Battle of the beers

In the couple of months lead up to Christmas, I had fun helping Stuart & Samantha from Arundel Brewery pick out some beers for a tasting in their shop. This month things get a little competitive, as Ollie Parsons (passionate homebrewer, beer drinker and weekly feature in the Arundel Brewery shop) is picking out three of his own, as we go head to head in Battle of the beers – all fun of course!

We’ve decided on 3 styles; An IPA, a Stout and a Pilsner. My selections are below, with some notes for the day and a little information on the breweries that made them.

Burning Sky (Sussex)
A small brewery hidden amongst the rolling South Downs; owner Mark Tranter spent 17 years learning his trade with Dark Star before establishing his own brewery. Each week they produce up to 10,000 litres of beer, as well as working on a barrel-ageing program & a recently installed coolship to allow wild fermentation! Burning Sky was named 2014 Brewery of the Year by the British Guild of Beer Writers, going on to claim 4th best new brewery in the world on Ratebeer.com. Burning Sky are certainly one to keep watching & seeking out.

Arise – Session Pale Ale – 4.4%
Hazy, light golden, appearance and a citrus sweet aroma. This beer’s good all day long; resinous pine notes, light citrus fruits & just enough bitterness to bring it all together mean you’re likely to keep coming back for more.

Cloudwater (Manchester)
Cloudwater brewery hit the scene in 2014 and certainly didn’t stay under the radar for long. Rather than the shed in the bottom of the garden approach, they flew a state of the art brewery set up in from the US, and brought in experienced, top flight brewers for their team. Instead of relying on a core range of beers they prefer to produce different offerings seasonally – the recent DIPA V has been a more constant feature but this still has a different brewing approach and ingredient make up with each release. A new brewery doing big things fast, so keep your eyes on them.

Mittelfruh – Lager – 4.8%

Spring/Summer: Refreshing, light crisp lager, with a slightly sweet backbone. Clean as lager should be, with a pinch of hops coming through.

Autumn/Winter: Fragrant floral notes upfront. Its super clean & crisp with a citrus edge. Again, a refreshing lager done well.

Wiper & True (Bristol)
Based in Bristol, Wiper & True keep things fresh, small batch & experimental without breaking with tradition. Their simple but appealing artwork will draw you in, and you’ll be able to find it, along with their beers, far and wide. The stout I’ve choosen for the battle of the beers has a bigger, darker, strong brother too – Hard Shake, also a great stout to hunt out.

Milk shake – Stout – 5%
Milk stouts use sugar from cows milk which gives them a sweet, creamy & lux
urious texture just like you find in this Milk Shake. Creamy & warming sweet
malts with a biscuit back bone. It will keep you cosy in the those cold months!

Until next time, cheers

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