Powderkeg Brewery | Speak Easy (4.3%) | Pale Ale | Devon (Gluten-Free)
The Brewery: With strong influences from the US craft and European classic brewing scene, John and his team add their own unique twist to make contemporary English beers. Their ‘Modern English’ style and the meticulous brewing techniques prove popular with drinkers from all walks of life, both craft enthusiasts and more traditional drinkers.
The Beer: This Transatlantic Pale possesses a strong British influence. Chinook, Palisade and Citra hops give a strong fruity taste and its sessionable ABV makes it easy to drink. We enjoyed the dry clean finish and the well balanced bitterness.
St. Ives Brewery | Alba (5.2%) | IPA | Cornwall
The Brewery: Nestled at the top of the stunning seaside town of St. Ives, Marco and his team have been brewing their smashing beers since 2010. With a brewery, cafe and shop all-in-one, it’s well worth a visit to take in the breathtaking St.Ives views from their terrace and taste great beer.
The Beer: Marco used a variety of hops and dry hopped it to ‘heighten senses and wake instincts, like a storm’. Quite a sophisticated yet smooth IPA that impresses with its fruity sweetness.
Firebrand Brewing | West Coast Session IPA (4.2%) | IPA | Cornwall
The Brewery: Having started in 2012, Stephen, Joe and the team (including 2 dogs) have recently outgrown the Bodmin converted milking parlour where it all began. Their new space has a stylish taproom overlooking the brewery space where they’re hosting fun events.
The Beer: This refreshing easy drinking IPA has become a true crowd pleaser for Firebrand. Beyond its deep golden colour, it impresses with a crisp citrus-fruity taste. It’s got a lovely aroma and a good amount of Mosaic and Equanot hops in there - making it an all-around great beer.
Frome Brewing | Riwaka (5.6%) | Pale Ale | Somerset
The Brewery: Frome Brewing is run by 4 beer lovers, highly impressive given the diverse range of beers on offer. It was a pleasure speaking to head brewer Rik as there’s a fascinating story behind every beer.
The Beer: A Pacific Pale named after the New Zealand hop used to brew it - Riwaka. Its taste is quite unique - a fine mix of citrusy taste and sweetness. It has a subtle bitter finish which we find very enjoyable!
Battledown Brewery | Tipster (4.3%) | IPA | The Cotswolds
The Brewery: One of Cheltenham’s oldest working breweries and a true family affair. Father and founder Roland started the brewery 15 years ago, and now works alongside his children to make great tasting beer using fresh water from the Cotswold hills above their brewery
The Beer: Unfined and unfiltered, a sessionable, hoppy pale ale bursting with citrus aromas and pleasant malty taste courtesy of Cara Aroma malts. Tipster pays tribute to Cheltenham racecourse, home of the Gold Cup!
Mr.Filbert’s | Salt Crust Peanuts | Somerset
The Story: Specialising in interesting, hand crafted snacks, South West based Mr.Filberts has won over 40 taste awards and is the perfect snack to accompany our independent South West craft beer selection.
The Snack: Did you know peanuts were first discovered in South America over 3500 years ago? The infamous salted peanut came to town in 1952 and it’s been a loyal wing-man to beer ever since. So when it came to finding a snack for our South West selection, peanuts were high on the list and this salt crusted nut hit the spot, we think you’ll agree!