Hopulist issue 5

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...

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...


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We love the World Cup, we can’t make any<br />

excuses for that. So it’s probably no surprise that<br />

we have dedicated a fair few pages to it in this<br />

<strong>issue</strong>. However, it’s not a football-fest. Even if<br />

you have no interest whatsoever in ‘the beautiful<br />

game’, you can use our guide to learn more about<br />

how craft beer is the truly global game.<br />

That’s one of the things we really love about<br />

craft beer. All it takes is for one person with<br />

enough passion and inspiration to take up their<br />

brewing kit and within not long at all, they could<br />

be the next craft brewer in their country. The<br />

international nature of it is fantastic – seeing<br />

small companies from different countries working<br />

together on collaborations is something special<br />

about this industry and something we are keen to<br />

celebrate in each and every <strong>issue</strong>.<br />

Thank you for reading and for staying with us –<br />

here’s to a great summer.<br />

Cheers,<br />

The <strong>Hopulist</strong> team

06<br />

12<br />

22<br />

Get your craft beer<br />

news fix right here.<br />

We visit Sheffield’s<br />

Hop Hideout.<br />

Kit yourself out in<br />

crafty clothing.<br />

24<br />

42<br />

46<br />

The World Cup of<br />

craft beer.<br />

Match your snacks<br />

to your brew.<br />

The takeoff of<br />

homebrewing.<br />

56<br />

58<br />

62<br />

Get your hands on<br />

homebrew kit.<br />

All things ‘e’ in the<br />

craft beer world.<br />

A foodie mag wades<br />

into the beer world.<br />

66<br />

70<br />

76<br />

How Jesus is the<br />

saviour of craft beer.<br />

A new series on the<br />

writers of craft.<br />

What have we been<br />

drinking this month?

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




SEASON<br />

Next month sees the launch of Craft Drink Festival – a brandnew<br />

event featuring craft brewers and artisan distillers.<br />

The two-day festival, held over the weekend of the 28-29 of<br />

July, at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham, UK will<br />

be awash with craft beer, cider, gin and whisky accompanied by<br />

delicious street food, live music, cinema and comedy.<br />

Workshops and panel sessions will give you the chance to<br />

learn more about the history of craft, the brewing/distilling<br />

processes and the current <strong>issue</strong>s facing the industry. Trained<br />

sommeliers and industry experts are on hand to guide you<br />

through the flavours, smells and subtleties of your favourite<br />

craft drinks. Plus home-brewing experts will help you take<br />

your beer making to the next level whether you are about to<br />

embark on your first or want to take it to the next level.<br />

Ticket prices start at £18 with options for weekender,<br />

enhanced and VIP packages. For more information and to<br />

book tickets visit www.craftdrinkfestival.com<br />


Some of the UK’s top craft brewers have united to celebrate<br />

The Great Exhibition of the North (GEOTN), an event<br />

heralded as the biggest in England this year. A free, summerlong<br />

celebration of the North of England’s pioneering<br />

spirit promising a programme of amazing exhibits, live<br />

performances, displays of innovation, artworks and<br />

unforgettable experiences over 80 days.<br />

The collaboration will take place at The Palace of Arts<br />

in Exhibition Park, Newcastle – home of Wylam Brewery.<br />

The relevance of where the beers will be brewed is not<br />

without significance given that the Palace of Arts is the last<br />

remaining building from the original exhibition that took<br />

place in 1929.<br />

Eight different beers will be available in special cases of<br />

440ml Cans with one of each of the beers in every case.<br />

There will only be 6,600 cases produced released on the<br />

opening day of the exhibition – 22 June, 2018.<br />

Wylam Director Dave Stone commented: “For us it’s a real<br />

honour to host these exceptional breweries here at Palace of<br />

Arts and to be involved in a brew project that celebrates the<br />

history of the brewing industry in the region.”<br />

THE<br />



BUXTON<br />









Picture credit: tottenhamhotspur.com<br />



Tottenham Hotspur Football Club Premier League’s first microbrewery is<br />

are about to become the envy of something of which we are immensely<br />

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

it announced it’s hooking up with serve our beer just metres from where<br />

London-based Beavertown to put a it is brewed is super exciting. We aim<br />

full-scale brewery and tap room into to stimulate the Spurs fan and take<br />

their new stadium.<br />

them on a Beavertown journey, serving<br />

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

currently under construction nearby to core line-up and specials as well as<br />

Tottenham’s old home of White Hart showcasing our Spurs x Beavertown<br />

Lane in North London and is expected collaboration beer and our Neck Oil<br />

to be finished in the autumn. It will Session IPA throughout the stadium.”<br />

also be hosting at least one regular NFL The concept is certainly an interesting<br />

American Football game each season. one and here at <strong>Hopulist</strong> we are excited<br />

Beavertown Founder, Logan Plant, at the prospect that this could be the<br />

explained: “The opportunity to work start of some beautiful craft x football<br />

with Tottenham Hotspur to deliver the collaborations.<br />

start Start your own<br />

craft empire<br />

www.brewtowngame.com<br />

Ever wanted to start your own<br />

craft beer brewing empire? Of<br />

course you have – and now you<br />

can thanks to a new mobile app<br />

game that allows you to build that<br />

empire from scratch, covering<br />

all aspects from beer types to<br />

production to bottle and can<br />

design. Brew Town is the name<br />

of the game and it is available for<br />

free now on Android and Apple<br />

devices and it offers 150 flavours<br />

to customise with, unlockable<br />

beer types, over 50 different kinds<br />

of brewing structures and zero<br />

hangovers. It’s a simulation game<br />

with multiple unlockable extras<br />

that will keep you coming back for<br />

more as you take on the craft beer<br />

world your way.<br />

For the design aficionados<br />

among you, there is even a hall of<br />

fame for the best bottle and can<br />

designs in the game.<br />

We’ve just started playing and<br />

already seem to be on some sort<br />

of time shift – where did those last<br />

few hours go? Take a look at some<br />

of our best designs so far and get<br />




OUR HANDS ON...<br />



It’s that time of year that sees the release<br />

of Magic Rock’s annual, triple IPA, Un-<br />

Human Cannonball. This year they are<br />

also treating us to Human Cannonball<br />

a double IPA and a new version in a<br />

New England style called Neo-Human<br />

Cannonball.<br />


Two of our personal favourite brewers<br />

have combined to bring us Distinct<br />

Phases – a collaboration between Left<br />

Handed Giant and Unity Brewing Co.<br />

This sessionable sour red ale has loads<br />

of Amarillo and Bobek hops, weighs in at<br />

3.5% ABV and is available in 440ml cans.<br />


Another collab released in May, this time<br />

between Nottingham’s Black Iris and<br />

Derbyshire’s Torrside. Bury Me In Smoke<br />

is a 5.5% smoked brown ale with strong<br />

smokey notes, as you would expect, as<br />

well as caramel, orange peel and malty<br />

nose and taste.<br />


Brewed using locally-foraged<br />

meadowsweet flowers and leaves along<br />

with honey from local beekeepers,<br />

Meadowstreet Saison is a recent<br />

farmhouse style release from Birmingham’s<br />

Burning Soul working with Michelin<br />

starred chefs from Carters of Moseley.<br />

Release date: Already on sale<br />

Release date: Already on sale<br />

Release date: Already on sale<br />

Release date: Already on sale



How one<br />

couple’s<br />

pass|on<br />

for beer,<br />

commun|ty and<br />

WELLBE|NG led<br />

to a h|dden<br />

gem becom|ng<br />

a well-known<br />

refuge for<br />

craft beer<br />

dr|nkers |n<br />

the steel<br />

c|ty. Th|s |s<br />

Hop H|deout’S<br />

sto ry.<br />

Sheffield is a city of many monikers. To those of<br />

a certain generation it is known as the steel city,<br />

due to the large amount of steel manufacture that<br />

has created so many jobs there throughout history. In<br />

more recent times, the local authorities have tried to<br />

rebrand Sheffield as the UK’s outdoor city – thanks to<br />

its proximity to the Peak District National Park and its<br />

increasingly younger population, with two universities.<br />

Whatever you think of when you think of Sheffield,<br />

one thing the city always has been and always will be, is<br />

friendly. Subsequently it’s a place where the inherently<br />

friendly vibes of the craft beer industry have started to<br />

flourish. Breweries such as Abbeydale and Sentinel call<br />

Sheffield home, while brewers elsewhere in Yorkshire<br />

like Northern Monk, Summer Wine and Vocation<br />

also have close links with the city. But to paint the true<br />

picture of how craft has developed here in recent years,<br />

we figured one of its hottest bottle shops was the best<br />

place to start. Enter Hop Hideout.<br />

Will and Jules Gray.

