Two National Awards
Diabolus won wood aged country award in The World Beer Awards. Aged for 14 months in a whisky hogshead, this complex incarnation of Temptation has sherry, port, whisky and malt characteristics. At 12% abv it has been described as a wine, not a beer. Indeed, numerous yeasts were used to develop a dry vinous and elegant character.
Bede’s Chalice won Gold again in British Bottlers’ Institute strong ales category. This Belgian Tripel is easy drinking with coriander and orange. A lightweight at 9.0% abv.
Two New Draught Beers
The Importance of Being Ernest – Stocks First Gold
Look out for these two new beers. This is a celebration of English hops. The current craze for everything American has to end at some point. New brewers seem to think that an IPA has to have Citra. Not so. Don’t forget that we invented the style and we used Golding and Fuggles. These two beers are completely English. Ernest hops are a new aromatic variety with an orangey-banana aroma. Stocks First Gold uses ultra-fresh green First Gold from Stocks farm near Worcester. Both beers have that intense earthy, spicy English character that we must not lose sight of in our misguided quest for the exotic.