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Bulleit Frontier Whiskey At London Beer Week 2017

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This year, Bulleit Bourbon will once again be the frontier whiskey of choice for beer enthusiasts as it pops up at bars and locations around the capital throughout London Beer Week 2017.

Over the course of London’s largest celebration of beers, ales, lagers and ciders, a selection of top bars will be serving limited edition Bulleit cocktails, all of which include beer as a key ingredient. At Hopscotch on Brick Lane, a spicy Ginger Bulleit will be on offer, comprised of Bulleit, Hop House 13, ginger, lemon and malt, as well as a shorter, headier concoction of Bulleit Hop House 13 Syrup and Campari in the Beer-vardier at Found. In addition, East London hotspot, Peg + Patriot will be serving up an unusual mixture of Bulleit, Hop House 13, Campari and Wermurtlich, finished off with a clarified banana syrup. These limited edition cocktails with Bulleit and Hop House 13 lager at their centre, showcase the complimentary tasting notes of spicy Bulleit when combined with the flavoursome maltiness of premium beer.

Additionally, Bulleit will continue to champion the iconic Boilermaker serve at the The Beer Edit directly in the epicentre of London Beer Week 2017. Running across three days from the 16th-18th March, The Drink Up Bar will be playing host to a selection of whiskies, giving guests the opportunity to upgrade any of the beers on offer to a Boilermaker serve. Due to its unusually high rye content, Bulleit is the perfect match for the distinctive flavours of the various craft beers on offer, which include Southwark Brewing Co, Cotswold Cider Co, Umbrella Brewing, Canopy Beer Co, Badger Beer, Courage SE1, Renegade Brewery and Gosnells London Mead, all at £3, with a boilermaker upgrade for £2, exclusively to LBW wristband holders.

London Beer Week is a true celebration of beers, ales, lagers and ciders alike, set against the backdrop of the capital. Running from 13th-19th March, the festival provides the perfect backdrop to enjoy Bulleit Frontier Whiskey alongside some of the world’s best beers.

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Robinsons Brewery Launch Six Movie-Inspired Seasonal Beers For 2017

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Beer and movies… surely the perfect mix? Well, Robinsons Brewery certainly think so. The 179-year-old Stockport-based brewer has revealed six new seasonal ales for 2017; each inspired by TV and the big screen.
Brewers are notorious for ‘pun-y’ beer names and these often appeal to history buffs, space fanatics, scientists, avid bookworms, and national sporting events. This year, however, Robinsons are setting the trend for beers that appeal to ‘film fans’ and ‘TV buffs’.

Gill Yates, Brands Manager for Robinsons Brewery, explains: “we trialled the ‘big screen theme’ in 2016 with ‘Hop Gun’; an explosive 4.0% ABV light amber ale inspired by the 1980’s hit film Top Gun. The limited-edition ale proved to be the perfect wingman selling just under 135,000 pints in 2 months. So, this year we decided to roll out the film theme across our entire 2017 seasonal ale range. Feedback so far has been overwhelmingly positive. We think these are some of the best designed seasonal ales we have ever produced and we hope our drinkers enjoy them.”

Robinsons’ 2017 seasonal range kicks off with Magnum IPA; the ideal companion throughout February and March. This 4.1% abv crisp, Hawaiian shirt of a brew packs a punch and always gets its man. Golden, like a Polynesian sunset with hints of lemon, lime, and exotic flora. A worthy addition to any moustache.

The King in the North arrives in April and May! Pint of Thrones is a 4.0% abv traditional amber ale, full blooded, reliable, and down to earth with a warm heart of spicy cedar. Taste is coming.

Robohop goes on pint patrol this summer. At 3.6% abv, this hybrid of American and English hops is engineered to create a strong, blonde, triple hopped flavour with a lower ABV. Prime directive – to uphold zesty, citrus/pine notes, and refresh citizens wherever thirst is detected. You have between June and July or until the end of the barrel to comply.

