Hopulist issue 5

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Welcome to issue 5 of Hopulist. We bring you the latest news, brews and intrigue from the craft beer universe and we hope you will enjoy reading it as much as we enjoyed putting it together. This month we feature Hop Hideout, Home Brew Club, Writer's of Craft, our World Cup 2018 Special and much more...

We love the World Cup, we can’t make any

excuses for that. So it’s probably no surprise that

we have dedicated a fair few pages to it in this

issue. However, it’s not a football-fest. Even if

you have no interest whatsoever in ‘the beautiful

game’, you can use our guide to learn more about

how craft beer is the truly global game.

That’s one of the things we really love about

craft beer. All it takes is for one person with

enough passion and inspiration to take up their

brewing kit and within not long at all, they could

be the next craft brewer in their country. The

international nature of it is fantastic – seeing

small companies from different countries working

together on collaborations is something special

about this industry and something we are keen to

celebrate in each and every issue.

Thank you for reading and for staying with us –

here’s to a great summer.

Cheers,

The Hopulist team


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12

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Get your craft beer

news fix right here.

We visit Sheffield’s

Hop Hideout.

Kit yourself out in

crafty clothing.

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42

46

The World Cup of

craft beer.

Match your snacks

to your brew.

The takeoff of

homebrewing.

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58

62

Get your hands on

homebrew kit.

All things ‘e’ in the

craft beer world.

A foodie mag wades

into the beer world.

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70

76

How Jesus is the

saviour of craft beer.

A new series on the

writers of craft.

What have we been

drinking this month?


Each can will be designed with elements of each town or city’s coat of arms.

NORTHERN

POWERHOUSE

FESTIVAL

SEASON

Next month sees the launch of Craft Drink Festival – a brandnew

event featuring craft brewers and artisan distillers.

The two-day festival, held over the weekend of the 28-29 of

July, at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham, UK will

be awash with craft beer, cider, gin and whisky accompanied by

delicious street food, live music, cinema and comedy.

Workshops and panel sessions will give you the chance to

learn more about the history of craft, the brewing/distilling

processes and the current issues facing the industry. Trained

sommeliers and industry experts are on hand to guide you

through the flavours, smells and subtleties of your favourite

craft drinks. Plus home-brewing experts will help you take

your beer making to the next level whether you are about to

embark on your first or want to take it to the next level.

Ticket prices start at £18 with options for weekender,

enhanced and VIP packages. For more information and to

book tickets visit www.craftdrinkfestival.com

BREW SERIES

Some of the UK’s top craft brewers have united to celebrate

The Great Exhibition of the North (GEOTN), an event

heralded as the biggest in England this year. A free, summerlong

celebration of the North of England’s pioneering

spirit promising a programme of amazing exhibits, live

performances, displays of innovation, artworks and

unforgettable experiences over 80 days.

The collaboration will take place at The Palace of Arts

in Exhibition Park, Newcastle – home of Wylam Brewery.

The relevance of where the beers will be brewed is not

without significance given that the Palace of Arts is the last

remaining building from the original exhibition that took

place in 1929.

Eight different beers will be available in special cases of

440ml Cans with one of each of the beers in every case.

There will only be 6,600 cases produced released on the

opening day of the exhibition – 22 June, 2018.

Wylam Director Dave Stone commented: “For us it’s a real

honour to host these exceptional breweries here at Palace of

Arts and to be involved in a brew project that celebrates the

history of the brewing industry in the region.”

THE

PARTICIPATING

BREWERIES:

BUXTON

CLOUDWATER

BLACK LODGE

NORTHERN MONK

MAGIC ROCK

HAWKSHEAD

THORNBRIDGE

BOX SOCIAL

WYLAM


Picture credit: tottenhamhotspur.com

SPURS MAKE BIG

SUMMER SIGNING

Tottenham Hotspur Football Club Premier League’s first microbrewery is

are about to become the envy of something of which we are immensely

every craft-loving football fan as proud. The ability to brew on site and

it announced it’s hooking up with serve our beer just metres from where

London-based Beavertown to put a it is brewed is super exciting. We aim

full-scale brewery and tap room into to stimulate the Spurs fan and take

their new stadium.

them on a Beavertown journey, serving

The new 62,000-seater stadium is a range of different beers from our

currently under construction nearby to core line-up and specials as well as

Tottenham’s old home of White Hart showcasing our Spurs x Beavertown

Lane in North London and is expected collaboration beer and our Neck Oil

to be finished in the autumn. It will Session IPA throughout the stadium.”

also be hosting at least one regular NFL The concept is certainly an interesting

American Football game each season. one and here at Hopulist we are excited

Beavertown Founder, Logan Plant, at the prospect that this could be the

explained: “The opportunity to work start of some beautiful craft x football

with Tottenham Hotspur to deliver the collaborations.

start Start your own

craft empire

www.brewtowngame.com

Ever wanted to start your own

craft beer brewing empire? Of

course you have – and now you

can thanks to a new mobile app

game that allows you to build that

empire from scratch, covering

all aspects from beer types to

production to bottle and can

design. Brew Town is the name

of the game and it is available for

free now on Android and Apple

devices and it offers 150 flavours

to customise with, unlockable

beer types, over 50 different kinds

of brewing structures and zero

hangovers. It’s a simulation game

with multiple unlockable extras

that will keep you coming back for

more as you take on the craft beer

world your way.

For the design aficionados

among you, there is even a hall of

fame for the best bottle and can

designs in the game.

We’ve just started playing and

already seem to be on some sort

of time shift – where did those last

few hours go? Take a look at some

of our best designs so far and get

inspired.


NEW RELEASES WE

CAN’T WAIT TO GET

OUR HANDS ON...

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CANNONBALL RUN

It’s that time of year that sees the release

of Magic Rock’s annual, triple IPA, Un-

Human Cannonball. This year they are

also treating us to Human Cannonball

a double IPA and a new version in a

New England style called Neo-Human

Cannonball.

KEEP THE CANDLE LIT

Two of our personal favourite brewers

have combined to bring us Distinct

Phases – a collaboration between Left

Handed Giant and Unity Brewing Co.

This sessionable sour red ale has loads

of Amarillo and Bobek hops, weighs in at

3.5% ABV and is available in 440ml cans.

SMOKE, NO MIRRORS

Another collab released in May, this time

between Nottingham’s Black Iris and

Derbyshire’s Torrside. Bury Me In Smoke

is a 5.5% smoked brown ale with strong

smokey notes, as you would expect, as

well as caramel, orange peel and malty

nose and taste.

MICHELIN STARS

Brewed using locally-foraged

meadowsweet flowers and leaves along

with honey from local beekeepers,

Meadowstreet Saison is a recent

farmhouse style release from Birmingham’s

Burning Soul working with Michelin

starred chefs from Carters of Moseley.

Release date: Already on sale

Release date: Already on sale

Release date: Already on sale

Release date: Already on sale


THE HIDEOUT FOR

EVERYBODY

How one

couple’s

pass|on

for beer,

commun|ty and

WELLBE|NG led

to a h|dden

gem becom|ng

a well-known

refuge for

craft beer

dr|nkers |n

the steel

c|ty. Th|s |s

Hop H|deout’S

sto ry.

Sheffield is a city of many monikers. To those of

a certain generation it is known as the steel city,

due to the large amount of steel manufacture that

has created so many jobs there throughout history. In

more recent times, the local authorities have tried to

rebrand Sheffield as the UK’s outdoor city – thanks to

its proximity to the Peak District National Park and its

increasingly younger population, with two universities.

Whatever you think of when you think of Sheffield,

one thing the city always has been and always will be, is

friendly. Subsequently it’s a place where the inherently

friendly vibes of the craft beer industry have started to

flourish. Breweries such as Abbeydale and Sentinel call

Sheffield home, while brewers elsewhere in Yorkshire

like Northern Monk, Summer Wine and Vocation

also have close links with the city. But to paint the true

picture of how craft has developed here in recent years,

we figured one of its hottest bottle shops was the best

place to start. Enter Hop Hideout.

Will and Jules Gray.


Born out of pass|on

Jules and Will Gray opened Hop Hideout in

Sheffield’s vibrant Antiques Quarter back in

November 2013.

“Initially we started out as a pop-up shop

next door to a vintage shop,” explains Jules.

“Will and I met in Birmingham and I was

working for a fairly large brewery at the

time. I found myself getting frustrated with

the more corporate nature of this brewery

but still loved beer and the industry, so we

decided to set up a bottle shop in our own

image.”

The pair deliberated over where to open

this business dream for some time before

deciding on Sheffield due to shared happy

memories of the city.

Jules continues: “I went to university

here, Will used to live here. We both have

a fondness for the city and also the way it

feels like a city but also like a village, with

each ward or area having strong and friendly

local communities.”

