N.B. – Landlords please note that the monthly beers are often available the final week of the month before and often sell out by half way through the month.


 

 

monthly-specials

JANUARY

SUMMER DOWN UNDER (3.9%)

Using the Galaxy and Pacific Jade hops from Australia and New Zealand this beer is brewed in honour of our Southern Friends. To off-set the dark nights this light golden ale, bursting with citrusy flavours, is a perfect break from the Winter Gloom.

AMERICAN NUT BROWN (5%)

Blend of 7 malts and hit of Summit & Cascade hops, give this nutty brown ale a strong malt flavour with a citrussy American hop twist.

FEBRUARY

HONEY DARK (4.8%)

Brewed with dark malts and second fermented with honey, this strong dark beer has chocolate, coffee, caramel and (of course) honey featuring in its aroma and flavour

GOTHICK DARK (4.6%)

A strong, dark mild brewed using pale crystal and two types of chocolate malt. Full-bodied and malty but with a dryish, chocolatey edge. Inspired by Strawberry Hill House, the “Little Gothick Castle”, not so far from the brewery.

Winner – CAMRA Champion Beer of London, Old Ales and Strong Milds, 2019

MARCH

FOUR GRAINS (4.5%)

Brewed with four malts: barley, wheat, rye and oats, and hopped with Pioneer. This beer has a spicy, almost herbal aroma and a medium moreish body. A hoppy taste with malty underpinnings, and not at all grainy.

Wolf of Woods

APRIL

WOLF OF THE WOODS (4.7%)

Clean, cutting and robust strong bitter. Brewed and dry-hopped using all British hops, an initial biscuity malt character leads to a grassy lemon hop bite. Sink your teeth into a true English ale.

(In case you wonder, Wolf of the Woods comes from the translation of the Latin name for hops – Humulus Lupulus)

Mandarin Sky (4.2%)

Hopped with Mandarina Bavaria for an orange edge. This beer is made with a blend of ale and wheat yeasts to give a light wheat beer flavour.

MAY

Smilers Ale (4.8%)

Amber ale with a refreshing citrus and pine aroma. Dry, hoppy flavour with a slight fruitiness underneath. Long, pleasing hoppy finish with a touch of orange peel.

RYE SMILE (4.5%)

Heavily hopped with Mandarina Bavaria, this rye ale has an orange edge in both hue and flavour, with a crisp dry finish.

Daisy Cutter

JUNE

DAISY CUTTER (6.1%)

A strong, well-hopped ale. Powerful golden coloured beer with a fruity, citrus nose and flavour. A veritable Hop Bomb, with over a kilo of hops per brewers barrel, it avoids being too bitter with a skillful blend of American hops, making this a beer to be reckoned with. Handle with caution. Silver Medals at Reading Beer Festival 2007 and Peterborough Beer Festival 2006, as well as at SIBA SE Competition 2008 & 2009.

 

PALE BEAUTY (4.7%)

An elegant very pale ale, robustly hopped with aromatic varieties – Amarillo, Cascade and Chinook.  It is extremely refreshing and dangerously drinkable. Unusually wheat accounts for 40% of the malt grist.

JULY

 MELBA PALE (4.2%)

A light session American Pale Ale, heavily dry hopped with Melba this year providing strong peachy fruit and citrus aromas – a lovely hop with a kaleidoscope of flavours.  A delight for the summer.

 

AUGUST

NOOKSACK APA (5%)

Originally brewed as a collaboration with Kissingate brewery, Nooksack is a big American Pale Ale, triple hopped with Citra, then Cascade and a final dry hopping of Galaxy – what’s not to love!  No wonder it won Beer of the Festival, Sussex, back in 2014

SEPTEMBER

CHAMPIONS ALE (4.7%)

Red rye IPA with ingredients for previous winners of the Rugby World Cup.

OCTOBER

STRANGE BREW (4.1%)

So named as a mistake by our maltsters meant the wrong malt going into a beer, which led us to blend two beers. Now brewed specially it contains 5 hops – including Styrians, Chinook and Cascade – giving this dark golden ale a big, hoppy aroma over a fine malty base – so all hops and no pumpkin!

LONDON PORTER (5.3%)

Brewed using Patent Malt, an old London style of malt dating back to 1817, this is a classic style of Porter, dark with a rich chocolate and coffee edge.

NOVEMBER

YAKIMA VALLEY (4.8%)

Named after the area where most American hops grow.  A mahogany American Brown Ale with a surprising citrus hit. This beer has a glorious darker shade, and will catch you out with Simcoe and Citra aroma hops.

AZACCA STAR (4.6%)

Named after the Azacca hop and ‘Star’ from the Polaris hop which, after all, is the North Star, is a lovely pale ale. The blend of these two hops, along with Amarillo, gives a lovely tropical hit, with a lingering edge of spice and Mint.

DECEMBER

WINTER WARMER (5.2%)

For the long winter nights now upon us, this ale is strong, dark, rich and full-bodied to keep out the winter chill.  A luscious dark brown ale, with ruby hues, from the use of cara malt and chocolate malt, whilst English hops balance out the sweetish finish.

A beer you’ll quickly warm to.

 

 THIS YEAR’S SMALL BATCH STOUTS

SMALL BATCH STOUT – Oatmeal (4.7%)

A very limited edition, glorious oatmeal stout. Smooth and sweet.

SMALL BATCH STOUT – Banoffee (4.7%)

A very limited edition, banana infused stout heightened with molasses. Sweet and Fruity.

SMALL BATCH STOUT – Coffee (4.7%)

A very limited edition, rich chocolately with Blue Dragon Indonesian coffee. Rich and dark.

 

Small Batch Milk

 RETIRED SMALL BATCH STOUTS

SMALL BATCH STOUT – Milk (4.7%)

A very limited edition, glorious milk stout. Smooth and sweet.

SMALL BATCH STOUT – Fig Stout (4.7%)

A very limited edition, glorious milk stout infused with fig. Sweet and Fruity.

SMALL BATCH STOUT – Jamaican Ginger Stout (4.7%)

A very limited edition, glorious milk stout infused with ginger and spices. Spiced and Warming.

 

 SMALL BATCH STOUT – Sour Cherry and Chocolate (4.7%)

A very limited edition, glorious stout, flavoured with whole soured cherries and organic Equadorian cacao nibs

Small Batch Vanilla

SMALL BATCH STOUT – Vanilla (4.7%)

A very limited edition, glorious stout, infused with whole vanilla pods and oak bourbon barrel chips that have been further soaked in bourbon.

SMALL BATCH STOUT – Sticky Toffee Stout (4.7%)

A very limited edition, glorious stout, flavoured with muscovado sugar and date syrup for memories of your favourite dessert.

SMALL BATCH STOUT – Chilli Cherry Stout (4.7%)

A very limited edition, glorious milk stout infused with chilli and cherries. Fiery and Fruity.

SMALL BATCH STOUT – Mint Chocolate Stout (4.7%)

A very limited edition, glorious milk stout infused with mint and chocolate. Fresh and Chocolatey.

 

STARRY NIGHT (5.4%)

Sumptuous extra special bitter. Warming and Rich with toffee and caramel notes.

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