Whim Ales, Derbyshire
ABV: 5% Origin: Hartington, Derbyshire, England Website: www.whimales.co.uk Date: 6 November 2000
Another review from the archive written for the pioneering Oxford Bottled Beer Database (OBBD). I’ve left it uncorrected — so please read it in that historical spirit. Whim is still very much in business, though now just producing beer […]
Batemans Combined Harvest Multigrain Beer
Top Tastings 2012
ABV: 4.4% Origin: Wainfleet, Lincolnshire, England Website: www.bateman.co.uk
Under its picturesque disused windmill, Batemans has proved one of England’s more enduring and adaptable independent breweries since half the Bateman family took the leap of faith necessary to buy out the other half and keep the brewery […]
ABV: 7.7% Origin: Ashford-in-the-Water, Derbyshire, England Website: www.thornbridgebrewery.co.uk
Thornbridge Halcyon Green Hopped IPA. Pic: Mark Dredge, www.pencilandspoon.com
Peak District-based Thornbridge continues to demonstrate its world class credentials with its latest batch of special bottles. This limited edition of Halcyon, already an impressive India Pale Ale, was brewed during last year’s hop harvest and dosed […]
Featured as a strong ale for winter in BEER November 2009. For more strong beers see previous post.
ABV: 9% Origin: Ashton-in-the-Water, Derbyshire, England Website: www.thornbridgebrewery.co.uk
Thornbridge Bracia. Pic by Andy of beerreviews.co.uk, used by permission.
Rising star of British craft breweries Thornbridge have an impressive range of unusual beers but perhaps this is […]
Featured in BEER August 2009 as a selection from the latest Good Bottled Beer Guide. For more selections see previous post.
ABV: 4.3% Origin: Chesterfield, Derbyshire, England Website: www.spirebrewery.co.uk
Spire 80 Shilling Ale
Founded in 2006 by former Scots Guards musician David McLaren, and named for Chesterfield’s landmark twisted spire, this brewery has developed […]
This beer featured in BEER August 2009 as a selection from the new Good Bottled Beer Guide.
ABV: 7% Origin: Market Deeping, Lincolnshire Website: www.hopshacklebrewery.co.uk
This is one of several beers I encountered during 2009 from Nigel Wright’s excellent Hopshackle Brewery: see my review of Historic Porter for more background. Double Momentum, an […]
First published in BEER June 2007 as part of a piece about Threshers off licence chain’s Local Ale scheme. For more Threshers Local Ales see previous post.
ABV: 6.5 per cent Origin: Basford, Nottinghamshire, England Website www.alcazarbrewery.co.uk
Alcazar Bombay Castle IPA
Brewing at the Fox and Crown pub since 1999, Alcazar takes its name […]
A shorter version of this review was first published in BEER February 2010 as part of a piece about beers to taste with chocolate. For more beers tasted with chocolate, see previous post.
ABV: 5% Origin: Litchborough, Northamptonshire, England Website: www.hoggleys.co.uk
Hoggleys Solstice Stout
More intense still [compared to the Elmtree mild reviewed in […]
First published in BEER October 2006 as part of a page marking the publication of the latest Good Bottled Beer Guide. For more beers featured on this page, see previous post.
Jaipur was also featured in BEER August 2008 as part of a piece about beers for summer outdoor drinking and in the Beer Sellers […]
Pré-ZBF Festival 2010 Top Tastings 2010 (Highland)
ABV: 8.8% Origin: Ashford-in-the-Water, Derbyshire, England Website: www.thornbridgebrewery.co.uk
Thornbridge are emerging as a world class new brewery, offering a solid range of excellent everyday beers but also knowing how to push at the boundaries of style while still retaining good taste and balance. Witness the […]