Chicago Rarities

*Before we get to the meat of the newsletter - put Sunday 9th September in your diary. It’s our 2nd birthday and we’d like everyone to join us for a celebratory beer at Villages Brewery*

Back in late 2017 a lady called Liz, a customer who had worked in beer in the States and had recently moved back to her hometown of Chicago, popped in and gave us a couple of cans from a brewery local to her, Half Acre. Even after a transatlantic flight they were tasting fantastic, so when we had the chance to order cold-chain cans for the shop in February we snapped them up and so did you. Now they’re back! The second ever cargo sent to the UK has again been cold-chained the entire journey to ensure freshness and we have three cans in our fridge right now!

Tuna, Extra Pale 4.7%
Watermelon, peach, guava, lemon & lime zest
A denser body to hold up to the sweeter finish

Vallejo, IPA 6.7%
Guava, white grape, green mango
Balanced bitterness, dank and light malt sweetness
Dry, clean & bitter finish

Dungeons, IPA 7%
Heavy use of Mosaic, Waimea and Simcoe hops
produce tangerine and strawberry with very little bitterness

*Next week* - keep an eye out for news of a drop of a limited number of some extremely rare cans from New York and Indiana!


More Arrivals

It’s the weekend, so we’ll try (and fail) to keep this brief. We have our first ever bottles from Hanssens Artisanaal (Cassis & Oude Gueuze), the oldest lambic blender in existence, as well as three bottles from one of the youngest (and smallest) blenders, De Cam, that quietly went on to our shelves a few weeks back (Oude, Framboise & Kriek).

We have the first ever cans from both Old Kent Road Brewery (Heygate Pale, DDH) and Bristol’s Good Chemistry (Roar Power, a cherry & peach pale), plus some of the very few cans of Lost & Grounded Keller Pils in existence in London. Most of Orbit’s core range have returned, Brick’s latest sour is Raspberry & Thyme (and we asked for lots of it), and Villages released Paddle, a twist on their most popular brew, Rafiki (think heavier on the tropical fruit, much bigger bitterness, but a lower abv).

Summer still has legs and Felix of Fine Cider has refreshed our stocks of Herefordshire’s legendary Oliver’s Cider - 75cl bottles of The Mayflower return (a blend of both fully fermented and ice-fortified ciders that were quickly in and out last time around), as does the sherberty goodness that is Keeved Perry. And, new to us is At The Hop Perry #8, which does what it says on the tin - a perry that has been dry-hopped with Simcoe for the aroma fun that brings.

Nick Poole of West Milton is a producer whose cider is less often seen in London, but who is hugely respected on the cider scene and has over the past 2 years taken home the Supreme Champion Cider and Lifetime Achievement awards at cider’s top competition, Bath & West. As it happens, every summer we holiday 10 minutes from Nick’s cidery outside Bridport in Dorset, so a few weeks back we stacked the car with bottles for the journey home! Nick’s ciders are in the fridge right now.

Our Vidacycle Tinte vintage has gone back one year - we’re now on to the 2014 from this natural Chilean producer, which is a rich, earthy & strawberry-packed orange wine.

Our last stocks of Le Grappin’s Cote du Rhone 2016 are *very, very* low and their fun 1.5 litre ‘bagnums’ of rosé are all gone, but have been replaced by their quaffable, tropical Chardonnay - ideal for weekend breaks, or for the occasional glass at home over a couple of weeks (the bag keeps the liquid fresh).

Thierry Navarre, a third generation maker in Roquebron (Languedoc) uses oft-forgotten grapes and we have his manual harvest Œillades (related to Cinsault), which is a beautifully light & refreshing fruity red with notes of blackcurrant, pomegranate & strawberry - chill this one down a little & drink in the garden.

Finally, we have just taken delivery of the last of this year’s Davenport Pet’Nat sparkling white (Sussex, organic), a new Tuscan Vermentino from Antonio Camillo that is bright & minerally and laced with white fruit & Mediterranean herbs, and Fattoria San Lorenzo’s silky 2016 Rosso Piceno. Several more new bottles are due before summer is out.

New Spirits
The highly regarded Venezuelan dark rum, Diplomatico Mantuano has just arrived (think molasses, caramel & spice), as has Cotswolds Single Malt Whisky (a glowing review), the first single malt produced in the Cotswolds and one of very few English single malts in existence. It’s a young bottling that punches above its age; matured in first fill ex-bourbon and red wine casks and is a wonderfully rich, buttery and honeyed drop with some spice & marzipan notes for good measure. It joins the same producer’s Dry Gin that we have stocked for a few weeks now - think lavender, eucalyptus and grapefruit.

We’re now stocking popcorn. Really, really good sweet & salty popcorn. Drum & Kernel is hand-popped in an open drum in order to caramelise the sugar around the corn as it pops, then salted to taste. You might have seen Matt & Claire at Brockley market, other London markets or festivals. Ask us for a taste.

Growler Fills
The Kernel Pale Ale (Mosaic, Citra, Amarillo), 5.7%
Elusive Sphere of Destiny Session IPA, 4.4%
Elusive Tiki DIPA, 8.0%
Partizan Strawberry & Basil Mixed Culture Saison, 4.0%

Coming Soon
Pressure Drop Bosko
Elusive Level Up

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