Meet the brewer – Neon Raptor – The Needle & Pin, Loughborough – April 2018

Another meet the brewer night at the Needle & Pin, we’ve had some good ones already this year. Tonight’s features Neon Raptor, who have been fast gaining a reputation as one of Nottingham’s big names. They have been brewing on a small scale since April 2016, moving in to Sneinton Market.

Tonight we started with Pinball Holiday, a super juicy session IPA with lots of fruits and pine in the background. If only more session IPAs were like this. It would be a perfect summer pint.

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To follow, New Construction Options, a DIPA full of sweet malt and fruit, with pith and pine. And Command and Conquer too (that’s where the name comes from).

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Into darkness next, with Somewhere I Belong, a porter with 7 malt grains and flaked oats, conditioned on toasted coconut to bring flavours of dark chocolate bounty (that’s a good thing). Big toasty flavours, dry finish. Easy drinking.

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More fruitiness to finish up, in the shape of Very Naughty Luggage, another DIPA. This one was fruity, juicy and dank. You know when you’ve been tango-ed.

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A great way to finish off another great evening of beer and brewery chat. There’s always loads of stuff to chat about, from nerdy beer and brewing stuff to East Midlands bants and just general chit chat. Can’t wait for the next one.

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