Wild Card Brewery Monsters Of Wild Card

I have to tell you that as soon as I saw this range I wanted to try it.
The nerdy graphic designer in me means that I’m a sucker for a well presented idea and packaging that matches.
And this little range looks great.
I was also taken by the everyday names of each of the beers, in the same way that people giving their pets “people” names always makes me smile.
For example there’s a chap I see most mornings when I go out whose dog is called Derek.
Derek.
Brilliant.

Anyhow, there beers themselves aren’t bad either, look…

Leslie (5.5%) is a nice little NEIPA.
She pours a bright sunny gold and smells of apricots and flowerbeds.
The malting is soft and smooth, creamy and light, with caramel coated biscuits, honey and wafers bringing a gentle sugary crispness.
The hops are all orange zest and dandelions, melon, lemon and herbal leaves, and these sharp and zingy flavours are rounded out by the subtle fug of peach stones from the yeast, making for an easy drinking beer with a very moreish finish.

 

Alex (4.8%) is a rather frothy Pale Ale, made more so by my terrible pouring.
Brewed with a load of oats for a soft and smooth, creamy body that’s full of caramel and Rich Tea biscuits, golden syrup and doughnuts, the Cryo Citra gives Alex a rich lemon curd smell and a sharp citrus zing, that’s bolstered by the greenery of Mosaic and resinous bite of Cascade.
Alongside all this a speciality yeast brings a warm peach fuzz to the finish of this rather fine beer.

 

 

Barbara (5.4%) calls herself a Session IPA, though at 5.4% it’d be one hell of a session.
That said, this is a terrific pale beer that’s full of apricot pithiness, lemon zest and orange rind from the hops, while the lager malt and oats give make for a soft, smooth and creamy malt body.
You get runny honey and wafers, pancakes and doughnuts, before the house yeast rounds out the finish with a hint of earthy peach.
Rather yummy.

 

 

Keith (5.5%) tells me he’s an Espresso Stout, though I might argue that the flavours are more like a Rauchbier.
And that’s no bad thing.
The coffee is warm and bitter, deep and woody, with fireside embers and autumnal red leaf litter from the hops, while the malting also gives a little sweet and sticky maple syrup.
I really like the black cherry stone aroma as well.
But it’s the addition of smoked malts that brings that extra layer of goodness to Keith, with a hint of burned bacon, treacle toffee and wood smoke turning this from a decent stout into a very good Rauchbier.

 

Source: Wild Card Brewery

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BrewChap Brewing Concern Concrete Meadows Of The Soul (7.2%)

When you open a bottle of beer that’s been sent to you by a home brewer and it is the best thing you’ve tasted for as long as you can remember it makes you reconsider the state of modern beer.
At least it makes me do that.
Over the last few months I’ve gotten very bored with the Pale Ales and IPAs that I’ve been presented with from some of our coolest, hippest breweries.
They’ve been good to drink but they’ve all been so similar that, As you may have noticed if you are at all bothered to read the CAMRGB blog, I’ve not really written about anything In weeks.
And then there’s this beer that has been made in a garage in Yorkshire.
Triple dry hopped it’s heavy with tropical fruit pulp, redwood resin, sharp stinging nettle leaves and the zing of sherbet, but instead of being a hop holocaust, the malting is so beautifully balanced that a warm sweet caramel, Biscuit and honey steadies the overload of hoppy greenery, counterbalancing what might have become a thin and bitter full on attack.
Maybe our breweries are getting complacent in the new world of high street “craft”, brewing NEIPA after NEIPA, making politely drinkable beer that they know will sell, or maybe Ian BrewChap is the master brewer we all dream of.
All I know is that this beer has made me as excited as I was over a decade ago when I first drank De Molen’s Premiant Hopburst and my world changed forever.

Source: BrewChap Brewing Concern

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BrewChap Brewing Concern Leb’ Wohl (5.8%)

Mönchshof’s Märzen (5.5%) is a beer that does exactly what a Marzen should, malt forward, it’s all about honey and candy canes, brown bread and a hint of pumpernickel.
There’s also some dark treacle going on, while the edges are sharpened by the light slap of green herbal hops.

 

 

 

And with that as a marker, BrewChap’s Leb’ Wohl (5.8%) is Ian’s take on the Märzen style and it’s really good.
The malting is a little darker here, some rum and raisin chocolate alongside the honey, candy canes and brown bread.
There’s a good hit of green herbal hops brightening up the finish.

Source: Brewchap Brewing Concern

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The Nottingham Craft Beer Festival 2022

And here we are on the evening of Fathers’ Day.
I’ve just treated myself and my son to a bit of steak and I’m drinking a rather fantastic barrel aged Stout gifted to me by Turning Point Brewery and thinking over my day at Sneinton Market.
You see, yesterday at the Nottingham Craft Beer Festival was, in a word, fab.
The rain might have been raining and my hair might have been ruined, but the company was good and the venue is as lovely as I remember it.
Laid out in the Market’s lanes, there were two groups of bars and one of food – and let me just mention here that the falafel that Chris (@titwillars) treated me to were delicious.
We started our drinking tour at Turning Point because I wanted to catch up with Cameron as I’d not seen him in ages.
started with a Disco King, one of the brewery’s standards and always good and fresh, then tried a new Double IPA before we moved on.
There were a lot of breweries on offer and we were never going to get around them all, so were wandered around randomly picking places to drop in on.
Of all the bars we tried, Navigation stood out for their very good American IPA and warm welcome, Amity provided us with some beautifully made Pale Ale, and Firerock Brewing offered a very good Imperial Stout.
But my personal highlight was Lakes Brewing and seeing Alex, who I first met many years ago when he was at Hardknott and I had just started writing about beer.
Lakes’ DDH IPA was big and round and fruity, while their Cold IPA (I have no idea what that means exactly, and didn’t bother asking) was stingingly dry and pithy with loads of lovely grassy flavours.
Our final stop was back to Turning Point where they were presenting a free tasting of two of their Imperial Stouts, which leads me right back to this can I have in front of me.
Barrel aged and boozy, this Salted Caramel Glazed Doughnut Stout (10%) was the beer of the day for me, and so I am going to sit here quietly and finish it, and perhaps later I will dream about next year’s Nottingham Craft Beer Festival, it’s buzz and atmosphere, and all the lovely beery delights that I might discover then.
You really ought to go.

Visit here: Nottingham Craft Beer Festival

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Signature Brew Co. Crowdsurfer (8%)

Crowdsurfer is a West Coast DIPA, and I for one thank it for being that.
It’s so refreshing to have a great big sexy Double IPA that isn’t laden with dirty cloudy yeast, that same old same old NEIPA thing going on.
Instead this is an IPA that is crisp and clean, its hops sharp and stinging with nettle hedgerow greenery, the fizz of sherbet and the tang of lemons and grapefruit alongside a dry pithy orange rind bite.
The malting is warm caramel toffee, runny honey and crumbly golden oat biscuits, while I’m the finish there’s a white rum boozy kick that amplifies just how fresh and lovely this beer is.

Source: Signature Brew Co.

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