By Brody Rossiter
HonestBrew 6 Pack: Breakfast, DIPAs & Barley Wine, Oh My!
Last week we kicked off the HonestBrew Six Pack series with a specially curated selection of our favourite beers of the week. From session IPAs from Stone Barrel and Shindigger to a not so sessionable barley wine brewed especially for this year’s Rainbow Project, we served up a diverse and delicious array of flavours and styles. We also asked our Twitter followers to recommend which beers should go into this week’s Six Pack. After a massive response, we settled on a brilliant lineup of beers and breweries that have wowed beer lovers over the last few months. Discover all six Twitter Picks below and then taste them for yourself!
Discover all the latest arrivals in the online bottleshop right here.
North Wales’ Loka Polly have been one of the UK’s most promising breakout breweries of 2018, delivering big on flavourful hop-packed brews. This DDH showcase of the brewery’s favourite hop, Simcoe, continues the trend and highlights just why our Twitter feed went loco for Loka.
@AK_The_Great told us: “For me it’s the @lokapollybeer DDH Simcoe. A great relatively new brewery producing quality beers. Not had a bad one yet. People need to try them!”
Since introducing Laugar to the UK beer scene, we’ve been blown away by several of their beers and even brought them along to a few UK beer festivals for you to try. However, the Spanish brewery based on the outskirts of Bilbao truly excel when it comes to darker, richer and boozier styles. This peated barley wine brewed with Brouwerij de Molen is a mind-bendingly complex brew full of rich smoked malt, spicy rye and warming bourbon notes.
@OneEyedLycan tweeted: “Laugar x De Molen – Klompen & Txapela. Two great breweries combining with a great beer style.”
Manchester and Florida aren’t a natural pairing, yet when The Sunshine State’s Slim Pickens teamed up with The Rainy City’s Marble they created one of our favourite smashable summer mash-ups, The Sunshine Radler. At a breezy 2.8% ABV, natural orange soda is added for a refreshingly sessionable citrus bite. The sunshine won’t last for much longer, so sink a few of these before the leaves start to fall.
@hopzine and @OliHaydon both plumped for this seasonal smasher.
Cheshire’s Mobberley have been one of this year’s standout breweries when it comes to unashamedly juicy New England-inspired brews, and yet they’re still flying under the radars of many beer lovers. Time for that to all change! In the wake of what was probably the best NE DIPA/TIPA we tasted this year, Mobberley’s White Label series continues to unveil juicy bangers. The latest comes in the form of Untamed, a delicious combination of their previous brews, UnChained & UnNamed, that takes tropical flavours and a rich silky mouthfeel to new heights.
HonestBrew contributor David Morgan (@DMorganguardian) tweeted:
“How about @mobberleybeer Untamed DIPA? Continuing to specialise in NEIPAs, it feels like the team have taken all they’ve learnt from the likes of Unnamed, Beast Mode, Sofa Surfer & Pipe Dream & refined it into something even softer and tastier, a tropical haze bomb with huge body.”
Check out David’s long read on Mobberley from earlier this year here.
With multiple tweets waxing lyrical about their beers, Wander Beyond were undoubtedly the people’s choice when it came to selecting a brewery that has stood out over the last few months. The Manchester team are not only lovely folks who were fantastic London Craft Beer Festival guests at the HonestBrew Beer Tour Bar, but they’re accomplished brewers dreaming up exciting modern beer that defies the norm.
Bloom is the brewery’s Chocolate Strawberry Ice Cream Imperial Black IPA. Dry hopped with El Dorado hops and brewed with strawberries, cacao nibs and vanilla. this beer is creamy, bold and lush. The endearing artwork explores the concept of an ice cream jellyfish, and a group of jellyfish is called a bloom.
For the second week Northern Monk have made the list with a decidedly dark collaboration. Last time it was Monocromicon brewed with Amundsen, this time it’s an imperial breakfast stout brewed with Against The Grain that pays homage to a Kentucky breakfast while adding a Yorkshire twist. Expect bitter and roasty coffee notes, a luxurious drizzle of maple syrup, and a hint of smoked wheat to mimic those irreplaceable streaky bacon rashers. Never mind dessert in a glass, this one’s breakfast in a glass, and we all know what’s the most important meal of the day!
Clearly the Monks have found some serious form when it comes to darker brews as several beer lovers also fancied a spot of breakfast for this week’s Six Pack.
What have been your favourite beers of the week? Let us know in the comments below. Cheers!