So to welcome a new season we thought it’d be only right to welcome new beers. But don’t worry, we haven’t selected them. We have the tastebuds of a feral Labrador. Instead we’ve got Mitch Adams, Operations Director at London’s iconic booze shop Borough Wines (and member of the Guild of Beer Writers, whatever that is), to handpick his favourite tipples for the months ahead.
Little Earth Project – Salt Of The Earth Sour Beer
What it is: A wonderful brewery in Suffolk producing beers aged in barrels with mixed and wild fermentations. This tart pale beer has sea salt on the tip of the tongue and a refreshing black pepper finish.
Drink it with: mussels
How much: £4
Prancing Pony – India Red Ale
What it is: All the way from down under and crowned supreme champion in the International Beer Challenge, this rich red ale is generously hopped and has delicious aromas of fruit and spice.
Drink it with: BBQ meat
How much: £4.45
Captain Lawrence – Effortless Grapefruit IPA
What it is: Citrus hops are accentuated by grapefruit juice in this easy drinking lower ABV IPA, which slips down effortlessly just as you might expect.
Drink it with: goes with almost anything.
How much: £2.60
Bianca Road Brewing Co – Lager
What it is: This young upstart of a brewery has a solid core range of beers, and this beautifully balanced, clean, crisp lager is the shining star.
Drink it with: fish and chips
How much: £2.70
Savour – Sparkling Beer Brut
What it is: A masculine way to get around having a prosecco but not actually asking for a prosecco, A ‘Champagne’ style beer, refermented in the bottle on Champagne yeast. Golden, effervescent and indulgent.
Drink it with: smoked salmon
How much: £17.50
Petrus – Aged Red Pale Beer
What it is: This Belgian beauty is aged in foeders (giant oak barrels) with cherries. It’s dark, slightly sour, rich and very fruity.
Drink it with: black forest gateau (if you ever find yourself in the ’80s)
How much: £4.40
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Burning Sky – Saison Le Printemps Beer
What it is: Brewed for springtime with a typically spicy saison yeast and nettle tips, Burning Sky is a beautifully refreshing beer.
Drink it with: Chinese food
How much: £2.90
Five Points – Railway Porter
What it is: Classic London style porter with chocolate and coffee on the nose and an unctuous caramel finish.
Drink it with: Sunday lunch
How much: £2.90
Kernel – Pale Ale
What it is: A veteran of the re invigorated London Craft beer scene, this beer changes with every release, new hops, new style, so even if you have tried it once, you haven’t tried them all!
Drink it with: A classic chicken Caesar
How much: £3.50