Clwb Tropicana – drinks are free?

The time has come for the first brief review from the Needle & Pin craft beer club selection box, and we start with probably the best named one from the box, Clwb Tropicana, top quality punnage from Tiny Rebel.

After last year’s champion beer of Britain, they have kept on producing great beers. This “grown up fruit salad” is described thus:-

“as colourful as the most hideous Hawaiian shirt you’ve ever seen, super juicy and crammed full of fruity hop flavours that will have your mouth watering.”

You will know that’s just the kind of beer I’m looking for, packed full of American hops, amplified by peach, passion fruit, pineapple and mango flavours. Yes please!

Imagine a glass of Lilt, with the addition of hops. That’s Clwb Tropicana. Delicious dankness and more hoppy tropical fruit goodness than a kangaroo carrying a bag of pineapples in its pouch. If you want tropical hoppiness, this will do nicely!

#RainbowProject16 – beer #1 – Orange – Descent into the Maelstrom

Here it is, the first of seven posts from my #RainbowProject16 box of beers. Actually, make that eight because I’ll have to do a post ranking them all. #obvs

For more about #RainbowProject16, read my earlier post…

First to make an appearance in my Rainbow Project glass was a collaboration between Burning Sky Beer from Sussex, who are based about 10 miles away from where we spent many childhood holidays, although I’ve never had one of their beers, and Liberty Brewing Co, who are based about 11,500 miles away, north west of Auckland in New Zealand. I had one of their beers in March.

This collaboration was the colour orange, named Descent into the Maelstrom and described as a “borderless” ale aged in white Burgundy barrels with orange zest & pink grapefruit.

It can’t make up its mind what it wants to be. A sour wit (wheat beer)? A fruity IPA? Some kind of Belgian yeasty, winey thing? An interesting confusion. The fruitiness is there at the start and on the nose, and then makes a final appearance at the end of the finish. Not getting the hoppiness that you’d expect from a New Zealand pale. Kind of a zesty saison really, and I’m not sure I could taste much grapefruit.

It was good to be confounded by this one, but it’s not going to make it into beer of the month because their have been some strong candidates this month. Looking forward to more #RainbowProject16 beers…

The Hunting Lodge, Barrow Upon Soar, October 2016

What is it that you need after you’ve been away in Suffolk for a week, sampling a few Adnams beers. Another Adnams pint of course! A pint of Broadside to accompany a catch up with some friends from work.

The Hunting Lodge in Barrow upon Soar is somewhere that I’ve been a few times over the years. It has always been known for good food and drink, and that reputation continues. It’s always busy because of that. Plenty of things to choose from on the menu is just one reason why there are always plenty of customers in. There’s masses of choice on the a la carte menu, plenty more on the early bird and snack menu.

Keeping it light today with a BBQ pulled pork baguette with chips and salad. Another good pub pulled pork, staying away from sickly sweetness and tending towards gentle spiciness and stickiness.

A lovely spot for some food and drink and a catch up. Well worth checking out if you’re in the area.