Born out of pass|on<br />

Jules and Will Gray opened Hop Hideout in<br />

Sheffield’s vibrant Antiques Quarter back in<br />

November 2013.<br />

“Initially we started out as a pop-up shop<br />

next door to a vintage shop,” explains Jules.<br />

“Will and I met in Birmingham and I was<br />

working for a fairly large brewery at the<br />

time. I found myself getting frustrated with<br />

the more corporate nature of this brewery<br />

but still loved beer and the industry, so we<br />

decided to set up a bottle shop in our own<br />

image.”<br />

The pair deliberated over where to open<br />

this business dream for some time before<br />

deciding on Sheffield due to shared happy<br />

memories of the city.<br />

Jules continues: “I went to university<br />

here, Will used to live here. We both have<br />

a fondness for the city and also the way it<br />

feels like a city but also like a village, with<br />

each ward or area having strong and friendly<br />

local communities.”<br />

For Jules and Will, opening the shop<br />

was not only a case of the right place, but<br />

also the right time as craft beer hit another<br />

significant growth spurt.<br />

“The initial burst for modern craft beer<br />

seemed to happen around 2009 with<br />

breweries like The Kernel in London, but<br />

then in 2013 there was a significant second<br />

wave with many breweries in the north of<br />

England starting to spring up,” says Jules.<br />

This was one reason for opening the store<br />

then, the other was a more international<br />

influence: “We had just spent some time in<br />

Belgium, obviously sampling the fine beers<br />

of the nation. But we were really taken by<br />

Belgian café culture – small places where<br />

you could go to buy beer but also sit down<br />

at a small table in a corner and have a quick<br />

sociable drink if you wanted to. More of a<br />

place where the community can get together<br />

occasionally.<br />

“Thankfully Sheffield is a place that<br />

allows us to do that - it’s a super friendly<br />

community, as is the rest of the craft beer<br />

industry.”<br />

As you glance around the cosy and<br />

masterfully decorated interior of Hop<br />

Hideout, you can see where this influence<br />

takes hold.

Jules wanted<br />

to g|ve the<br />

c|ty someth|ng<br />

more. SHE<br />

wanted to<br />

make |t a place<br />

where the<br />

scene really<br />

thr|ved – so<br />

SHE began HER<br />

add|t|onal<br />

venture<br />

– Sheff|eld<br />

Beer Week.<br />

Broaden|ng hor|zons<br />

Far from content with just giving the city of<br />

Sheffield a stylish watering hole with a great range,<br />

Jules wanted to give the city something more. She<br />

wanted to make it a place where the scene really<br />

thrived – so she began an additional venture<br />

– Sheffield Beer Week.<br />

“To be honest, one of the main drivers behind<br />

this was frustration,” explains Jules. “Frustration<br />

from the fact that I was seeing a huge number of<br />

great independent beer events springing up almost<br />

on a weekly basis, but nearly all in London and<br />

Manchester. I thought - why not Sheffield too?”<br />

So in 2015, the Jules ran the first ever Sheffield<br />

Beer Week with around 10 or 15 venues taking part<br />

and including interesting aspects like beer history<br />

walks with local historians as well as the usual<br />

party atmosphere in bars and pubs.<br />

Jules continues: “It was a bit of a struggle in the<br />

first year, but then I think people saw what we were<br />

trying to do and the support has grown with each<br />

year. We like to focus on the history of Sheffield as<br />

a beer town, including cask ales as well as craft, and<br />

then link in its place on the global stage – like how<br />

many Yorkshire breweries are using international<br />

ingredients to make international beer styles.”<br />

Each Sheffield Beer Week has a theme and the<br />

2018 edition, which happened in March, focused<br />

on women in the beer industry – something close<br />

to Jules’ heart.<br />

“We were delighted with the support from<br />

Sheffield businesses and the wider beer scene.<br />

We even had a group of guys come over from<br />

Scandinavia who wanted to visited the old cask<br />

breweries of the area.”

