So, Brewers & Union.
Another name I’ve seen mentioned all over the place but until now not had a go at.
Thanks to my big box of goodies from Cobbett’s I’ve finally been able to get stuck in.
I have to admit that from the start, being a bit old fashioned politically, I was taken by the name.
On top of that, being a graphic design geek, the brewery’s labels also got me going.
Anyway, this is what I tried:
Versus Goliath (5%)
Unpasteurised amber lager.
Deep and dreamy.
Hints of rum and wonderful honey infused shortcake malts.
Round and yummy and wonderful.
Teasingly subtle flowery hops finish it off beautifully.
I honestly believe that this is a lager good enough to change the mind of the most ardent lager hater.
It has all the clever brewing of every beer geek’s favoured Really Good Beers.
This beer was brewed for the Team Puma Boat that took part in the Volvo Ocean Race.
At 6.5% I can only see people sailing around in circles if this is what they kept in the hold.
Now that’s the kind of boating I could get into.
So, the beer then.
Well, what can I say?
When a lager is done well it can be the loveliest thing.
This is a supercharged lager.
Brewed for eight weeks, the flavours are deep and rich and robust.
There are all the things in here that you want from a lager but all of them amplified.
Caramel sweets and a big warm alcohol kiss, then dry elderflower hops leave a delightful dry palate to finish.
Very good indeed.
I look forward very much to trying more Brewers & Union.