as one of the foremost sour and wild beer producers in the world.

The Beer   

This beer takes the German gose style as its start point and then pushes things a bit further. A native souring bacteria combines with the salt to give the beer a zesty, tart finish. However, also in the beer are locally grown mushrooms that are present as a slightly earthy undertone to perfectly compliment the sourness.

Kew – Green (& Black)

Style 

Milk Stout

ABV 

3.7%

Location

Kew, London

Brewery

Kew have only been brewing for a few months now, but their ethos of only using English grown hops and malts is turning heads. Whilst brewers are looking to the New World for inspiration, Kew are taking theirs from sources closer to home.

The Beer   

This is a beer that shows that stouts don’t need to be boozy, but that they can be big. Organic chocolate, combined with malted oats and wheat as well as the non-fermentable sugar, lactose, give this beer a richness and body that belies its low ABV. Bitter-sweet, this is the perfect session beer for cold winter nights.

Põhjala – Virmalised

Style 

IPA

ABV 

6.5%

Location

Tallinn, Estonia

Brewery

Põhjala started in 2011 as a Gipsy brewery, before settling down last year. They are often credited with kick starting the Estonian craft beer scene and  with a BrewDog alumni as head brewer, they have plenty of experience.

The Beer   

The Virtualised is their take on the American IPA. Sticky, piney and resinous, this has all of the tropical fruit flavours that you’d associate with American beers. Grapefruit, citrus and grass all come across in this beer to satisfy most hopheads. However, it remains balanced with a smooth caramel backbone.

Stone – RuinTen

Style 

Triple IPA

ABV 

10.8%

Location

San Diego, California

Brewery

Stone opened in 1996, and have gone on to become synonymous with West Coast style IPAs for most people. They have constantly pushed the boundaries of what a brewery is, and will soon be opening a brewery in Berlin!

The Beer   

Released in 2012 to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Stone’s Ruination double IPA, they took it up a notch with this beer. Columbus, Centennial and Citra all combine  give this beer the huge bitterness that you attribute with West Coast beers. The well hidden alcohol makes this juicy hop bomb dangerously drinkable.

Wylam – Jakehead

Style 

IPA

ABV 

6.3%

Location

Newcastle-Upon-Tyne

Brewery

Having started in 2000, Wylam were around before ”craft” was a thing – they just call it proper beer! They really have pushed the scene up in North East, producing great beers in cask, keg and bottle at a time when not many breweries were.

The Beer   

Jakehead was voted, via Twitter, Britain’s Best Beer at the 100 Hottest Beer Awards. This beer combines sweet malts and pungent, fruity, high bitterness hops to give a balanced beer that has plenty of flavour but never becomes overbearing. The beauty of this beer is the way all aspects of it work perfectly together.