Fast-forward<br />

This year will be Hop Hideout’s fifth<br />

birthday – a milestone Jules and Will are<br />

delighted to hit, as it is often one many<br />

small, start-up businesses don’t make. To<br />

celebrate, they will be hosting a special<br />

party at the shop with a theme that pays<br />

homage to one of their collective heroes.<br />

“The theme will be Bill Murray, as he is<br />

kind of one of our heroes,” says Jules as she<br />

gestures to a picture of him framed on the<br />

wall in the corner of the bar.<br />

“Everyone is encouraged to come dressed<br />

as a ‘Bill’ from their favourite movie with<br />

him in. It should be a lot of fun.”<br />

Besides that, the horizon holds much<br />

more for this pair of entrepreneurial beer<br />

lovers. They are looking forward to working<br />

with another brewer on a collab beer –<br />

having already been involved in brews with<br />

Abbeydale, Northern Monk, Mad Hatter<br />

Brew Co, BlackJack and Elusive Brewing.<br />

They also have a host of other events on the<br />

horizon, focused on culture and well-being<br />

as well as on beer – they include a tasting<br />

for Wylam’s Northern Powerhouse project,<br />

a sour wildbeer weekend, a performance<br />

from renowned jazz musician Kit Downes<br />

and a Hallowe’en party based around<br />

Torrside Brewing’s Monsters series of<br />

beers.<br />

There’s a lot going on in this<br />

deceptively quiet little corner of one of<br />

Britain’s great cities. We suggest pulling<br />

in for a quick stop at Hop Hideout the<br />

next time you’re anywhere nearby –<br />

there’s guaranteed to be a warm welcome<br />

and probably an enjoyable event waiting<br />

for you.<br />


|NFO<br />

Hop Hideout<br />

448 Abbeydale Rd,<br />

Sheffield S7 1FR, UK<br />

É www.hophideout.co.uk<br />

È hophideout@gmail.com<br />

$ /hophideout<br />

" @HopHideout<br />

In February of this year Hop Hideout<br />

won Independent Beer Retailer of the<br />

Year, against some very tough opposition,<br />

at the Drinks Retailing Awards (DRA)<br />

hosted at London’s Dorchester Hotel.<br />

The DRAs are the drinks trade’s biggest<br />

annual highlight, bringing together<br />

the leading lights in retail and<br />

rewarding the greatest<br />



It might come as a shock to you, but not<br />

every establishment that purveys beer goods<br />

wants you to get completely trollied on<br />

its premises on a regular basis. No, some<br />

of them care. Some of them are nice and<br />

put people before profit. Hop Hideout is<br />

definitely one of those.<br />

“As somewhere that sells alcohol, we do<br />

feel a deep social responsibility to encourage<br />

people to live as healthy a lifestyle as they<br />

possibly can,” says Jules. “It really should<br />

come with the territory – you are selling<br />

something, that if not enjoyed responsibly,<br />

can have detrimental health effects.”<br />

To this end, Jules is the captain and<br />

organiser of the Sheffield chapter of the<br />

Mikkeller Running Club. In case you didn’t<br />

already know, this is a worldwide club with<br />

Chapters in cities all over the globe that<br />

encourages people to run, not only for their<br />

health, but also for the social side.<br />

Jules adds: “I only started running a few<br />

years back, but I really enjoy it and our<br />

chapter is really friendly and they really<br />

appreciate the opportunity to get some<br />

exercise in with a beer and a chat at the end.”<br />

Will also runs a regular cycle club out of<br />

the bottle shop and is a keen skateboarder.<br />

The combination of these activities, of<br />

course, drives potential new people to the<br />

shop – but the ethos behind them is sincere.<br />

This couple care about the general state of the<br />

health of the nation – and let’s face it, if you<br />

enjoy craft beer, it pays to take steps to drink<br />

it in sensible measures and get your regular<br />




BE TEE TIME...<br />

TEE ONE UP<br />

Brewdog have recently released a new<br />

line of clothing and this was our fave. A<br />

bold list of all our favourite hops feature<br />

on the reverse with the Brewdog shield<br />

on the front of this unisex number.<br />


The classic Fourpure barley motif and<br />

logo makes for a classy-looking t-shirt.<br />

The back features the ‘Inspired by<br />

Adventure’ tagline. Available in both mens<br />

and ladies fit in blue or grey<br />


We love the no-nonsense simplicity of<br />

this tee from Yorkshire powerhouse<br />

brewers Northern Monk. Pre-shrunk<br />

and available in white, grey or black, sizes<br />

range from small to extra large.<br />


The unique illustrations of the Siren Craft<br />

Brew brand lend themselves to some<br />

amazing merch. Check out the website<br />

for a great range of t-shirts including this<br />

Siren ‘Calling’ design.<br />

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<br />

CUP<br />

FEVER<br />

We like beer and we like<br />

football, there we've<br />

said it. so here is our<br />

unaBASHed, tenuous at<br />

best, World Cup tie in.<br />

if you like SiPPiNG on a<br />

world class iPA whilst<br />

WATCHing the beautiful<br />

game then buckle up for<br />

some top beers, terrible<br />

football puns and ALL<br />

ROUND general Hi-JiNX.<br />

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

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

fever – or at least show a passing interest. Watching football is a great<br />

way to drink and share beer, and the international flavour of the World<br />

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

Admittedly, it was more of a challenge for some ahead of others. How<br />

many brewers can you name from Panama? But after much hardened<br />

research (hic) we think we have managed to curate a good list of<br />

international beers for you to explore and enjoy during the biggest fiesta<br />

of football there is.<br />

We’ve profiled what we consider to be the most interesting country<br />

from each World Cup group in some detail, then followed with some<br />

additional beer-based knowledge on the other teams. If nothing else,<br />

you will gain some great pub ammo to share with your mates about<br />

the international beer scene (probably don’t share it during England’s<br />

inevitable penalty shoot-out, though).<br />

Get the big screen on, grab some cold ones from your country of choice<br />

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

RN<br />

a<br />

GROUP<br />


GROUP A<br />

RUSSIA<br />


EGYPT<br />


Thu 14th JUNE<br />

Russia v Saudi Arabia<br />

Fri 15th June<br />

Egypt v Uruguay<br />

Tue 19th JUNE<br />

Russia v Egypt<br />

Wed 20th June<br />

Uruguay v Saudi Arabia<br />

Mon 25th JUNE<br />

Uruguay v Russia<br />

Saudi Arabia v Egypt<br />

Russ|a has a history of revolutions and we think you can now add<br />

a craft beer one to that list. A new generation of craft beer drinkers<br />

are emerging in a country that is usually better know for its unhealthy<br />

obsession with vodka. Surprisingly, Russia is the world’s third biggest<br />

producer of beer, mostly mass-produced lagers and currently only<br />

around one per cent of that market is craft, but things are changing.<br />

In the last five years, an increasing number of bars dedicated to selling<br />

small-batch beer have opened, drawing people in with relatively cheap<br />

prices. Not surprisingly Moscow and St Petersburg (Russia’s two biggest<br />

and most populous cities) are leading the way.<br />

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

unless you are in country itself and recent political events won’t have<br />

helped the chances of Russian beers competing abroad.<br />

However, if you are lucky enough to be travelling to watch the<br />

World Cup then brewers to look out for include: Vasileostrovskaya,<br />

St Petersburg’s oldest craft brewery not afraid of bold experimental<br />

flavours; Moscow-based 8 Barrels Brew devoted to spontaneous<br />

fermentation and ageing in barrels; AF Brew, gypsy brewers and selfproclaimed<br />

beer-geeks and Jaws Brewery located in the Urals who have a<br />

large and versatile range of beers with a strong international influence.<br />

Our star pick goes to Jaws Brewery’s Pale Ale, a sessionable englishstyle<br />

pale ale with a bready, slight caramel aroma, good malt body and a<br />

nice fruity tinge – the perfect accompaniment too any football game.<br />

kEY PLAYERS:<br />

Whilst still dominated<br />

by national beers<br />

URUGUAY does have<br />

an exciting craft beer<br />

scene with breweries<br />

like Volcanica, who<br />

take inspiration from<br />

Belgian brewing culture,<br />

and Monteviedo Brew<br />

House, which produces a<br />

variety of internationallyinspired<br />

styles of beer.<br />

Not easy to get hold of<br />

outside of Latin America<br />

but, much like their<br />

football team, Uruguayan<br />

beers are punching well<br />

above their weight.<br />

Whilst the ancient<br />

Egyptians may have<br />

enjoyed a fascinating<br />

beer culture sadly that<br />

can’t be said today. The<br />

modern beer industry<br />

in Egypt is owned by<br />

large corporations.<br />

The production or<br />

possession of alcholic<br />

beer in SAUD|<br />

ARAB|A is illegal.<br />



style: ENGL|SH PALE ALE<br />

abv: 5.2%<br />

volume: 330ml<br />

untappd: 3.75<br />

FOOTY pred|ct|on:<br />

Group W|nners: URUGUAY<br />

Group Runner’s Up: EGYPT

GROUP<br />

b<br />

SPAIN - espana<br />

GROUP B<br />


SPAIN<br />


IRAN<br />

Fri 15th JUNE<br />

Morocco v Iran<br />

Portugal v Spain<br />

Wed 20th JUNE<br />

Portugal v Morocco<br />

Iran v Spain<br />

Mon 25th JUNE<br />

Iran v Portugal<br />

Spain v Morocco<br />

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

landscape but is more than making up for lost time. Catalonia has a<br />

tradition as the gateway for new trends in Spain and it was no different<br />

with artisan beer – news soon spread and inroads are now being made all<br />

across the Iberian peninsula.<br />

The foreign influence on the Catalan craft scene is clear to see with<br />

American styles featuring heavily in most brewers arsenal. Barcelona’s<br />

Edge Brewing was itself founded by two American’s eager to join the craft<br />

beer revolution in Europe. It was however a Liverpudlian, the late Steve<br />

Huxley, that really championed the progression of craft beer in Catalonia<br />

and thus is somewhat of a local industry legend.<br />

Not surprisingly then Barcelona is a popular choice for craft beer<br />

tourists – well worth a weekend trip if you get the opportunity – and the<br />

annual Barcelona Beer Festival, traditionally held in March, is regarded<br />

as one of Europe’s finest.<br />

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

booming craft beer scene with a fast growing number of both breweries<br />

and bars, likewise Seville, Valencia and Bilbao.<br />

We have chosen a collaborative brew from two of Spain’s most<br />

progressive breweries (Garage Beer Co and La Pirata working together<br />

like Xavi and Iniesta in their pomp) as the Spanish star player. Downfall<br />

is a double dry hopped DIPA fermented with a Vermont ale yeast, this is<br />

a real juice bomb of a beer.<br />

kEY PLAYERS:<br />

The days of Sagres and<br />

Super Bock dominating<br />

the PORTUGAL beer<br />

market are finally being<br />

challenged thanks to<br />

breweries like MUSA,<br />

OPO 74 and Lince.<br />

Lisbon has an exploding<br />

craft beer scene that<br />

is also touching other<br />

areas of the country. In<br />

football terms Portugal<br />

has been a bit of a<br />

sleeping giant but things<br />

are definately changing.<br />

Enjoying an American<br />

IPA in the sun of the<br />

Algarve is no longer just<br />

a pipe dream.<br />

Although<br />

predominantly a Muslim<br />

country MOROCCO<br />

is not dry. Don’t be<br />

expecting any craft beer<br />

though, sadly the macrobrewers<br />

dominate this<br />

largely tourist market.<br />

The production or<br />

possession of alcholic<br />

beer in |RAN is illegal.<br />



style: D|PA<br />

abv: 7.2%<br />

volume: 440ml<br />

untappd: 4.09<br />

FOOTY pred|ct|on:<br />

Group W|nners: SPA|N<br />

Group Runner’s Up: PORTUGAL

c<br />

GROUP<br />


GROUP C<br />

FRANCE<br />


PERU<br />


Sat 16th JUNE<br />

France v Australia<br />

Peru v Denmark<br />

Thu 21st JUNE<br />

Denmark v Australia<br />

France v Peru<br />

Tue 26th JUNE<br />

Denmark v France<br />

Australia v Peru<br />

The Danes have a long tradition of beer drinking, the oldest evidential<br />

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

very forefront of craft beer in Europe if not the world.<br />

Denmark has some incredibly inspiring producers including Mikkeller,<br />

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

The craft beer in Denmark is always thoughtful and often<br />

features stylish designs, interesting ideas and flavours. Being age-old<br />

connoisseurs of beer, the Danes are very interested in the traditional<br />

types of beers from other nations and combining them with their own<br />

ideas.<br />

With a population of 5.7 million Denmark has the most breweries per<br />

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

people, coincidence? We think not.<br />

Picking out one star from this amazing line-up was tricky but in the<br />

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

you should have already guessed Sportsbajer translates to English as<br />

sports beer. This dry-hopped lager has a real juicy feel and sessionable<br />

ABV, brewed and designed for maximum pleasure and minimum<br />

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

defend properly from a corner you can yell at your television without<br />

distraction.<br />

The design geek inside us also loves the work of Kasper Ledet, art<br />

director and designer at To Øl and the incredible labels he produces –<br />

this one is no exception.<br />

kEY PLAYERS:<br />

One of the favourites to<br />

lift the trophy they may<br />

be but FRANCE is very<br />

much the poor relation<br />

in craft beer terms. Only<br />

a decade ago there were<br />

no craft breweries or<br />

speciality beer shops in<br />

Paris, thankfully things<br />

are changing and the vino<br />

loving nation are seeing<br />

a boom in producers of<br />

artisan beer.<br />

AUSTRAL|A has<br />

long been at the forefront<br />

of the craft beer scene<br />

and as a result sales are<br />

flourishing. Forecasts<br />

show the industry will<br />

continue to grow as<br />

Australian drinking<br />

habits continue to<br />

change. A definate<br />

dream destination for<br />

the craft beer tourist.<br />

PERU hasn’t escaped<br />

the craft beer boom with<br />

a healthy mix of good<br />

micro-breweries and beer<br />

styles readily available if<br />

you know where to look.<br />

TO øL<br />


style: DRY HOPPED LAGER<br />

abv: 4.5%<br />

volume: 330ml<br />

untappd: 3.72<br />

FOOTY pred|ct|on:<br />

Group W|nners: FRANCE<br />

Group Runner’s Up: DENMARk

GROUP<br />

d<br />

ICELAND-Island<br />

GROUP D<br />





Sat 16th JUNE<br />

Argentina v Iceland<br />

Croatia v Nigeria<br />

Thu 21st JUNE<br />

Argentina v Croatia<br />

Fri 22nd JUNE<br />

Nigeria v Iceland<br />

Tue 26th JUNE<br />

Nigeria v Argentina<br />

Iceland v Croatia<br />

For a country with a population smaller than most major UK cities<br />

|celand has been punching well above it’s weight at both football and<br />

craft beer in recent years.<br />

Tourism in Iceland is set to exceed the national population by seven to<br />

one in 2018 thanks to its dramatic landscape of volcanoes, hot springs,<br />

geysers and lava fields. Filmmakers choosing Iceland as a set location for<br />

the likes of Game of Thrones, Star Wars and Interstellar have only added<br />

to it’s spectacular rise in visitors.<br />

Whilst to many Einstök is the most instantly recognisable Icelandic<br />

brewer, thanks largely to its availability overseas, others like Borg, The<br />

Brothers Brewery, Segull 67 and Ölvisholt have a growing reputation.<br />

As you would expect Reykjavik is the epicentre of Icelandic craft<br />

beer culture with a high density of bars confined to a small area. Skúli<br />

Craftsbar, Micro Bar and Mikkeller & Friends are just three that are well<br />

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

We have chosen Einstök White Ale as our star player, not because<br />

it’s the most gifted of Icelandic beers but because of it’s availability and<br />

