Last week, the IPA dominated Three Beers. So – while I enjoy a juicy hop-grenade as much as the next drinker – this week I’m mixing it up. To quote Sleaford Mods, I don’t want to put my dog on a string.
Mad Hatter Tzatziki Sour
This beer tastes exactly like tzatziki.
I could leave it there, but it would be a bit of an injustice to just how much this kettle sour tastes like tzatziki. Mint, cucumber and even a creamy, yoghurty mouthfeel are all there. Yet it looks and fizzes exactly like beer. It’s like one of those hypnotism tricks where someone convinces you that you’re eating an apple, when you’re actually biting into an onion. I half expected Derren Brown to bowl in and start telling me he’s mindfucked me.
If you like tzatziki, you should drink this.
Stillwater Artisanal Big Bunny
This shouted out from the board at Brewdog Norwich and didn’t disappoint.
Maybe it’s because I’m a big whoopsy, but sometimes I find big stouts (this is 8%) too boozy, and often astringent.
But this was nothing of the sort, with lots of chocolate, malt, coffee and creaminess in harmony. It also has tons of umami – the flavour profile that I think helps stouts smash other beers out of the park in terms of pure taste. It was like a dash of fish sauce had been added, in a good way.
A beauty for dessert.
Nene Valley Brewery Bitter and Orange
A collaboration between Nene Valley and Gonzos Tea Room in Norwich for the city’s craft beer week, this beer is nothing but different.
Built around angostura bitters, it’s a spicy and citrussy IPA which didn’t quite work for me. But that doesn’t mean it wasn’t an interesting drink, which has to be the point of an experimental collaboration, and it was technically on point with lovely carbonation. I just don’t like marmalade – I have the same issue with Fourpure’s Juicebox – and this tastes a lot like marmalade.