Oh oh I saw her and she hit me like (Tadow)....
For Gimme Fruit, Gimme Fire Give Me That Which I Papaya Black Iris teamed up with Turning Point Brew Co. to produce a mighty fine specimen of a fruit IPA. The green grocers of Nottingham will have been dancing in the street when the order for 50kg of papaya and 50kg of passionfruit came in. To this tropical fruit medley they added a big drop of Australian hops and a shed load of lactose which gives the beer a wonderfully smooth, creamy body and takes the edge off the acidity of the fruit. I kid you not, this beer could quite easily be mistaken for pure fruit juice and at an easy drinking 5.4% one could easily enjoy a few of these in the garden on on a hot sunny day or maybe even a cheeky one with your morning apricot Danish.
As for musical pairings it would be remiss of me to pass up the opportunity to pair this with the laid back, soulful beats of French Kiwi Juice, or FKJ as he's otherwise known. On Tadow FKJ joins up with Masego for some nu-jazz goodness. In my eyes a perfect match, all that's missing is the sun!
You gotta know I'm feeling love.....
Ok I'm going to throw it out there, I've got the brewery equivalent of a man crush going on at the moment with Neon Raptor Brewing Co. It seems I'm not the only one either as their beers are flying off the shelves faster than Usain Bolt driving a Bugatti.
Their last two brews, Dune Hunter and Chaos & Earthquakes sold out within hours of them putting them on sale and fortunately we were on the ball and managed to grab a couple of cases before the masses descended like tinned potato shoppers in a post-Brexit world.
Dune Hunter is a New England IPA brewed with the most amount of oats ever used by Neon Raptor to give the beer a rich, murky appearance and an unbelievably smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Sweet fruit emanates at first from the beers fluffy head and then washes over the palate in waves of dank, tropical goodness.
Absolutely tremendous stuff from a brewery that it appears can do no wrong right now.
Oh my God, I'm a giant with an appetite........
Two of the UK's best, most consistent breweries, Magic Rock Brewing and Cloudwater Brew Co, have reunited for a repeat brew of Big Dipper and the results are as tremendous as you might expect.
Big Dipper is a wonderfully balanced, sweet and resinous double IPA packed with peach and mango with a jammy, marmalade finish and no bitterness. With a smooth, soft mouthfeel, and no hint of its 8.3% ABV, this beer goes down way too easily and you could easily be lured into drinking multiple cans and not realising it's strength until the cold air hits you on the way home!
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