Signature Brew Co. KRFSHT (4.8%)

KRFSHT is a Toasted Lager brewed in collaboration with IDLES.
It’s a warm and malty, and very satisfying Amber Lager with hints of brown bread crusts, wholemeal dough, crackers and brioche.
There’s also a lovely soft apricot and peach stone fruitiness, salty at the edges that the yeast brings, while the hops are a sharp tang of metallic herbal leaves and zippy lemon sherbet glued together with marmalade.
And then in the finish there’s a delicate waft of wood chips, a hint of something outdoorsy and resinous before everything goes crisp and bitter.
I like this a lot.

Source: Signature Brew Co.

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Bad Seed brewing Co. Dark Forest Theory (5.5%)

This is a Chocolate Cherry Stout and it does everything it promises very well.
Pouring a deep mahogany with a fuzzy little head, the smell is red fruit and chocolate, and taking a swig that’s what you find in every corner of the beer.
Lots of dry and rich, bitter dark chocolate, chewy and tongue coating, round and satisfying, and a big hit of lightly tart red cherry flesh that makes the end of the beer sharp and bright.
It’s very good, but personally I think it could be improved by a little more alcohol heat, adding a warm brown sugar kiss to the finish that would offset the sharpness of the fruit.
But then I’m just a sucker for booze?

Source: Bad Seed Brewing Co.

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Signature Brew Nightliner (5.7%)

In the world of music a Nightliner is a rather nice tour bus with bunk beds and TV and everything you might need to relax on tour.
The last one I spent any time on was with Fun-Da-Mental whose record label I was managing and for whom I was buying a lot of American Flags to burn.
It’s a strange world on one of these buses.
Ostensibly it’s there to take you from one city to another in relative comfort, allowing you to relax and recharge, but the reality is that you get on it just after finishing a gig and as a result you are spending time confined together and completely wired with the adrenalin of the recent performance.
The result is that you barely spend time in your bunk because you’re just too AWAKE.
So you make coffee and/or drink the remainder of the Rider you’ve rescued from the dressing room of the previous gig.
Signature have tried to capture that and have done pretty well with their attempt.
This is a dry and satisfyingly dark chocolate rich beer with a creamy vanilla body and a great big smack of fruity black coffee, all cherry stones and tobacco leaves.
There’s a little prickle of pithy herbal nettle tea from the hops and a splash of rum and raisin brandy booze in the finish.
Other than smelling of the week old dirty laundry of your band mates, this is a pretty good reconstruction of life on the road.

Source: Signature Brew

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Overtone Brewing Co. Cashmere Lager (5%)

This is a crisp and clean Lagered beer using traditional ingredients, Pilsner malt, a Southern German yeast strain, and Hallertau and Hersbrucker hops.
It’s light and airy, smells of bread dough and honey and gives you a soft caramel and shortcake malt, a little saltiness around the edges and lots of herbal greenery from the hops.
But then there is the addition of Cashmere hops to the mix, and they add an extra splash of colour, the zip of lemon sherbet and the prickle of lime zest.
It’s an addition that raises this from being simply a very good beer of its style to something a little bit special.

Source: Overtone Brewing Co.

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Salt Beer Factory Bowline (6.3%)

There’s a lightly metallic leather flavour that you get from a perfectly cooked piece of steak and it’s a flavour that sits right in the heart of this beer.
But don’t worry my vegetarian friends, there are no cows involved in this little can of joy, just a whole load of good brewing.
Bowline is an East India Porter, a rich dark beer heaped with chocolate and plums, coffee, treacle and honeycomb.
It’s a beer that is staked with Simcoe, Citra and Centennial hops that create a woody pithiness, all tobacco leaves and lemon pith, hedgerow greenery and damson jam.
But throughout the beer you find this lovely soft leathery meatiness that makes the drink feel hefty and satisfying, fleshy and sexy.
I need to stop writing now so that I can wallow in the goodness.

Source: Pop’n’Hops

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