Beer

ale, lager, stout, porter, mild, barley wine – the list is almost endless!

Shepherd Neame Generation Ale

Well what a pleasure – to get a chance to review a beer that’s been brewed to celebrate the history of one of the country’s foremost brewery. Generation from Shepherd Neame marks five generations of the family at the helm, with five hops and five malts.

A sizeable 9%, it was left maturing for a year before release, so you are getting alovely spicy, dried fruit character. Vanilla, raisins, sultanas mix with chocolate and orange, which in turn mingle with hints of coconut and sweet spice.

9%, £17.50, Shepherd Neame shop & online shop

BeerX Festival of Beer

14 March 2013 - 16 March 2013

Sheffield will play host to a major new craft beer festival with the arrival of BeerX in March, as the Society of Independent Brewers offers the beers of its members to one and all. SIBA counts among its members pioneering breweries such as Harviestoun, Brodies, Thornbridge, Titanic and Dark Star, so expect a lively time.

Craft Beer Rising 2013

22 February 2013 - 7:00pm - 23 February 2013 - 10:00pm

Londoners are invited to join artisan brewers for the inaugural Craft Beer Rising festival at the historic Truman Brewery site in late February. Taste beers from around the world, alongside street food, with bands and djs providing the vibe. 

Shepherd Neame's Classic Collection

When a brewery is the oldest in the land – and organised enough to keep its records – you can betcha there’s some entertaining stuff in them thar archives.

And so it is with Shepherd Neame’s latest arrivals in its Classic Collection series.

Based on recipes from the 1860s and 1870s, its Double Stout and India Pale Ale offer great taste as well as a nod to history.

30th Old Ale Festival at The White Horse

23 November 2012 - 25 November 2012

What better way to celebrate a makeover than throw a party? And who do you want to come through that door, but your best mates.

That’s what’s going down at The White Horse on Parson’s Green this weekend.

The legendary south-west London beer and wine haunt has just emerged from a bit of sprucing up  (I never thought it was looking shabby, but have to say the armchairs and white-wall’n’dark-wood combo does look inviting) into the melée that is its Old Ale Festival – its 30th no less.

Melville's Craft Lager - Raspberry & Strawberry

Vibrant red, with a substantial head, Melville’s raspberry lager is bursting with concentrated Scottish berry aromas with lots of maltiness to support it. Made by those talented chaps at Innis & Gunn, real lager flavours come through on the palate, and the full-bodied texture is very pleasant. This could easily be deemed a raspberry equivalent of a lager shandy, and is a far cry from some of the simpler fruit flavoured fermented beers and ciders on the market at the moment.

4.1%; available from Sainsbury’s in Scotland and Tesco; £1.73/275ml; also from the online Innis & Gunn shop; £19/12x275ml  

Courage Imperial Russian Stout

The alcohol percentage on this one is downright frightening at 10%. But that's how Catherine the Great of Russia liked it, and she got what she liked when she made demands of her courtiers in 1795.

A bit of background here: Russian Imperial Stout is a strong dark stout dating back to the 18th century when it was produced at Thrale’s Brewery in London to export to the court of Catherine II of Russia. The high alcoholic strength was necessary to prevent the beer from freezing in the temperatures of the Baltic Sea on its voyage to Russia and along with a high degree of hop, it has the keeping quality of a fine wine.

10%; limited availability at the moment – it's only just been relaunched in the UK – but you will find at the wonderful Beers of Europe and beerritz.co.uk