Beer Review: Barn Owl – Cotleigh Brewery

The last of the three beers gifted to me by my friend Matty just before Christmas. Another brew from Somerset based Cotleigh who’s Christmas beer I tried over the festive period. This is their Permium Ale ‘Barn Owl’ at 4.5% ABV. The vast majority of their beers feature a bird of prey as the name because the brewery is a big supporter of ‘The Hawk … Continue reading Beer Review: Barn Owl – Cotleigh Brewery

Beer Review: Otter Claus – Otter Brewery

We are in another lockdown and I’m still furloughed so I think I’m well within my right to extend my festivities to one more Christmas beer. Another lovely treat from from my friend Matty, this is one of Otter Brewey’s winter specials ‘Otter Claus’. I have previously had their classic Otter Ale which was a solid traditional English brew. I braved the weather to get … Continue reading Beer Review: Otter Claus – Otter Brewery

Beer Review: Red Nose Reinbeer – Cotleigh Brewery

My fantastically generous friend Matty sent me a couple of local beers just before Christmas to help me get through these Tier 4 woes. Today’s review is from Somerset based Cotleigh Brewery, a small, local brewery that’s been kicking about since 1979. They also do a lot to support the Owl and Hawk Trust. This is their Christmas special brew that they recommended serving at … Continue reading Beer Review: Red Nose Reinbeer – Cotleigh Brewery

Beer Review: Merry Christmas & Happy New Year (2020) – Anchor Brewing Company

This was my beer of choice on Christmas Day itself while I helped my dad cook up crimbo dinner. I bought it as part of my Premier Hop subscription order and it’s come all the way from San Francisco in the USA. Anchor Brewing Company have an annual tradition of releasing a different Winter Warmer style beer to celebrate the festive season. This year is … Continue reading Beer Review: Merry Christmas & Happy New Year (2020) – Anchor Brewing Company

Beer Review: Advent Ale – Hogs Back Brewery

As we get ridiculously closer to Christmas I’ve chosen a more festive brew for today’s review. ‘Advent Ale’ is from Hogs Back Brewery who are based out of Surrey. You might recognise them from their logo or their popular, widely available beer T.E.A. At 4.4% ABV this Ruby Ale is hoping to inspire some festive flavours and I’m looking forward to my first Hogs Back … Continue reading Beer Review: Advent Ale – Hogs Back Brewery

Beer Review: Winter Special – Hatherwood Craft Beer Company (Lidl)

I’ve recently discovered a new style of beer: the winter ale. Naturally, it’s a Christmas period exclusive and many breweries appear to have a yearly tradition of brewing this one off seasonal special. I enjoy reviewing some own brand beers and particularly Lidl’s. As always these beer are contract brewed, with this one being assigned to big regional brewers, Marstons. This ‘Winter Special’ Ale comes … Continue reading Beer Review: Winter Special – Hatherwood Craft Beer Company (Lidl)

Beer Review: Chatsworth Gold – Peak Ales

Today’s beer review is my second pick up from my trip to the Peak District. It’s another from Peak Ales but this time a more subdued beer from their core range, rather than the zany ‘Cebula’. It’s their ‘Chatsworth Gold’ a golden ale brewed with honey from the Chatsworth Estate and coming in at 4.6% ABV. Visually the beer pours clear amber in the glass … Continue reading Beer Review: Chatsworth Gold – Peak Ales

Beer Review: Gold – Butcombe Brewery Co.

After digging through my trove of beers I’ve unearthed one last treat from my good friend Matty. Part of the beers that he gave me, what feels like a decade ago now but is realistically only been a month. This is another new brewery for me in the form of Bristol born Butcombe Brewing Co. This is their flagship ‘Gold’ golden ale at 4.4% ABV … Continue reading Beer Review: Gold – Butcombe Brewery Co.

Beer Review: Orkney Gold – The Orkney Brewery

The elusive double upload today! Despite doing the Taproom Talk I still fancied doing a classic beer review. This is a new brewery for me all the way from the Orkney Islands with The Orkney Brewery. This was given to me by grandparents as even they have been absorbed into my beer world! This ‘Orkney Gold’ is unsurprisingly a golden ale and coming in at … Continue reading Beer Review: Orkney Gold – The Orkney Brewery

Beer Review: Exmoor Gold – Exmoor Ales

The penultimate ale that my friend Matty gave me but the last that I drank while on holiday. I’ve got one more tucked away at home waiting for an opportune moment. This is another new South West brewery, Exmoor Ales, with their flagship Exmoor Gold. Touted as the first modern Golden Ale first brewed in 1986, these are the slightly more old school beers that … Continue reading Beer Review: Exmoor Gold – Exmoor Ales