A Brains Craft Triple – 10/02/2016

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The middle of the week has hit us once again and to celebrate this momentous occasion, I thought it wise to knock back a few more beers and give you my thoughts before the third session of man flu hits me this year so far.

There was a bonus early this week when the Marketing team in SA Brain decided to have a clear out of merchandise, gear and beers.
I stocked up as usual on glasses & clothing aswell as bring back a selection of Brains traditional beers and a selection of Craft Brewery favourites.
This taster is focusing on three of the Craft beers which all put an emphasis on spice and something a little different.

Lets take a closer look at the offerings :-

Atlantic White

Atlantic White blends the tradition of Belgian ‘wit’ (wheat) beers and the hop-character of American IPAs to produce a 6% ABV ‘white IPA’.

Brewed with wheat malt and Belgian wit yeast, the addition of freshly crushed coriander seeds, Curacao orange and US hops gives a light and refreshing beer with a zesty and spicy finish.

Bragging Rights

Based on an ancient Welsh beer style called bragawd, Bragging Rights is a lightly golden pale ale.

The addition of honey, followed by a blend of nutmeg, coriander, black pepper, cloves, cinnamon and ginger, create a refreshing beer that is initially sweet yet spicy at the same time.

Boiler Maker

Boilermaker is a copper-coloured IPA brewed with Ben and Tom from Thinking Drinkers.

Brewed with Chinook, Simcoe, Cascade and Willamette hops and matured with Penderyn whisky infused oak chips in casks from the distillery, the arts of distillation and brewing combine to create and epic Welsh IPA adorned with a fragrant citrus aroma, a touch of spice with hints of vanilla and a warm whisky finish.

I kicked things off with the Atlantic White.
This is probably one of the first Brains Craft beers I tried alongside Barry Island IPA at the Great Welsh Beer & Cider Festival some time ago.
Atlantic White is a light, Crisp and clean Wit style beer which goes down with ease, even at 6.0%. It has a good mixture of spicy and floral flavours without being too much. This would be great beer if you wanted something refreshing and different during on a sweaty Summers day – It goes down with ease.
Next up was Bragging Rights which takes spiciness to a festive\holiday level without being too sickly as beers containing cloves and nutmeg can be.
A lively beer at 5.0% which offers all the flavours of a hot cross bun in a well rounded and easy drinking beer. Bragging Rights is going to suit a certain type of beer drinker due to the unusual flavour but with Easter around the corner, why not break with tradition and give it a blast.
I ended the evening with Boilermaker which I had the most hopes for. Although a tasty beer, it unfortunately lacked the Whisky heat of other barrel aged whisky beers but still offered enough of the flavour.
Boilermaker is a darker beer than the other two and offers plenty of sweet toffee\vanilla flavours. The hops really shine through in the aroma and balances nicely with the flavour. The stronger of the three at 6.5%, It was a smooth way to end the night.

As I’ve had them on in the background, I’ll leave you with a touch of We Came as Romans. They provide some good catchy metalcore action with Dual vocalist action offering both angry and calm vocals aswell as some pretty memorable tracks which have a real habit sticking in your head if you’re into that kind of thing.
I’ll never forget buying gig tickets to see them live but knocking back five beers too many the night before. Never quite made it to the concert and they haven’t been back since!
That will teach me….. That will teach me indeed!

Here is the song Hope from their album “Understanding What We’ve Grown To Be”.

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