For Jules and Will, opening the shop

was not only a case of the right place, but

also the right time as craft beer hit another

significant growth spurt.

“The initial burst for modern craft beer

seemed to happen around 2009 with

breweries like The Kernel in London, but

then in 2013 there was a significant second

wave with many breweries in the north of

England starting to spring up,” says Jules.

This was one reason for opening the store

then, the other was a more international

influence: “We had just spent some time in

Belgium, obviously sampling the fine beers

of the nation. But we were really taken by

Belgian café culture – small places where

you could go to buy beer but also sit down

at a small table in a corner and have a quick

sociable drink if you wanted to. More of a

place where the community can get together

occasionally.

“Thankfully Sheffield is a place that

allows us to do that - it’s a super friendly

community, as is the rest of the craft beer

industry.”

As you glance around the cosy and

masterfully decorated interior of Hop

Hideout, you can see where this influence

takes hold.


Jules wanted

to g|ve the

c|ty someth|ng

more. SHE

wanted to

make |t a place

where the

scene really

thr|ved – so

SHE began HER

add|t|onal

venture

– Sheff|eld

Beer Week.

Broaden|ng hor|zons

Far from content with just giving the city of

Sheffield a stylish watering hole with a great range,

Jules wanted to give the city something more. She

wanted to make it a place where the scene really

thrived – so she began an additional venture

– Sheffield Beer Week.

“To be honest, one of the main drivers behind

this was frustration,” explains Jules. “Frustration

from the fact that I was seeing a huge number of

great independent beer events springing up almost

on a weekly basis, but nearly all in London and

Manchester. I thought - why not Sheffield too?”

So in 2015, the Jules ran the first ever Sheffield

Beer Week with around 10 or 15 venues taking part

and including interesting aspects like beer history

walks with local historians as well as the usual

party atmosphere in bars and pubs.

Jules continues: “It was a bit of a struggle in the

first year, but then I think people saw what we were

trying to do and the support has grown with each

year. We like to focus on the history of Sheffield as

a beer town, including cask ales as well as craft, and

then link in its place on the global stage – like how

many Yorkshire breweries are using international

ingredients to make international beer styles.”

Each Sheffield Beer Week has a theme and the

2018 edition, which happened in March, focused

on women in the beer industry – something close

to Jules’ heart.

“We were delighted with the support from

Sheffield businesses and the wider beer scene.

We even had a group of guys come over from

Scandinavia who wanted to visited the old cask

breweries of the area.”


Fast-forward

This year will be Hop Hideout’s fifth

birthday – a milestone Jules and Will are

delighted to hit, as it is often one many

small, start-up businesses don’t make. To

celebrate, they will be hosting a special

party at the shop with a theme that pays

homage to one of their collective heroes.

“The theme will be Bill Murray, as he is

kind of one of our heroes,” says Jules as she

gestures to a picture of him framed on the

wall in the corner of the bar.

“Everyone is encouraged to come dressed

as a ‘Bill’ from their favourite movie with

him in. It should be a lot of fun.”

Besides that, the horizon holds much

more for this pair of entrepreneurial beer

lovers. They are looking forward to working

with another brewer on a collab beer –

having already been involved in brews with

Abbeydale, Northern Monk, Mad Hatter

Brew Co, BlackJack and Elusive Brewing.

They also have a host of other events on the

horizon, focused on culture and well-being

as well as on beer – they include a tasting

for Wylam’s Northern Powerhouse project,

a sour wildbeer weekend, a performance

from renowned jazz musician Kit Downes

and a Hallowe’en party based around

Torrside Brewing’s Monsters series of

beers.

There’s a lot going on in this

deceptively quiet little corner of one of

Britain’s great cities. We suggest pulling

in for a quick stop at Hop Hideout the

next time you’re anywhere nearby –

there’s guaranteed to be a warm welcome

and probably an enjoyable event waiting

for you.

SHEFF|ELD

|NFO

Hop Hideout

448 Abbeydale Rd,

Sheffield S7 1FR, UK

É www.hophideout.co.uk

È hophideout@gmail.com

$ /hophideout

" @HopHideout

In February of this year Hop Hideout

won Independent Beer Retailer of the

Year, against some very tough opposition,

at the Drinks Retailing Awards (DRA)

hosted at London’s Dorchester Hotel.

The DRAs are the drinks trade’s biggest

annual highlight, bringing together

the leading lights in retail and

rewarding the greatest

innovators.


HEALTH & WELLBE|NG

It might come as a shock to you, but not

every establishment that purveys beer goods

wants you to get completely trollied on

its premises on a regular basis. No, some

of them care. Some of them are nice and

put people before profit. Hop Hideout is

definitely one of those.

“As somewhere that sells alcohol, we do

feel a deep social responsibility to encourage

people to live as healthy a lifestyle as they

possibly can,” says Jules. “It really should

come with the territory – you are selling

something, that if not enjoyed responsibly,

can have detrimental health effects.”

To this end, Jules is the captain and

organiser of the Sheffield chapter of the

Mikkeller Running Club. In case you didn’t

already know, this is a worldwide club with

Chapters in cities all over the globe that

encourages people to run, not only for their

health, but also for the social side.

Jules adds: “I only started running a few

years back, but I really enjoy it and our

chapter is really friendly and they really

appreciate the opportunity to get some

exercise in with a beer and a chat at the end.”

Will also runs a regular cycle club out of

the bottle shop and is a keen skateboarder.

The combination of these activities, of

course, drives potential new people to the

shop – but the ethos behind them is sincere.

This couple care about the general state of the

health of the nation – and let’s face it, if you

enjoy craft beer, it pays to take steps to drink

it in sensible measures and get your regular

exercise.


THE SUMMER IS

HERE SO IT MUST

BE TEE TIME...

TEE ONE UP

Brewdog have recently released a new

line of clothing and this was our fave. A

bold list of all our favourite hops feature

on the reverse with the Brewdog shield

on the front of this unisex number.

SPIRIT OF ADVENTURE

The classic Fourpure barley motif and

logo makes for a classy-looking t-shirt.

The back features the ‘Inspired by

Adventure’ tagline. Available in both mens

and ladies fit in blue or grey

BEERS NOT INCLUDED

We love the no-nonsense simplicity of

this tee from Yorkshire powerhouse

brewers Northern Monk. Pre-shrunk

and available in white, grey or black, sizes

range from small to extra large.

SIREN SONG

The unique illustrations of the Siren Craft

Brew brand lend themselves to some

amazing merch. Check out the website

for a great range of t-shirts including this

Siren ‘Calling’ design.

W A N T Y O U R P R O D U C T F E A T U R E D ? C O N T A C T U S A T I N F O @ H O P U L I S T . C O M


WORLD

CUP

FEVER

We like beer and we like

football, there we've

said it. so here is our

unaBASHed, tenuous at

best, World Cup tie in.

if you like SiPPiNG on a

world class iPA whilst

WATCHing the beautiful

game then buckle up for

some top beers, terrible

football puns and ALL

ROUND general Hi-JiNX.

It only happens once every four years, and let’s be honest, even if

football is not your thing, it’s hard not to get swept along in World Cup

fever – or at least show a passing interest. Watching football is a great

way to drink and share beer, and the international flavour of the World

Cup made us think ‘why not try and find a beer from every country?’

Admittedly, it was more of a challenge for some ahead of others. How

many brewers can you name from Panama? But after much hardened

research (hic) we think we have managed to curate a good list of

international beers for you to explore and enjoy during the biggest fiesta

of football there is.

We’ve profiled what we consider to be the most interesting country

from each World Cup group in some detail, then followed with some

additional beer-based knowledge on the other teams. If nothing else,

you will gain some great pub ammo to share with your mates about

the international beer scene (probably don’t share it during England’s

inevitable penalty shoot-out, though).

Get the big screen on, grab some cold ones from your country of choice

and make the 2018 World Cup one to remember for beery reasons.


RN

a

GROUP

RUSSIA-POCC

GROUP A

RUSSIA

SAUDI ARABIA

EGYPT

URUGUAY

Thu 14th JUNE

Russia v Saudi Arabia

Fri 15th June

Egypt v Uruguay

Tue 19th JUNE

Russia v Egypt

Wed 20th June

Uruguay v Saudi Arabia

Mon 25th JUNE

Uruguay v Russia

Saudi Arabia v Egypt

Russ|a has a history of revolutions and we think you can now add

a craft beer one to that list. A new generation of craft beer drinkers

are emerging in a country that is usually better know for its unhealthy

obsession with vodka. Surprisingly, Russia is the world’s third biggest

producer of beer, mostly mass-produced lagers and currently only

around one per cent of that market is craft, but things are changing.

