VIBE's June 2019 beer picksPosted by: Sean Clarke
It's June, and Beer Central's Sean Clarke has already got his pins out, lapping up the changing weather. And as you'd expect, there's not a pina colada in sight...
So its June, the Summer really has arrived. As I write this little column the sun is out, I’m drinking a North Brewing – Future Days DDH IPA (delicious of course!) and a young Magpie has just been faffing about in our garden, making lots of noise and having an inquisitive peck at anything in sight, a perfect English evening!
Don’t know about you, but the sunshine always turns me onto the pale ales, suppose it’s very obvious, a bit stereotypical for this time of year, but sometimes the bloody obvious shouldn’t be ignored. Embrace the obvious I say, and a refreshing pale ale offers up a thirst quenching satisfaction without going to your head (unlike the 6.7% IPA I’m drinking now!).
Pale ales can start from as low as 3% nowadays and generally go up to around 6% (Where’s Malton from Brass Castle is bang on the money at this ABV). Most Pale Ales offer up loads of citrusy refreshment, particularly those using the best US hops like Citra, Mosaic, Amarillo & El Dorado, and on warm sunny evenings they are just the ticket, particularly if the BBQ gets fired up! Here’s three to watch out for, available in most Sheffield beers shops, bars and pubs, have yourselves a good June, start saving up as it’s my birthday next month!
Beatnikz Republic – Beach Bum – American Pale Ale 440ML Can & 5% ABV
Based in Manchester, Beatnikz offer up a smart range of modern beers, great can designs too, but let’s get to the sand - Bridlington, Filey, Tenby, Great Yarmouth, Bondi, what are your favourite beaches? It doesn’t matter really, Beach Bum is made for any beach. Inspired by travelling up the coast of California and lazy days around Venice Beach, Beatnikz created this beer to bring sunshine to any glass, anytime, anywhere! Don’t forget the sun-cream!
Bad Seed Brewery – Breaking Free – New England Pale 440ML Can & 5.5% ABV
Malton really is a hot bed of modern UK brewing (Brass Castle, Bad Seed and Malton Brewery) and the Bad Seed boys have cooked up a hazy New England Pale Ale with a soft bitterness hit of Citra and Mosaic, lots of tropical and stone fruit flavours. Double Dry Hopped for an extra hop fuelled punch, gorgeous.
Pomona Island – Ken Lee – DDH Pale Ale 440ML Can & 5.6% ABV
Salford’s finest are multi-award winners and their cask and keg beers have been impressing many more good judges over the last few years. 2019 has seen their first venture into cans and things have gone rather well! This is a Simcoe Double Dry Hopped Pale Ale, you should try it, Pomona Island are going places, enjoy the ride.