Although these Rainbow Project beers have been at the fore-front of most peoples minds, there’s still plenty of other delicious goodness arriving in our shops. Sticking to London, Fuller’s latest Vintage Ale will be arriving in our shops, as well as their Past Masters Old Burton and Oatmeal Porter. From Wild Beer Co. in Somerset, the latest Schnoodlepip is now released, although in larger 750ml bottles with some bubblegum pink wax coating for decoration.
New Arrivals 22.09.16
First up on our new arrivals this week are some awesome beers from the newish Elusive Brewing, established by award winning ex-homebrewer, Andy Parker. The first beers to hit our shelves from this brewery (we’ve already featured them on keg several times) are their Belgian-style Pale Ale, Plan B, the Thai-inspired Witbier, Thai Yum Wit, and a re-brew of his collaboration with Weird Beard, Lord Nelson, a Nelson Sauvin dry-hopped saison weighing in at a decent 7.4%. This beer is the perfect segway into our next new arrival, Weird Beard’s Rye Smile. Another rebrew, although the first time we’ve been able to stock it, this rye-wine style beer is an incredible example of a not so often brewed style.
Once again, it’s the time of the year for the Rainbow Project, and this week we’ve been able to get our hands of five of these hugely sought after beers. We’ll quickly zoom through the ones we have, because describing each of them is better left to the guys up at Magic Rock! So, in no particular order, we’ve got Burning Sky/Liberty Brewing’s Descent into the Maelstrom, Magic Rock/Fork Brewing’s The Upside Down, Hawkshead/Yeastie Boys’ Kai Moana Gose, Wild Beer/8 Wired’s Black & Blue and finally Siren/Garage Project’s Blacklight Banana. These collaborative beers are all fairly limited so we can’t reserve any, unfortunately.
Heading north, and Manchester’s Cloudwater have two new beers arriving, their India Pale Lager and Pioneer Lager. The latest core range can from Magic Rock is their incredibly juicy and fruity Inhaler which flew out of our taps when on growler filler because of its low bitterness and massive flavour. From Northern Monk in Leeds we’ve finally completed their Patrons Project set, a series of Coffee Porters done in collaboration with local coffee roaster, North Star, and photographer, Tom Joy. Each beer uses different coffee and features a different piece of Tom’s art. Few other companies, let alone breweries, have a passion for bringing together different creative processes and professions as Northern Monk do, and it’s a incredibly exciting to see everything these guys are producing.
From American Brewery, Firestone Walker, we’re incredibly excited to have their Bourbon barrel-aged Blonde Barley Wine, Helldorado, coming into our stores. This is a beer that we can’t wait to open up ourselves, and if you’re looking for something a little bit special, this is the beer to go for! Finally, Westbrook’s Gose is back in stock, although as always won’t hang around for long. Joining it this time, however, and something which is even less likely to hang around, is they Key Lime Pie version which does exactly what it says on the tin (can).