In the last five years, an increasing number of bars dedicated to selling

small-batch beer have opened, drawing people in with relatively cheap

prices. Not surprisingly Moscow and St Petersburg (Russia’s two biggest

and most populous cities) are leading the way.

It is unlikely you will be able to sample most of Russia’s craft beers

unless you are in country itself and recent political events won’t have

helped the chances of Russian beers competing abroad.

However, if you are lucky enough to be travelling to watch the

World Cup then brewers to look out for include: Vasileostrovskaya,

St Petersburg’s oldest craft brewery not afraid of bold experimental

flavours; Moscow-based 8 Barrels Brew devoted to spontaneous

fermentation and ageing in barrels; AF Brew, gypsy brewers and selfproclaimed

beer-geeks and Jaws Brewery located in the Urals who have a

large and versatile range of beers with a strong international influence.

Our star pick goes to Jaws Brewery’s Pale Ale, a sessionable englishstyle

pale ale with a bready, slight caramel aroma, good malt body and a

nice fruity tinge – the perfect accompaniment too any football game.

kEY PLAYERS:

Whilst still dominated

by national beers

URUGUAY does have

an exciting craft beer

scene with breweries

like Volcanica, who

take inspiration from

Belgian brewing culture,

and Monteviedo Brew

House, which produces a

variety of internationallyinspired

styles of beer.

Not easy to get hold of

outside of Latin America

but, much like their

football team, Uruguayan

beers are punching well

above their weight.

Whilst the ancient

Egyptians may have

enjoyed a fascinating

beer culture sadly that

can’t be said today. The

modern beer industry

in Egypt is owned by

large corporations.

The production or

possession of alcholic

beer in SAUD|

ARAB|A is illegal.

JAWS BREWERY

BEER: PALE ALE

style: ENGL|SH PALE ALE

abv: 5.2%

volume: 330ml

untappd: 3.75

FOOTY pred|ct|on:

Group W|nners: URUGUAY

Group Runner’s Up: EGYPT


GROUP

b

SPAIN - espana

GROUP B

PORTUGAL

SPAIN

MOROCCO

IRAN

Fri 15th JUNE

Morocco v Iran

Portugal v Spain

Wed 20th JUNE

Portugal v Morocco

Iran v Spain

Mon 25th JUNE

Iran v Portugal

Spain v Morocco

Spa|n has been a little slow in forming part of the European craft beer

landscape but is more than making up for lost time. Catalonia has a

tradition as the gateway for new trends in Spain and it was no different

with artisan beer – news soon spread and inroads are now being made all

across the Iberian peninsula.

The foreign influence on the Catalan craft scene is clear to see with

American styles featuring heavily in most brewers arsenal. Barcelona’s

Edge Brewing was itself founded by two American’s eager to join the craft

beer revolution in Europe. It was however a Liverpudlian, the late Steve

Huxley, that really championed the progression of craft beer in Catalonia

and thus is somewhat of a local industry legend.

Not surprisingly then Barcelona is a popular choice for craft beer

tourists – well worth a weekend trip if you get the opportunity – and the

annual Barcelona Beer Festival, traditionally held in March, is regarded

as one of Europe’s finest.

Never one to be outdone by Spain’s second city, Madrid now also has a

booming craft beer scene with a fast growing number of both breweries

and bars, likewise Seville, Valencia and Bilbao.

We have chosen a collaborative brew from two of Spain’s most

progressive breweries (Garage Beer Co and La Pirata working together

like Xavi and Iniesta in their pomp) as the Spanish star player. Downfall

is a double dry hopped DIPA fermented with a Vermont ale yeast, this is

a real juice bomb of a beer.

kEY PLAYERS:

The days of Sagres and

Super Bock dominating

the PORTUGAL beer

market are finally being

challenged thanks to

breweries like MUSA,

OPO 74 and Lince.

Lisbon has an exploding

craft beer scene that

is also touching other

areas of the country. In

football terms Portugal

has been a bit of a

sleeping giant but things

are definately changing.

Enjoying an American

IPA in the sun of the

Algarve is no longer just

a pipe dream.

Although

predominantly a Muslim

country MOROCCO

is not dry. Don’t be

expecting any craft beer

though, sadly the macrobrewers

dominate this

largely tourist market.

The production or

possession of alcholic

beer in |RAN is illegal.

GARAGE x LA PI RATA

BEER: DOWNFALL

style: D|PA

abv: 7.2%

volume: 440ml

untappd: 4.09

FOOTY pred|ct|on:

Group W|nners: SPA|N

Group Runner’s Up: PORTUGAL


c

GROUP

DENMARK-DANMARK

GROUP C

FRANCE

AUSTRALIA

PERU

DENMARK

Sat 16th JUNE

France v Australia

Peru v Denmark

Thu 21st JUNE

Denmark v Australia

France v Peru

Tue 26th JUNE

Denmark v France

Australia v Peru

The Danes have a long tradition of beer drinking, the oldest evidential

find of which dates back to 2800BC, so it’s no surprise they are at the

very forefront of craft beer in Europe if not the world.

Denmark has some incredibly inspiring producers including Mikkeller,

To Øl, Dry & Bitter, Ameger... to be honest the list is too long to go on.

The craft beer in Denmark is always thoughtful and often

features stylish designs, interesting ideas and flavours. Being age-old

connoisseurs of beer, the Danes are very interested in the traditional

types of beers from other nations and combining them with their own

ideas.

With a population of 5.7 million Denmark has the most breweries per

resident, it also regularly comes out on top of polls of the world’s happiest

people, coincidence? We think not.

Picking out one star from this amazing line-up was tricky but in the

end we just had to go for To Øl’s Sportsbajer, for obvious reasons. Yes,

you should have already guessed Sportsbajer translates to English as

sports beer. This dry-hopped lager has a real juicy feel and sessionable

ABV, brewed and designed for maximum pleasure and minimum

distraction say the experts at To Øl. So as your side fail, yet again, to

defend properly from a corner you can yell at your television without

distraction.

The design geek inside us also loves the work of Kasper Ledet, art

director and designer at To Øl and the incredible labels he produces –

this one is no exception.

kEY PLAYERS:

One of the favourites to

lift the trophy they may

be but FRANCE is very

much the poor relation

in craft beer terms. Only

a decade ago there were

no craft breweries or

speciality beer shops in

Paris, thankfully things

are changing and the vino

loving nation are seeing

a boom in producers of

artisan beer.

AUSTRAL|A has

long been at the forefront

of the craft beer scene

and as a result sales are

flourishing. Forecasts

show the industry will

continue to grow as

Australian drinking

habits continue to

change. A definate

dream destination for

the craft beer tourist.

PERU hasn’t escaped

the craft beer boom with

a healthy mix of good

micro-breweries and beer

styles readily available if

you know where to look.

TO øL

BEER: SPORTSBAJER

style: DRY HOPPED LAGER

abv: 4.5%

volume: 330ml

untappd: 3.72

FOOTY pred|ct|on:

Group W|nners: FRANCE

Group Runner’s Up: DENMARk


GROUP

d

ICELAND-Island

GROUP D

ARGENTINA

ICELAND

CROATIA

NIGERIA

Sat 16th JUNE

Argentina v Iceland

Croatia v Nigeria

Thu 21st JUNE

Argentina v Croatia

Fri 22nd JUNE

Nigeria v Iceland

Tue 26th JUNE

Nigeria v Argentina

Iceland v Croatia

For a country with a population smaller than most major UK cities

|celand has been punching well above it’s weight at both football and

craft beer in recent years.

Tourism in Iceland is set to exceed the national population by seven to

one in 2018 thanks to its dramatic landscape of volcanoes, hot springs,

geysers and lava fields. Filmmakers choosing Iceland as a set location for

the likes of Game of Thrones, Star Wars and Interstellar have only added

to it’s spectacular rise in visitors.

Whilst to many Einstök is the most instantly recognisable Icelandic

brewer, thanks largely to its availability overseas, others like Borg, The

Brothers Brewery, Segull 67 and Ölvisholt have a growing reputation.

As you would expect Reykjavik is the epicentre of Icelandic craft

beer culture with a high density of bars confined to a small area. Skúli

Craftsbar, Micro Bar and Mikkeller & Friends are just three that are well

worth a visit should you be lucky enough to visit the land of ice and fire.

We have chosen Einstök White Ale as our star player, not because

it’s the most gifted of Icelandic beers but because of it’s availability and

session friendly ABV which make it ideal as you kick back and enjoy the

match. A classic witbier with orange peel and coriander notes brewed

with pure Icelandic water that will ideally compliment that half-time

spicy take away you’ve got planned. To honour Iceland qualifying for

their first World Cup Einstök have even produced a special-edition

White Ale bottle.

