News Of The Brews: This week's pick of the best new beers

By Robyn Black

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This week’s pick of the newest beers in the block, include a beer by cricketer Alastair Cook, an ale made with six varieties of hop and the return of a Yorkshire favourite.

Cricketer Alastair Cook has made a beer to mark his benefit season.

The Essex and England player joined forces with the Brentwood Brewing Company to make the 3.8% ABV golden ale, called the Alastair Cook Benefit beer.

The brew will be on sale in 20 TCG sites in London and Essex from the 16 April.

A proportion of sales will benefit four charities: MIND, Chance to Shine, The David Randall Foundation and The PCA.

“We’re delighted to have this initial exclusive listing of a beer linked to one of the biggest names in cricket," said TCG chief operations officer Nigel Wright.

"Cook’s name and image on the pump clip will resonate with his many fans in and around Essex and we’re confident the beer will sell well in our pubs.”

The devil in a bottle

Oakham Ales is venturing into craft keg for the first time with the launch of its Green Devil IPA in keg, which will also be going into bottles again.

“The demand for Green Devil IPA since we first launched four years ago has been huge,” said MD Adrian Posnett. “The return to bottle format and the move into craft keg now means that we will be able to keep pace with demand for this exceptional beer.”


World War 1 pilots inspire ale

Flack Manor Brewery is launching Hedge Hop, a 4.9% ABV amber ale made with six varieties of malt and three different hops.

The beer is said to have, “a deep biscuit maltiness balanced with grapefruit and spicy lemon from the pilot, challenger and cascade hops.”

The name comes from the term World War 1 pilots used when they were low flying over fields and hedgerows.


All Creatures returns

Yorkshire brewery Black Sheep is bringing back its All Creatures ale for the third year running.

The 3.5% ABV pale ale is brewed with fuggles, goldings and bramling cross hops with a “touch of wheat” to give the brew a creamy head.

All Creatures was originally brewed to celebrate the life of Alf Wight, a vet who wrote under the pseudonym James Herriot, on which the BBC based its successful TV series All Creatures Great and Small.

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