“You asked for miracles I give you… YIPPEE IPA motherhopper!” At 4.2% abv, this heady mix of Nelson Sauvin and Galena hops with pale ale malt, caramalt and wheat combine to bring you this maverick American style IPA. With an intense hop character and a hint of citrus zestiness, it’s a diehard brew that will keep you coming back for more throughout August and September.

Surrender to the dark side throughout October and November. Toffee, biscuit malt and citrus flavours will render you defenceless against the all-conquering power of Dark Vader. At 4.0% abv, resistance is useless against the force of this glorious red ale, destined to conquer all who stand before it.

Welcoming in the festive season (or not) is Mr Scrooge. Bah Humbug, you’ll need to be quick whilst the generosity lasts. A once a year fruity treat with toffee, blackcurrant and grapefruit citrus flavours, this generous ale is a seasonal gift that just keeps on giving… until it runs out that is. Fill your stockings with this 4.3% copper ale throughout December.

Gill continued: “600,000 pints were sold in 2016 across our 280 pubs and nationally through listings across the country; the equivalent of a pint drunk every minute. This year, we’ve got a brilliant seasonal line-up we know our customers will love.”

Keep up-to-date with all the news and brews from Robinsons Brewery. Visit them online at http://www.robinsonsbrewery.com, like the brewery on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/robinsonsbrewery and follow Robinsons on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/robbiesbrewery (@robbiesbrewery)

Beer Week at PLY and Kosmonaut: Feat. Jopen, ABC, Hammo and more

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Running 10 – 19th June 2016 and aiming to bring together thousands of drinkers through a series of events, Beer Week is Manchester’s very first city-wide beer festival.
PLY is flying in Jopen for a Meet the Brewer, whilst Kosmonaut has Alphabet Brewing Co.’s creative director Hammo and a team of street artists creating large-scale artworks themed around the brewery, live in the bar, all to be auctioned for Macmillan.

PLY Presents Jopen – A Meet the Brewer event
Wednesday 15th June
7pm
£12 Entry

On Wednesday 15th June Jopen will arrive from the Netherlands for a very special Meet the Brewer event at PLY.

Located in Haarlem, the ethos of the team is very simple; they aim to produce top-quality specialist beers with lashings of passion and care, using the latest technology and the finest ingredients.

The craft brewers will be making the journey over from their headquarters Jopenkerk, a church in the Raaks area that has been converted into a fully operational brewery with café and restaurant, and they have packed a selection of internationally renowned brews to be sampled alongside a special pizza topped with salami created with Jopen beer.

This collaborative event adds to the extensive calendar of craft beer events at the Lever Street hangout. PLY has recently played host to a number of international and local breweries such as Beavertown, To Ol, Redchurch and Cloudwater as part of Happy New Beer, the very successful month long in house beer festival.

Tickets cost £12 and include 3 beer samples and a PLY x Jopen pizza (vegetarian option available)

Buy tickets here

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KOSMONAUT
Alphabet Brewing Co: Live Art and New Beer
Thursday 16th June
Start: 7pm
Live Art: 8pm
FREE

Kosmonaut and, Manchester’s own, Alphabet Brewing Co are teaming up for a night of craft beer tasting and live art.

The art side of proceedings will be headed up by Manchester based illustrator, mural painter and ABC’s creative director, Hammo. He and a collective of five other artists – Benjamino, Jude Wainwright, Howks, Sian Matthews and Qubek (who recently took part in Manchester’s Cities of Hope) – will recreate and reinterpret ABC’s artwork on a larger scale, resulting in six brand new pieces of work that will be exhibited in Kosmonaut for a week before being auctioned off to raise money for Macmillan.

Alphabet Brewing Company has made huge strides since it was founded in 2014 in the heart of Manchester. Alphabet Brewing Co’s head brewer, Tom Evans, will be bringing along some fresh flavours for all to sample and there will be running promotions on the ABC beers already on tap including a free schooner of Charlie Don’t Surf for the first 50 people in attendance and 20% off ABC beers on tap all night long.
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Love Drinks Introduces Lowlander Beers

LOWLANDER_BOTTLE LINE UPLove Drinks, the premium spirits and beer distributor, has introduced Lowlander Beers, a brand new beer range, into their portfolio – beers brewed with botanicals.

