We will be launching 4 new Verdant collab DIPA's made with their fellow Cornish breweries. The beers are all single hop DIPA's using each breweries preferred yeast strain, compare and contrast the results:
Verdant x Black Flag: Doubling Down, 8% DIPA - Simcoe, Lalbrew Conan NE Yeast
Verdant x Padstow: Doubling Down, 8% DIPA - Azacca, Lalbrew Voss Yeast
Verdant x Pipeline: Doubling Down 8% DIPA - Nelson Sauvin, S-04 Yeast
Verdant: Doubling Down, 8% DIPA - Idaho 7, Lalbrew Verdant IPA Yeast
Recently we met up with Deya in Cheltenham and toured the amazing state of the art brewery and new tap room. They also have a mixed fermentation and barrel ageing area within their old brewery, some exciting things brewing up for the future. Deya a renowned for their New England style beers and produce some of the UK's best, but they really want to excite people in all areas, hence our tap takeover has a wide range of different styles. They're still a young brewery and are experimenting in other areas, there's a lot more to come.
Our collab with them is a big Export Stout 11.3% - a recipe by Gareth the head brewer. It's made with all UK ingredients - mainly Maris Otter with Admiral, Bramling Cross and Phoenix Hops. The yeast is Deya's own House Blend. Can't wait to try this one, right in time for those dark nights around the bonfire.
Caffeine is a stimulant to the central nervous system, and regular use of caffeine does cause mild physical dependence. But caffeine doesn't threaten your physical, social, or economic health the way addictive drugs do. Which is great to know, caffeine withdrawal can make for just a few bad days, like your hangover!
Pinta x Maltgarden Vanilla More Cocoa More Coffee Impy Stout // 9.6% Abv // 500ml
Cooperation of PINTA and Maltgarden breweries, step two. Two imperial stouts with various additives - brewed according to a common recipe, and then combined and seasoned with coffee and maple syrup to enhance the experience.
De Moersleutel Motorolie Coffee Imperial Stout // 12.0% Abv // 440ml
Motorolie' is Dutch for engine oil: "without lubrication everything goes to devastation". This powerful Imperial Stout does indeed look like oil. Roasted malt aromas of coffee, chocolate and caramel are the most dominant.
Siren Project Barista: Mucha Mocha Stout // 10% Abv // 440ml
This series takes the relationship between coffee and beer in different directions, with four unique brews, four kinds of coffee used in different ways, in collaboration with four incredible independent roasters. Mucha Mocha is the big one - all the barrel aged coffee, chocolate and roasty goodness you could ask for.
Seven Island FOVOS Imperial Coffee Stout // 12.0% Abv // 440ml
Imperial stout brewed with Honduras coffee beans roasted by cafetierra roasters,tahitian vanilla and Canadian maple syrup.
In technical terms, a stout is a dark, top-fermented beer with a plethora of variations. The word ‘stout’ goes back to the Egerton Manuscripts of 1677, where it was documented that the first known use of the word stout was to describe ‘a strong beer’, and not a ‘dark beer’.
Before stout was actually a thing, most people were very much obsessed with the Porter style beer. Stout originally emerged as a stronger version of the porter - and was originally called ‘Stout Porter’. It eventually took off as its own style of beer, but with more depth because of the use of roasted barley.
Most people who dive into the world of stout beer usually end up surprised to find out that a stout isn’t as heavy or strong as they thought it would be. In fact, it’s quite the opposite. Most great stouts are complex with a low ABV and a touch of roastiness. Drier versions of stout are more appetizing and satisfying, while the sweeter styles of stout are silky and well rounded - and said to be perfect for an evening with a barbeque and drinks.
Hommage to myths, legends and folklore Brewed Fresh from Horsforth.
A new nano brewery that specialises in strong and European styles of beer. The brewery and all of the beers are named after myths, legends and folklore. A passion and love of mythology and beer.
Achilles Red Grape Imperial Saison // 12.3% Abv
Achilles a Greek hero of the Trojan War
Patroclus White Grape Imperial Saison // 12.3% Abv
Patroclus a childhood friend, close wartime companion, and the presumed lover of Achilles.
Kasogonagá Milkshake IPA // 6.5% Abv
Argentina lighning takes the form of a small, hairy creature, the Owner of Storms. It is an anteater, or perhaps an elephant, with a long snout, long rainbow-colored hair, and four tiny feet.
Piasa Breakfast Stout // 8.2% Abv
Piasa Bird is a Native American mythical creature depicted in one of two murals painted by Native Americans on cliffsides above the Mississippi River.
.Here's some of the beers you can expect to be available for purchase this week:
Pomona Island, an award winning craft brewery based in Salford, have entertained us with some of the best and most appropriate beer names we've seen to date. Bringing back that warm nostalgic feeling with each reference they come out with, whether it's an old quote from a movie or an album/song title long forgotten.
