In 4 weeks time the annual Northern Monk beer festival will be opening their doors once more. This year 10 bars across the country are hosting a Hop City session which will involve some of the beers of the festival. If you're familiar with our bars then you know the countries top breweries are always on tap but this little line up features a few more Northern Monk beers plus some big US numbers, check out the listing below.
Beers featuring this weekend include -
Tripping Animals "King Of Everything" - TIPA // 10%Abv
Chain House Brewing Co "Sharp Dressed, Silver Tongued Devil" - Pale Ale // 5% Abv
Rivington "Never Known Fog Like It" - Pale Ale // 5.2% Abv
Drowned Lands "Green Yield" - IPA // 7.2% Abv
Northern Monk "Roseus"
Northern Monk "Hop City 2022" - DDH IPA // 7.4% Abv
Northern Monk "Smug The Ascension" - DIPA // 8% Abv
Northern Monk "Greener Heathen" - Session IPA // 4.2% Abv
Northern Monk Session Classics "Faith", "Great Northern", "A Little Faith"
Plus beers from Verdant, Deya, Vault City and more.
Starting Friday and running throughout the weekend.
Cloudwater will be on York on Friday 6th May from 6pm at our Lendal venue, we have compiled a great selection for you to try. Come down and meet up!
Neon Raptor began life back in the Jurassic Period, a.k.a 2016. As the Cretaceous Period loomed, Josh and Tom, two former posties with a passion for craft beer came aboard, and the journey began! After some cuckoo brewing and a lot of graft, they moved into their home at Sneinton Market, Nottingham in 2018, where the Raptor as it is today was born. Fast forward to today and their team is slowly growing, but one thing that has never changed is how much they love beer, and great beer at that! They create everything from one-off experimental beers to a solid range of our favourite styles. There’s also a fair amount of dinosaurs (naturally) and retro video game references and nostalgia involved. They're often at the Sneinton taproom, various beer festivals, and obviously down the pub, so come and say hi. They will be early door from 6pm at Stonegate then moving onto Stonegate at 8pm on 20th April 2022.
Tap Takeover Keg List -
Neon Raptor R0B1N H00D NE Pale Ale
Neon Raptor M² DDH IPA
Neon Raptor Little Tron DIPA
Neon Raptor The Sheriff Fruited Sour
Neon Raptor Tuckbot 2000 Imperial Stout
Neon Raptor Resist Chocolate and Beetroot Anti-Imperial Stout
Neon Raptor x Thornbridge Mandarin Duck West Coast IPA
Vault City x Neon Raptor Centaur Skies Strawberry Cream Chocolate Peanut Butter and Toffee Sour
Hertfordshire-based craft and speciality beer importer Euroboozer is hoping to rescue roughly 45,000 pints of beer from Kyiv-based craft brewer Varvar Brew in a show of support and to raise money for the people of Ukraine.
The brewery has had to close down since the invasion and is desperate to raise much-needed funds for food, medicine, to pay taxes and wages and to support the country as a whole.
Martin Dawson of Varvar Brew said:
“Our brewery has been unable to operate since the war began and we have stock in our warehouse in Kyiv that we are desperately looking to sell. The situation in Kyiv is unpredictable, and we don’t know exactly how many days we will still be able to get our hands on our beer. Hopefully each and every beer that leaves the country can provide real enjoyment but also play a role in keeping our fight at the front of people’s minds. Our beer is made with a tank full of Ukrainian passion and the finest ingredients so we don’t want to see it destroyed.”
While everything was quickly agreed between Euroboozer and Varvar, as you can imagine, it’s taking a bit longer to find and confirm transport, the route and the wider logistics involved in getting roughly 45,000 pints worth of quality beer out of a warzone.
Once back in the UK, Euroboozer plan to get the varied and much-loved selection of Varvar beers stocked in pubs, bars, restaurants and retailers across the country which includes us here at Trembling Madness.
In addition to paying Varvar the full price for the stock, Euroboozer will also be donating all profits from the sale of the beer to www.drinkersforukraine.com which is raising money for humanitarian relief in Ukraine, all additional Trembling Madness profits will also go to Ukraine.
The beer is hoping to be in the UK by the 14th April so it can be made available to buy before Easter. The eclectic mix of beers being saved includes lagers, ginger ales, session ales, IPAs, APAs, stouts, sours, goses and barley wines to name a few. We will be making up Varvar beer 12 packs as well so you can sample the full range.
