Continuing on in the unpacking of last week’s delivery, today we move to London. Given the plethora of breweries in London, it’s no surprise that the number of London-brewed beers in the shop seems to grow with each delivery. This week was no different, and not only were there new beers, there are also new breweries being represented now. But let’s start with the familiar faces:
Brew By Numbers
I like BBNo beers in general, but I think they really excel in the saison department. So when a saison brewed with lemon and hibiscus showed up on the list this week, I didn’t think twice about it. And surprise – it’s delicious! Saison 01|22 is very light and dry, with a citrus and herbal quality that leans a bit toward being an herbal tea, but with a surprising tartness. The saison yeast is noticeable, but it’s not the dominant force that it can be in most standard issue saisons. Also new in from the Bermondsey beer firm is the robust and roasty Porter 03|05 Willamette & Centennial and the low on strength, high on flavour Session IPA 11|19 Citra & Amarillo. Don’t be alarmed if your session IPA is cloudy, that’s by design and does not indicate a flaw in the beer. BBNo actually wrote a blog about their pale ale being hazy and after a customer questioned me about the murkiness of the session IPA, I called the brewery myself and was told that it’s cloudy for the same reasons. Read for yourself here.
Speaking of cloudy beer, let’s talk about ENZ, the new New Zealand IPA from Pressure Drop. It’s loaded with NZ hops and the result is a fruity, citrusy IPA with a malt backbone more reminiscent of a West Coast IPA than one brewed in London. If you like Pale Fire and Bosko, then you should try this one.
The Kernel has built their reputation largely on their use of hops and how they showcase them through their pale ales and IPA. In this delivery, we get a new pale ale brewed with four of the ‘C’ hops – Citra, Centennial, Columbus and Chinook. With those hops, you can expect a big hit of pine and grapefruit citrus in this one. After their 5C IPA flew off the shelves earlier this year, I’m not expecting the 4C Pale to be around for long. I’ve also got a fresh version of their remarkably tasty Table Beer with Hallertau Blanc and Simcoe. At 3.7% it’s a getting close to a pale ale instead of a table beer, but who am I to judge…
London Beer Factory
LBF is a new arrival in the shop and before I tell you about the beer, I think I should tell you a bit about their labels. The eye-catching illustrations were actually created directly above the shop in the Studio 17 space upstairs by the talented Phil Harris. I discovered this by accident while up there at Broadside Screenprinting getting my last batch of shirts printed. Now, on to the beer! Their core range consists of five beers ranging from a lager to a stout. In the middle, they’ve got a blond, a pale and an IPA. It’s worth noting that they all come packaged in the new 360° cans.
Next up – Manchester and the North