The range will be available to taste at the Boutique Bar Show in Manchester on Wednesday 18th May.

The first Lowlander Beers were first bottled in December 2015 in their home country, the Netherlands (The name ‘Netherlands’ is derived from the Dutch word ‘Neder’ meaning ‘Low’). It took 18 long months of trial and error to perfect the recipes but Lowlander eventually ended up with three distinct flavours, all of which boast their own personality.
Lowlander Beer is inspired by the rich history of Dutch brewing combined with a passion for distilling. The Golden Age saw Dutch explorers travel the globe and return home with cargos brimming with precious herbs and spices. These botanicals soon made their way into Dutch beer, adding extra flavour.

Lowlander’s “Chief Botanical Officer”, Frederik Kampman, worked for years, both at home and abroad, in breweries and gin and genever distilleries. He says, “I entered the world of distilling and fell in love with botanicals. As a beer-lover I grew curious about what kind of characters these special flavours could give to beer.”

And so the idea for Lowlander Beer was born: beer brewed with botanicals.

Lowlander White Ale – 5% ABV: With its refreshing fruity notes, the drink is a tribute to the restless and rugged spirit of renowned Dutch explorer Willem Barentsz. An attempt to navigate the Northeast passage saw his crew fight twin terrors; polar bears and frozen beer. The White Ale, a beer style typical to the Lowlands, receives an appealing twist by spiking it with curacao orange, elderflower and chamomile giving it a fragrant fruity finish.

Lowlander I.P.A. – 6% ABV: Dutch seafarers returning from the East would often bring back monkeys, which they would sell to tavern-keepers to pay off drinking debts. Lowlander’s I.P.A., with its hints of botanicals and spice, is a tribute to those sailors’ spirit of adventure and quick thinking. Indonesian as opposed to Indian, Lowlander uses coriander and white tea to give it a citrusy, fruity and bitter taste.

Lowlander Poorter – 5% ABV: Traditionally men known as ‘poorter’s’ would haul sacks filled with herbs and spices from tradesmen’s ships to the gates of cities. This tradition has led some to argue that the ‘Porter’ style beer claimed by the British is in fact Dutch. Either way, Lowlander has brewed a typically Dutch beer with liquorice root and vanilla that delivers a robust, sweet and surprisingly drinkable Poorter.

All three Lowlander Beers have bespoke food pairings and have endless beer-tail possibilities. Lowlander White Ale can be paired with seafood, salads or spicy food. The I.P.A. works wonderfully with Asian cuisine and the Poorter can be drunk alongside roasted or grilled meats and (chocolate) desserts.

Introducing the First Ever Bristol Craft Beer Festival

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The first ever Bristol Craft Beer Festival (BCBF) will take place on 2nd – 3rd September 2016 at iconic music venue Motion’s recently refurbished The Skate Park, an exciting addition to the annual Bristol Beer Week. The festival comes from the team behind London Craft Beer Festival, one of the UK’s best-known celebrations of independent craft beers and breweries. Teaming up with Bristol Beer Week, which will run from 27th August – 2nd September, and working with local breweries and bars, the festival will be a grand finale to a stellar week of beer in Bristol, showcasing the best of the Bristol craft beer scene and the wider craft beer community.

Taking the lead in demonstrating what puts Bristol at the forefront of the worldwide craft beer scene will be local breweries including Arbor, Wiper & True, Wild Beer Co., Lost & Grounded, Left Handed Giant and Moor, with a full line-up to be announced in the run up to the festival. Alongside local stars, and in celebration of the spirit of the craft beer community, great brewers from across the country like The Kernel, Beavertown, Magic Rock and Brewdog and international guests from the US and Europe will also join in. Each brewery will be bringing old favourites, new innovations, exciting collaborations and more, with guests able to sample up to 250 of the most exciting and unique craft beers.

