Each month we will be releasing a selection of our best beers. Beers we thought were brilliant when we first tried them. For our first set, we have decided to pick quite a few different styles of beer that we think are top notch. Over the next month, we may add others sets (an IPA set or a sour set for example) but for this main set, we will try and explore as many different brewers, and styles of beer as possible each month, with the only stipulation being that our staff think these are some of the best beers we have to offer.
Below is some information about each of the beers in March’s selection. You can buy the set here
Founder’s All Day IPA
Founder’s Brewery really made a name for themselves with high abv, full flavoured beers. For this IPA, they wanted to create something that still had all the full hoppy and malty notes, but with less alcohol. It is a perfect after work beer, as the hoppy bite is refreshing and the abv isn’t too high.
RateBeer Rating: 94 Overall, 97 style, Ratebeer Top 50 Session IPA.
Holy Cowbell India Stout
Beavertown are one of our favourite London brewers, and their Holy Cowbell India Stout is one of the best stouts our beer buyer Chris tasted in recent times. Full charred malty notes, dark chocolate, mixed with hints of full fruity notes from the hops. They make this by adding heaps and heaps of hops to their dark chocolate base beer at the end of the boil, and at the dry hopping stage.
Ratebeer Rating: 97 Overall, 94 Style. Beer Geekery: Magnum, Summit & Centennial Hops. Chocolate Malt, oats & more.
We chose this because Brooklyn has all sorts of flavour that you may not expect from a lager. Full malty notes and caramel notes balanced with aromatic hops and a thirst quenching finish. It is an Amber/Vienna style lager, and is brewed using pre-prohibition recipes from back when the Brooklyn area was a powerhouse of brewing.
Ratebeer Rating: 84 Overall, 99 Style, Ratebeer Top 50 Amber/Vienna Lager. Beer Geekery: Hallertauer Mittlefrueh, Cascade Hops. Canadian 2-row Malt.
Wild Beer Bibble Pale Ale
We admire the care and attention Wild Beer put in to every beer they make. Their obsession with flavour shows in the final product. Their Bibble (which means drink regularly) is a pale ale with loads of tropical fruit notes.
Ratebeer Rating: 86 Overall, 79 Style. Beer Geekery: Mosaic & Amarillo Hops. Vienna Malt & Oats.
Beavertown Smog Rocket Smoked Porter
2 dark beers from Beavertown in our gift box this month (they make brilliant light beers too, but we are highlighting the darker, richer beers this month). Smog Rocket is a homage to a time when dark rich porters were the biggest selling beers in London. A time of smoke and industrial revolution (hence the smoky notes). Wonderfully balanced with smoke that isn’t overpowering. Bamberg Smoked Malt (Beech wood smoked) rather than Peat smoke.
Ratebeer Rating: 94 Overall, 95 Style. Beer Geekery: Magnum & Chinook Hops. Smoked Malts, Oats, Munich & more.
Stewart’s First World Problems
One of our local brewers, Stewart Brewing have made a Belgian style IPA, where the Belgian yeast used in fermentation produces fruity, minerally wheaty notes that combine well with the citrusy hoppy notes. An interesting twist on a standard IPA, where the hops are only part of the final taste, rather than being the whole thing. We are big fans of the cool label design which is designed by local artist and friend of Drinkmonger Calum.
Ratebeer Rating: 97 Overall, 99 Style, Ratebeer Top 50 Belgian Style Ale. Beer Geekery: Columbus, Amarillo, Cascade, Citra, Pacific Gem, Lubelski Hops. Pale Malt, Crystal Rye Malt, Oat Malt.