European Tasting Night Review

Last night's European Tasting evening was great fun, so thanks to everyone who came along. Here's a rundown of what was on offer, in a dead posh gallery thing: Chris's pick: "Dangerously Close to Stupid for me. Huge peachy esthers, big hop bite, but incredibly well balanced and smooth. As good as any imperial IPA I've ever had." Tom's pick: "I have a real soft spot for Lervig, so would normally pick the Galaxy IPA and its massive floral, hoppy aroma, but the Blackjack Ace of Spades Cherry is absolutely bonkers, and super-rare. I'm definitely hiding one of those away to enjoy on a chilly day over the winter." Rich's pick: No idea. He's swimming round in a field somewhere at Glastonbury. All o

New beers issue #4

Hi Folks, Just a short one this week, but there are some corkers in the list: Beavertown - Bloody 'Ell - 7.2% NEW Beavertown - Neck Oil - 4.3% Beavertown - Gamma Ray - 5.4% NEW Brooklyn - American Ale - 4.5% NEW Brooklyn - Scorcher - 4.5% Brooklyn - Lager - 5.2% Flying Dog - Heat Series Oaked Chipotle Ale - 6.2% NEW Founders - KBS - 12.4% NEW Stone - IPA - 6.9% Stone - Cali-Belgique - 6.9% NEW Stone - Ruination IPA - 8.5% Schneider Weisse - Tap 1 Meine blonde Weisse - 5.2% Schneider Weisse - Tap 7 Mein Original - 5.4% NEW Pabst - Blue Ribbon - 4.6% As well as that, we've got Bernard Czech Pilsner and Beavertown Bloody 'Ell coming on keg over the weekend. Cheers, Tom

New beers this week

Hello! Who's been enjoying the sunshine this week? We've been busy getting some shiny new beers in for you to enjoy along with a smattering of old favourites. Here's what's arrived: Beavertown - 8 Ball Rye - 6.2% Beavertown - Black Betty - 7.4% Beavertown - Gamma Ray - 5.4% Beavertown - Bloody 'Ell - 7.2% NEW Cloudwater - White IPA Mosaic E431 - 6.5% NEW Cloudwater - Vermont ESB - 6.5% Hacker Pschorr - Munchener Gold - 5.5% NEW Hopf - Helle Weiss - 5.3% NEW Kona - Big Wave - 4.4% NEW Paulaner - Hefe-Weizen - 5.5% Paulaner - Munich Lager - 4.9% Magic Rock - Highwire - 5.5% Magic Rock - Cannonball - 7.4% Magic Rock - High Wire Grapefruit - 5.5% Magic Rock - Salty Kiss - 4.1% Mongozo - Pilsner

Father's Day gift ideas. Because great dads love great beer.

Father's Day is fast approaching (it's Sunday 19th June in case you were just about to Google that). If you're stuck for what to get for dear old papa, you can be sure you'll put a smile on his face with the gift of beer. Here are some ideas for things you could pick up from BottleCraft. For the lager lover Alhambra's Reserva 1925 is one of the most popular lagers we stock. It balances tasty caramel malts with grassy, floral hop flavour, and packs a punch at 6.4% abv. Pictured is a limited edition gift set containing two 750ml cork-topped bottles, plus two Alhambra glasses to enjoy it from. For the hop connoisseur Ruhstaller are one of our favourite American west coast brewers, and they have

New treats for the weekend...

Good afternoon beer fans. It's Friday! Any good plans for the weekend? Here's the new stuff we've had in, including brand new lagers from Chorlton and some cracking Kernels. As last week, beers marked NEW are either brand new to our shelves, or haven't been in for a while: NEW Augustiner - Lagerbier Hell - 5.2% Beavertown - Bloody 'Ell - 7.2% Beavertown - Gamma Ray - 5.4% NEW Blue Monkey - Chocolate Guerilla Stout - 4.9% NEW Blue Monkey - 99 Red Baboons Dark Ruby Ale - 4.2% NEW Blue Monkey - BG Sips Pale Ale - 4.0% NEW Blue Monkey - Right Turn Clyde Pale Ale - 4.3% Brewdog - Elvis Juice - 6.5% Brewdog - Hop Fiction - 5.2% Bristol Beer Factory - Milk Stout - 4.5% NEW Chorlton - Comet Lager -

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