A celebration of beer, good times & good food, the festival will also showcase an amazing range of delicious treats & street food inspired favourites, using seasonal ingredients and local suppliers. Living up to Bristol’s reputation as a music loving city, a stellar line up of acts will also be announced with previous performances at London Craft Beer Festival having included the likes of Chase & Status, Ghost Poet, Craig Charles, Artful Dodger, Public Service Broadcasting, The Cuban Brothers and DJ Yoda.

Taking place at Motion’s ‘The Skate Park’, which recently launched with the BBC 6 Music Festival, Bristol Craft Beer Festival is proud to be one of the first food and drink events to take place in the space. The triple height halls will be home to some of the best craft beer, music and food under one roof, making it the place to be come September, and the perfect way to round off Bristol Beer Week.

A full line up of breweries, music acts and food offerings will be announced in the run up to the festival.

And Union

Friday

The gentleman at And Union have launched an Indian Pale Ale expression named Friday.

Brewed over a 10 week period, it’s said to be their first take on the American style IPA and joins the existing And Union range of unfiltered biers and IPA’s that are brewed in Bavaria.

But who are they actually?

Back in 2007, the trio of a father, his son and a longtime friend worked on a project to create craft lager and ales, collaborating with four small family owned Bavarian breweries, one being almost 500 years old and the youngest at only 90. Using only barley, yeast, hops and water, they create small batches that hone the aromas and flavours, something the more commercialised brands can fail on sometimes.

So how does their newest expression fare? Well below, I give to you my tasting notes –

And Union, Friday – 6.5%

Lots of ripe peach notes on the nose with plenty of deep barley and yeast aromas setting the smooth tone. A slight sharpness on the palate initially, but softens out to become a light aromatic peach flavour, wrapped with dry hopped notes and deep tropical fruit.

A tasty expression, one that is unfiltered and unpasteurized, whilst also adhering to the German purity laws (a vegan friendly IPA). Other expressions to look out for include Unflt Lager, Neu Blk, Beast of the Deep, Steph Weiss, Hand Werk and Sun Day. I’ll let your intrigued mind seek each out to find what styles they could all be.

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Van Bulck

Van Bulck

Organic products are a way of life in the times we live in. No longer is it seen as a gimmick or a culture difference, but as accepted as any new brand can be. Van Bulck is the latest organic beer to hit the UK, and it promises a range that only a few brewers can master.

2013 saw an ex-chef and sommelier of 20 years by the name of Denis Renty create a three expression strong organic beer in partnership with a seven generation brewery. Based in Flanders in Belgium, renowned for growing some of the best hops available, Denis has adapted an old family recipe and tailored towards the palate of today. His mother still lives in Flanders and was a renowned chef in her own right. Her maiden name is Van Bulck, hence the name and inspiration, and still works only with organic products in the family hotel and restaurant.

The brewery has adapted itself to meet the strict requirements of brewing organic beers, to the point of the brewer was awarded by the ‘Fédération des études et recherches dans l’industrie de fermentation’ for his scientific study ‘The return of the hopping during the cooking of the wort and the loss of bitter agents during the further production process’.

A mentioned, the brewing process is something only few brewers master, seeing the use of gluten poor and organic barley malt within Van Bulck. This is said to result in a lighter, more balanced flavour that can match with a variety of food recipes.

So how do they fare? Well below, I give to you my tasting notes –

Van Bulck Gluten Free Organic Lager – 4.5%

Light, fresh aromas of honey and walnut come through on the nose. Very light upon the palate, with a thin flavour of honey following from the nose. A clean finish albeit a little dry.

Van Bulck Organic Blonde Beer – 4.6%

Herbal notes on the nose with liquorice, apple and soft apricot. Lively upon the palate, with a soft white fruit cover and fresh wheat aftertaste. Lingering freshness.

Van Bulck Wild Fruit Beer – 4.7%

Made with 7 different fruits – cherries, pomegranate, raspberries, blueberries, strawberries, grapefruit, blackberries.
Plenty of ripe, raw red fruits on the nose, with the raspberries and grapefruit dominating. Very soft on the palate, with a subtle natural sweetness followed by strawberry and pomegranate flavours. A lingering finish of cherry.

