At the beginning of the year we put together a list of the breweries we’d love to have in the shop and Partizan were high up on it. When we emailed them asking about the possibility of an event, we were delighted to hear that they had had a meeting the previous day about doing more Meet the Brewers and so this week their head brewer Chris came down to talk a very attentive crowd through some of Partizan’s latest brews.Based up in Bermondsey, they started a few years ago when Andy, their founder, decided to leave Redemption Brewery to make his own way. Since then, Partizan have gained an incredible reputation for their solid, dependable but always changing beers and indeed we have stocked them from the day we first opened our doors. Suffice to say, this Meet the Brewer was a great chance to hear first hand about the beers we’ve spent a lot time raving to our customers about.
We had some fantastic beers on the night, starting with their latest pale ale and IPA. Both of these were soft and subtle, no piercing, mouth puckering bitterness but a clean, fruity flavour and dry finish that made them incredibly easy drinking. A Raspberry and Lemon saison cleared the palate with it’s slightly sweet fruity deliciousness and we then moved on to the two most interesting beers of the night. X-Ale, their mild released yearly, is a style most craft brewers leave well alone, but this offering is wonderfully rich with chocolate and liquorice flavours coming from the perfectly balanced malt base. Finishing with the 300th batch Biere de Garde, this is another style rarely brewed but one which has a flavour profile similar to saisons but with an amped up malt body. A real treat for the gathered audience.
Overall, this was a brilliant night with a selection of truly top notch beers across a great range of styles. Our thanks to our photo-master in-residency, Chris Coulson, for these brilliant photos of the night and make sure you keep your ears to the ground for future events; we guarantee you could be as happy as the people in these photos!