Let’s just hope they don’t meet England again...

kEY PLAYERS:

An exciting grassroots

craft revolution

is happening in

ARGENT|NA with

brewers and brewpubs

popping up in ever

increasing numbers.

Breweries like Grunge,

Taguató and Antares

are leading the way. For

a predominantly wine

drinking nation the large

number of craft beer bars

in Buenos Aires alone

highlights a healthy craft

beer scene.

A late-comer to

craft beer CROAT|A

is showing signs of

improvement with

micro brewers Zmajska

Pivovara and Bujska

Pivovara leading the way.

Much like their footy

team, Croatian brewers

are real dark horses.

Bature Brewery of

N|GER|A is trying to

educate the taste buds of

Africa’s second biggest

beer market dominated

by macro-brewers.

E|NSTÖk

BEER: WH|TE ALE

style: W|TB|ER

abv: 5.2%

volume: 330ml

untappd: 3.72

FOOTY pred|ct|on:

Group W|nners: ARGENT|NA

Group Runner’s Up: CROAT|A


e

GROUP

BRAZIL-BRASIL

GROUP E

BRAZIL

SWITZERLAND

COSTA RICA

SERBIA

Sun 17th JUNE

Costa Rica v Serbia

Brazil v Switzerland

Fri 22nd JUNE

Brazil v Costa Rica

Serbia v Switzerland

Wed 27th JUNE

Serbia v Brazil

Switzerland v Costa Rica

Braz|l might not strike you as an obvious brewing nation, but as with

most places, you’d be pleasantly surprised just how much it is practised.

Naturally, as it’s hot a country, temperature control is an issue, as is

growing hops – but this is not counterintuitive, it actually leads to

Brazilian brewers having to be more creative rather than relying on

hoppy punches to deliver great beer.

The industry here is still in its infancy, however it is growing at a

rapid rate – both in terms of importing foreign beer and brewing its

own. Brazil is certainly a country with more footballing pedigree than

brewing. Having said that, there is room to grow, and growth is just what

is happening with a reported 50 new artisinal breweries opening each

year in the country. Whether the market here is developed or not, one

thing you simply cannot argue with is that Brazilians love their beer.

Some recommended names to look out for include Salvador Brewing

Co, Croma, Cervejaria Octopus, Hocus Pocus and Cerverjaria EverBrew.

Our pick from this lot is Salvador Brewing Co’s Macau Mocaccino Stout.

Named after the Patrol Ship Macau, the first ship to bear this name in the

Brazilian navy, this milk stout has a rich blend of coffee and cinnamon

notes compined with a dense body, complex flavour and thick mouthfeel.

It’s not a session beer by any means, but its complexity is something to be

admired, as it the way it balances fairly overpowering flavours.

If you are ever lucky enough to make your way to Brazil, but want to

enjoy craft beer, then don’t head for the obvious places like Rio or Sao

Paulo – instead try the city of Curibita, just south of Sao Paulo.

kEY PLAYERS:

Despite their

isolationist tendancies

SW|TZERLAND

has seen an explosion

in the number of new

microbreweries opening

in recent years, although

much like their national

football team they seem

to be more about quiet

efficiency than star

quality.

CoSTA R|CA is a

familiar story to that of

other central American

nations. Dominated

by macro lagers they

are slowly cultivating

a craft beer scene with

a small number of

microbreweries popping

up around the country.

SERB|A has a small

but flourishing scene

with breweries Crow,

Kabinet, Zebrew and

a handful of others

producing familiar

beer styles. If you are

travelling to the Balkans

then keep your eyes

peeled.

SALVADOR

BEER: MACAU MOCACC|NO

style: STOUT

abv: 7%

volume: 330ml

untappd: 4.1

FOOTY pred|ct|on:

Group W|nners: BRAZ|L

Group Runner’s Up: SERB|A


GROUP

f

GERMANY-DEUTSCHLAND

GROUP F

GERMANY

SWEDEN

MEXICO

SOUTH KOREA

Mon 18th JUNE

Germany v Mexico

Sweden v S.Korea

Sat 23rd JUNE

S.Korea v Mexico

Germany v Sweden

Wed 27th JUNE

S.Korea v Germany

Mexico v Sweden

When you think of German beer, you no doubt have visions of steins,

Oktoberfest and perhaps even lederhosen. But the German industry has

a few surprises up its sleeves to go with the stereotypes.

Let’s get one thing straight, the Germans are very good at brewing

beer. Weissbeer was a German invention as are many other styles of beer

including Pilsners. Some of the more common, mass-produced names

like Erdinger are still well worth sampling, simply because they are very

well brewed. Moving into craft, strict German regulations have long

restricted progressive brewers but there are some names you probably

recognise such as AndUnion and Stone Brewing Berlin (although

obviously of american origin). There are also some lesser known

names worth investigating such as BRLO, Hoppebrau and Sudden

Death Brewing. Often they will have to work around the purity laws by

marketing drinks as Biermischgetränke or ‘mixed beer drinks’ but this

allows them to not only brew classic pilsners and wheat beers but also

things like fruit flavoured stouts and eccentric sours.

Our choice of German beer goes to Munich-based AndUnion and

its Friday Über IPA. One of the main reasons we plumped for this is

that it is actually quite easy to get hold of – not an uncommon sight in

supermarkets. It boasts that it is a Bavarian take on the American-style

IPA and offers a clear, hoppy and fruity experience of this beer type with

some strong malty body. We are also a big fan of how AndUnion markets

itself – the lines and designs are clean and the beer follows suit quite

nicely.

kEY PLAYERS:

Scandinavian

powerhouse SWEDEN

accounts for some of

the best craft beers

in the world which is

echoed by the success

of their export market.

Omnipollo, Brewski,

Stigbergets and Brekeriet

are just four of the big

players that, if you

haven’t already, you need

to check out on your

craft journey.

MEX|CO is the

world’s largest exporter

of beer! The craft beer

movement is therefore

battling against a

market dominated by

corporates. Although

this makes it difficult

and slow it is still worthy

of further investigation

given the opportunity.

SOUTH kOREA

has become a key player

in the Asian craft beer

scene with many of the

breweries and tap rooms

congregated near US

military bases.

ANDUN|ON

BEER: FR|DAY üBER |PA

style: |PA

abv: 6.5%

volume: 330ml

untappd: 3.63

FOOTY pred|ct|on:

Group W|nners: GERMANY

Group Runner’s Up: Mex|co


g

GROUP

BELGIUM-BELGIQUE

GROUP G

BELGIUM

PANAMA

TUNISIA

ENGLAND

Mon 18th JUNE

Belgium v Panama

Tunisia v England

Sat 23rd JUNE

Belgium v Tunisia

Sun 24th JUNE

England v Panama

Thu 28th JUNE

England v Belgium

Panama v Tunisia

Much like the national football team the Belgian craft beer scene is

awash with big name stars with a pedigree of high international standing.

As well as the big six trappist powerhouses, Belg|um has over 180

other breweries. If there was a World Cup of craft beer then Belgium

would surely have been crowned winners numerous times.

Belgium is one of the most visited nations in the world for craft beer

tourists, and to be quite honest, it is easy to see why. Even mainstream

lagers and beers are of a very high standard. The volume of Belgian

beer styles is too long to list here – Trappist, Abbey, Lambic, Amber you

name it and Belgian brewers have nailed it. In fact Belgian beer culture

is so ingrained that UNESCO inscribed it on their list of intangable

cultural heritage of humanity – established to ensure better protection of

important cultural heritages and the awareness of their significance.

Outside of the Trappist scene, Belgium is awash with brewers of long

history and outstanding talent. Examples include Liefmans, De La

Senne, Omer and La Bigote. To be honest, the beer scene in Belgium is

so well established and so complex, it’s hard to choose.

Our choice of star player was an easy one, considered by many to be

the best beer in the world – Westvleteren 12 is the Lionel Messi of craft

beer. At 10.2 per cent ABV we don’t recommend you enjoy too many of

these whilst the footy is on for fear of sleeping through the second half.

Although not the easiest to get your hands on we recommend everyone

to try Westvleteren 12 at least once on their craft beer journey.

To find out more about Belgian trappist beer read Issue Two of Hopulist.

kEY PLAYERS:

The golden generation

of English footballers

may have gone but

the same cannot be

said of craft breweries

in ENGLAND. The

boom has been massive,

not just in England but

across across the whole

of the UK and shows no

signs of slowing down

anytime soon, with a

healthy mix of styles and

methods it would take

too long to list all the

key players here but you

know who they are, you

wouldn’t be reading this

if you didn’t!

PANAMA is awash

with largely tasteless

pale lagers, although a

few craft beer venues are

popping up in Panama

City.

