Brewdog Fanzine issue 11

Like issue 10, this selection didn’t have the usual tracking information, so it arrived slightly by surprise again (and a day later than usual). Also like issue 10, the details haven’t been published online (edit: 2 weeks on and they still haven’t, neither have issue 10). So I’ve just quickly typed up what’s in the box.

My fanzine subscription is still hanging in the balance.

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Alter Ego – 8.5% – DIPA

Another West Coast IPA. Punchy and aggressive, it puts American hops front and centre. A deft touch of caramel and toast runs alongside massive hop aromas of pine, mango, grapefruit and lychee and a bitter finale.

King of Eights V4 – German Hop Edition – 7.4% – NEIPA

Another recycled beer idea, the 4th version of King of Eights. A duo of new German hops (Ariana, Huell Melon) deliver massive tropical fruit notes with efficiency. This European powerhouse of flavour visits New England with cantaloupe, peach, mango, papaya, lime peel and kiwi. The full rounded texture is complemented with a smooth oatiness and a touch of alcohol warmth.

Ten Ton Truck – Black Forest Edition – 10% – Imperial Stout

More recycling. This rig is hauling a forest of flavour. Deep and intense, with bitter chocolate and espresso layered over vanilla and cherry character. Dark stewed fruit notes combine with coffee, running full tilt into cocoa and mocha and hint of almond. A complex and rewarding payload aided by the addition of honey, vanilla and cherry.

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To Øl Mr Series 2018

The Mr Series for 2018 is a 360 degree showreel of the most potent, playful and powerful recipes that To Øl have ever done. The Mr Series takes its beer names from Quentin Tarantino’s film Reservoir Dogs, and the colours in the names have inspired the ingredients in the beers. This year’s series is entirely different from the 2017 Mr Series. Let’s have a peek.

Mr. Blue – 9.0% Imperial Berliner Weisse

This year Mr. Blue is a handsome Imperial Berliner Weisse packed with blackberries, aronia, acai and blackcurrant. The sour mash is balanced with subtle berry notes to roam around your glass.

Mr. Pink – 6.0% East coast IPA with a twist

For this year’s Mr. Pink, a trip to the east. East coast of the US and east of Europe. Mixing one of Russia’s favourite ingredients, the beetroot, with the juiciness of the east coast IPA. The result is a juicy & pink beetroot IPA. Yes, you read that correctly. A beetroot IPA.

Mr. Blonde – 4.5% Peach Melba gose

This year’s Mr. Blonde is a Gose with vanilla, peach and raspberry. Expect fruits, slight sourness and a touch of salt.

Mr. Orange – 9.0% Sour-mashed Citra IIPA

With this year’s tropical mix of papaya, mango, apricot, orange and lemon zest, Mr. Orange is bringing the safari to your cup – wrapped up as a sour mashed Citra IIPA with a light malt profile to add space for all the hops and juice.

Mr. Brown – 10.0% Coffee stout

Be prepared (I am, because I was a Scout). Mr. Brown this year is… BROWN. An intense and full-bodied stout brewed with coffee and matured with cognac oak chips and cedar spirals for richness.

Mr. White – 5.0% New-England style grisette

This year’s Mr. White has taken a tour to the countryside. He’s full-bodied, heavy on wheat and with a decent amount of white grapefruits to balance the dryness.

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Brewdog Fanzine, issue 9, August 2018

Off we go again into the fanzine. This time, a sequel, something new and a mash up.

Ten Ton Truck v2 – 10% – Imperial Stout

Another sequel pops up, and this edition of Ten Ton Truck hits you with dark and rich espresso coffee, a burst of red berry and a deeply sweet chocolate edge combined with a subtle hit of vanilla.

Cloud Cartel – 5% – Session NEIPA

A sessionable (except that 5% is not session) New England IPA with bags of tropical and citrus flavours. New German hops provide myriad notes of melon, pineapple, mango and lime.

Nice nose, gentle hops on the palate, very low bitterness but needs more oats for smoothness. Another fanzine miss I think.

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Elvis Hammer – 6.8% – Grapefruit IPA

Everything you love about Elvis lands itself front and centre in the form of an explosion of grapefruit. Before you know it, the bitter and bite of Jack Hammer presents itself for a big finish. I have high hopes for this one, as it is a mash up of Elvis Juice and Jack Hammer, which are 2 of my favourite BD brews…

Brewdog fanzine issue 7

We are off again into the world of the Brewdog fanzine, I think I’ve tried 8/15 so far, and nothing has set the world on fire yet, although the first of this batch might do that…

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Clown King – 12% – American Barley Wine

Chewy toffee malt, overlaid with a driving bitterness, sticky fruit character, and surprisingly light finale. Lots of hops in here, Magnum, Simcoe, Mosaic and Artanum. This sounds like a perfect blend to me.

Jet Trash v2 – 6.9% – IPA

Double dry-hop edition with Cascade and Columbus in the kettle and Citra, Simcoe, Cascade, Chinook and Mosaic added as dry hops. I should drink v1 before I have this one I suppose.