session friendly ABV which make it ideal as you kick back and enjoy the<br />

match. A classic witbier with orange peel and coriander notes brewed<br />

with pure Icelandic water that will ideally compliment that half-time<br />

spicy take away you’ve got planned. To honour Iceland qualifying for<br />

their first World Cup Einstök have even produced a special-edition<br />

White Ale bottle.<br />

Let’s just hope they don’t meet England again...<br />

kEY PLAYERS:<br />

An exciting grassroots<br />

craft revolution<br />

is happening in<br />

ARGENT|NA with<br />

brewers and brewpubs<br />

popping up in ever<br />

increasing numbers.<br />

Breweries like Grunge,<br />

Taguató and Antares<br />

are leading the way. For<br />

a predominantly wine<br />

drinking nation the large<br />

number of craft beer bars<br />

in Buenos Aires alone<br />

highlights a healthy craft<br />

beer scene.<br />

A late-comer to<br />

craft beer CROAT|A<br />

is showing signs of<br />

improvement with<br />

micro brewers Zmajska<br />

Pivovara and Bujska<br />

Pivovara leading the way.<br />

Much like their footy<br />

team, Croatian brewers<br />

are real dark horses.<br />

Bature Brewery of<br />

N|GER|A is trying to<br />

educate the taste buds of<br />

Africa’s second biggest<br />

beer market dominated<br />

by macro-brewers.<br />

E|NSTÖk<br />


style: W|TB|ER<br />

abv: 5.2%<br />

volume: 330ml<br />

untappd: 3.72<br />

FOOTY pred|ct|on:<br />

Group W|nners: ARGENT|NA<br />

Group Runner’s Up: CROAT|A

e<br />

GROUP<br />


GROUP E<br />

BRAZIL<br />



SERBIA<br />

Sun 17th JUNE<br />

Costa Rica v Serbia<br />

Brazil v Switzerland<br />

Fri 22nd JUNE<br />

Brazil v Costa Rica<br />

Serbia v Switzerland<br />

Wed 27th JUNE<br />

Serbia v Brazil<br />

Switzerland v Costa Rica<br />

Braz|l might not strike you as an obvious brewing nation, but as with<br />

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

Naturally, as it’s hot a country, temperature control is an <strong>issue</strong>, as is<br />

growing hops – but this is not counterintuitive, it actually leads to<br />

Brazilian brewers having to be more creative rather than relying on<br />

hoppy punches to deliver great beer.<br />

The industry here is still in its infancy, however it is growing at a<br />

rapid rate – both in terms of importing foreign beer and brewing its<br />

own. Brazil is certainly a country with more footballing pedigree than<br />

brewing. Having said that, there is room to grow, and growth is just what<br />

is happening with a reported 50 new artisinal breweries opening each<br />

year in the country. Whether the market here is developed or not, one<br />

thing you simply cannot argue with is that Brazilians love their beer.<br />

Some recommended names to look out for include Salvador Brewing<br />

Co, Croma, Cervejaria Octopus, Hocus Pocus and Cerverjaria EverBrew.<br />

Our pick from this lot is Salvador Brewing Co’s Macau Mocaccino Stout.<br />

Named after the Patrol Ship Macau, the first ship to bear this name in the<br />

Brazilian navy, this milk stout has a rich blend of coffee and cinnamon<br />

notes compined with a dense body, complex flavour and thick mouthfeel.<br />

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

admired, as it the way it balances fairly overpowering flavours.<br />

If you are ever lucky enough to make your way to Brazil, but want to<br />

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

Paulo – instead try the city of Curibita, just south of Sao Paulo.<br />

kEY PLAYERS:<br />

Despite their<br />

isolationist tendancies<br />


has seen an explosion<br />

in the number of new<br />

microbreweries opening<br />

in recent years, although<br />

much like their national<br />

football team they seem<br />

to be more about quiet<br />

efficiency than star<br />

quality.<br />

CoSTA R|CA is a<br />

familiar story to that of<br />

other central American<br />

nations. Dominated<br />

by macro lagers they<br />

are slowly cultivating<br />

a craft beer scene with<br />

a small number of<br />

microbreweries popping<br />

up around the country.<br />

SERB|A has a small<br />

but flourishing scene<br />

with breweries Crow,<br />

Kabinet, Zebrew and<br />

a handful of others<br />

producing familiar<br />

beer styles. If you are<br />

travelling to the Balkans<br />

then keep your eyes<br />

peeled.<br />



style: STOUT<br />

abv: 7%<br />

volume: 330ml<br />

untappd: 4.1<br />

FOOTY pred|ct|on:<br />

Group W|nners: BRAZ|L<br />

Group Runner’s Up: SERB|A

GROUP<br />

f<br />


GROUP F<br />


SWEDEN<br />

MEXICO<br />


Mon 18th JUNE<br />

Germany v Mexico<br />

Sweden v S.Korea<br />

Sat 23rd JUNE<br />

S.Korea v Mexico<br />

Germany v Sweden<br />

Wed 27th JUNE<br />

S.Korea v Germany<br />

Mexico v Sweden<br />

When you think of German beer, you no doubt have visions of steins,<br />

Oktoberfest and perhaps even lederhosen. But the German industry has<br />

a few surprises up its sleeves to go with the stereotypes.<br />

Let’s get one thing straight, the Germans are very good at brewing<br />

beer. Weissbeer was a German invention as are many other styles of beer<br />

including Pilsners. Some of the more common, mass-produced names<br />

like Erdinger are still well worth sampling, simply because they are very<br />

well brewed. Moving into craft, strict German regulations have long<br />

restricted progressive brewers but there are some names you probably<br />

recognise such as AndUnion and Stone Brewing Berlin (although<br />

obviously of american origin). There are also some lesser known<br />

names worth investigating such as BRLO, Hoppebrau and Sudden<br />

Death Brewing. Often they will have to work around the purity laws by<br />

marketing drinks as Biermischgetränke or ‘mixed beer drinks’ but this<br />

allows them to not only brew classic pilsners and wheat beers but also<br />

things like fruit flavoured stouts and eccentric sours.<br />

Our choice of German beer goes to Munich-based AndUnion and<br />

its Friday Über IPA. One of the main reasons we plumped for this is<br />

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

supermarkets. It boasts that it is a Bavarian take on the American-style<br />

IPA and offers a clear, hoppy and fruity experience of this beer type with<br />

some strong malty body. We are also a big fan of how AndUnion markets<br />

itself – the lines and designs are clean and the beer follows suit quite<br />

nicely.<br />

kEY PLAYERS:<br />

Scandinavian<br />

powerhouse SWEDEN<br />

accounts for some of<br />

the best craft beers<br />

in the world which is<br />

echoed by the success<br />

of their export market.<br />

Omnipollo, Brewski,<br />

Stigbergets and Brekeriet<br />

are just four of the big<br />

players that, if you<br />

haven’t already, you need<br />

to check out on your<br />

craft journey.<br />

MEX|CO is the<br />

world’s largest exporter<br />

of beer! The craft beer<br />

movement is therefore<br />

battling against a<br />

market dominated by<br />

corporates. Although<br />

this makes it difficult<br />

and slow it is still worthy<br />

of further investigation<br />

given the opportunity.<br />


has become a key player<br />

in the Asian craft beer<br />

scene with many of the<br />

breweries and tap rooms<br />

congregated near US<br />

military bases.<br />

ANDUN|ON<br />


style: |PA<br />

abv: 6.5%<br />

volume: 330ml<br />

untappd: 3.63<br />

FOOTY pred|ct|on:<br />

Group W|nners: GERMANY<br />

Group Runner’s Up: Mex|co

g<br />

GROUP<br />


GROUP G<br />


PANAMA<br />



Mon 18th JUNE<br />

Belgium v Panama<br />

Tunisia v England<br />

Sat 23rd JUNE<br />

Belgium v Tunisia<br />

Sun 24th JUNE<br />

England v Panama<br />

Thu 28th JUNE<br />

England v Belgium<br />

Panama v Tunisia<br />

Much like the national football team the Belgian craft beer scene is<br />

awash with big name stars with a pedigree of high international standing.<br />

As well as the big six trappist powerhouses, Belg|um has over 180<br />

other breweries. If there was a World Cup of craft beer then Belgium<br />

would surely have been crowned winners numerous times.<br />

Belgium is one of the most visited nations in the world for craft beer<br />

tourists, and to be quite honest, it is easy to see why. Even mainstream<br />

lagers and beers are of a very high standard. The volume of Belgian<br />

beer styles is too long to list here – Trappist, Abbey, Lambic, Amber you<br />

name it and Belgian brewers have nailed it. In fact Belgian beer culture<br />

is so ingrained that UNESCO inscribed it on their list of intangable<br />

cultural heritage of humanity – established to ensure better protection of<br />

important cultural heritages and the awareness of their significance.<br />

Outside of the Trappist scene, Belgium is awash with brewers of long<br />

history and outstanding talent. Examples include Liefmans, De La<br />

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

so well established and so complex, it’s hard to choose.<br />

Our choice of star player was an easy one, considered by many to be<br />

the best beer in the world – Westvleteren 12 is the Lionel Messi of craft<br />

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

these whilst the footy is on for fear of sleeping through the second half.<br />

Although not the easiest to get your hands on we recommend everyone<br />

to try Westvleteren 12 at least once on their craft beer journey.<br />

To find out more about Belgian trappist beer read Issue Two of <strong>Hopulist</strong>.<br />

