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.
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.
Ties that Bine
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.
Bone Machine IPA
Another new brewery for me. Tonight we have Whiplash and their delicious Bone Machine IPA. It tastes like a tropical fruit smoothie; Mango, orange, peach and apricot. Not very bitter and a very smooth texture. This is verrrry drinkable for 6.2%!
Galaxy Mosaic IPA
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!
Heavy Water with Raspberries, cacao and vanilla
There’s no denying Beavertown cans look amazing and their beers are pretty solid too but this time, they’ve absolutely blown it out the park. I’m always a bit dubious when a beer sounds too good to be true but this ticks all the boxes. An initial sour and fruity hit from the raspberries developing into sweet vanilla then rounded off with bitter, roasted notes and that kind of ashy flavour I love in an imperial. Brilliant.
Black Chocolate Stout
My dad first introduced me to Brooklyn Brewery’s Black Chocolate Stout years ago, and since then I’ve been hooked on imperials. It was my favourite beer for a long time and drinking it tonight is bringing back such fond memories. It’s a truly sensational beer packed with so many different flavours, all balanced beautifully. Bitter chocolate and coffee, dark berries, treacle, vanilla and almost a hint of smoke or spice.