Zip Code – 4.2% – Lager

Lager with a Franconian accent, Perle and Mittelfruh hops in the kettle and Mandarina Bavaria in the whirlpool. This one has already been sampled and to me this one just tasted like Export 33, transporting me back to 1988.

The Needle & Pin – Craft Beer Club – selection box #12 – July 2018

You all know the score by now. The latest selection from the Craft Beer Club. I’ve actually had 5 out of 6 of the previous selection, 5 out of 6 from March’s box and all of the ones in the previous box to that, so I’m doing a bit better at keeping up with these 🙂

This month’s photo is another one that I’ve borrowed, because I didn’t get time to assemble them together myself…

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Here we go…

Arbor – Dunning Kruger – 4.8%

A great beer from one of the UK’s best breweries. This beer was a real hit when we there was a cask of it on at the N&P. An easy drinking pale ale, brewed with American and Australian hops. It has flavours and aromas of mango, passionfruit and lime. Yes please!

Black Isle – 5 a Day Passion Fruit IPA – 3.5%

You are greeted by an aroma of sweet and tart passion fruit with a hint of fruity hop. In the glass there’s hazy gold and a tight, white foam. The flavour is all about that lively passion fruit. Easy drinking, light bodied and crisp, finishing with a touch of sweet malt

Brewboard – Ripchord – 4.3%

A new brewery for the N&P. Just like me, they like new breweries!

A deep-gold multi-hopped session pale ale. US Cascade, Chinook and Falconer’s Flight work their magic, imparting a beautiful citrus, spicy and grapefruit flavour. Mosaic produces a seriously good tropical tang. Meanwhile, on the malt side of things, Cara Gold and Cara Ruby also do their thing with a rich caramel-sweet aroma and toffee-like flavour. Rhapsodic.

Brick – Peck – 3%

There’s nothing small about Brick’s Table Beer. Each release will pack a wallop of aroma and flavour by using hops that work together to produce low ABV but high hop character. And that’s all I can tell you, because there’s no other information about what is in this release of it!

Five Points/Northern Monk – Birthday IPA – 6.7%

There are countless things to admire about Northern Monk. Not least their accomplishment in weaving together the tradition of old with the progressive
approach of today, always illustrated so well in their bold, hoppy pales and IPAs. For this
collaboration Five Points wanted to celebrate exactly this, and together, they brewed a big, tropical IPA hopped with Mosaic and experimental Bru-1 Hops. Aromas of mango, cantaloupe and pineapple alongside a smooth, rounded mouthfeel and low bitterness.

Salopian – Slipstream – Blood Orange IPA – 5.1%

A juicy IPA with fresh blood orange resonating through hints of candied peel and sparkling orange blossom.

Brewhouse and Kitchen, Islington, June 2018

A night off from revision and reading. My destination later on is The Bill Murray, a popular comedy pub venue in Islington. Before that I need some food and drink, so I thought I would pop in to Brewhouse and Kitchen, Islington, as it’s somewhere that I wandered past last month when I was at City University.

There was football on around the periphery of the pub, but no-one was that interested in it, so it’s another to add to the list of “not football venues” which you can watch the match in peace in.

First up, some Westwood Pale, brewed here on site, an American pale that’s a clean, hoppy, tropical and modern pale. Lovely easy drinking beer.

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I also had a Great Eastern India Pale Ale from Redchurch Brewery, a lovely well rounded IPA, full of balance. And they haven’t skimped on the pale either!

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Dinner was a pan seared red snapper fillet with coconut and coriander rice, bean sprouts, sugar snap peas, fresh sweetcorn salsa and a soy dressing.

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As there was still plenty of time before the comedy started down the road, I had time for another, in the form of Hot Black Desiato, a milk stout also brewed here on site. As you might expect, it was sweet and creamy.

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A nice little place, and I think I’ll come back here for dinner on Friday evening as I have some time between the end of my exams and my train home.

The Crown and Two Chairmen, Soho, June 2018

Good to be back at my new favourite Soho pub after another evening at the Soho Theatre. A typically manic performance from Robin Ince (trying to squeeze a good few hours of material into an hour slot).

On my last visit, they were in the middle of a Thornbridge craft beer residency, a kind of mini-tap takeover. The next instalment of craft beer residency just happens to be up and running now. It’s an American theme this time, with Sierra Nevada and Anchor both represented here tonight.

First up was West Coast Hazy IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Yes, that’s a west cost NEIPA, very easy drinking and refreshing, and only 4.2% too.

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Alongside this was Blood Orange Blonde from Anchor Brewing Company, a rather non-descript blonde ale with not a lot of blood orange in evidence.

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Dinner was a simple pub classic, fish’n’chips. Nothing to get excited about, just plain fodder. Some pub fish’n’chips are fantastic, others are just ok. This was just ok.

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Still a great Soho pub, just avoid it at the weekends as it gets absolutely rammed! It was busier than usual because they were showing the World Cup, but the game was almost over and it soon emptied out afterwards.