The Moon is a Hollow Spacecraft
Several science fiction books of the early 20th century, including H.G. Wells’ The First Men in the Moon, take place within a hollow moon inhabited by aliens. In 1970 two Soviet scientists took this seemingly whimsical premise a step further, proposing that the moon is actually a shell-like alien spacecraft built by extraterrestrials with superior technology and intelligence.
According to astronomers, the moon—though admittedly enigmatic as far as celestial bodies go—couldn’t maintain its mass and gravitational field if it lacked a dense core. (Read Hollow Moon)
Our first tap takeover since pre-covid - we are lucky to have the team from Nova Runda in Croatia in house at Lendal on Saturday 4th September. Come down and meet them, they are the number one craft brewery in Croatia. Here's the tap line up for the day, some fantastic beers to try!
Fruit Expo // NE IPA with Passion fruit and Guava // 7.5% Abv // Untappd 8.6%
Fruity Collab with Croatian breweries Varionica and Zmajska Pivovara
Apricot Biscuit // Pastry Sour with Apricots // 5.4% Abv // Untappd 3.88
Beer Cake series has only one goal - to experiment with different ingredients which power up basic beer ingredients. Apricot biscuit is a beer brewed with vanilla, lactose, and a lot of apricots!
Blueberry Pancake // Pastry Sour with Blueberries // 5.9% Abv // Untappd 4.01
Pastry sour brewed with lactose, vanilla, and large quantities of blueberries.
Strataspheric Discharge // NE IPA // 6.1% Abv // Untappd 4.09
All those hops concentrated in the atmosphere needed one powerful discharge. Strata is falling from the sky!!!
DA-IPA // NE IPA // 5.7% Abv // Untappd 3.88
Hazy? Hoppy? Hell yeah! Columbus, Citra and Simcoe are band members in this ho(i)ppy van full of fruity instruments!
Top Manager // NE PA // 5.3% Abv // Untappd 3.87
Mosaic, Citra and Styrian Wolf are fruity ingredients in this New England pale ale. Modern twist to classic American pale ale, Top Manager is your Summer Go-To beer!
C4 // American IPA // 6.1% Abv // Untappd 3.91
IPA made with 4 hops. Chinook, Citra, Centennial and Cascade.
Back to Mars // NE IPA // 7.2% Abv // Untappd 3.8
When you're smuggling booze to Mars, you have to be sure it's worth the trouble. NEIPA brewed with Vic Secret, Citra and Chinook.
For more info on Nova Runa visit their website here.
Here's one of Nova Runda's favourite Croatian bands to get you into that beer drinking mood.
Kutná Hora is an old medieval town whose importance, prosperity and size nearly comparable to Prague at the time and this was mainly due to the local silver mines. No wonder then that it had established its brewery as early as 15th century which in turn that soon became notorious for high-quality beer. This has remained the case up until modern ages when Heineken bought the brewery only to close it within the brief period of time.
The closure brought about a major frustration among beer drinkers as the brand was being loved by locals and doing very well on the market. Luckily, this was not to last for long as a local entrepreneur restarted brewing at the same historical premises and the brewery is at high demand again. There is a reason: The Kutná Hora 12 is now considered one of the best pilsener type Real Bohemian Lager on the market.
Original ingredients, double mashing, open fermentation and traditional cellars are all parts of the fantastic heritage, therefore this beer is now enjoyed not only locally, but also in Prague and many other European markets.
Švankmajer’s film Otesánek (Little Otik, or Greedy Guts, 2000), an adaptation of a Czech fairy tale [by Karel Jaromír Erben] about a tree stump, a piece of wood that looks like a baby and comes to life and gobbles everything up. It’s got Švankmajer’s distinctive stop-motion animation in it, and is this dark and satirical fairy tale film, a bit like Tim Burton but much more sophisticated and intelligent – it will really blow you away. You won't have seen anything like Little Otik before.
Hotpath is a hot series of mammoth Imperial Oatmeal Stouts that have been allowed to lie and ripen together with various chili fruits. A warming 13.4% Abv!
Hotpath Imperial Chili Stout - 001 Chipotle Morita - The ragged and slightly smoky Chipotle Morita that gives tones of tobacco and a clear heat at the end
Hotpath Imperial Chili Stout - 002 Pasilla - The mild variety Pasilla that gives tones of raisins, chocolate and leather.
Hotpath Imperial Chili Stout - 003 De Arbol - The relatively hot and somewhat unknown variety De Arbol that gives tones of herbs, berries, a little smoke and ends with clear heat.
At Trembling Madness we will be doing our upmost to keep the businesses open whilst infections are high. In order to do that we must protect the staff as much as possible. We've managed to stay open with 35% of staff isolating, but we could not stay open beyond that. Our plan is to not go back to full capacity immediately but to sustain the comfortable enviroment we have already, common sense goes out the window with the introduction of alcohol so we must take some responsibilty. Our Lendal site has basement and attic rooms that have been shut due to us not being able to maintain table service. From the 19th we are now allowing them to open with bar service, on the current floors we will do our upmost to maintain table service with the option that you can go to the bar.
