VIBE's April beer picks
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We turn to Beer Central's Sean Clarke for this month's beer picks
We know how much Sheffielders love their beer, but with so much to choose from, we were in need of an expert to recommend us the very best beers around at the moment.
“How about March then? Some awful weather, but what a month for beer in the Steel City! Sheffield Beer Week was an amazing success and we know many of you will have enjoyed many of the beery events held across the city over the week. Indie Beer Feast at Abbeydale Picture House enjoyed a fabulous first year, we hear it’ll be back again next year, bigger and even better!
As for us at Beer Central, we had a great night down at Shakespeares for our Dark vs Light event, great news that we managed to win it too – them light beers were tasting mighty fine. Thanks again to Adam at the Shakey for co-hosting the event and special thanks to him for allowing us to thrash his dark beers! For April, we’ve picked out three outstanding breweries to have a look at, and of course, three stunning beers to get stuck into!
Buxton Brewery (in collaboration with Cromarty Brewery) – Cranachan Scotch Ale 330ML Bottle and 9.5% ABV
Take yourself back to New Year’s Day 2009……… a cold, dark garage was home to the very first brew, a simple pale ale and just 40 litres of it...This was the start for Buxton Brewery! Within a year they’d decided to go fully commercial and the story ever since has been one of great success! Buxton are at the forefront of modern UK brewing and have built up an outstanding reputation for beers such as Moor Top, Wyoming Sheep Ranch, Rain Shadow and of course, the mighty Yellow Belly.
A more recent release is this truly outstanding Scotch Ale. As the name suggests, the beer is inspired by the famous Scottish dessert and what we have here is a decadent combination of raspberries, toasted oatmeal, honey, cream and then two years of barrel aging in highland whisky barrels! Have you got back up off the floor yet? It really is as good as it sounds!
Tempest Brew Co – Powder Day Double IPA (DIPA) 330ML Bottle and 8.7% ABV
With a history that dates back to a trip to Whistler, British Columbia back in the 1990s, and time spent in New Zealand during the 2000s, co-founders Gavin and Annika now have their own brewery in the Scottish Borders, tucked away in Tweedbank, not far from their original site in Kelso.
Tempest are an award winning, modern craft brewery who were voted as one of the World’s Top 100 Breweries during 2017. Powder Day DIPA was brewed on a snowy day in Scotland and like most current Double IPAs you should expect a bold upfront tropical and stone fruit aroma, a big mouthfeel, loads of juicy flavour and a soft bitterness to finish. Sounds a goody - bet you’ll agree!?
Wylam Brewery – Midnight Train to Byker Imperial IPA 440ML Can and 10% ABV
Back in the Year 2000, a small potting shed in the North East village of Wylam was the starting point to what is now one of the most progressive breweries in the whole of the UK. Wylam are now based in the stunning Palace of Arts, the last remaining building from the North East Exhibition of 1929, and a landmark Newcastle location.
Their move and expansion has fostered so many great beers in the last 12 months, it’s very hard to keep count. Launched to great acclaim at the recent Hop City Festival in Leeds, Midnight Train to Byker is a big and bold 10% Imperial IPA, a Super DIPA if you please. Get one now, get one fresh and get one supped rather quickly! Cheers!”