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.
You know it when you see it. You know it when it's there. Like Michael Jackson's Thiller. Like Farah Fawcett hair. It's good shit!
Nothern Monk have taken inspiration from their childhoods for the latest in the Patron's Project series and emulated a soft drink that those of a certain vintage loved as kids. Northern Tropics is as close to alcoholic Um Bongo as is humanly possible!
A New England IPA packed with tropical fruit goodness (guava, mandarin, mango and pineapple), infused with lactose and then triple hopped with Citra. The result is an outstandingly smooth, sweet, juicy bastard of a beer reminiscent of a tropical milkshake. Welcome to the jungle baby!
It's all about confidence baby.......
2018 was a massive year for Wander Beyond. After a re-brand they launched in 2017 and made craft beer lovers across the country sit up and take notice. With a passion for brewing big beers that burst at the seams with flavour they were justifiably in the discussion for brewery of the year.
Whilst their huge imperial stouts took the limelight Wander Beyond were equally adept when it came to the light side. A one off batch Milkshake IPA that was inspired by Tiki cocktails, Tiki's Turtles is a complex beer with a LOT going on! Tropical fruit and coconut on the nose entice you in where a sensory overload awaits. To taste you are treated to layers of flavour akin to a mojito cocktail. A big, tart pineapple and lime has you puckering up before a middle section of mint and a creamy coconut and lime finish that lingers on the palate.
Tiki's Turtles is a perfect example of what #tryanuary should be about - pushing the boundaries of flavour and the concept of what a beer should be. Available in limited quantities, so get in quick,
I can taste it, it's my sweet beginning.......
Look no further because THIS is your new summer beer! Take a bow Unity because Fresco is summer in a can. The perfect session beer for the balmy summer days we've been having recently.
A special summer release from Unity, this Belgian style IPA pours a golden colour with a large white head and sweet, enticing citurs aromas. Hopped with Amarillo and infused with local lemon balm and honeysuckle it delivers smooth floral, citrus and orange flavours with a hint of sweet honey and a hoppy, floral aftertaste.
This beer is extremely crushable. Enjoy in the sunshine with friends or pair with a spicy curry but be warning it is exremely moorish!
Somewhere between the sacred silence and sleep.......disorder!
In addition to producing consistently awesome pop culture, dinosaur inspired, can artwork Portsmouth brewers Staggeringly Good continue to impress with their big, bold beers.
Reptile Dysfunction is big fruit smoothie American IPA packed with Alphonso mango, passionfruit, lacose and Peach Habanero flesh. Pouring a lovely murky orange, mango dominates the taste of this juice bomb with subtle notes of passion fruit complementing the beer perfectly. The lactose give the beer a delightfully thick, creamy mouthfeel and you're left with a satisfying spicy tingle from the peach habanero chilli.
Reptile Dysfunction is a beast of a beer. Well balanced and a perfect companion in this end of days climate we're currently experiencing.
The man from Del Monte - he said YES!
In Pineapple Oceans Amundsen have successfully managed to can a tropical summer day. The saying 'it does what it says on the tin' has never been more apt. Aromas of the pineapple chunk sweets I enjoyed as a child compliment the full on pineapple taste. While subtle notes of other tropical fruits like mango are apparent it's the big juicy pineapple taste that dominates the palate. This is a splendid beer that we really can't get enough of. Pairs best with a handlebar moustache and Hawaiian shirt.
If this beer had a voice it would almost certainly sound like the laid back, good time music of Hawaiian Donavon Frankenreiter. The former professional surfer turned musician's soulful, light and breezy 'It Don't Matter', like Pineapple Oceans, provides the perfect accompaniment for campfires on the beach and good times with friends.
So whatever it is that's stressing you out, put it to the back of your mind, because with this perfectly matched combination in your life........it really don't matter.
With perky bass lines and dreamy reverb The Drums' wistful tunes could be the soundtrack to a montage on an all American teen movie. The Drums cite The Beach Boys as one of their major influences and you can imagine running up the beach and grabbing a West Coast IPA after a days surfing on the California Coast.
West Coast IPA is a cracking beer from underrated Swedish brewery Stigbergets. It's pure summer in a glass with a lovely sweet, cinnamon nose and thirst quenching tropical fruits on the palate. Packed with peach, mango, stone fruit and citrus, very little bitterness and a very drinkable 6.5% ABV West Coast IPA is the perfect remedy for a wash out British summer!
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