Our Balham store has been open for just under a month now and in that time we’ve got through a lot of great beers. It’s a lot for our small team to keep up with but, in the name of research, they’ve diligently been trialling as many beers as possible to make sure they are armed with the knowledge to help you make the right choice.
So I (James) thought I’d step aside and hand the blog over to them for the first of a regular blog feature in which the team choose their current favourite beers we have in store.
Starting with Rob, our general manager who has recently returned from a 1000 mile cycle across America. He’s opted for Odell’s 90 Shilling Ale:
“I got to enjoy a few too many pints of this on draft in a bar at the base of the Rocky Mountains after my decent. A deep bodied english style amber ale, reminding me of home. With a woody and caramel aroma and a bitter, sweet, fruity taste. Great traditional style branding and my favourite beer!”
Moving on to Lizzie, our American import, she’s currently a big fan of Tiny Rebel Brewery in Newport.
“My current favorite is Tiny Rebel’s Full Nelson. As an American raised on the hoppiest of IPAs, this beer is a welcome departure. Tiny Rebel’s branding makes you think it’s going to be another in-your-face beer, but the Full Nelson, brewed with New Zealand hops, is floral and citrusy with a crisp mouthfeel and lovely tropical and light hop flavours. This is a Maori Pale Ale for those looking for something a little lighter on the palate. It’s ridiculously drinkable at 4.8% and pairs very well with food.”
Full Nelson is a firm fave here at We Brought Beer and was a previous beer of the week.
Our other Rob hails from Dublin but has been in London for a little over a year. Perhaps that’s why he’s chosen a stalwart of the London beer scene, Beavertown’s Gamma Ray in can.
“You can’t miss this can on the shelf with its eye catching design and bright colours. The beer pours a slightly hazy golden orange with a crisp white head and the aroma is fruity with hints of grapefruit, citrus, pine, and some malt. This pale ale is light and sweet with an obvious citrus taste whilst it’s aftertaste is quite bitter, dry and soft. This is one of my favourites of the Beavertown family and so I’m delighted we’re selling it in both cans and glass bottles.”
Last but definitely not least, local boy Ben has opted for the Sunday IPA from Brewers & Union.
“The Sunday IPA promises an easy to drink beer and that’s exactly what they deliver. It has a slightly hazy golden orange colour and a moderately hoppy smell, with definite hints of toffee. The beer has a fruity, hoppy flavour with hints of grapefruit courtesy of their use of the chinook hop. Sunday leaves a slightly bitter finish which does not stay for so long as to be obtrusive. This beer does not go heavy on the hops, yet it offers enough flavour to keep you interested and coming back for more. Whether you are a craft beer aficionado or trying them for the first time, you will find something to love in this beer.”
We are currently the first place in the UK to have the Sunday IPA on keg, which we’re super excited about. Pop in now for a taster and why not fill up a growler fill to enjoy at home.
We’ll have more staff picks in the near future so watch this space.
And feel free to let us know what your current shop favourites are!