Brixton Brewery says: Brixton’s famous street market winds down Atlantic Road, brimming with exotic wares. Bold aromas and flavours compete for passing attention, a bit like our Atlantic APA. A deluge of aroma hops after the boil and generous dry hopping deliver a juicy tropical flavour. Extra Pale malt keeps it crisp and lets the hops rule.
We say: Brixton Brewery has really hit its stride of late and probably doesn't get the attention it deserves. This is by far my favourite London pale ale - a hoppy, punchy, bright beer with masses of citrus and fruit flavours and aromas from the dry hopping. It's refreshing and really well balanced. - Laura
Each night, we'll reveal the day's hand-picked beer from our Big Beery Advent Calendar. Feel free to comment below or have your say on Twitter or Instagram (#HBBAdvent). Find Brixton Atlantic APA in store or via our online shop.
Every two months (ish), we invite our favourite beery people to join us for a glorious thing we call Hop Burns & Bottle Share. As well as our guests bringing along the beers they've been saving up to drink in the company of other brew enthusiasts, we ask a celebrated beer-ophile to select a handful of the beers that have changed their lives or thrilled their tastebuds.
Last night it was the turn of Tim Anderson, founder of Nanban, winner of Masterchef UK and passionate lover of beer. Tim's reverence for beer is well known - he was working behind the bar at the Euston Tap when Masterchef propelled him to fame and has since gone on to collaborate with his favourite breweries to concoct a range of fantastic (in all senses of the word) beers, several of which we tasted last night.
Tim began the night, unusually, with a 9% imperial stout, North Coast's Old Rasputin, the beer that kickstarted Tim's beery journey. From there we explored some of Tim's collaborations, starting with the brand new Market Saison, a delectably light hibiscus and green tea saison brewed with Tim's SW9 neighbours, Brixton Brewery.
Revealing his love of design and comics, Tim told us the story of his cartoon creation Sally Squirrel, initially Girl Reporter in an earlier collab, now Teen Detective in his collaboration with Weird Beard, a chokeberry miso walnut and sake yeast porter.
Next up, the iconic Pressure Drop Nanban Kanpai, a wheat IPA with yuzu, orange and grapefruit, and a staple beer at Tim's Brixton restaurant, before Tim wheeled out the big guns with Yadokai.
Yadokai is a four-way collaboration between Tim, Wild Beer, the Hanging Bat and Blackfriars Restaurant in Edinburgh - a sake-inspired yuzu, sea buckthorn and seaweed ale, it's not for the faint hearted. It's fair to say we weren't great fans of this when it first came out last year; however this year's batch went through a period of pediococcus infection in the bottle and has come out the other side triumphant and tasting better than ever. Compared to white port or a delicate sherry, this has to be tasted to be believed. To do so, you'll need to get to Nanban in Brixton - Tim recommends it as a digestif at the end of your meal.
We're so grateful to Tim for taking the time out to come and hang with us for the night, share his stories and his wonderful beers. Cheers sir! You can get Tim's selection (no Yadokai, sorry) at our online shop or in store while stocks last.
Here's what our guests brought to the party. The next event is scheduled for September and will feature one of Bristol's most exciting new brewers... Details announced soon.
Hop Burns & Bottle Share shares:
- Fantome Forest Ghost (Padraig)
- Clown Shoes Blaecorn Unidragon Imperial Stout (Kai)
- Against The Grain Little Did We Know Sage Smoked Saison (Kat)
- Westbrook Mexican Cake (Jamie)
- Darkk Star Imperial Stout (Jez)
- Brussels Beer Project Smells Like Hop Spirit (Emma)
- Struisse Reserva Bourbon Barrel Aged Rye Quad (Emma)
- Brewdog Born to Die 18.06.2016 (Benjamin)
- Double Ass homebrew (Kiran & Phil)
- Chilli Stout homebrew (Kiran & Phil)
- Mikkeller Brodie's Big Mofo Stout (Kai)
- Wylam All Gone South (Malee)
- Siren BA Life is A Peach (Malee)
- Siren Hillbilly Wine (Malee)
- Brussels Beer Project Brusseleir Zwet IPA (Jez)
- Yo-Ho Tokyo Black (Robert)
- Hitachino Dai Dai (Robert)
- Hitachino Espresso Stout (Robert)
- Coedo Shikkoku (Peter)
- Coedo Beniaka (Peter)
So much incredible new goodness in store this week for Christmas that we've got no time to write it all up outside of a bullet-point list. Feast your eyes on the below, then come on in and treat your taste buds. (PS: make sure you take home the above can-tastic Star Wars trilogy if you're a fan.. Moor-sporting staff member not included with purchase.)
- Brixton Megawatt Double IPA
- Buxton Rain Shadow Russian Imperial Stout
- Cloudwater Brown Ale
- Moor TFA (Totally F***ing Awesome) Black IPA
- Mikkeller Milk Stout and Nuclear Hop Assault Imperial IPA
- Boon Oude Geuze Bone Dry Mikkeller Selection
- Mad Hatter Brew Co Tzatziki Sour and Blueberry Pancake & Maple Syrup
- Marble Chocolate
- Vocation Divide & Conquer Black IPA
- Summer Wine Sucker Punch Pale Ale
- Plus the awesome new craft beer card game Hip Hops!
- AND Beavertown's brand new Invasion of the Lupuloids IPA Series: Declaration 1 and 2 on flagonfill!
On a grey and dreary Guy Fawkes' Day, here are a few things to put a rocket under your bum and a spring in your step - AMAZING NEW BEERS.
From the best part of London - that is, the South Side - we bring you:
- Brixton Pacific APA - it's no secret that our favourite Brixton beer has always been their juicy American-style pale ale, Atlantic, so - with a natural bias for all things down under - we were especially excited to see the new special edition Pacific Antipodean Pale Ale, showcasing the region’s boldest hops. A terrific beer!
- Brew By Numbers Black IPA - BBNO brings back the Black IPA, this time hopped with one of our favourite hops, the mighty Mosaic.
- Fourpure Northern Latitude - A delicious Scandanavian-inspired rye ale that's made for wintry times (and the perfect contrast to their forthcoming Southern Latitude summer ale, which was a huge smash last Christmas). And it has a reindeer on the can!
- Late Knights Peckham Rye IPA - finally back on shelf! Our favourite beer from the pub kings (and fellow Dulwich Hamlet sponsors) of South East London.
From further afield in this fine country of ours:
- Cloudwater DIPA - Manchester's excellent Cloudwater Brewery turns one on Saturday and to celebrate, they're launching a brand new, massively-hopped Double IPA. We'll have it on flagon-fill (at 9%, the biggest beer we've ever poured into 1-litre bottles) and in 330ml bottles from Saturday.
- Moor Not Another Eurovision Beer - Every week we demand more Moor and this week they've obliged with this succulent new rye amber, brewed with Brewdog for this year's Collab Fest. Plus, one of our absolute favourites strikes back as Return of the Empire, um, returns.
Finally, from even further afield:
- Jester King - adding to our illustrious stock of 750ml sharing bottles, we add two from this incredible US farmhouse brewery committed to making wild ales and spontaneously fermented beers. Vernal Dichomotomy is a saison fermented with kumquats, rosemary, lavender and spearmint (yes!) and Provenance Lemon & Lime is a wild-fermented citrus ale.
- And Imma let you finish, but Evil Twin & Lervig's Big Ass Money, an imperial stout brewed with money and pizza, has the best name and description of all time. Due in on Friday.