New Year, New Beer.....

January 09, 2020

As we make our way through another dreary, if unseasonably warm, January it’s always nice to have something to look forward to, so we wanted to throw some beer-related joy your way.

Currently making its way across Europe to us we have a selection of carefully chosen beers from one of Eastern Europe’s most exciting breweries, Mad Scientist!

Founded in Budapest as recently as 2016 Mad Scientist has already, and some might say greedily, nabbed three spots on Untappd’s top 10 of Hungary’s best breweries between their main brewery and its specialist offshoots (MadX which specialises in alternative fermentation and long maturation, and Mead Scientist their ode to honey and fruit).

Previously pretty much all we’ve seen from Mad Scientist in the UK came in the form of collaborations with British breweries but we’re helping to put that right.  Towards the end of January we will be able to offer you the chance to sample the delights of:

  • Mango Bay – Their signature mango milkshake pale, juicy delicious and thick
  • Liquid Cocaine – A delicious and massively hopped IPA with a name that’s pretty much guaranteed to get the Portman Group clutching their pearls
  • New York Moccacino – Creamy and elegant milk stout brewed with cocoa, coffee and Madagascan vanilla beans
  • Frooth Hoperator – heady IPA with passionfruit for a gentle tartness
  • Rákóczi Túrós – don’t ask us to pronounce it, we’re just looking forward to trying this 10% imperial gose sour based on a traditional Hungarian apricot dessert


‘But wait!’ we hear you cry ‘we need some joy now!’  Fear not beer lovers, we’ve got you covered there too.  Tiny Rebel makes a welcome New Year return with old favourites like Cali Pale and Pump Up the Jam (jam doughnut pale ale – sounds like it shouldn’t work but somehow really does) joined by new-to-Connolly’s appearances from their award winning Welsh Red Ale Cwtch, the nostalgic and refreshing Rhubarb and Custard Sour, and their collaboration with French Brewery La Brasserie du Mont Saleve Mango Milkshake IPA.

Still not enough?  We received a miniscule quantity of Cantillon’s Fou’Foune yesterday morning.  If you’re not familiar with this masterpiece of the Lambic brewer’s craft a quick peruse of any of the beer rating websites should give you an idea of just how good this is (spoiler alert – Beeradvocate 100/100 & #1 Fruit Lambic, RateBeer 97/100, Untappd’s top-rated Fruit Lambic).  Unfortunately we have so little of this masterpiece in a bottle made from a blend of 18-20 month old lambics and Bergeron apricots that we are going to have to restrict purchases to one per customer.

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