Beer Review: Wee Zesty – 71 Brewing Co.

Lidl supermarkets are still on fine form when it comes to stocking a fairly wide variety of craft beers, particularly from Scottish breweries. Dundee’s 71 Brewing have been a staple in the Lidl lineup with a variety of styles and varying quality. Today’s review is titled ‘Wee Zesty’ and it is a 4% ‘Slushy’ Sour flavoured with Lemon Verbena. Despite the photo, the beer pours … Continue reading Beer Review: Wee Zesty – 71 Brewing Co.

Beer Review: Heavy Gravity – Beavertown

Now there is plenty of argument that Beavertown Brewery is no longer craft beer since it’s acquisition by Heineken. My opinion is in total agreement and I hate that Neck Oil is the default session IPA in 80% of pubs. That said I don’t exclusively review craft, sometimes they make quite a nice beer and the art work is still pretty sweet! My Dad grabbed … Continue reading Beer Review: Heavy Gravity – Beavertown

Beer Review: Bitter Is Better – Down South Brewing (Lidl GB)

While also stocking a fairly solid range of craft beer, Lidl also contract brew some beers as part of their own brand range. Often under the guise of a real sounding brewery, in this case ‘Down South Brewing’, they are often fairly poor, although there is the occasional gem where you have to respect the value of beer on offer. ‘Bitter Is Better’ is up … Continue reading Beer Review: Bitter Is Better – Down South Brewing (Lidl GB)

Beer Review: Verhext – Mondo x St Austell

I’ve actually recently changed jobs but during the last couple of months at my previous site I was stocking quite a few beers from Battersea based Mondo Brewing Company. As a result I got the occasional special thrown my way, one of which is the beer up for review today. ‘Verhext’ is a West Coast IPA brewed with that ever popular Kveik yeast strain. Coming … Continue reading Beer Review: Verhext – Mondo x St Austell

Beer Review: Jam Roly Poly – Northern Monk x Aunt Bessie’s

When I saw this beer pop up on the shelves of Morrison’s booze aisle I couldn’t believe it. This Northern Monk collaboration with one of frozen food’s most iconic brands ‘Aunt Bessie’s’ was released around the time I first started this blog, as a one off special. It appears, however, that there has been a re-brew of the beer for the shelves of Morrison’s supermarkets. … Continue reading Beer Review: Jam Roly Poly – Northern Monk x Aunt Bessie’s

Beer Review: Chain Ale – Black Country Ales

For my birthday earlier this year my Black Country residing friend, Hollie, got me a selection of classic real ales from the region to try. Having visited her previously I can already say that they certainly know how to make proper ales in the midlands! My usual go to brewery while I’m up there is Black Country Ales, which today’s beer from. A pub owning … Continue reading Beer Review: Chain Ale – Black Country Ales

Beer Review: Bear Hug IPA – Market Brewing Co.

This is one of the last Canadian beers I have left to review, courtesy of my friends (and fellow beer reviewers) Sam and Emma. ‘Bear Hug IPA’ is from Market Brewing Company based in Newmarket, Ontario. On the can it has the statement of ‘Strong Beer’ which it certainly is, coming in at 7% ABV. The beer has been dry-hopped with El Dorado, Amarillo and … Continue reading Beer Review: Bear Hug IPA – Market Brewing Co.

Beer Review: Session IPA – Purity Brewing Co.

I’ve got a beer from a new brewery today which has been generously gifted to me by a friend! Purity Brewing Company is based south of Birmingham and the beer I’ve got today is their keg core range Session IPA. I don’t often do session IPA reviews as I find them less exciting on the whole but it is nice once in a while! Purity’s … Continue reading Beer Review: Session IPA – Purity Brewing Co.

Beer Review: The Even Greater Love Story – Pretty Decent Beer Co.

Today’s review is from my cracking local brewery Pretty Decent Beer Co based out of Forest Gate. ‘The Even Greater Love Story’ is a Double IPA version of the their core range beer ‘Greatest Love Story’, a beer I regularly stock in my own pub . It is single hopped with one of the most popular hops going, Simcoe, and comes in at 8% ABV. … Continue reading Beer Review: The Even Greater Love Story – Pretty Decent Beer Co.

Beer Review: Staffie – Hammerton

I’ve got a rather interesting beer to review today. Hammerton, over the New Year period created a beer especially for hospitality workers and gave it out for free to all customers. Naturally, as a pub manager, this included a case for myself and the team. Named ‘Staffie’, which for those who don’t know, is a drink you get after finishing your shift. They’ve brewed this … Continue reading Beer Review: Staffie – Hammerton