We recommend wearing masks, and use the Japanese social distancing method known as “the three Cs,” referring to closed spaces with poor ventilation, crowded places with many people nearby and close-contact settings such as close-range conversations. With 1 in 3 Covid cases being classed as asymptomatic our staff will continue to wear masks.
Coronavirus infections in the Netherlands surged eightfold this week to their highest levels in a year after restrictions in nightclubs were lifted. Their Prime Minister apologised after conceding that the restrictions were lifted too soon, some curbs are now reimposed on bars, restaurants and nightclubs. Will Baffoon* Boris do the same? Who knows but it's quite likely. (*a person who amuses others by ridiculous behavior // a person who lacks good judgment)
We are continuing our superb sameday York deliveries 7 days a week plus our growler fill service on the bars. So whatever happens we will make sure you can have some quality drinks. Our national 24 hour service has been a tremendous success and we have draughted in more staff to maintain our standards and offer you the best prices and products we can find.
And finally, a massive thank you for all your support and custom. We will be back offering more food, more seating and more events very very soon.
Love and light, a completely knackered Ian & Madness team x
Deya have brought you two single hop mosaic IPA's. A lean, house favourite grain bill and cooler than usual fermentation lets the Mosaic really sing! Compare and contrast Yolo with Tengo! One has T90 Mosaic hops, one has Mosaic Cryo hops but which way round is it!?
âWe are not sure on where the names came from but the Spanish meaning is "I Have It" . There'a also two bands one from Aberdeen "Yolo Tengo" and the famous one "Yo La Tengo" . Which do you prefer?
The UK is around the 25 in the world beer consumption charts. The Czech republic generally tops the charts.
We are position 19 in alcohol consumption in general. Whilst Lithuania tops those charts for pure alcohol.
The average Brit gets drunk once a week.
1. Better Taste
Craft beer has a richer and more distinct taste than watery mass produced beer. Most craft brewers are passionate about the taste and flavour of their beer. So they invest the time and energy required to maintain or improve the quality of the beer instead of concentrating on huge marketing campaigns.
2. Greater Variety
Craft beer gives you more choices than the common larger beers sold by major brewers. There are thousands of delicious craft beers with every craft brewery striving to create a unique blend of ingredients to give you a beer you can talk about.
3. Health Benefits
Craft beer offers some important health benefits because it contains antioxidants, protein, and vitamin B complex. It is a good source of silicon and some recent scientific studies show that hops could act as a barrier against gradual decline of the brain’s cognitive functions. Drinking craft beer regularly (with moderation, of course) can provide these benefits because of the high quality ingredients used to brew it.
4. Better Conversations
Any time you go out to drink craft beer with your friends, you will have a chance to start off a good conversation about the taste and quality of the beer. This can then lead to other intelligent discussions about the style, origin, ingredients, and other interesting features of the type of beer you are drinking.
5. More Alcohol
Most craft beers will offer you more alcohol by volume (at least 5 to 10 percent) but some even provide up to 20 percent. Unfortunately, mass produced beers seldom offer you more than 4%. That’s why they are typically called mass produced ‘beer water’. Hence, you will need fewer pints of craft beer at each drinking session.
6. Lower Cost
Most craft beers are at least twice as strong as the “beer water” sold by big breweries. So typically, you will need to consume about 4 to 6 watery lager beers in a single drinking season. But if you drink craft beers, you will enjoy the strong high quality taste in a porter, stout, IPA or pale ale. So you will not need to consume more than 3 pints before you are satisfied. This will also reduce the pressure on your bladder and you will make fewer trips to the bathroom.
7. Better Ingredients
Although beer is typically made from: water, hops, grains and yeast, most local breweries ensure that they use the best quality ingredients to make their beer. A visit to the nearest craft brewery will reveal that they use fresh, organically grown high quality ingredients. In fact, almost all craft breweries will be ready to let you see and handle the ingredients they use.
8. A Beer for Every Season
During winter, fall, or spring, you can get craft beers that are made primarily for that season. Instead of drinking the same boring watery beer throughout the year, why don’t you drink something refreshingly different during each season, like aged barrel stout during winter and the exceptional pumpkin beer during fall.
9. Supporting the Local Economy
Drinking locally made craft beer helps you to support the economy of the community where you live. You will help create more employment opportunities in your locality. In addition, most craft breweries also fund local charities and help to host local events. So you should drink craft beer to help your community to thrive.
10. Environmentally Friendly Brewing
Most local brewers work hard to maintain environmentally sustainable practices. They practice composting, offer spent grain to local farmers and even use alternative sources of energy. Craft breweries are more concerned about eco-friendly practices than making a huge amount of money. Also, each time you fill your keg or make use of a reusable growler, you are helping to reduce waste.
Those are some of the most important reasons why you should start drinking craft beers. With the exceptional taste, high quality ingredients, lower cost and impact on your local community, you have many reasons to be a proud craft beer drinker.
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