We have chosen six new beers for to proudly adorn the centre table in our Balham shop for the next fortnight. These are beers that we’ve been drinking, have particularly loved and wanted to highlight. So to the brewers, cheers, and to our customers, give these a go – they won’t disappoint you!

Chimay – Blue/Grande Reserve

Style 

Trappist Ale

ABV 

9.0%

Location

Hainut, Belgium

Brewery

Chimay was founded by monks from another Trappist brewey, Westvleteren, who decided in the mid-1800s they wanted a different challenge. The recipe for the first beer brewed back then is what their Red, is still based on.

The Beer   

Chimay Blue was brewed after the brewery was destroyed during WW2 as a winter special, but proved so popular that it became part of their starting lineup. It’s their strongest beer and alternatively called Grande Reserve because of how well it ages. With complex, rich dark fruit flavours, this is one to savour!

Heretic – Gramarye

Style 

Session IPA

ABV 

4.4%

Location

Fairfield, California

Brewery

Like a lot of breweries, Heretic started with a homebrew kit for Christmas. In 2009, the owner Jamil Sainasheff quit his job and followed his beer passion. He hasn’t looked back, creating some of the most sort-out beers being brewed.

The Beer   

Garamarye (GRAM-uh-ree) is Heretic’s session IPA that is brewed with rye malt to give it a more luscious, slightly spicier body that contributes to creating the effect of a beer bigger than its ABV would suggest. On top of this backbone is a classic American hop profile, which hits the mouth juicy tropical bitterness.

Ska – Euphoria

Style 

Pale Ale

ABV 

6.1%

Location

Colorado

Brewery

Founded in 1995, Ska stand out amongst the crowded Colorado brewing scene because of their brash beers and branding. Mostly in cans, they have become WBB favourites and there will always be a place for them on our shelves.

The Beer   

Euphoria is Ska’s winter seasonal that breaks the norm of brewing stouts for the colder months. A big, full, caramel backbone gives the beer plenty of sweetness and slight chocolate hints to create a warming experience. On top of this, large amounts of dry hopping mean there is a bright, grapefruit finish.

The Bruery – Jardinier

Style 

Belgian Table Pale

ABV 

4.5%

Location

Orange County, California

Brewery

Hailing from the OC, California, these guys specialise in Belgian beer styles, always presented in beautifully packaged 750ml bottles. Barrel ageing and experimentation are also part of their raison d’être meaning you are always in for a treat.

The Beer   

This beer takes its inspiration from easy drinking, first quenching Belgian table beers and puts an obligatory American twist on it. Yeasty ester flavours combine with the citrus and floral hop notes to create a cool blend of styles. If you’re after a relaxed night in or something fancier, this is a great choice.

Titanic – Plum Porter

Style 

Porter

ABV 

4.9%

Location

Stoke-on-Trent

Brewery

Titanic first opened in 1985 and have continuously strove to create flavourful ales that push the boat our without becoming unapproachable. A big part of their mission is to create a brewery that is environmentally sustainable.

The Beer   

The Plum Porter by Titanic is one of those beers that you’ll always remember your first smell of. It has one of the most incredible noses on it, the rich, dark plum characteristics melding perfectly with the malt. In the flavour, the plum brings just the right amount of sweetness, creating a truly luxurious stout.

Troubadour – Triple Spiked Brett Magma

Style 

Belgian-Style IPA

ABV 

9.8%

Location

Ursel, Belgium

Brewery

The brewery was founded in 2000 by four ex-students of KaHo St. Lieven, a brewing school in Flanders. They take traditional Belgian recipes and put American and English twists on them, creating awesome hybrid styles.

The Beer   

The Magma is a beer that has the bitterness of an America IPA, crossed with the complex fruitiness of a Belgian Triple. This is their yearly special release, however, which changes each time. This year they’ve brewed Magma and spiked it with Brett, a yeast that gives the beer an funkiness and takes it to the next level.