Three very natural tasting expressions here, and I can see how they can be versatile when it comes to matching with food. For example, the organic lager would go well with oysters, crab, mussels and shellfish, whilst the blonde beer paired with white meat or lemon cake would go down very well. The wild fruit beer though would pair nicely with red fruits, venison or strong cheese such as the French styles or Stilton.

Worthy of a purchase if you are after a natural flavour, or fancy matching with any of the suggestions above. Enjoy!

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The House Of Peroni Brings Cinema Al Fresco To Harvey Nichols Manchester This Summer

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Peroni Nastro Azzurro brings a taste of Italian life to Manchester. For two weeks, New Cathedral Street outside of luxury retailer Harvey Nichols Manchester, will be transformed into a stylish al fresco bar and cinema. Guests can enjoy sumptuous Peroni Nastro Azzurro infused drinks alongside a selection of Italian contemporary films and classics. This wonderful experience will take place within a beautifully designed terrace located in the heart of Manchester.

Open to the public from Tuesday 14 July, Cinema al Fresco will transport guests from the busy city streets and immerse them into an evening of Italian culture. Guests will be able to book tickets to the cinema showing films such as ‘I am love’, ‘The Tourist’, and ‘Reality’ at 7pm every evening from Wednesday to Saturday, with a matinee taking place at 2pm on Sunday. Wireless headphones will ensure viewers can watch the films whilst enjoying the al fresco views of the shops and excitement around them.

Cinema al Fresco will also be home to a Peroni Nastro Azzurro bar offering an infused drinks menu created by award-winning master mixologist Simone Caporale from The Artesian Bar at the Langham hotel in London. The highly inventive Peroni Nastro Azzurro infused drinks are inspired by outdoor living and contain unusual and fragrant ingredients such as bergamot and juniper as well as an abundance of fresh citrus fruits, berries and superfoods. Both can be enjoyed throughout the day and evening within an alfresco setting.

Marion Carpentier, Group Food and Hospitality Director, Harvey Nichols, said: “Renowned for offering our customers an unrivalled experience in luxury retail and hospitality, we are thrilled to be collaborating with House of Peroni to bring an injection of Italian summer style to our Manchester store.”

The cinema and bar will be open every day from Tuesday 14 July until Saturday 25 July.

For more information about The House of Peroni visit: http://www.thehouseofperoni.com

ShinDigger

ShinDigger

ShinDigger is a part of the wave of craft ales that hit the many pubs, bars and restaurants around the UK. Formed back in 2013, this Manchester based brewery has seen itself organically grow and produce a selection worthy of any major brewery. But how did this all come about?

The two owners, Paul and George, are alumni of Manchester University, and when not studying, they invested jointly in a home-brewing kit. Using the space in their kitchen to brew, and the basement of their student house to ferment, they started to sell their freshly brewed beer in the scene they knew best – house parties.

In the Autumn of 2013, they applied and received a small loan from the government and expanded the business to include the producing of ShinDigger kegs. This kick-started the growth of seeing their ales within bars and pubs around Manchester, riding on the popularity with students. Within the 1st year, 5 expressions were launched and now use the sub-letting of a variety of local breweries to keep up with the demand.

So how do they fare? Well below, I give to you my tasting notes –

ShinDigger West Coast Pale Ale – 4.7%

Using hops from the American West Coast. Soft citrus and caramel upon the nose, with hints of dry lemon peel coming through. Light, soft and subtle flavours of dry citrus upon the palate, with a short finish that offers a subtle freshness combined with a slight bitterness.

ShinDigger South Pacific Pale Ale – 4.5%

Using hops of the Southern Hemisphere. Soft with a slight sweetness of caramelised fruits on the nose. Smooth upon the palate, with caramel, red fruits and natural sweetener coming through to complete a lingering finish.

ShinDigger IPA – 5.6%

Fresh on the nose with orange and apricot aromas present. Quite sharp on the palate, but softens to a tart, lingering finish with plenty of orange rind and a smooth finish of light, delicate citrus.