kEY PLAYERS:<br />

The golden generation<br />

of English footballers<br />

may have gone but<br />

the same cannot be<br />

said of craft breweries<br />

in ENGLAND. The<br />

boom has been massive,<br />

not just in England but<br />

across across the whole<br />

of the UK and shows no<br />

signs of slowing down<br />

anytime soon, with a<br />

healthy mix of styles and<br />

methods it would take<br />

too long to list all the<br />

key players here but you<br />

know who they are, you<br />

wouldn’t be reading this<br />

if you didn’t!<br />

PANAMA is awash<br />

with largely tasteless<br />

pale lagers, although a<br />

few craft beer venues are<br />

popping up in Panama<br />

City.<br />

TUN|S|A had one<br />

micro brewery based<br />

in the coastal city of<br />

Hammamet but reports<br />

suggest it may now be<br />

closed as tourism has<br />

declined in recent years.<br />

SA|NT S|XTUS<br />


style: TRAPP|ST QUAD<br />

abv: 10.2%<br />

volume: 330ml<br />

untappd: 4.56<br />

FOOTY pred|ct|on:<br />

Group W|nners: BELG|UM<br />

Group Runner’s Up: ENGLAND

GROUP<br />

h<br />

japan-NIPPON<br />

GROUP H<br />

POLAND<br />



JAPAN<br />

Tue 19th JUNE<br />

Columbia v Japan<br />

Poland v Senegal<br />

Sun 24th JUNE<br />

Japan v Senegal<br />

Poland v Colombia<br />

Thu 28th JUNE<br />

Japan v Poland<br />

Senegal v Colombia<br />

Hopefully, if you are an avid reader of <strong>Hopulist</strong> magazine, you will<br />

already know something about the thriving craft beer scene in the Land<br />

of the Rising Sun. Japan has really taken craft beer to its heart and<br />

run with it – with breweries old and new working hard to supply the<br />

constantly increasing wave of craft beer bars popping up around the<br />

nation.<br />

The Japanese scene blends its own history, tradition and ingredients<br />

with influences from the usual places such as the United States and<br />

Europe. Some of the standout breweries we can highlight include<br />

Hitachino, Kyoto Brewing Company, Minoh Beer, Yo-Ho, Baird Beer<br />

and Devil Craft – but there are many beers out there to choose from.<br />

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

embraced what it is to be a craft brewer in the country. All the brewers<br />

have stories to tell, have bottom-up approaches to developing their<br />

brands and their beers and have a passion that is often unrivalled.<br />

Our recommendation for a star player comes from Osaka-based<br />

Minoh – one of the most well-established and well respected brewers<br />

in Japan – and its W-IPA. This orange-coloured imperial IPA is heavyhitting<br />

with its citrussy and earthy-noted aroma that is backed up with a<br />

sweet caramel and slightly brown ale taste, later complemented by a hazy<br />

tang of citrus such as grapefruit. You can probably only get hold of this<br />

one in Japan itself, but trust us, it’s worth the trip.<br />

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

<strong>Hopulist</strong> <strong>issue</strong> four.<br />

kEY PLAYERS:<br />

Despite vodka being<br />

the national drink<br />

POLAND has a strong<br />

beer scene, with brewers<br />

producing modern<br />

and more traditional<br />

Polish beer styles.<br />

Pinta, Pracownia Piwa,<br />

AleBrowar and Artezan<br />

are among those new<br />

wave craft breweries<br />

leading the way.<br />

COLOMB|A doesn’t<br />

fair as well as some<br />

other South American<br />

nations in terms of<br />

high-quality beer but<br />

that is slowly changing.<br />

Mostly confined to the<br />

capital Bogota there<br />

are a growing number<br />

of breweries and craft<br />

beer pubs popping up,<br />

a promising future<br />

maybe?<br />

We could only find<br />

one beer producer listed<br />

for SENEGAL and lets<br />

just say their pale lagers<br />

didn’t fair well on review<br />

sites.<br />

M|NOH BEER<br />

BEER: W-|PA<br />

style: |MPER|AL |PA<br />

abv: 9%<br />

volume: 330ml<br />

untappd: 3.82<br />

FOOTY pred|ct|on:<br />

Group W|nners: POLAND<br />

Group Runner’s Up: COLOMB|a







The wasabi pea has become the<br />

‘snack du jour’ for many and it’s<br />

easy to see why. Packing a spicy<br />

punch that we think is ideally suited<br />

to a hoppy IPA. The hop acids and<br />

carbonation make IPAs great palate<br />

cleansers.<br />

Snack|n’ |s crack|n’<br />



These artisan pork scratchings,<br />

hand-fried in small batches, are<br />

setting the standard in pork<br />

crackling. The sprinkling of Anglesey<br />

sea salt make these pork rinds a<br />

fine accompaniment to a thirstquenching<br />

lager/pilsner.<br />



Something for the<br />

popcornnoisseurs, gold standard<br />

corn popped into delicious, fluffy<br />

butterfly-shaped morsels. The<br />

sweet & salty variety go well with<br />

the tartness of a sour or Berliner<br />

Weisse<br />

JACOB’S<br />


Twiglets have a real marmite effect,<br />

which is understandable given<br />

the taste derives from the yeast<br />

extract used in its coating, but we<br />

think these nobbly nibbles perfectly<br />

match a quality smoked porter or<br />

a stout.<br />



It’s hard to pick out just one flavour<br />

of crisp but we’ve gone with our<br />

faves Walkers Thai Sweet Chilli.<br />

We’d match these up with the<br />

light hoppiness of a pale ale to<br />

compliment the sweet satisfying<br />

heat kick.

“THERE’S<br />

NO STORY<br />

SO GOOD<br />

A DRINK<br />

WON’T<br />

MAKE IT<br />

BETTER.”<br />



TIME<br />

FOR A<br />

BREW?<br />

FOR MOST<br />








RESIST – BUT<br />

WHERE DO<br />

YOU START?<br />









From left to right: Frank Redmond, Director of Twisted<br />

Barrel Ritchie Bosworth, Simon Harper and Matt Rayfield.<br />

By David Guest<br />

Wherever you are on your craft beer<br />

journey, chances are that you have<br />

thought about brewing at some stage.<br />

Even if it was just to understand how your favourite<br />

type of tipple tastes so damn good, you will likely<br />

have imagined the brewing process in your head and<br />

though ‘I wonder if I could try that some day?’. But<br />

before you start turning your garage into something<br />

that looks like a scene from Breaking Bad, you should<br />

know that there are people out there you can learn<br />

from and places you can go to share ideas. We decided<br />

to visit one such place recently to get a handle on how<br />

the community feel of the craft beer industry isn’t just<br />

reserved for the brewing companies, but also echoes<br />

down to the enthusiastic amateur brewers and the<br />

keen quaffers alike – this is Home Brew Club.<br />

Now, the first rule of Home Brew Club (HBC) is that<br />

you DO talk about Home Brew Club – with anyone<br />

and everyone. Quite simply because this community<br />

is for everyone. The Club is located at Coventry-based<br />

brewer Twisted Barrel Ale’s headquarters and taproom<br />

at Fargo Village in the midlands city on the third<br />

Tuesday of every month, and is a wonderful example<br />

of how craft beer and brewing can bring people<br />

together. HBC is run by four like-minded individuals<br />

– Frank Redmond, Simon Harper, Matt Rayfield and<br />

Director of Twisted Barrel Ritchie Bosworth – whose<br />

aim is to share knowledge, improve people’s brewing<br />

skills and ideas and create a warm and welcoming<br />

community. With around 60 registered members of<br />

the Club in just over two years of running – what<br />

have been the secrets of HBC’s success? How did it get<br />

here? Frank Redmond tells us more.<br />

Leandro<br />

Landgraf:<br />

“I am from Brazil, and I had<br />

been brewing there for a few<br />

years before I moved to the<br />

UK in August 2015. In Brazil,<br />

it was really hard to brew a<br />

wide range of styles, mainly<br />

because the temperature<br />

control for fermentation is so<br />

difficult. Since I came here, I<br />

have been able to brew styles<br />

I wasn’t able to before. I must<br />

also say that the standard of<br />

brewer and the knowledge<br />

they have here in the UK,<br />

and particularly at this club, is<br />

exceptional. It’s very high.<br />

“I have made some good<br />

friends here and it has really<br />

helped me settle in this<br />

country. Brewing is a big part<br />

of my life.”

