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The Best Beers I Drank In… SEPTEMBER 2015

The Best Beer I Drank In...

It was a particular challenge not to let this list be dominated by two fantastic events I attended in September: Leeds International Beer Festival and The Rainbow Project Northern Launch at Magic Rock Tap. They were both so good but I drank plenty of other great beer too, so I’ve limited them to just a few places each on this list. ...

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The Rainbow Project 2015 – Northern Launch @ Magic Rock Tap, Huddersfield

Rainbow Project Launch @ Magic Rock Tap, Huddersfield

The Rainbow Project began in 2013 when seven of the UK’s best breweries each brewed a beer inspired by a colour of the rainbow. In 2014 the UK breweries were paired with a European counterpart to create a collaboration rainbow beer, while this year saw them each paired with a top US brewery. I missed it completely the first time around ...

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The Best Beers I Drank In… AUGUST 2015

The Best Beer I Drank In...

It’s not been easy coming up with a shortlist for this regular ‘best beers’ post in previous months but this time has been particularly difficult. With another trip to Magic Rock Tap and the fabulous Grove pub in Huddersfield as well as a takeover by Swedish brewery Omnipollo at the equally excellent Buxton Tap House and finding an amazing craft beer bar whilst ...

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The Best Beers I Drank In… JULY 2015

The Best Beer I Drank In...

Following on from last months inaugural ‘The Best Beers I Drank In… JUNE 2015‘ here’s the next in the ongoing series. July was another great month with trips to Huddersfield to the new Magic Rock Tap and Leeds, including new BrewDog venture ShuffleDog and my second visit to Northern Monk Refectory. I also got through a lot of fantastic bottles ...

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The Best Beers I Drank In… June 2015

The Best Beer I Drank In...

I know I promised not to review every beer I drink, and I stand by that. But I did want some sort of reference to the best of them. There’s Untappd of course but it’s not so easy to refer back to. So I decided to make a regular feature, cleverly named ‘The Best Beers I Drank In… <insert month>’. It’ll ...

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BrewDog – Born To Die 04.07.2015

BrewDog Born To Die 04.07.2015

Despite being a pretty big BrewDog fan (and AGM attending shareholder) I was a bit disappointed when I heard about their new beer Born To Die. The uber hoppy double IPA is designed to be consumed super fresh and comes with an expiration date just 35 days after bottling. I know what you’re thinking; ‘Don’t Stone already do that with their ...

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Rogue Ales – Sriracha Hot Stout Beer

Rogue - Sriracha Hot Stout

Pretty soon it’ll be quicker to make a list of ingredients that haven’t made their way into a craft beer than those that have. Recent years have seen beers containing everything from the relatively normal green tea, blood orange and yuzu to the slightly more adventurous peanut butter, bacon and cucumber to the frankly quite ridiculous, including an actual margarita pizza. Rogue ...

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Cloudwater Brewery Tour & Spring Launch @ Port Street Beer House

Cloudwater Brew Co

Unless you’ve recently come back from the moon or have been living under the proverbial rock you can’t have missed Cloudwater Brew Co’s arrival. Manchester’s newest brewery haven’t exactly introduced themselves quietly. They’re not starting small with borrowed equipment or in somebody’s shed as most new craft breweries do. They’ve gone out and bought themselves a brand new, state of ...

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Stone – Enjoy By 02.14.2015 (The Ultimate ‘Drink Fresh’ Beer)

Stone Enjoy By 02.14.15

‘Enjoy By’ is a concept by Californian brewery Stone intended to get the beer consumed whilst still as fresh as possible. There are several releases of their double IPA every year, each comes with a prominent ‘Enjoy By’ date of no more than 6 weeks after bottling. I’d been after one for a while and kept missing them for various reasons but early ...

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