The cold walks home with crisp red leaves underfoot; the long drives beneath the orange glow of street lights; the tubes, trams and busses packed with heavy coats, scarves and sniffling commuters – autumn has arrived. As the warm embrace of home calls to you while the day quickly fades, it’s a good idea to ensure that once you close the door behind you and take shelter from chill outside, you’ve got a fridge filled with enticing brews waiting to greet you.
We stand for good beer. That means fresh beer, seasonal beer and most importantly flavourful beer produced by passionate individuals using quality ingredients. Here are this week’s Beer List essentials available in the Bottleshop and ready to requested by Honesty Box subscribers. From the historic expanses of Dorset, to the Berlin branch of a brewing institution, the proud Basque Country landscape, to the hustle and bustle of Huddersfield, raise a can, bottle or glass to the cold outside, and cosy up to some unmissable brews.
As Halloween cackles in the distance, it can’t hurt to fill your fridge with some gargoyles to fend off evil beer spirits. Stone Brewing have recently opened an impressive European brewhouse and distribution centre inside the characterful industrial surroundings of a former Berlin gasworks. The peerless quality expected of the San Diego brewery can now be expected across Europe, as fresh, temperature-controlled brews quickly make their way across the continent with no need of a long transatlantic journey. We’ve stocked the BottleShop with four of their finest go-to brews. From a hop-bursted session ale, to a mighty DIPA, set your drinking in stone this October.
8 Arch – Corbel – IPA
Eight Arch Brewing Co, named after the eight arches at nearby landmark Julian’s Bridge, is located in Wimborne Minster, Dorset. Opened by Steve Farrell, who was born and raised in the town, this five-barrel brewery enjoys a riverside location close to the banks of the Allen, a short walk from the town centre and the Minster famed as the burial place of King Ethelred. A highly hopped India Pale Ale brewed with massive amounts of Mosaic hops from the U.S. giving a huge hit of tropical fruit aromas and flavours, Corbel is a bold and beautifully labelled South West beer that has no intention of becoming just another unremarkable ale.
Magic Rock – Inhaler – Session IPA
Things move quickly in the beer world and Magic Rock’s latest pale ale/IPA hybrid is designed to showcase some of the newer hop varieties which work so well in modern hop forward beers. Pale malt, a little wheat, a little crystal malt, low bitterness and then six different hops! Super fruity, super ripe, super juicy and super drinkable. Breathe it in. If you’re unfamiliar with the Huddersfield brewery, their colourful cans and diverse yet consistently enchanting flavours are quickly becoming an iconic piece of contemporary British brewing. No tricks, just undeniably great beer.
Basqueland – Aupa Pale Ale
Several Michelin stars decorate the celebrated cuisine of the Basque Country. The autonomous community, which straddles the border between France and Spain on the Atlantic coast, is globally recognised as a fine dining destination. Basqueland Brewing are handling the beer. Centennial hops, a palatable blonde body flooded with hints of tangerine and jasmine tea, and a passion for quality beer combine to create this California-style AUPA Pale Ale. A brew fit to build a meal around, journey to the regions vivid landscape with each and every sip.
Bad Co Brewing – Love Over Gold – Blonde
Hailing from Dishforth, North Yorkshire, Bad Co. quickly became a much-loved brewery across the surrounding region. In a land where bad beer doesn’t go down well, yet tradition is embraced, the brewery decided to serve up brews with mass appeal that also challenged convention. Think familiar styles with flavours worthy of contemporary drinkers. No malt bombs lacking in hop character, just expertly crafted beer that highlights Yorkshire’s newfound thirst for change. A fresh and fearless Blonde Ale with twists of citrus fruits and bitter orange. Bold and refreshing, it’s always a good time to choose Love Over Gold.