Pineapple Habanero (7.4%)
This is singularly good enough to restore my faith in modern sour beer.
It’s that good.
A sour beer with a lovely warm and earthy, yeasty farmyard fug behind a soft Weetabix, bread crust, honey and toffee malting, the hops bring some fresh pithy greenery and mown lawns.
But it’s the way that pineapple and habanero blend in here that is really very clever.
Starting in the aroma, you can smell that dusty green fruitiness that only fresh chilli can give, and as you drink the pineapple builds, full of fresh juice while those Chillies work away, slowly building in the beer, making it tingle on your tongue, but never getting too hot.
Superb, absolutely superb.
Strawberry Woo Woo (11%)
Boozy strawberry jam is how this beer begins, but it is so very much more than that.
Rich and round, thick and chewy, the beer pours a cloudy pink and smells of mashed strawberries and lemon zest.
There’s a similar malt body to the Pineapple and Habanero beer, wheat and straw, honey, caramel and in this case pancakes, while the yeast here makes the beer tart rather than sour, a warm and damp fungal woodland leaf litter thing that floats about in the background.
And then there are strawberries, masses and masses of strawberries.
And they taste so fresh you can almost feel their little seeds as you drink, and it’s a dangerous drink because the fruity goodness hides the boozy hit you’re taking by making it feel safe and warm and round.
In a word, stunning.