Siren – Hop Candy

Double IPA • 9.0 % ABV • Finchampstead, England After the rich and dark beers of last week, it was nice to move onto some fresher and more vibrant options this week. Following a bit of a “Candy” theme this week, the first beer we would be trying is Hop Candy by Siren. A double IPA (DIPA) that…

This week at Hop Pilot

It’s Been less than a week since my last Milk Stout V1 brew. If I’m being honest, I think it all went really well. The malts came together offering lots of roast and chocolate characters whilst the lactose worked its magic on the sweetness. The small quantity of hops I used offered some bitterness too….

Brewdog – The Original Brewdog Trio

Ah, Brewdog. Love them for their unique take on marketing & sales ploys or hate them for their recent trademark disputes & TSG investment plans. Regardless of what people may think, it’s safe to say that they are here for the long haul. We first got involved in Brewdog when they opened their bar here…

Põhjala – Must Kuld

Porter • 6.0 % ABV • Tallinn, Estonia Deep from my beer collection and from Beer52 some time ago, I’ve come across a porter from Põhjala, based in Estonia. A brewery that I haven’t had an opportunity to try out as yet but am really looking forward to. This porter looks line it’s going to be a gem. With…

Left Hand Brewing – Milk Stout

Sweet Stout • 6.0 % ABV • Longmont, Colorado USA After brewing up a milk stout all of my own, I thought the fitting thing to do would be to crack open a bottle of Left Hand Brewing’s Milk Stout. Based on reviews and guidelines from my Beer Judge Certification Program studies, this is one of the go to…

Milk Stout V1 Recipe

This weeks home-brew recipe is one that I’ve tried some time ago, but it didn’t quite turn out the way I liked. I got one thing right in the percentage of lactose sugar for sweetness and body but didn’t know much about the benefit of adjuncts to aid in the quality of the beer. Adjuncts can…

Ilkley Brewery \ Brewdog Leeds – Westwood (White Chocolate) Stout

Sweet Stout • 6.5 % ABV • Ilkley, England \ Aberdeenshire, Scotland Back in 2014, we were lucky enough to have a Brewdog of our very own open in Cardiff. We tended to stray away from the lower end of Westgate Street and weren’t to keen on social media so completely missed this, despite being huge real ale…

This week at Hop Pilot

This weeks home-brew recipe is one that I’ve tried some time ago, but it didn’t quite turn out the way I liked. I got one thing right in the percentage of lactose sugar for sweetness and body but didn’t know much about the benefit of adjuncts to aid in the quality of the beer. Adjuncts can…

Lervig Aktiebryggeri \ Way Beer – 3 Bean Stout

Imperial Stout • 13 % ABV • Stavanger, Norway \ Pinhais, Brazil It’s time for something unique and special by one brewery that produce some pretty damned amazing beers from Norway and another brewery that, based on this beer, I need to taste more, based in Brazil. Mixing vanilla beans, coco beans and the more unusual tonka bean,…

Brains Craft Brewery – Can Launch

This time last week, I was invited to pop along to a launch event at The Cambrian Tap in Cardiff to try out the new range of Brains Craft Brewery cans. This gave me an opportunity to try each of the cans in the range, marking the five-year anniversary of the Brains Craft Brewery. There was…

Equity for Punks in 2017

Brewdog’s Equity for Punks scheme allows craft beer drinkers an opportunity to be a part of the UK’s fastest growing food & drinks company and own a share or two in the process. By joining the 50,000-strong community of beer lovers, you also bag yourself a bunch of beery related perks. Whilst it’s not investing in the…

Magic Rock Brewing – Cannonball Series

This weekend, I had the opportunity of trying two pretty special beers which were released by Magic Rock Brewing back on the 10th April. The hype on this duo has been massive across social media networks, beer blogs, bars, and bottle shops alike. Due to the super limited nature, they were only being sold in…