Siren Craft Brew – Soundwave

India Pale Ale • 5.6 % ABV • Finchampstead, England We’re really getting a feel for Siren Craft Brew and our fridge never seems to be without a Siren brew. Here’s looking at you Maiden and Acid Jam. We recently enjoyed Hop Candy, their tangy DIPA in bottle form which blew us away. In fact, we had a chance…

Wings & Dogs at Brewdog, Cardiff

Back on Thursday 25th, we took a trip into the Cardiff to watch a free showing of Pirates of the Caribbean, as a part of a preview in the Vue cinema near the stadium. The weather was freaking hot and whilst we sat in a nearby bar enjoying a crisp and refreshing Vedett Extra Blonde, we made the…

Dugges Bryggeri -The Tropic Folk

Sour/Wild Ale • 3.5 % ABV • Landvetter, Sweden Time for another sour by the legends of sour and fruit, Dugges Bryggeri based in Sweden. I previously had The Black Current which I totally blown away by, so have no doubt that this is going to be a tasty number. I love that Dugges Bryggeri beers are now totally…

Walkabout – Cardiff Preview Event

On a boiling hot Tuesday in May, We had an opportunity to take part in a preview event at Walkabout in Cardiff after they had closed their doors for a four-week refurbishment project. A £700,000 investment would see a complete overhaul of the venue to show case an entirely new style. Complete with a modernized…

Verdant Brewing Co – Even Sharks Need Water

IPA • 6.5 % ABV • Falmouth, England Onto the last of my candy related beers of the week. Although Even Sharks Need Water by Verdant Brewing Co isn’t an obvious choice for a candy related beer, it soon become evident once you see how the beer is described. “It’s like a packet of sherbet sweets drenched…

Brewdog – Candy Kaiser

Altbier • 5.2 % ABV • Ellon, Aberdeenshire, Scotland Time for another beer following the theme of candy. My next beer comes from craft beer pros, Brewdog and comes in the form of an altbier – A style of beer traditionally brewed in and around the German city of Düsseldorf. “Alt” literally translates to “Old” in German…

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…