“The four of us being involved in the running of<br />

this Club came about when, after attending the first<br />

couple of sessions, I realised that Ritchie was run off<br />

his feet. While what he was trying to do was a great<br />

idea and there was appetite for it, he just didn’t have<br />

time to make it work properly – it was obvious it<br />

needed more structure. So myself, Matt and Simon<br />

stepped in to help.”<br />

Frank wasn’t looking for a job at the time, but with<br />

a background in event organising and journalism, he<br />

quickly helped HBC start evolving.<br />

“We put together a format for the Club that works<br />

really well – Running the club is a team effort, but we<br />

share roles of general organising the night, booking<br />

speakers, keeping our club Facebook info up to date.<br />

Simon is generally MC as he’s best at that and we<br />

report all our ideas and proposals to Ritchie who<br />

imparts his advice. He also offers members cheaper<br />

prices for many core ingredients.”<br />

One of the first things the four muskateers decided<br />

they needed to have, was varied and insightful<br />

speakers. By having a guest speaker each month,<br />

members of the Club would be getting great advice<br />

and inspiration from sources outside themselves and<br />

subsequently improve their brewing.<br />

“We have had a wide range of speakers so far and all<br />

of them have been excellent,” explains Frank.<br />

“A few of our members have been able to hold their<br />

own talks based on the things they specialise in, we<br />

have also managed to get people from other major<br />

brewers outside Twisted Barrel. One of the best Was<br />

David Munro from one of America’s top craft brewers<br />

Bell’s. David is originally from Coventry, so he was<br />

delighted to pop in and share his experience with us<br />

while on a trip back to the UK.”<br />

Mark Ol|ver:<br />

“I’m a novice brewer really,<br />

I’ve been brewing casually<br />

with a friend for a while.<br />

Tonight at the HBC is only<br />

my third brew ever so I<br />

am still learning. There’s so<br />

much knowledge here from<br />

so many different types<br />

of brewer. The different<br />

challenges have helped me<br />

think outside the box a<br />

bit and I have also picked<br />

up plenty of tips from the<br />

talks. It’s a nice community<br />

to improve your skills in,<br />

whatever your ambition with<br />


This success has got Frank and the team working<br />

on trying to get other top international brewers<br />

involved via Skype – although an idea in the<br />

making at the moment, it’s this kind of innovative<br />

and cutting-edge thinking that have made HBC so<br />

popular this far.<br />

The Club attracts an average of 30 to 40 members<br />

to each meet and that figure is steadily growing. One<br />

reason could be the friendly atmosphere – as we<br />

mooch around chatting to people on the evening we<br />

attend, it’s clear that people have made some very<br />

solid friends at these evenings and love nothing more<br />

than debating and sharing ideas. There’s brewers<br />

at all stages in the journey here – from complete<br />

novices, to those who Ritchie believes have the<br />

potential to make a business out of their skills, and<br />

everything inbetween.<br />

“Speaking personally,” says Frank. “I have got so<br />

much out of being involved with this Club. I walked<br />

in a stranger and left with a handful of friends and<br />

couldn’t wait for the next meeting. It has a really great<br />

community feel and everyone helps each other out.”<br />

One of the key features of the Club is its monthly<br />

brewing challenges – each of which has a theme that<br />

makes it more of a challenge. On the evening we<br />

attend, the theme was budget brew – where members<br />

had to make 23 litres of beer for under £7.50 using<br />

Twisted Barrel’s reduced-price ingredients. But<br />

other challenges have or will include a restricted<br />

ingredients challenge, a Twisted Barrel clone beer<br />

challenge and the innovative Buddy Brew. This<br />

pairs members up so they have to brew together,<br />

encouraging them to learn from each other and share<br />

techniques and knowledge – it is one of the more<br />

popular ones according to Frank.<br />

Marcus<br />

Pendleton:<br />

“I’ve been coming to HBC<br />

since the very first meeting in<br />

August 2015, and I had only<br />

started brewing in the January<br />

of that year. I actually got into<br />

it when I decided to brew a<br />

beer for a friend’s wedding,<br />

which went down really well.<br />

The Club here has evolved<br />

over the last year or so, it’s<br />

now much more structured<br />

as it’s got bigger. We have<br />

great and varied speakers<br />

and a great variety that we<br />

couldn’t have attracted when<br />

we first started.”

As brewers chat and debate on the evening we attend,<br />

they are also all trying out each other’s efforts for the<br />

monthly brewing challenge and scoring the entries<br />

on their phones via a QR code. Another nice touch is<br />

the sharing table – a table set aside for people to bring<br />

other brews they’ve created along to swap and share<br />

with fellow members. Everyone we speak to thinks this<br />

a great way to get better as feedback is always honest.<br />

“The standard of brewing has gradually improved –<br />

no matter what people’s starting point,” he explains.<br />

“We have a few people who are naturally good at it,<br />

of course. Simon is prolific and has brewed around<br />

75 beers since the Club started. I also, along with two<br />

other club members, managed to come second in<br />

a national competition, having only been all-grain<br />

brewing for around six months at the time. I think that<br />

shows that this club is really helping people, as well as<br />

having a great community feel.”<br />

Brewing club’s like this one, with good organisation,<br />

interesting themes and support of a brewer are showing<br />

that brewing can be something everyone can try their<br />

hand at without fear of things going wrong. More<br />

of these types of clubs are springing up around the<br />

country, and we can only see that continuing.<br />


| N F O<br />


Unit 11, FarGo Village<br />

Coventry, CV1 5ED UK<br />

www.twistedbarrelale.co.uk<br />

Charles G|ll:<br />

“I actually run a nearby beer<br />

festival in Leamington Spa,<br />

Warwickshire and I got<br />

to know Frank from HBC<br />

when he won the brewing<br />

competition we have there<br />

in 2017.<br />

“My day job is a science<br />

teacher and I was actually<br />

asked by Frank to do a talk<br />

about the science behind<br />

brewing, which was really<br />

fun. I’m not the best or most<br />

regular brewer in the world,<br />

but this club has been a great<br />

learning experience for me.<br />

The feedback you get from<br />

everyone is very honest<br />

– but it’s firm but fair.”<br />


“Twisted Barrel Ale exploded onto<br />

the Coventry beer scene on 29th<br />

March 2014. After months of hard<br />

work developing a small selection of<br />

beers that would appeal to Coventry’s<br />

patrons thirsting for our unique mix of<br />

modern and classical styles and methods<br />

we launched our beers at Coventry’s<br />

number 1 bottle bar, Inspire, and it was a<br />

huge success.<br />

“Originally brewing on a 60 litre kit,<br />

we described ourselves as ‘the UK’s first<br />

Pico-brewery’. At the time we were the<br />

smallest commercial brewery in the UK,<br />

although we are aware of many more<br />

that have sprung up in the months since<br />

our launch. With a brewing capacity of<br />

approximately 120 bottles demand very<br />

quickly caught up and our supply was<br />

way too small.<br />

“Fast-forward to 20th June 2015, and<br />

we held another launch. This time in<br />

our brand new Brewery and Tap House<br />

at FarGo Village. With a new 1000 litre<br />

brewing kit installed by Brewing Vessels<br />

and an entirely new brand design from<br />

Stewart Easton, we’ve finally become the<br />

brewery we always set out to be.<br />

“And now after almost 2 years, we<br />

have grown again! Transferring our bar<br />

and brewing kit into a space about 5<br />

times larger than before, we’re still<br />

serving the best beer at FarGo Village.<br />

In addition to the larger space, which<br />

can hold up to 300 people, we also<br />

now have the largest selection of beers<br />

in Coventry, with 23 beers on tap, and<br />

between 15 and 25 bottled beers at any<br />

one time.<br />

“With our brewing kit we have<br />

expanded our fermenting capacity adding<br />

an additional 3000 litres. This, coupled<br />

with the additional brewing space, has<br />

enabled us to increase our cask output<br />

and we have also started packaging in<br />

cans for the national and international<br />

market.<br />

“We continue to review and revise our<br />

core beers, and currently offer 5 regular<br />

beers constantly throughout the year,<br />

with a special edition one off beer each<br />

and every month making it’s way into<br />

can. Seasonal favourites continue, with<br />

Wake Up Juice, Brobdingnagian and Dark<br />

Night Rises, being brewed in Summer,<br />

Autumn and Winter respectively.”




