My neighbour and I ended up having a bit of a beer tasting last night that was totally unplanned, unlike the Beer Club that was really semi – impromtu! We started off with Avery Brewing’s New World Porter. It’s described on the bottle in small writing as a Black IPA so that’s not at all unclear. Unless you’re one of the people who insist on referring to this type of beer as hoppy stout. In which case you’d be happy as that’s what this is in a nutshell! No matter what you want to call it I would say it’s an excellent beer.
Cantillion Gueuze 100% Lambic Bio (to give it’s full title) is a Belgian classic, complete with cheeky pissing boy on the label. It’s sour. If you left a cooking apple soaking in lemon juice overnight and then took a big bite out of it you’d be on the right track. It’s probably a better idea to just pick up a bottle and try it for yourself.
I opened a Sixpoint Rad next. It’s basically a grapefruitty radler with some mango flavours to balance out all of that bitterness. This isn’t one of the Sixpoint’s they have in Wetherspoon’s. You’ll have to cross the Atlantic for it, or get someone to bring you back one!
Finishing up our fairly random selection we shared a Founder’s Curmudgeon. It’s an Old Ale that gives you a kiss steeped in bourbon and vanilla. It’s smooth and does not have any of the abrasive alcohol you might expect from a 9.8% beer. A great way to conclude the evening and Ned the neighbour was happy when I left. But that could just have been because I was leaving!