ShinDigger Pils – 4.1%

Conditioned for 3 weeks and dry hopped with Aussie hop Vic Secret and US hop Simcoe. Dry, delicate aromas of herbs and oak on the nose. Soft on the palate, with an immediate dry texture that delivers subtle herbal flavours on the lingering finish.

ShinDigger PIP – 6.3%

Lively dry hops with plenty of tangerine and earthy aromas coming through. Soft upon the palate, with the dry hops coming through again, offering a sweet fudge flavour. It develops into a tart oak hit on the long, dry finish.

A varied selection available, with a Black IPA also a part of the core range. Paul and George have also branched out into aligning ShinDigger into the world of music after collaborating with Werkha, an up and coming Manchester based music producer. Oh and the name ‘ShinDigger’? It’s said that the name embodies their ethos that beer is about having a good time with your friends and enjoying the moment. To find out how you can get your hands on the range, give them a shout. One’s to definitely look out for in the craft ale revolution

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Robinsons Celebrate Second Amazing Year For Trooper British Premium Beer

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In 2013, at a time when so called “celebrity brews” were popping up with increasing frequency, nobody knew what to expect from Iron Maiden’s plan to create a Premium British Beer with Robinsons; family brewers since 1838. But, as the beer celebrates its 2nd birthday, TROOPER is fast becoming a serious contender in the global beer market.

Just as beer needs the right ingredients and conditions to thrive so too does a brand collaboration and the people who nurture it. Born from vocalist Bruce Dickinson’s energetic enthusiasm and intimate knowledge of real ale, Iron Maiden’s worldwide reputation for passion and integrity, and Robinsons brewing knowledge (passed down from generation to generation), TROOPER had all the right elements to produce an award-winning recipe.

Every detail, from the selection of hops and brewing technique with Robinsons’ Head Brewer Martyn Weeks, to the choice of name and label design, through to the marketing direction were made in close consultation with Bruce and members of his management team. Bruce was adamant that care should be taken to market TROOPER as a Premium British Beer for the taste and quality. No gimmicks, just solid foundations growing, layer by layer.

Now two years on TROOPER has leapt ahead of the competition, picking up a Gold Award at last years’ BBI Drinks competition and has just been singled out as the second best New Product Development launch of the past 2 years.*

Abroad, TROOPER has become Sovereign’s (Robinsons official export partners) biggest brand in their export business, establishing solid business in 42 international markets.

David Davies, M.D. of Sovereign Beverage Company commented: “We are the largest exporter of ales and cider from the UK. Unlike many British beers which struggle to compete internationally, TROOPER has maintained its stunning export success with repeated high volume orders across some of the world’s leading importers. As international demand for British beer continues to grow, I am confident that TROOPER will continue to be the fastest selling and largest volume ale for British sales globally.”

At home, TROOPER’s success has grown the Cheshire Brewers Free Trade business by 27%**, doubled their sales force, secured a 20% uplift in On Trade routes to market from global brewers to local wholesalers and put Robinsons firmly on the world map. CGA stats also highlight that TROOPER is in heady growth (60% up in the last 12 months and the third fastest growing beer in the market).

Robinsons M.D. Oliver Robinson comments “We’ve had a terrific journey. It’s a great pleasure working with Bruce and his team and we have strategic plans to continue expanding the TROOPER legacy. Considering the Premium British Ale market is flat, and we don’t have huge marketing budgets, TROOPER has exceeded expectations. It is testament to the quality (and taste) of the liquid and I think this growth illustrates how important it is to believe in your product and, most importantly, the people behind it. On behalf of the Robinsons family and the entire TROOPER team… we would like to say a big thank you to you the fans of both the beer and Iron Maiden for supporting us and picking up a pint of TROOPER. Here’s to the next two years!”

In recognition of the importance of the support from the On Trade, Robinsons have selected 50 special and intimate venues across the UK to join the celebrations of TROOPER’s official 2nd Birthday this Saturday 9th May, with exclusive bunting, drip mats, bar runners and collectable badges to everyone buying a pint or bottle. Click here to see the list of pubs.