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beer was brewed<br />

for British troops<br />

heading to India and<br />

were essential pale<br />

ales that had been<br />

tweaked to be much<br />

more malty and with<br />

a higher alcohol<br />

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the journey. Over<br />

time, it is believed that<br />

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IPAs are lower in<br />

ABV. Typical examples<br />

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Island, Toasted Oak<br />

IPA by Innis & Gunn<br />

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Japanese Classic Ale.<br />


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Ice Bock by Vancouver<br />

Island Brewing, Tank<br />

Bender by Founders<br />

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If there is one thing better than craft beer, it’s getting<br />

a heads up on the very latest and most exclusive<br />

craft beers out there ahead of your friends. Okay, so<br />

maybe we’re not all that self-obsessed, but it is always<br />

nice to discover new things in craft beer, especially<br />

when you don’t have to put in much effort yourself.<br />

That is essentially the ethos behind the Foodism Beer<br />

Club – a new initiative from London-based foodie<br />

magazine Foodism. In its own words, the club is<br />

designed ‘to bring you the best of the London craft<br />

beer scene with monthly beer deliveries curated by<br />

the Foodism team, as well as special invitations to<br />

exclusive beer events, competitions and a monthly<br />

newsletter.’ Sound like music to your beer-loving ears<br />

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The craft beer revolution is more than mere<br />

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happening right now on our streets, and particularly<br />

the streets of London. This, and the fact that more<br />

and more independent breweries are cropping up in<br />

the capital, are two of the main reasons why Foodism<br />

decided to go down this route. For Foodism, craft beer<br />

drinkers sit in the same league as its own readership<br />

– discerning fans of flavour, who appreciate not only<br />

the great tastes and ingredients of food and drink in<br />

London, but also the stories behind them.<br />

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“What the club will basically entail is a monthly<br />

newsletter, a monthly event, special offers and invites<br />

to events and tastings across London and a social<br />

media presence with regular updates and insights into<br />

the beer world.”

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service that offers even better<br />

benefits, directly in cooperation<br />

with London breweries – the<br />

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will the rewards.<br />

“We are still in the early stages<br />

of launching the club and at<br />

the moment are focused on<br />

extracting the right people from<br />

the wider Foodism audience and<br />

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launched in 2014 and<br />

the first magazine<br />

came out in 2015<br />

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Style:<br />


ABV: 12%<br />

Volume: 1 P|NT<br />

This Biblically-inspired<br />

imperial stout from one<br />

half of craft brewing’s<br />

own squabbling siblings<br />

is one of the finest<br />

releases of its type in<br />

recent memory. We<br />

took a long hard look<br />

(and drink) of this<br />

heavenly dark beer and<br />

discovered that we, in<br />

fact did, need even more<br />

Jesus in our lives.<br />

Once upon a time<br />

in a small town<br />

called Niva near<br />

Copenhagen in Denmark<br />

twins were born, one called<br />

Mikkel and one called Jeppe.<br />

They grew up to be two of<br />

the most talented brewers<br />

of our generation. Mikkel<br />

started Mikkeller in 2006<br />

and his brother Jeppe, who<br />

now lives in Brooklyn, USA,<br />

launched Evil Twin Brewing.<br />

But this isn’t a Hans Christian<br />

Andersen tale, this is the real<br />

world and in the real world<br />

things don’t always turn out<br />

the way of the fairy tale.<br />

The brothers have, it’s fair<br />

to say, a somewhat estranged<br />

relationship – the irony of<br />

which can clearly be seen<br />

in the name of Jeppe’s craft<br />

beer company. Despite their<br />

THE<br />

GOLD<br />

CLUB<br />










differences though, or maybe because of<br />

them, the Bjergsø twins have given us not<br />

one, but two of the finest beer companies in<br />

the world.<br />

Today Mikkel Borg Bjergsø exports his<br />

micro brewed beer to 40 different countries<br />

and is internationally acclaimed as one of the<br />

most innovative and cutting-edge brewers in<br />

the world. His brother Jeppe Jarnit-Bjergso<br />

distributes an equally impressive selection of<br />

beers to over 35 countries around the world.<br />

Evil Twin are what’s is known as a gypsy<br />

brewer, and as such their beers are brewed<br />

in ten different breweries around the world.<br />

Although that is about to change as Jeppe<br />

has recently purchased space for a brewery<br />

in Ridgewood, New York. By coincidence<br />

(at least we think it is?) Mikkeller have also<br />

recently opened a brewery in New York’s Citi<br />

Field, home of the New York Mets baseball<br />

team. Whatever the motives for this the one<br />

thing we can say is the real beneficiaries of<br />

this boozy feud are the drinkers of New York<br />

City – makes us want to visit.<br />

But enough of the soap opera, we are here<br />

to talk about what we think is one of the<br />

finest products Evil Twin have produced<br />

in recent years. Even More Jesus, a limited<br />

edition Imperial stout brewed at Westbrook<br />

Brewing Company in South Carolina. With<br />

an ABV of 12% this is not a drink for the<br />

faint-hearted and it tastes as boozy as it<br />

sounds.<br />

The beer itself is opaque black with a<br />

frothy tan head. The aroma is of dark cocoa,<br />

burned coffee, roasted malts with a hint of<br />

prunes and some mild toffee notes, it would<br />

be fair to call it complex. The big flavours<br />

are overwhelmingly dark malts, molasses<br />

and dark chocolate with a hint of coffee and<br />

smokiness. The feel is thick but silky smooth<br />

with a fair bit of booziness, depending on<br />

your sensibilities you could argue it doesn’t<br />

hide its 12% ABV as well as other Imperial<br />

stouts.<br />

The thing that really grabs you is the aroma<br />

and complexity of flavours. For lovers of<br />

dark beers this is an absolute must-have.<br />

Since announcing itself to the world in<br />

2010, Evil Twin has established itself as a<br />

beacon of hope to the small, independent<br />

brewers of this world. It has long delivered<br />

on its philosophy to disturb, disorder and<br />

enlighten you with unforgettable beer<br />

after beer. With Even More Jesus they have<br />

certainly created a decadent, over-the-top<br />

Imperial stout that is well worth investing<br />

your time in.


CRAFT<br />

SOPHIE<br />







How did you get into beer writing? What<br />

inspired you?<br />

Beer inspired me! Seriously, I’d already been a<br />

journalist for quite a long time when I started writing<br />

about beer. I trained and qualified as a broadcast<br />

journalist, worked on a newspaper for a while, went<br />

on to producing, reading and presenting radio news<br />

and then did a stint running a regional press office for<br />

the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB).<br />

While I was doing the latter both my parents died and<br />

it made me re-evaluate a lot of stuff. I decided to go<br />

freelance and because I’ve always loved beer, and been<br />

pretty particular about what I’ll drink, it wasn’t a huge<br />

jump to start writing about it. It also coincided with<br />

all these exciting changes in the beer world, so there<br />

was lots to write about.<br />

Give us a brief overview of your<br />

experience and work in beer writing?<br />

Because I was already quite an<br />

experienced journo, it didn’t take me<br />

long to get my first commission. It was a<br />

small piece for The Times. I interviewed<br />

Sara Barton of Brewster’s Brewery for<br />

a slot called Local Hero. I also had a<br />

blog (although I loathe being called a<br />

blogger) which I used for practice. I also<br />

decided I ought to make a concerted<br />

effort to learn more about beer so I had a<br />

thorough understanding of my specialist<br />

subject. That’s how I ended up becoming<br />

an Accredited Beer Sommelier - the<br />

first woman in the UK to achieve the<br />

qualification. I’d already been writing<br />

about beer for a couple of years by then.<br />

After that I split my time between writing<br />

and doing events – like running a beer<br />

section for the London Wine Fair or<br />

hosting tastings for the Eden Project –<br />

but I’ve always been a writer at heart. If<br />

I have an idea that I think will make a<br />

good piece I work out the sort of place I<br />

might read something similar and then<br />

pitch it based on that. I’ve managed to get<br />

a fair bit into the broadsheet press that<br />

way. Dedicated beer and pub trade mags<br />

are also fertile ground and the Morning<br />

Advertiser and CAMRA’s BEER magazine<br />

remain outlets I write for regularly. I’m<br />

also just putting the finishing touches to<br />

my first book, of which I’m consultant<br />

editor and co-author along with five other<br />

beer writers I commissioned. It’s due out<br />

next year.

