New Year, New Beer.....
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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12 months ago, shortly after the destructive reality of Covid became evident, I wrote a piece for a trade magazine (recently uploaded to our blog here…)
in which I opened with the very real sense of helplessness and fear which I am sure I shared with the vast majority of the planet. At the time, it seemed almost like staring into a black hole, knowing that you had to take the next step but blind to whatever lay below. I remember thinking (and saying to anyone prepared to listen) that this was “our generation’s war,” we’d never experienced anything approaching global conflict and in 2020 we’d reached payback time, only to be faced with an adversary that responded neither to bombs nor white flags (nor bleach). Frightened for ourselves, for our friends and families and frightened for businesses and careers that we’d spent lifetimes developing, all we could do, it seemed, was to keep washing our hands and hope for the best.
Back in spring 2020, Chris was asked to write a piece for the Wine Merchant Mag, a specialist trade publication, about his thoughts during, what was then, an unprecedented national lockdown. Published in May, we present the text to you here-
In northern Spain, some 95km south of Bilbao and bisected almost laterally by the River Ebro lies Spain’s most popular and famous wine region, a region of some 66,000 hectares of vineyards worked by 14,800 growers and dominated by some of the most celebrated names in the wine world.