Fallen Brewing – Big Raspberry Dog Chew

Fallen Brewing

Big Raspberry Dog Chew

10%

I’m gonna throw it out there that Chew Chew by Fallen was one of my favourite Scottish beers…until now. The mouthfeel on this is viscous yet there’s a slight carbonation which lifts the heaviness. It’s dark, rich, sweet and delicious, like a dark chocolate and raspberry ganache. I may have mentioned I love imperial stouts, and this is no exception. I feel very proud to be Scottish when we’re producing beers like this!

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Wylam/Flying Couch/Simply Hops – What the Water Wanted

Wylam/Flying Couch/Simply Hops

What the Water Wanted

6%

This is a beautiful balance of citrus and tropical fruits with bitterness and a resiny pine note just at the end. Oats and wheat are used in addition to barley and lactose has been added too to give a lovely, viscous, almost creamy texture. This is a perfect grown up orange juice. Helps that it’s so hazy that it could pass just on looks too.

Schöfferhofer Grapefruit

Schöfferhofer

Grapefruit

2.5%

Schöfferhofer Grapefruit is a wheat beer/grapefruit mix. At 2.5% it’s definitely a sessionable drink, and could not be more perfect on a super hot, sunny day. I must admit I’ve been a bit sceptical about this as I thought it would just taste like a grapefruit version of a Smirnoff ice but it’s actually lovely. It doesn’t taste much of beer, but as a juice, I’d happily drink this instead of my usual orange any day.

On Sunday Brunch this morning they used an IPA to boil rice so I decided to give it a go tonight since I want to cook more with beer. I used Schöfferhofer as I wanted something really light and fruity and added a few cardamom pods for some extra flavour. It turned out quite gloopy but actually tasted lovely and fragrant. I think I’m gonna try this more, using different beers and different ratios of beer to water.

To Øl – Tropical Rumble

To Øl

Tropical Rumble

4.3%

A beautiful beer on a beautiful day! Tropical Rumble by To Øl is a session IPA with passionfruit, peach and mango. This isn’t as juicy as some of the tropical style beers I’ve had lately but I like it nonetheless. It’s still got a considerable amount of bitterness so remains firmly in the beer rather than fruit cocktail category. It’s got a nice little sour tartness to it which lifts the bitterness. A lovely thirst quencher on a sunny day.

Burnt Mill – Ties that Bine

Burnt Mill

Ties that Bine

8.2%

A delicious exploration of hops by Burnt Mill Brewery in collab with Simply Hops. El Dorado, Ella, Hallertau, Comet and Bru-1 combining together to give a beautiful fruit smoothie of a beer. Peaches, passionfruits, mangoes and oranges. All my favourite fruits with a sprinkle of bitterness and a tiny bit of sweetness coming through from the malt. Summer in a can.

Lokapolly – Galaxy Mosaic IPA

Loka Polly

Galaxy Mosaic IPA

6.5%

Loka Polly are the new kids on the block and I’ve been dying to try their beers! This is a really interestingly flavoured beer – big, bold hops held together with a very viscous mouthfeel coming from the wheat and oats. It reminds me of papaya; not overly tropical but creamy in texture. This creaminess really balances the bitterness and the whole beer is lifted with a little orange kick at the end. An added bonus is the look and texture of the label – this will definitely be getting used as a vase for some bright tulips!