What has been your proudest<br />

moment?<br />

I’m not desperately keen on<br />

bragging, but since you asked, it’s<br />

always nice to win something. I have<br />

a few awards under my belt. I also<br />

felt a sort of ‘air punching’ type glee<br />

when the WI (Women’s Institute)<br />

magazine commissioned me to write<br />

a big spread about beer. Helping<br />

people choose beer (especially if<br />

they are new to beer and learning all<br />

about it) or discover beer also makes<br />

me feel good.<br />

What has changed the most in<br />

the beer/craft beer industry since<br />

you’ve been writing about it?<br />

That’s quite a tough question. There’s<br />

been an enormous increase in the<br />

number of breweries – in the UK,<br />

in the US, everywhere really. That<br />

was starting when I began writing<br />

about beer but it’s really exploded<br />

since. The concept of craft beer has<br />

gone from being a niche thing to<br />

being quite mainstream - helped<br />

in no small part by the success of<br />

BrewDog. But it hasn’t spread as<br />

far as it could. Away from cities,<br />

big towns and areas where there’s<br />

a conglomeration of interesting<br />

breweries and/or pubs craft beer<br />

might just as well never have<br />

happened – as I found out recently<br />

when I went to a pub in a town<br />

where I used to drink as a teenager.<br />

If I’d stayed there I might think the<br />

biggest development in the beer<br />

world was Guinness making a lager<br />

and that cask beer had really gone<br />

down hill. Sadly, the second point<br />

isn’t a million miles from the truth.<br />





IN GOOD<br />









CWTCH.<br />

What is it like to be a beer<br />

judge? What do you look for<br />

in a beer? Any notably very<br />

impressive ones over the<br />

years?<br />

Never let anyone tell you judging<br />

is just a jolly where people get<br />

given free beer. It’s work and<br />

it requires skills and focus. I<br />

always learn something when<br />

I’m beer judging, either from<br />

fellow beer judges or from the<br />

process itself. Sometimes it<br />

can be disappointing though.<br />

We’re in this incredible age of<br />

beer, with so many talented and<br />

creative brewers making some<br />

delicious stuff, but the truth is<br />

there’s also a lot of very mediocre<br />

beer being made - and not always<br />

by multinational beer factory<br />

brewers. As a judge you have to<br />

give the mediocre a fair tasting<br />

alongside the better brews and<br />

the outstanding beer. You can’t<br />

simply condemn a beer because<br />

you don’t like it. There can be an<br />

enormous difference between a<br />

beer one doesn’t like and a badly<br />

made or faulty beer. Beer judging<br />

is often about that difference.<br />

What I look for in a beer<br />

is balance, flavour - not just<br />

something you could sip like<br />

water without noticing what it<br />

tastes like - and presentation, by<br />

which I mean the beer needs to<br />

be in tip top condition. It needs<br />

to look appealing, have an aroma<br />

which makes me want to drink it, a<br />

flavour that makes me want more<br />

and be in great condition - not too<br />

fizzy, nor too flat.<br />

Most of the competitions I<br />

judge are blind tastings so I<br />

don’t know what beer I’ve had.<br />

I always think I will note the<br />

sample number and find out<br />

afterwards but I usually forget!<br />

One time when I did find out<br />

though was after judging the final<br />

of CAMRA’s Champion Beer of<br />

Britain. The winner was packed<br />

with flavour, pretty hoppy, in<br />

good condition and kept its<br />

character even after sitting on<br />

the table for a while. It turned<br />

out to be Tiny Rebel’s Cwtch.I<br />

suppose I could add that as a<br />

proud moment, because a fellow<br />

beer writer said to me after that<br />

he wasn’t surprised to hear I’d<br />

judged in the final ‘the year a cool<br />

beer won’.<br />

On the future of beer – what excites you the most? And<br />

what worries you the most?<br />

Sometimes I feel more worried than excited about the future of<br />

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

doesn’t care about serving it properly and more depressing when<br />

people write it off as fuddy duddy old twiggy stuff. But I also<br />

wonder if there’s an element of some of the many, many breweries<br />

in the UK thinking it’s easy to make beer and therefore turning<br />

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

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

Then there’s the fact that there’s a hell of a lot of really bland cask<br />

beer around – those big brands that look and taste like caramel<br />

flavoured water. I do think when it comes to pub closures and<br />

declining beer sales it might have something to do with pubs selling<br />

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

movement is a huge concern too. Of course we need to be mindful<br />

about how much we drink and be responsible, but as long as we do<br />

that I don’t think drinking is the worst lifestyle choice. Consuming<br />

tonnes of sugar in various drinks and food, not eating enough<br />

vegetables and too much time sat on one’s backside is surely a<br />

bigger risk than having a few drinks.

In terms of what excites me, I<br />

think more and more breweries<br />

will decide to open their own<br />

pubs or taprooms and they have<br />

the potential to be amazing places<br />

to drink. If the same places can<br />

also meet the challenge of serving<br />

excellent food and pairing it with<br />

their beers, then that’s even better.<br />

I’m also fired up by anything that<br />

increases the image and reputation<br />

of beer. I think it can be all things<br />

to all people, but showing it to<br />

be high quality and, if you like,<br />

aspirational will help throw off the<br />

notion that it’s just something you<br />

‘chug’ while watching the football.<br />

Of course it can still be good for a<br />

session on a Saturday afternoon,<br />

but I’d like it if more people<br />

realised it’s also that special bottle<br />

you save to share with friends and<br />

which quietens your chatter for a<br />

moment because it tastes so good.<br />

DON’T BE<br />






YOUR BEER,<br />


DON’T LIKE IT.<br />

What are your favourite kinds of<br />

beer and why?<br />

This is another tough question! It<br />

really depends on how I feel at any<br />

given time. I do have a huge fondness<br />

for Black IPAs. Done well they<br />

are such a delicious combination of<br />

dark, chocolatey malts and zingy<br />

fruity hops. I like a good stout, especially<br />

an oatmeal stout or ones with<br />

a bit of bite. A well made imperial<br />

stout is also a thing of beauty. I love a<br />

traditional pint of British cask bitter<br />

too – properly hoppy so that it makes<br />

you smack your lips after each sip.<br />

I’m blessed where I live now as our<br />

local brewery is Gadds’ and they specialise<br />

in those hoppy, British beers.<br />

I’ve also got a soft spot for smoked<br />

beers - and wish more brewers made<br />

them.<br />

What are your top three tips for<br />

beer lovers to get more from<br />

their experiences?<br />

Don’t be afraid to ask for a taster<br />

before you order, even if you know<br />

your beer, and say if you don’t like<br />

it. Only by paying attention to what<br />

you’re tasting will you find out your<br />

likes and dislikes so you always get<br />

something you’ll really enjoy.<br />

Choose something you wouldn’t<br />

normally go for now and again. Don’t<br />

always stick to the same style. The<br />

world of beer goes way beyond IPA.<br />

Go to a beer and food matched<br />

dinner or tasting event and also try<br />

coming up with your own pairings.<br />

Pubs and restaurants still seem to<br />

be stuck in a rut when it comes to<br />

putting beer and food together. It’s up<br />

to drinkers to push things forward.


PINTLE<br />

PALE ALE<br />

If there are two hops we<br />

want to see in our pale<br />

ales, it’s citra and cascade.<br />

Here they provide for<br />

an interesting citrus<br />

fruit character and crisp<br />

hoppy finish. Burnt Mill<br />

have created a juicy, nononsense,<br />

sessionable and<br />

pale ale that, we believe, is<br />

well worth your time.<br />

ABV: 4.3%<br />

Colour: Hazy gold<br />

Aroma: Tropical/hops<br />

Taste: Citrus<br />

Our favourite<br />

craft beers of<br />

the moment.<br />

So good we are<br />

drinking them<br />

at home.




We are ashamed to admit<br />

we don’t know much<br />

about Black Iris Brewery<br />

other than they are based<br />

in Nottingham, but we<br />

are going to make it our<br />

mission to change all that<br />

as the year progresses,<br />

especially if they continue<br />

to produce beer like this...<br />

A sessionable IPA perfect<br />

for the summer months.<br />

ABV: 4.5%<br />

Colour: Hazy golden<br />

Aroma: Citrus and biscuit<br />

Taste: Fruit and floral<br />




The debut beer from<br />

Signature Brew’s ‘Special<br />

Guest’ series. It features<br />

intense flavours of dark<br />

chocolate, molasses with<br />

hints of dark stone fruit.<br />

Set to be released annually<br />

with future releases<br />

including barrel-aged<br />

versions. Uber smooth and<br />

very drinkable given its<br />

strength.<br />

ABV: 10%<br />

Colour: Dark brown<br />

Aroma: Roasted coffee<br />

Taste: Chocolate and dark<br />





PALE ALE<br />

A collaboration between<br />

England and Belgium’s<br />

finest, this is a bitter pale<br />

ale fermented with a<br />

Belgian ale yeast strain.<br />

The beer has a light and<br />

crisp taste with notes of<br />

wheat, some citrus and<br />

apple. A refreshing beer<br />

that is well carbonated<br />

and perfect for summer.<br />

ABV: 6.5%<br />

Colour: Hazy yellow<br />

Aroma: Fruity, banana<br />

Taste: Wheat, apple<br />

UNITY<br />


PALE ALE<br />

Part of Unity’s core<br />

beer range, Conflux is a<br />

modern American pale<br />

ale which, as you would<br />

expect, is full of flavour<br />

with a real fruity punch.<br />

A late addition blend<br />

of Hallertau Blanc and<br />

Ekuanot hops keep the<br />

bitterness low while<br />

infusing as much flavour<br />

and aroma as possible.<br />

ABV: 4.8%<br />

Colour: Golden<br />

Aroma: Citrus<br />

Taste: Tropical fruit


DEATH<br />


Nobody wants to invite<br />

death into their lives, but<br />

we might have found the<br />

exception to that rule.<br />

Northern Monk have<br />

produced a mighty 12%<br />

Imperial Stout. A well<br />

balanced number with<br />

notes of chocolate and<br />

raosted malt. Flavour is a<br />

mix of chocolate, berries<br />

and dark fruit.<br />

ABV: 12%<br />

Colour: Black<br />

Aroma: Chocolate<br />

Taste: Chocolate and<br />

berries<br />




A collaboration to<br />

celebrate the inaugral<br />

A Good Feed festival.<br />

The five-day Manchester<br />

food festival, which took<br />

place in late May, looked<br />

to focus on produce,<br />

community and open<br />

fire cooking in a bid to<br />

highlight food culture in<br />

the north of England.<br />

The drink itself is a very<br />

sessionable pale ale with<br />

an amazing aroma of<br />

orange, peach and juicy<br />

fruit. The taste is a little<br />

more grassy and piney<br />

with a hint of orange peel.<br />

An ideal summer drink.<br />

ABV: 2.9%<br />

Colour: Amber/orange<br />

Aroma: Fruity<br />

Taste: Grass/Pine

















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