VIBE’s February 2019 beer picks
Sean Clarke in his natural beer-y habitat
Whether you’ve been indulging in Tryanuary, or dragging yourself through Dry January, Sean from Beer Central has got three beer’s to warm your cockles this chilly Feb
Hope you all enjoyed Tryanuary, there were some brilliant beers released across the month and Sheffield’s Breweries, Pubs, Bars & Beers Shops did you proud. We’re just over a month away from the mighty Sheffield Beer Week, but more of that to come in next month’s column, including full details of some of the hottest events in town. First up though, is February, our shortest month, but you’ll not go short of beers! In anticipation of a cold and nippy month, let’s focus again on three beers that are guaranteed to warm you up, the types of beers we often tend to crave this time of year…
Titanic Brewery – Port Infused Plum Porter Grand Reserve – 750ml Bottle
Well, what can you say about Titanic’s Plum Porter, a real dark fruity favourite around the UK and available in many pubs across the land! What Stoke’s most famous brewery have done here though is offer up a bit of a twist, something to get very excited about. First up they’ve brewed a Grand Reserve version of their Plum Porter, a 6.5% homage to dark Plums, and then they’ve topped it all off by infusing the beer with Port for an added richness and warmth. It’s all completed with a 750ml swing top bottle, a beer to share with friends, they’ll soon become your very best of friends for life!
Abbeydale Brewery – Last Rites Barley Wine – 330ml Can
Local superstars, Abbeydale, have been around for a bit now, in fact their very first brew of this beer was back in February 1997! What we have here is the perfect antidote to winter, an 11% Double Dry Hopped Barley Wine that’s a tricky beast to brew. Expect a deep, rich flavour with caramel and roasted sugars balanced beautifully with Cascade & Mosaic hops, to offer up a warming fruitiness. You’ll find this beer in three formats across the city, we’d recommend you try all of them of course! Look to your favourite pubs/bars to have Last Rites on Cask and/or Keg, and any decent beer shop will have plenty of cans for you to take home. Let it snow, let it snow hard, Last Rites will defrost you nicely!
Northern Monk Brew Co. – Coffee & Doughnuts Porter – 440ml Can
This is 5.4% Porter with Cranberry, Almond & Cocoa and part of the Culinary Concepts Series! Northern Monk in Leeds do an amazing job with their Patrons Project beers, working with various artists, athletes, musicians and friends to rustle up some of the best beers brewed in the UK over the last few years. This beer has been created with the team at Temple Coffee & Doughnuts and has a doughy body from the use of oats, wheat and barley, plus a creamy mouthfeel from a touch of lactose. The Cranberry, Almond & Dark Chocolate flavours really warm up a cold day. It sounds truly delicious, don’t you think?
Enjoy February, March will be here sooner than you think.