Bottle Share

Hop Burns & Bottle Share: The Sour Spectacular with Fourpure brewer Paul Spraget

One of our favourite events we hold is our series of bottle shares. Special guests have included Evin, Toby and Ben from the Kernel, Gregg Irwin of Weird Beard and Tim Anderson of Nanban and Masterchef fame. 

Last night's event was the first for 2017, inspired by Jen's accidental online purchase of a bottle of Cantillon St Lamvinus. Feeling guilt at depriving a non-beer-shop owner of this rarity, the idea for a Sour Spectacular was born, ostensibly to share out the St Lamvinus, but really to get good people together and drink great booze.

One of our all-time favourite sours is the Mad Hatter Tzatziki Sour, a beer as crazy as it sounds, and naturally we had to invite the creator of this madness to preside over proceedings. Paul Spraget now brews for Fourpure here in London, and there are loads of exciting things to come from that brewery (watch this space). But last night was devoted to a selection of Paul's favourite sours of all time. He gave us a guided tour through five sensational beers before we threw open the floor to the crowd who'd brought along their own beers.

Here's what you missed out on...

Paul's selection

Bottle shares (in no particular order)

  • WIld Beer Rubus Maximus (original 2-litre flagon, brewed January 2013!)
  • Wild Beer Tom Yum Gose
  • Cantillon St Lamvinus
  • Cantillon Gueuze
  • Bzart Krieklenlambiek 2012 Millesime
  • Tilquin Quetsch
  • Tilquin Gueuze
  • Cigar City Lactobacillus Raspberry Grove
  • Alvinne & Friends Sour'ire de Mortagne Oak Smoked Peach
  • Crate Raspberry Brett Sour
  • Kernel London Sour Raspberry
  • Rodenbach Caractere Rouge
  • Anspach & Hobday Pfeffernusse 
  • Cloudwater BA Clausenii Cherry Stout
  • Cloudwater Spiced Mocha Porter
  • MIA Ano Viejo Old Ale
  • Urban Family Brewing BA Voices Underground
  • Scorched Earth All Funked Up
  • Hanssens Oude Schaerbeekse Krieken
  • Alpine Brewing Co Pure Hoppiness DIPA
  • Green Flash Palate Wrecker DIPA
  • and probably more that we missed...

Thanks so much to everyone who came along and imbibed, and to huge thanks to Grandmaster Tash ( our very first customer way back in 2014) for the awesome shots.

Hop Burns & Bottle Share with The Kernel Brewery

It was with enormous pleasure that we hosted Evin O'Riordain, Toby Munn and Ben Landsberry from the Kernel Brewery for the second in our Hop Burns & Bottle Share series. The events follow a simple format - we ask our favourite brewers/beer legends to nominate their favourite beers, or those that hold a special place in their story, before throwing it over to our guests to share the beers they've brought along. Good times guaranteed.

The Kernel were the very first brewery we approached when setting up HB&B - such was the demand, back in 2014, that we had to go on a waiting list. Luckily the powers that be found a way to fit us in before we opened, and we've been proud to stock Kernel beers ever since. Table Beer and/or Pale Ale are constantly in the Top 5 bestseller list and we've never had a beer of theirs we haven't loved.

The reason we hold Kernel in such high esteem is probably the same reason you do - their unflinching integrity and devotion to creating the very best beer, setting the bar high for others to aim for. As one of the godfathers of the UK craft scene, they've also supported and nurtured those who have come after. This mutual love and respect was born out by the Kernel's team's Bottle Share beer selection. 

In addition to featuring two of their favourite Kernel beers - the iconic Table Beer and Export Stout 1890, a celebration of London's brewing history - Evin, Toby and Ben also selected two London classics from breweries they've undoubtedly inspired, Partizan Lemongrass Saison and Pressure Drop Pale Fire, as well as two 750ml specials, Burning Sky Cuvee 2015, and Gueuze Tilquin. All great beers made by brewers they call friends.

The beers enjoyed on the night are listed below - you can find the Kernel's 6-beer selection in store and on our online shop if you'd like a taste of the action.

Kernel beer list:

1. Kernel Table Beer Mosaic & Simcoe
2. Partizan Lemongrass Saison
3. Pressure Drop Pale Fire
4. Burning Sky Cuvee 2015
5. Kernel Export Stout London 1890
6. Gueuze Tilquin

Bottle share beers (names noted where remembered!):

  • Kernel Imperial Brown Stout 1856 (Ben)
  • Lost Abbey Angel's Share 2009 (Toby)
  • Deschutes The Abyss Reserve 2011 (Toby)
  • Burning Sky Cuvee Reserve 2015 (Simon)
  • Simon's homebrew
  • Adam's homebrew
  • Prairie Limo Tint
  • Moa Sour Blanc 2012
  • Yeastie Boys Her Majesty 2015
  • Roaring Four Rakau and Roaring Five DIPA
  • Magic Rock Unhuman Cannonball
  • Alvinne Omega
  • Wild Beer Sleeping Lemons Export
  • Wild Beer Ninkasi
  • Wild Beer Squashed Grape