You might have noticed we have selling as many Varvar collabs as we can get our hands on recently to raise money. the next collab due out is with Rivington.
Varvar brewing at Rivington 22nd Mar 2022
CELEBRATING BURNS NIGHT
Burns Night marks the anniversary of the poet Robert Burns’ birth, one of our most famous and celebrated Scots.
Given that Robert Burns was born on 25th January 1759, Burns Night takes place on 25th January each year.
Held throughout the world on Burns Night, a traditional Burns supper is an evening event that celebrates Robert Burns’ life and work. I
Everyone enjoys a hearty Burns Night meal (which includes haggis, neeps and tatties, rounded off with drams of whisky), some of Burns’ poems and songs are recited and tributes are made to the great Bard.
Each Burns supper is individual, but the running order normally goes something like this:
To start – everyone gathers, the host says a few words, everyone sits and the Selkirk Grace is said.
The meal – the starter is served, the haggis is piped in, the host performs the famous Burns Night haggis poem Address to a Haggis, everyone toasts the haggis and the main meal is served, followed by dessert.
After the meal – the first Burns recital is performed after Burns Night food, the Immortal Memory (the main tribute speech to Burns) is given, the second Burns recital is performed, then there’s a Toast to the Lassies, followed by a Reply to the Toast to the Lassies, before the final Burns recital is performed.
To end the night – the host gives a vote of thanks, everyone stands and sings Auld Lang Syne, crossing their arms and joining hands at the line ‘And there's a hand, my trusty fere!’.
It’s been easily the most challenging period in Cloudwater’s existence. At times, we’ve wondered whether we’d make it through and honestly, we still have those moments now.
At the same time, the beer industry feels like it’s become more fragmented. The imposition of physical distance and a shortage of human interactions have opened fractures within our community and we certainly regret some of the situations we've been part of, brought about in no small part by the pressure all of us have felt to survive and do the right thing by the teams who rely upon us.
For much of the 18 months, we really missed working and relaxing with industry friends and we missed sharing drinks, laughs and lively chat in welcoming venues.
So, our Together Again initiative is intended to rebuild bridges, bring people together and celebrate the connections made through beer. It’s a celebration of the friends we love working with, the independent venues that share our beer with enthusiastic drinkers and the bonds formed through deep conversation and easy laughter in those venues.
These are some of the first in-person collaborations we’ve been able to brew this year and we’ve worked with seven different breweries on six beers that will be sold exclusively through independent pubs, bars and retailers.
The breweries involved are all smaller breweries who we believe deserve your time and attention. All of them are creating excellent beer with a strong sense of identity and personality, working hard to forge their own paths and create sustainable futures in challenging circumstances.
We’ve worked with them to create the following beers, which we’re really proud of:
All the beers will be launched nationwide on Friday November 12th.
Cloudwater x Runaway x Squawk
Table Beer, 3.2%
A full-flavoured session beer featuring a selection of our favourite New Zealand hops and fermented with Voss Kveik yeast.
Cloudwater x Elusive
Red IPA, 6%
Draws heavily on the much-loved Red IPAs of America’s West Coast but features a blend of Centennial, Chinook, Columbus, Loral and Simcoe as a nod to both the classic and the modern.
What Now? What Next?
Cloudwater x Rock Leopard
Fruited Stout, 7.5%
We took the recipe for our popular Stout, Step Up, bumped it up to export strength and added both raspberry and hibiscus to provide a zing of bright fruit flavour that works well with the rich malts.
Cloudwater x Wild Horse
Brewed in the West Coast Haze style popularised by breweries like our talented friends at Cellarmaker, this DIPA combines a simple malt grist and West Coast ale yeast with a selection of New Zealand hops, making it light and dry yet bright and juicy, with a restrained bitterness.
Slow and Low
Cloudwater x Donzoko
Smoked Baltic Porter, 10%
Building on our previous collaboration with Donzoko, Dark Skies, we amped-up the strength to create a rich, indulgent Baltic Porter that’s still clean and super smooth, then added a portion of beech-smoked malt to provide further depth of flavour.
When It Pours It Rains
Cloudwater x Rivington
This is exactly what you’d expect from these two breweries. Big, juicy and drenched in hop flavour from a combination of Strata and Sabro.
