December ’18: 01
New beer: London Alt.
It’s been a while…welcome back, London Alt. Our take on a German-style ‘old ale’, and one of the first beers through the brew kit in 2015. An amber hybrid, this beer isn’t really about hops, with little to no hop aroma. It’s all about sweet maltiness, and at an easy drinking 4.8%, it’s a great gateway beer to more European styles. Available in the Tap House now, in both keg and bottle.
Coming up: Narrow Gauge, Le Trois 8…
We met Heather and Jeff Hardesty from Narrow Gauge, a unique brewpub in St. Louis, Missouri, at Billie’s Craft Beer Fest. Their Cloud City was one of our beers of the festival and we were delighted to welcome them to the brewery on Saturday for a collaboration with fellow St. Louisan, and Head Brewer, Tom Palmer. Keep an eye out on our socials to see how this develops. Another addition to our collaboration wall.
We’re very excited to be taking over a huge amount of taps at the very cool, Le Trois 8, in Paris. We’ll be crossing the channel again for a very special evening with Julien and Bouk on Friday 21st December, with a couple of very special seasonal beers getting their first pour.
It’s quiz time. We’ve got a run of Tap House quizzes from the 16th January, developed for us by the team at Question One. More info on that next newsletter, but if you’re interested in bringing a team, drop us an email to email@example.com.
Don’t forget, our Tap House is also available for private bookings and table bookings throughout the year.
Road sodas: Brussels Beer Project, Billie’s Craft Beer Fest…
As mentioned last time, Tom P and Jack visited Belgium for the weekend, taking part in a shared tap takeover at Brussels Beer Project with our new Estonian (and Irish and Australian) friends, Sori Brewing Company. It was a pleasure to meet the lovely Pyry & Heikki and their brewers, Tim and Rob. Huge thanks must go to Olivier and Dimitri at BBP for inviting us over.
Jack’s beer of the night: “Ste Kat, using traditional Belgian yeast, this hoppy pale ale was my favourite. A real hybrid of modern and traditional techniques. Absolutely beautiful.”
From Brussels to Antwerp – we had a blast on Friday night at Billie’s Craft Beer Fest. Jack’s highlight was drooling over our Belgian wholesaler’s bottle/can selection at the festival. We’ve worked with Scott & Yves from De Caigny for a year now, they get our beers to the thirsty drinkers of Belgium, so it was great to share a few beers with them.
Beers of the festival:
Narrow Gauge’s Cloud City
Jackie O’s Oil of Aphrodite (coffee bourbon barrel!)
Heady Topper’s Focal Banger
Online: Beer maps.
We made it onto Activity Superstore‘s list of ‘The best places to drink craft beer in London’. We love the visuals and it also includes a number of our London peers and friends. You can read more about it by clicking on the map above.
Within the same week, we also made Hoppist’s London Brewery Map, a great resource for navigating your way around the fantastic breweries and taprooms this fair city has to offer.
We’re proud to be part of such a burgeoning scene of creativity in the UK brewing industry. It’s great to have resources such as this available, we hope you find them useful too.
In tank: Lord Malmölé.
At the beginning of November, we started something beautiful with our Swedish friends, Malmö Brewing Company. The brew team built a collaborative recipe for a Mexican Molé. This week, huge muslin teabags of cacao nibs were prepared and hung into the beer before conditioning. This 7.2% beer is going to be the perfect antidote to any seasonal blues, we even put tacos in the mash.
Keep an eye out for it’s release end of December/beginning of January. It’s going to be worth the wait.
Until next time…