By Brody Rossiter
From a French Florida Weisse to a Kellerbier from Leeds, the Six Pack Best Beers of the Week include a range of unexpected styles perfect for enjoying alongside the last flashes of summer. There’s also an indulgent imperial stout that takes inspiration from Lovecraftian origins to help you ease into the chill of autumn.
Throughout 2018 Leeds’ Ridgeside have produced an impressive back catalogue of beers boasting an array of styles and flavours ranging from weird and wonderful takes on the traditional (a vanilla and apricot hefeweizen) to progressive twists on modern classics (Brut IPA) – all of which have also featured stunning artwork from Samuel Farrer.
The brewery once again impress with their perfectly balanced Kellerbier. A cloudy amber shade in its appearance, the beer’s soft carbonation ensures a smooth mouthfeel and masses of drinkability. Delicate toffee maltiness is quickly overtaken by a satisfying bitterness from the Mittelfruh hops to result in one of the best British lagers released this year.
Want more craft lagers? Check out The Lager Case.
Manchester’s Shindigger have been a permanent fixture throughout our summer drinking habits thanks to their refreshingly tropical twists on accessible styles. Mango Unchained is one such example with its additions of mango and pineapple lending a particularly juicy bite to this sessionable offering. A mega lineup of fresh cans have just landed in the online bottleshop to help you toast farewell to the final days of summer.
In his debut article for the HonestBrew online magazine, Chris Martin delved into the the world of craft beer collaborations to discover whether the spirit of collaboration and projects such as the hotly-anticipated 2018 Rainbow Project are truly at the heart of craft beer.
Northern Monk are well known for embracing collaboration throughout their diverse ‘Patrons Projects’ series. With a fresh batch landing in the online bottleshop, we’re focusing on a decidedly darker offering brewed alongside Norway’s Amundsen.
Monocromicon Imperial Stout is brewed with additions of cherry, muscovado sugar, cocoa and tonka bean to boost the natural dark malt flavours and complete this big beast of a beer.
James stated “If you wanted evidence that the craft beer revolution has truly gone global, then the existence of a French-brewed, American sub-style of an historic German beer style would probably be quite a good place to start.”
Luckily we still have a few bottles of the beer in question – a sour ale brewed with passion fruit and guava – in the online bottleshop. Get a taste of contemporary French brewing at its finest.
Want to learn more about sour styles? Check out our beginner’s guide here.
After visiting Stone Barrel after a couple of years ago in Dublin, we knew it was only a matter of time until their beers arrived in the online bottleshop – thankfully that time has finally arrived! Boom Session IPA left a big impression on the team thanks to its bold American hop flavours of lychee, mango and kiwi and complex malt bill. A passionate team brewing quality-driven Irish beer, the Stone Barrel are also make up half of the Third Barrel Project alongside Third Circle; we highly recommend their soft and juicy pale ale, ‘Shut Up Juice’.
Fancy a few more Irish brews? Take a tour of the breweries ensuring that the Emerald Isle is one of the world’s most vibrant and exciting craft beer destinations here.
Burning Sky’s second Rainbow Project collaboration with Indiana beer legends Three Floyds comes in the form of a barrel aged barley wine. Fermented with a Burning Sky house ale yeast and a Brettanomyces strain ‘Out from the Void’ was then aged sauternes wine barrels with vanilla pods and cacao nibs to give a decadent chocolate orange flavour. A warming brew perfect for enjoying on a wet and windy evening as the nights draw or ideal for tucking away in a cool and dark spot for a special occasion – this one will only get better with time.
What have been your favourite beers of the week? Let us know in the comments below. Cheers!