Halloween weekend 29th-31st our Stonegate pubs taps will turn to Rivington Brewing including the Chainhouse Brew Co Collaboration Series.
Evil Dead Trilogy
- The Evil Dead - Mango, Raspberry & Vanilla Sour 5%
- Evil Dead II - DIPA with Galaxy, Nelson & Idaho 7.8%
- Army Of Darkness - Imperial Stout 10%
Also available in can but bee quick these range is in demand!
Celebrate the day by sampling some American beers. Remember, you don't have to be in the United States to celebrate this unofficial holiday.
Check out more American Beer History Here
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
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.
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.
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.
S43 x Brew York Pumpkin Pumpkin Imperial
Imperial Pumpkin Spice Latte Stout // 9.5% Abv
Evil Twin Imperial Biscotti Break
Imperial Stout // 11.5% Abv
Pomona Island Breakfast Can Wait Cognac BA Imperial Coffee Cake
Barrel Aged Imperial Stout // 11.5% Abv
New Bristol BIG Cinder Toffee Stout
Cinder Toffee Stout // 6.5% Abv
De Moersleutel Troks The Chocolate Hazelnut Napoleon Masticator
Imperial Stout // 11.0% Abv
Hommage to myths, legends and folklore Brewed Fresh from Horsforth.
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.
We're expecting loads of fantastic beers to arrive this week. Beers you won't want to miss out on. Beers like these hop bombs from Other Half.
- Blue Crab - DIPA // 8.0% Abv // 473ml
- Cream Get The Honey - Oat Cream IPA // 6.0% Abv // 473ml
- DDH Hope Showers - IPA // 7.4% Abv // 473ml
- Jumbo Slice - DIPA // 8.0% Abv // 473ml
- Tomato Factory - DIPA // 8.5% Abv // 473ml
- DDH Stacks on Stacks - DIPA // 8.5% Abv // 473ml
- HDHC All Green Everything - TIPA // 10.5% Abv // 473ml
- HDHC Dream in Green - Oat Cream IPA // 6.2% Abv // 473ml
- And more...
There Wolf is a well hopped DIPA, Loaded with Cryo Citra, Vic Secret, Zappa, & Enigma hops.
"Werewolf? There. What? There wolf, There castle."
The name comes from a line (part of a skit) in the 1974 film, Young Frankenstein. Directed by Mel Brooks, this film tells the story of an American grandson of the infamous scientist, struggling to prove that his grandfather was not as insane as people believe.
Eat The Rude is an IPA hopped with Cryo Mosaic, Azacca and Idaho 7.
It would almost be criminal to not name one of their beers after a Hannibal Lecter quote. After all the famous fictional cannibal has had 5 movies and an entire series based on his life and dietary preferences.
"Whenever feasible, One should always try to eat the rude."
Mads Mikkelsen delivers this line elegantly terryfying.
Boppers, Stay Tuned. The latest double dry hopped pale news off the street Boppers. Hopped with Citra Cryo, Sabro and Mosaic, brewed at a crushable 4.7% Abv.
"Stay tuned boppers, Stay tuned."
Another fantastic reference to a modern classic film, The Warriors. This 1979 film, directed by Walter Hill, tells the story of a charismatic leader who summons the street gangs of New York City in a bid to take it over. When he is killed, The Warriors are blamed and now must fight their way home while every other gang is hunting them down.
After studying viticulture and oenology in Beaune, Simon LECOMTE sets out on a journey to meet avant-garde winegrowers. He feeds on their words and practices and returns to Burgundy to set up a brewery there with the aim of transposing oenology and winemaking processes to the production of his beers. He begins by filling around thirty barrels which he stores with fellow winegrowers. In 2018, he set up the brewery in Sens, a small hamlet of Sennecey-Le-Grand, following the discovery of an old virgin 17th century barn. After several months of refurbishment, he installed his tanks and continued the work initiated a few years earlier. It was not until spring 2019 before the first beers were released from their barrels.
All the operations carried out at the brewery are controlled by the lunar and maritime calendar. Both high and low tides have a microbiological influence during brewing, fermentation and aging of beers. They act, with the moon, like a breath and each of the phases of the calendar corresponds to a particular intervention. This movement of breathing on the astral scale has a concrete impact on the development and quality of the beers produced.
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)
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.
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