TUN|S|A had one

micro brewery based

in the coastal city of

Hammamet but reports

suggest it may now be

closed as tourism has

declined in recent years.

SA|NT S|XTUS

BEER: WESTVLETEREN 12

style: TRAPP|ST QUAD

abv: 10.2%

volume: 330ml

untappd: 4.56

FOOTY pred|ct|on:

Group W|nners: BELG|UM

Group Runner’s Up: ENGLAND


GROUP

h

japan-NIPPON

GROUP H

POLAND

SENEGAL

COLOMBIA

JAPAN

Tue 19th JUNE

Columbia v Japan

Poland v Senegal

Sun 24th JUNE

Japan v Senegal

Poland v Colombia

Thu 28th JUNE

Japan v Poland

Senegal v Colombia

Hopefully, if you are an avid reader of Hopulist magazine, you will

already know something about the thriving craft beer scene in the Land

of the Rising Sun. Japan has really taken craft beer to its heart and

run with it – with breweries old and new working hard to supply the

constantly increasing wave of craft beer bars popping up around the

nation.

The Japanese scene blends its own history, tradition and ingredients

with influences from the usual places such as the United States and

Europe. Some of the standout breweries we can highlight include

Hitachino, Kyoto Brewing Company, Minoh Beer, Yo-Ho, Baird Beer

and Devil Craft – but there are many beers out there to choose from.

In Japan, they don’t tend to do things by halves, so they have really

embraced what it is to be a craft brewer in the country. All the brewers

have stories to tell, have bottom-up approaches to developing their

brands and their beers and have a passion that is often unrivalled.

Our recommendation for a star player comes from Osaka-based

Minoh – one of the most well-established and well respected brewers

in Japan – and its W-IPA. This orange-coloured imperial IPA is heavyhitting

with its citrussy and earthy-noted aroma that is backed up with a

sweet caramel and slightly brown ale taste, later complemented by a hazy

tang of citrus such as grapefruit. You can probably only get hold of this

one in Japan itself, but trust us, it’s worth the trip.

If you are keen to try some Japanese beer for yourself, read our feature in

Hopulist issue four.

kEY PLAYERS:

Despite vodka being

the national drink

POLAND has a strong

beer scene, with brewers

producing modern

and more traditional

Polish beer styles.

Pinta, Pracownia Piwa,

AleBrowar and Artezan

are among those new

wave craft breweries

leading the way.

COLOMB|A doesn’t

fair as well as some

other South American

nations in terms of

high-quality beer but

that is slowly changing.

Mostly confined to the

capital Bogota there

are a growing number

of breweries and craft

beer pubs popping up,

a promising future

maybe?

We could only find

one beer producer listed

for SENEGAL and lets

just say their pale lagers

didn’t fair well on review

sites.

M|NOH BEER

BEER: W-|PA

style: |MPER|AL |PA

abv: 9%

volume: 330ml

untappd: 3.82

FOOTY pred|ct|on:

Group W|nners: POLAND

Group Runner’s Up: COLOMB|a


YOU CAN’T WATCH THE MATCH WITH THE

PERFECT BEER AND NO SNACKS! SO HERE

IS OUR GUIDE TO FIVE OF THE BEST TO

MATCH WITH YOUR BEVERAGE OF CHOICE.

WAITROSE

WASABI PEAS

The wasabi pea has become the

‘snack du jour’ for many and it’s

easy to see why. Packing a spicy

punch that we think is ideally suited

to a hoppy IPA. The hop acids and

carbonation make IPAs great palate

cleansers.

Snack|n’ |s crack|n’

AWFULLY POSH

PORK CRACKLING

These artisan pork scratchings,

hand-fried in small batches, are

setting the standard in pork

crackling. The sprinkling of Anglesey

sea salt make these pork rinds a

fine accompaniment to a thirstquenching

lager/pilsner.

TYRRELL’S

POSHCORN

Something for the

popcornnoisseurs, gold standard

corn popped into delicious, fluffy

butterfly-shaped morsels. The

sweet & salty variety go well with

the tartness of a sour or Berliner

Weisse

JACOB’S

TWIGLETS

Twiglets have a real marmite effect,

which is understandable given

the taste derives from the yeast

extract used in its coating, but we

think these nobbly nibbles perfectly

match a quality smoked porter or

a stout.

WALKERS

SENSATIONS CRISPS

It’s hard to pick out just one flavour

of crisp but we’ve gone with our

faves Walkers Thai Sweet Chilli.

We’d match these up with the

light hoppiness of a pale ale to

compliment the sweet satisfying

heat kick.


“THERE’S

NO STORY

SO GOOD

A DRINK

WON’T

MAKE IT

BETTER.”

THOROS OF MYR,

GAME OF THRONES


TIME

FOR A

BREW?

FOR MOST

CRAFT BEER

APPRECIATORS,

THE CHANCE TO

TURN YOUR HAND

TO BREWING

IS OFTEN TOO

TEMPTING TO

RESIST – BUT

WHERE DO

YOU START?

YOUR FRIENDLY

NEIGHBOURHOOD

HOME BREW CLUB

HAS ALL THE

ANSWERS, AS WE

DISCOVERED ONE

SPRING EVENING

IN COVENTRY.


From left to right: Frank Redmond, Director of Twisted

Barrel Ritchie Bosworth, Simon Harper and Matt Rayfield.

By David Guest

Wherever you are on your craft beer

journey, chances are that you have

thought about brewing at some stage.

Even if it was just to understand how your favourite

type of tipple tastes so damn good, you will likely

have imagined the brewing process in your head and

though ‘I wonder if I could try that some day?’. But

before you start turning your garage into something

that looks like a scene from Breaking Bad, you should

know that there are people out there you can learn

from and places you can go to share ideas. We decided

to visit one such place recently to get a handle on how

the community feel of the craft beer industry isn’t just

reserved for the brewing companies, but also echoes

down to the enthusiastic amateur brewers and the

keen quaffers alike – this is Home Brew Club.

Now, the first rule of Home Brew Club (HBC) is that

you DO talk about Home Brew Club – with anyone

and everyone. Quite simply because this community

is for everyone. The Club is located at Coventry-based

brewer Twisted Barrel Ale’s headquarters and taproom

at Fargo Village in the midlands city on the third

Tuesday of every month, and is a wonderful example

of how craft beer and brewing can bring people

together. HBC is run by four like-minded individuals

– Frank Redmond, Simon Harper, Matt Rayfield and

Director of Twisted Barrel Ritchie Bosworth – whose

aim is to share knowledge, improve people’s brewing

skills and ideas and create a warm and welcoming

community. With around 60 registered members of

the Club in just over two years of running – what

have been the secrets of HBC’s success? How did it get

here? Frank Redmond tells us more.

Leandro

Landgraf:

“I am from Brazil, and I had

been brewing there for a few

years before I moved to the

UK in August 2015. In Brazil,

it was really hard to brew a

wide range of styles, mainly

because the temperature

control for fermentation is so

difficult. Since I came here, I

have been able to brew styles

I wasn’t able to before. I must

also say that the standard of

brewer and the knowledge

they have here in the UK,

and particularly at this club, is

exceptional. It’s very high.

“I have made some good

friends here and it has really

helped me settle in this

country. Brewing is a big part

of my life.”


“The four of us being involved in the running of

this Club came about when, after attending the first

couple of sessions, I realised that Ritchie was run off

his feet. While what he was trying to do was a great

idea and there was appetite for it, he just didn’t have

time to make it work properly – it was obvious it

needed more structure. So myself, Matt and Simon

stepped in to help.”

Frank wasn’t looking for a job at the time, but with

a background in event organising and journalism, he

quickly helped HBC start evolving.

“We put together a format for the Club that works

really well – Running the club is a team effort, but we

share roles of general organising the night, booking

speakers, keeping our club Facebook info up to date.

Simon is generally MC as he’s best at that and we

report all our ideas and proposals to Ritchie who

imparts his advice. He also offers members cheaper

prices for many core ingredients.”

One of the first things the four muskateers decided

they needed to have, was varied and insightful

speakers. By having a guest speaker each month,

members of the Club would be getting great advice

and inspiration from sources outside themselves and

subsequently improve their brewing.

“We have had a wide range of speakers so far and all

of them have been excellent,” explains Frank.

“A few of our members have been able to hold their

own talks based on the things they specialise in, we

have also managed to get people from other major

brewers outside Twisted Barrel. One of the best Was

David Munro from one of America’s top craft brewers

Bell’s. David is originally from Coventry, so he was

delighted to pop in and share his experience with us

while on a trip back to the UK.”

Mark Ol|ver:

“I’m a novice brewer really,

I’ve been brewing casually

with a friend for a while.

