Bank Holiday Beer

Bank Holiday Beer

Yes, not one but two Wylam collaboration brews have arrived in time for your Bank Holiday enjoyment. Read about one of them below. Along with the Wylam beer this week there has also been new Cloudwater, Funk Estate and Whyte Bar to name just a few plus the return of the mighty Marble Manchester Bitter in cans.

Northern Monk
A conversation last week with a customer reminded me of the news that Northern Monk had sold a minority stake in their business to a private investment firm. Normally this kind of news would be greeted with howls of outrage at another perceived sell out but with Northern Monk the reaction was quite different. Probably because of their detailed reasoning for seeking investment and their past history of being community minded and giving a lot back. You can read the story here.

New Arrivals

I promise that this will be the last email for a couple of weeks where I review a West Coast style beer or use the words pine or resin.

Cloudwater West Coast Pale 5% Pine! Resin! Enough said it has it all. Last week it was the Cloudwater West Coast IPA, this week it is the West Coast Pale, a little lighter with the bitterness balanced out by a touch of sweetness from the malts. Perfect for drinking in the Bank Holiday sun, close your eyes and imagine you are in California.

Wylam / Yeastie Boys WxY4 7% Three Kiwi hops (Nelson Sauvin, Moutere, Motueka) and one Australian (Galaxy) provide an intense hop experience. Stone fruit notes are present with a touch of pithiness, there is a definite alcohol burn but in a smooth way, enough to make you know it is strong but not so much that the alcohol takes over.

Brasserie De La Senne Stouterik 5% Dry, with a roasted, powdery edge the beer feels thicker and richer than the abv would suggest. I have said it before and will probably say it again but stouts aren’t just for winter, try this one lightly chilled, preferably with a juicy steak just off the bbq where the roasted notes of the beer can pair with those on the crust of the steak.

Available Draught Beers
A Bank Holiday Bonanza of draught beer is coming your way. Friday we will be tapping two cask, firstly the Redemption Pale, a light bitter from a London brewery with a great reputation for cask ale. The second is bit of a treat, a special release Mosaic Pale from Hawkshead, this should be a good one! On keg, well Auric needs no introduction and once the Wild Beer is gone Solar, a fruity Pale from Redemption will be on.

Pouring Now
Oakham JHB 3.8% (cask) Light Bitter
Salopian Auric 4% (keg) Shop favourite Session IPA
Wild Beer Fresh 5.5% (keg) Crisp Pale

Pouring Next
Redemption Pale Ale 3.8% (cask) Pale Bitter
Hawkshead Mosaic Pale Ale 4% (cask) Mosaic Hopped Pale
Oakham Inferno 4% (cask) Golden Ale
Redemption Solar 4.2% (cask) Session Pale Ale
Moor Radiance 5% (keg) Continental Blonde


Ruth and Mike