Tonight at the HBC is only

my third brew ever so I

am still learning. There’s so

much knowledge here from

so many different types

of brewer. The different

challenges have helped me

think outside the box a

bit and I have also picked

up plenty of tips from the

talks. It’s a nice community

to improve your skills in,

whatever your ambition with

brewing.”


This success has got Frank and the team working

on trying to get other top international brewers

involved via Skype – although an idea in the

making at the moment, it’s this kind of innovative

and cutting-edge thinking that have made HBC so

popular this far.

The Club attracts an average of 30 to 40 members

to each meet and that figure is steadily growing. One

reason could be the friendly atmosphere – as we

mooch around chatting to people on the evening we

attend, it’s clear that people have made some very

solid friends at these evenings and love nothing more

than debating and sharing ideas. There’s brewers

at all stages in the journey here – from complete

novices, to those who Ritchie believes have the

potential to make a business out of their skills, and

everything inbetween.

“Speaking personally,” says Frank. “I have got so

much out of being involved with this Club. I walked

in a stranger and left with a handful of friends and

couldn’t wait for the next meeting. It has a really great

community feel and everyone helps each other out.”

One of the key features of the Club is its monthly

brewing challenges – each of which has a theme that

makes it more of a challenge. On the evening we

attend, the theme was budget brew – where members

had to make 23 litres of beer for under £7.50 using

Twisted Barrel’s reduced-price ingredients. But

other challenges have or will include a restricted

ingredients challenge, a Twisted Barrel clone beer

challenge and the innovative Buddy Brew. This

pairs members up so they have to brew together,

encouraging them to learn from each other and share

techniques and knowledge – it is one of the more

popular ones according to Frank.

Marcus

Pendleton:

“I’ve been coming to HBC

since the very first meeting in

August 2015, and I had only

started brewing in the January

of that year. I actually got into

it when I decided to brew a

beer for a friend’s wedding,

which went down really well.

The Club here has evolved

over the last year or so, it’s

now much more structured

as it’s got bigger. We have

great and varied speakers

and a great variety that we

couldn’t have attracted when

we first started.”


As brewers chat and debate on the evening we attend,

they are also all trying out each other’s efforts for the

monthly brewing challenge and scoring the entries

on their phones via a QR code. Another nice touch is

the sharing table – a table set aside for people to bring

other brews they’ve created along to swap and share

with fellow members. Everyone we speak to thinks this

a great way to get better as feedback is always honest.

“The standard of brewing has gradually improved –

no matter what people’s starting point,” he explains.

“We have a few people who are naturally good at it,

of course. Simon is prolific and has brewed around

75 beers since the Club started. I also, along with two

other club members, managed to come second in

a national competition, having only been all-grain

brewing for around six months at the time. I think that

shows that this club is really helping people, as well as

having a great community feel.”

Brewing club’s like this one, with good organisation,

interesting themes and support of a brewer are showing

that brewing can be something everyone can try their

hand at without fear of things going wrong. More

of these types of clubs are springing up around the

country, and we can only see that continuing.

COVENTRY

| N F O

HOME BREW CLUB

Unit 11, FarGo Village

Coventry, CV1 5ED UK

www.twistedbarrelale.co.uk

Charles G|ll:

“I actually run a nearby beer

festival in Leamington Spa,

Warwickshire and I got

to know Frank from HBC

when he won the brewing

competition we have there

in 2017.

“My day job is a science

teacher and I was actually

asked by Frank to do a talk

about the science behind

brewing, which was really

fun. I’m not the best or most

regular brewer in the world,

but this club has been a great

learning experience for me.

The feedback you get from

everyone is very honest

– but it’s firm but fair.”

ABOUT TWISTED BARREL

“Twisted Barrel Ale exploded onto

the Coventry beer scene on 29th

March 2014. After months of hard

work developing a small selection of

beers that would appeal to Coventry’s

patrons thirsting for our unique mix of

modern and classical styles and methods

we launched our beers at Coventry’s

number 1 bottle bar, Inspire, and it was a

huge success.

“Originally brewing on a 60 litre kit,

we described ourselves as ‘the UK’s first

Pico-brewery’. At the time we were the

smallest commercial brewery in the UK,

although we are aware of many more

that have sprung up in the months since

our launch. With a brewing capacity of

approximately 120 bottles demand very

quickly caught up and our supply was

way too small.

“Fast-forward to 20th June 2015, and

we held another launch. This time in

our brand new Brewery and Tap House

at FarGo Village. With a new 1000 litre

brewing kit installed by Brewing Vessels

and an entirely new brand design from

Stewart Easton, we’ve finally become the

brewery we always set out to be.

“And now after almost 2 years, we

have grown again! Transferring our bar

and brewing kit into a space about 5

times larger than before, we’re still

serving the best beer at FarGo Village.

In addition to the larger space, which

can hold up to 300 people, we also

now have the largest selection of beers

in Coventry, with 23 beers on tap, and

between 15 and 25 bottled beers at any

one time.

“With our brewing kit we have

expanded our fermenting capacity adding

an additional 3000 litres. This, coupled

with the additional brewing space, has

enabled us to increase our cask output

and we have also started packaging in

cans for the national and international

market.

“We continue to review and revise our

core beers, and currently offer 5 regular

beers constantly throughout the year,

with a special edition one off beer each

and every month making it’s way into

can. Seasonal favourites continue, with

Wake Up Juice, Brobdingnagian and Dark

Night Rises, being brewed in Summer,

Autumn and Winter respectively.”


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IS FOR,

WELL, LOTS

OF THINGS.

THAT’S WHY

WE HAVE

DEVISED OUR

OWN BEER

GLOSSARY

FOR YOU TO

DRINK IN.

IMPROVE

YOUR

KNOWLEDGE

OF WHAT

MAKES BEER

SO GREAT

AND IMPRESS

YOUR

FRIENDS IN

THE BAR.

WHAT HAVE

YOU GOT TO

LOSE?

ESSENTIAL

HOP OILS

You know when you

pull a beer toward

your face and you’re

greeted with aromas

that tantalise you and

as you sip that first

sip the flavours rush

to match that aroma?

Most of that is down

to essential hop oils,

which are the oils

released from the

hop plant during the

brewing process that

make a beer taste

how it tastes. Some

of those oils include

myrcene, humulene,

caryophyllene and

farnesene – but to you

and me, just know that

these essential oils are

exactly that, essential.

A

EAST KENT

GOLDINGS HOP

The aromas and

flavours of East

Kent are perfectly

embodied in the

hop named after

and grown in the

area – they include

floral, slightly spice,

honey and earthy. This

relatively mild hop

in terms on intensity,

and as you would

expect is used mostly

in British beers of

traditional style. The

hop originally came

from Canterbury and

is in fact the same as

Canterbury Golding

– the two names are

often interchanged.

While perhaps

not a hop that is

quintessential with

modern craft beer

styles, this hop has its

place in beer history

and offers subtle levels

of moderate flavour.

ENGLISH IPA

As with most of life’s

great inventions,

necessity dictated

the creation of the

English IPA. Back in

the late 1700s, the

beer was brewed

for British troops

heading to India and

were essential pale

ales that had been

tweaked to be much

more malty and with

a higher alcohol

content to withstand

the journey. Over

time, it is believed that

these beers were then

watered down, which

is why modern English

IPAs are lower in

ABV. Typical examples

you can try include

Goose IPA by Goose

Island, Toasted Oak

IPA by Innis & Gunn

and Hitachina Nest

Japanese Classic Ale.

EISBOCK

Eis, eis baby… If your

German isn’t too

hot, you should now

know that eis means

ice – and it should

therefore not surprise

you that Eisbock is a

style of beer created

by freezing a Bock

or Doppelbock and

then removing the icy

water to concentrate

the alcohol and

flavour. This beer is a

heavy affair, in terms

of flavour and ABV

so probably not for

the faint-hearted –

however if you do

want to take it on,

you’ll be rewarded

with a rich beer full of

character. Examples

include Hermannator

Ice Bock by Vancouver

Island Brewing, Tank

Bender by Founders

and Kuhnhenn

Raspberry Eisbock by

Kuhnhenn Brewing Co.


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FANCY GETTING

THE INSIDE

TRACK ON THE

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BEER SCENE

FROM A GROUP

OF TASTE

EXPERTS WHO

KNOW FLAVOUR

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If there is one thing better than craft beer, it’s getting

a heads up on the very latest and most exclusive

craft beers out there ahead of your friends. Okay, so

maybe we’re not all that self-obsessed, but it is always

nice to discover new things in craft beer, especially

when you don’t have to put in much effort yourself.

That is essentially the ethos behind the Foodism Beer

Club – a new initiative from London-based foodie

magazine Foodism. In its own words, the club is

designed ‘to bring you the best of the London craft

beer scene with monthly beer deliveries curated by

the Foodism team, as well as special invitations to

exclusive beer events, competitions and a monthly

newsletter.’ Sound like music to your beer-loving ears

(we don’t advocate putting beer into your ears)? Read

on…

The craft beer revolution is more than mere

marketing speak by high-flying executives looking

for the next thing to pin their material on – it’s

happening right now on our streets, and particularly

the streets of London. This, and the fact that more

and more independent breweries are cropping up in

the capital, are two of the main reasons why Foodism

decided to go down this route. For Foodism, craft beer

drinkers sit in the same league as its own readership

– discerning fans of flavour, who appreciate not only

the great tastes and ingredients of food and drink in

London, but also the stories behind them.

Feel like you fit the description? So, what will you

get? Foodism’s brand director Alex Watson explains:

“What the club will basically entail is a monthly

newsletter, a monthly event, special offers and invites

to events and tastings across London and a social

media presence with regular updates and insights into

the beer world.”


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will also be a paid subscription

service that offers even better

benefits, directly in cooperation

with London breweries – the

exclusivity will just get deeper, as

will the rewards.

“We are still in the early stages

of launching the club and at

the moment are focused on

extracting the right people from

the wider Foodism audience and

encouraging people to sign up to

the club,” continued Alex.

“We hope to officially launch

the club in September (and will

definitely be throwing a fitting

launch party of some sort)

which will tie in nicely with the

London Craft Beer Festival.”

So if you are interested in

staying ahead of the curve in

craft, or just enjoying a different

point of view that could see you

discovering a few new favourite

beers, the upcoming Foodism

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food lovers insight and

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culinary universe in

London and beyond.

It runs smart features

and articles that help

people put nicer things

into their mouths on a

regular basis and has a

growing reputation as

THE essential source

on all things food.

The brand was

launched in 2014 and

the first magazine

came out in 2015

and not only reaches

hungry punters,

but also discerning

members of the food

industry too – all

looking to wean useful

info, tips and trends

from its pages.

The magazine has

a strong following

on Instagram and

Twitter and is also

a great source of

exclusive offers and

competitions.


BREW|NG Co.

EVEN MORE JESUS

DENMARk/USA

Style:

|MPER|AL STOUT

ABV: 12%

Volume: 1 P|NT

This Biblically-inspired

imperial stout from one

half of craft brewing’s

own squabbling siblings

is one of the finest

releases of its type in

recent memory. We

took a long hard look

(and drink) of this

heavenly dark beer and

discovered that we, in

fact did, need even more

Jesus in our lives.

Once upon a time

in a small town

called Niva near

Copenhagen in Denmark

twins were born, one called

Mikkel and one called Jeppe.

They grew up to be two of

the most talented brewers

of our generation. Mikkel

started Mikkeller in 2006

and his brother Jeppe, who

now lives in Brooklyn, USA,

launched Evil Twin Brewing.

But this isn’t a Hans Christian

Andersen tale, this is the real

world and in the real world

things don’t always turn out

the way of the fairy tale.

The brothers have, it’s fair

to say, a somewhat estranged

relationship – the irony of

which can clearly be seen

in the name of Jeppe’s craft

beer company. Despite their

THE

GOLD

CLUB

IN THIS SERIES

WE EXAMINE THE

BEERS THAT WE

THINK HAVE TOUCHED

PERFECTION. JUST

HOW DO THEY DO IT?


WITH AN ABV OF 12% THIS IS NOT A

DRINK FOR THE FAINT-HEARTED AND

IT TASTES AS BOOZY AS IT SOUNDS.

differences though, or maybe because of

them, the Bjergsø twins have given us not

one, but two of the finest beer companies in

the world.

Today Mikkel Borg Bjergsø exports his

micro brewed beer to 40 different countries

and is internationally acclaimed as one of the

most innovative and cutting-edge brewers in

the world. His brother Jeppe Jarnit-Bjergso

distributes an equally impressive selection of

beers to over 35 countries around the world.

Evil Twin are what’s is known as a gypsy

brewer, and as such their beers are brewed

in ten different breweries around the world.

Although that is about to change as Jeppe

has recently purchased space for a brewery

in Ridgewood, New York. By coincidence

(at least we think it is?) Mikkeller have also

recently opened a brewery in New York’s Citi

Field, home of the New York Mets baseball

team. Whatever the motives for this the one

thing we can say is the real beneficiaries of

this boozy feud are the drinkers of New York

City – makes us want to visit.

But enough of the soap opera, we are here

to talk about what we think is one of the

finest products Evil Twin have produced

in recent years. Even More Jesus, a limited

edition Imperial stout brewed at Westbrook

Brewing Company in South Carolina. With

an ABV of 12% this is not a drink for the

faint-hearted and it tastes as boozy as it

sounds.

The beer itself is opaque black with a

frothy tan head. The aroma is of dark cocoa,

burned coffee, roasted malts with a hint of

prunes and some mild toffee notes, it would

be fair to call it complex. The big flavours

are overwhelmingly dark malts, molasses

and dark chocolate with a hint of coffee and

smokiness. The feel is thick but silky smooth

with a fair bit of booziness, depending on

your sensibilities you could argue it doesn’t

hide its 12% ABV as well as other Imperial

stouts.

The thing that really grabs you is the aroma

and complexity of flavours. For lovers of

dark beers this is an absolute must-have.

Since announcing itself to the world in

2010, Evil Twin has established itself as a

beacon of hope to the small, independent

brewers of this world. It has long delivered

on its philosophy to disturb, disorder and

enlighten you with unforgettable beer

after beer. With Even More Jesus they have

certainly created a decadent, over-the-top

Imperial stout that is well worth investing

your time in.


WRITERS OF

CRAFT

SOPHIE

ATHERTON

IN THE FIRST OF A NEW SERIES WE

SPEAK TO SOME OF THE BEST BEER

WRITERS IN THE GAME – JOURNALIST

AND BEER SOMELIER SOPHIE

ATHERTON IS FIRST IN THE HOT SEAT

How did you get into beer writing? What

inspired you?

Beer inspired me! Seriously, I’d already been a

journalist for quite a long time when I started writing

about beer. I trained and qualified as a broadcast

journalist, worked on a newspaper for a while, went

on to producing, reading and presenting radio news

and then did a stint running a regional press office for

the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB).

While I was doing the latter both my parents died and

it made me re-evaluate a lot of stuff. I decided to go

freelance and because I’ve always loved beer, and been

pretty particular about what I’ll drink, it wasn’t a huge

jump to start writing about it. It also coincided with

all these exciting changes in the beer world, so there

was lots to write about.

Give us a brief overview of your

experience and work in beer writing?

Because I was already quite an

experienced journo, it didn’t take me

long to get my first commission. It was a

small piece for The Times. I interviewed

Sara Barton of Brewster’s Brewery for

a slot called Local Hero. I also had a

blog (although I loathe being called a

blogger) which I used for practice. I also

decided I ought to make a concerted

effort to learn more about beer so I had a

thorough understanding of my specialist

subject. That’s how I ended up becoming

an Accredited Beer Sommelier - the

first woman in the UK to achieve the

qualification. I’d already been writing

about beer for a couple of years by then.

After that I split my time between writing

and doing events – like running a beer

section for the London Wine Fair or

hosting tastings for the Eden Project –

but I’ve always been a writer at heart. If

I have an idea that I think will make a

good piece I work out the sort of place I

might read something similar and then

pitch it based on that. I’ve managed to get

a fair bit into the broadsheet press that

way. Dedicated beer and pub trade mags

are also fertile ground and the Morning

Advertiser and CAMRA’s BEER magazine

remain outlets I write for regularly. I’m

also just putting the finishing touches to

my first book, of which I’m consultant

editor and co-author along with five other

beer writers I commissioned. It’s due out

next year.


What has been your proudest

moment?

I’m not desperately keen on

bragging, but since you asked, it’s

always nice to win something. I have

a few awards under my belt. I also

felt a sort of ‘air punching’ type glee

when the WI (Women’s Institute)

magazine commissioned me to write

a big spread about beer. Helping

people choose beer (especially if

they are new to beer and learning all

about it) or discover beer also makes

me feel good.

What has changed the most in

the beer/craft beer industry since

you’ve been writing about it?

That’s quite a tough question. There’s

been an enormous increase in the

number of breweries – in the UK,

in the US, everywhere really. That

was starting when I began writing

about beer but it’s really exploded

since. The concept of craft beer has

gone from being a niche thing to

being quite mainstream - helped

in no small part by the success of

BrewDog. But it hasn’t spread as

far as it could. Away from cities,

big towns and areas where there’s

a conglomeration of interesting

breweries and/or pubs craft beer

might just as well never have

happened – as I found out recently

when I went to a pub in a town

where I used to drink as a teenager.

If I’d stayed there I might think the

biggest development in the beer

world was Guinness making a lager

and that cask beer had really gone

down hill. Sadly, the second point

isn’t a million miles from the truth.

THE WINNER

WAS PACKED

WITH FLAVOUR,

PRETTY HOPPY,

IN GOOD

CONDITION

AND KEPT ITS

CHARACTER EVEN

AFTER SITTING

ON THE TABLE

FOR A WHILE. IT

TURNED OUT TO

BE TINY REBEL’S

CWTCH.

What is it like to be a beer

judge? What do you look for

in a beer? Any notably very

impressive ones over the

years?

Never let anyone tell you judging

is just a jolly where people get

given free beer. It’s work and

it requires skills and focus. I

always learn something when

I’m beer judging, either from

fellow beer judges or from the

process itself. Sometimes it

can be disappointing though.

We’re in this incredible age of

beer, with so many talented and

creative brewers making some

delicious stuff, but the truth is

there’s also a lot of very mediocre

beer being made - and not always

by multinational beer factory

brewers. As a judge you have to

give the mediocre a fair tasting

alongside the better brews and

the outstanding beer. You can’t

simply condemn a beer because

you don’t like it. There can be an

enormous difference between a

beer one doesn’t like and a badly

made or faulty beer. Beer judging

is often about that difference.

What I look for in a beer

is balance, flavour - not just

something you could sip like

water without noticing what it

tastes like - and presentation, by

which I mean the beer needs to

be in tip top condition. It needs

to look appealing, have an aroma

which makes me want to drink it, a

flavour that makes me want more

and be in great condition - not too

fizzy, nor too flat.

Most of the competitions I

judge are blind tastings so I

don’t know what beer I’ve had.

I always think I will note the

sample number and find out

afterwards but I usually forget!

One time when I did find out

though was after judging the final

of CAMRA’s Champion Beer of

Britain. The winner was packed

with flavour, pretty hoppy, in

good condition and kept its

character even after sitting on

the table for a while. It turned

out to be Tiny Rebel’s Cwtch.I

suppose I could add that as a

proud moment, because a fellow

beer writer said to me after that

he wasn’t surprised to hear I’d

judged in the final ‘the year a cool

beer won’.

On the future of beer – what excites you the most? And

what worries you the most?

Sometimes I feel more worried than excited about the future of

beer. I worry that cask will die out. It’s depressing when a pub

doesn’t care about serving it properly and more depressing when

people write it off as fuddy duddy old twiggy stuff. But I also

wonder if there’s an element of some of the many, many breweries

in the UK thinking it’s easy to make beer and therefore turning

out a lot of dross in cask, selling it cheap so it turns up on lots of

bars and then when it’s crap people think all cask beer is rubbish.

Then there’s the fact that there’s a hell of a lot of really bland cask

beer around – those big brands that look and taste like caramel

flavoured water. I do think when it comes to pub closures and

declining beer sales it might have something to do with pubs selling

the wrong beer. The whole anti-alcohol lobby/new age temperance

movement is a huge concern too. Of course we need to be mindful

about how much we drink and be responsible, but as long as we do

that I don’t think drinking is the worst lifestyle choice. Consuming

tonnes of sugar in various drinks and food, not eating enough

vegetables and too much time sat on one’s backside is surely a

bigger risk than having a few drinks.


In terms of what excites me, I

think more and more breweries

will decide to open their own

pubs or taprooms and they have

the potential to be amazing places

to drink. If the same places can

also meet the challenge of serving

excellent food and pairing it with

their beers, then that’s even better.

I’m also fired up by anything that

increases the image and reputation

of beer. I think it can be all things

to all people, but showing it to

be high quality and, if you like,

aspirational will help throw off the

notion that it’s just something you

‘chug’ while watching the football.

Of course it can still be good for a

session on a Saturday afternoon,

but I’d like it if more people

realised it’s also that special bottle

you save to share with friends and

which quietens your chatter for a

moment because it tastes so good.

DON’T BE

AFRAID TO ASK

FOR A TASTER

BEFORE YOU

ORDER, EVEN

IF YOU KNOW

YOUR BEER,

AND SAY IF YOU

DON’T LIKE IT.

What are your favourite kinds of

beer and why?

This is another tough question! It

really depends on how I feel at any

given time. I do have a huge fondness

for Black IPAs. Done well they

are such a delicious combination of

dark, chocolatey malts and zingy

fruity hops. I like a good stout, especially

an oatmeal stout or ones with

a bit of bite. A well made imperial

stout is also a thing of beauty. I love a

traditional pint of British cask bitter

too – properly hoppy so that it makes

you smack your lips after each sip.

I’m blessed where I live now as our

local brewery is Gadds’ and they specialise

in those hoppy, British beers.

I’ve also got a soft spot for smoked

beers - and wish more brewers made

them.

What are your top three tips for

beer lovers to get more from

their experiences?

Don’t be afraid to ask for a taster

before you order, even if you know

your beer, and say if you don’t like

it. Only by paying attention to what

you’re tasting will you find out your

likes and dislikes so you always get

something you’ll really enjoy.

Choose something you wouldn’t

normally go for now and again. Don’t

always stick to the same style. The

world of beer goes way beyond IPA.

Go to a beer and food matched

dinner or tasting event and also try

coming up with your own pairings.

Pubs and restaurants still seem to

be stuck in a rut when it comes to

putting beer and food together. It’s up

to drinkers to push things forward.


BURNT MILL

PINTLE

PALE ALE

If there are two hops we

want to see in our pale

ales, it’s citra and cascade.

Here they provide for

an interesting citrus

fruit character and crisp

hoppy finish. Burnt Mill

have created a juicy, nononsense,

sessionable and

pale ale that, we believe, is

well worth your time.

ABV: 4.3%

Colour: Hazy gold

Aroma: Tropical/hops

Taste: Citrus

Our favourite

craft beers of

the moment.

So good we are

drinking them

at home.


BLACK IRIS

ENDLESS SUMMER

SESSION IPA

We are ashamed to admit

we don’t know much

about Black Iris Brewery

other than they are based

in Nottingham, but we

are going to make it our

mission to change all that

as the year progresses,

especially if they continue

to produce beer like this...

A sessionable IPA perfect

for the summer months.

ABV: 4.5%

Colour: Hazy golden

Aroma: Citrus and biscuit

Taste: Fruit and floral

SIGNATURE BREW

ANTHOLOGY

IMPERIAL STOUT

The debut beer from

Signature Brew’s ‘Special

Guest’ series. It features

intense flavours of dark

chocolate, molasses with

hints of dark stone fruit.

Set to be released annually

with future releases

including barrel-aged

versions. Uber smooth and

very drinkable given its

strength.

ABV: 10%

Colour: Dark brown

Aroma: Roasted coffee

Taste: Chocolate and dark

fruit


BEAVERTOWN

X DE LA SENNE

BRATTISH

PALE ALE

A collaboration between

England and Belgium’s

finest, this is a bitter pale

ale fermented with a

Belgian ale yeast strain.

The beer has a light and

crisp taste with notes of

wheat, some citrus and

apple. A refreshing beer

that is well carbonated

and perfect for summer.

ABV: 6.5%

Colour: Hazy yellow

Aroma: Fruity, banana

Taste: Wheat, apple

UNITY

CONFLUX

PALE ALE

Part of Unity’s core

beer range, Conflux is a

modern American pale

ale which, as you would

expect, is full of flavour

with a real fruity punch.

A late addition blend

of Hallertau Blanc and

Ekuanot hops keep the

bitterness low while

infusing as much flavour

and aroma as possible.

ABV: 4.8%

Colour: Golden

Aroma: Citrus

Taste: Tropical fruit


NORTHERN MONK

DEATH

IMPERIAL STOUT

Nobody wants to invite

death into their lives, but

we might have found the

exception to that rule.

Northern Monk have

produced a mighty 12%

Imperial Stout. A well

balanced number with

notes of chocolate and

raosted malt. Flavour is a

mix of chocolate, berries

and dark fruit.

ABV: 12%

Colour: Black

Aroma: Chocolate

Taste: Chocolate and

berries

CLOUDWATER

A GOOD FEED

AMERICAN PALE ALE

A collaboration to

celebrate the inaugral

A Good Feed festival.

The five-day Manchester

food festival, which took

place in late May, looked

to focus on produce,

community and open

fire cooking in a bid to

highlight food culture in

the north of England.

The drink itself is a very

sessionable pale ale with

an amazing aroma of

orange, peach and juicy

fruit. The taste is a little

more grassy and piney

with a hint of orange peel.

An ideal summer drink.

ABV: 2.9%

Colour: Amber/orange

Aroma: Fruity

Taste: Grass/Pine


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