It’s the event that traditionally marks the start of spring. The annual launch of Beavertown’s blood orange IPA – Bloody ‘Ell – is one of the biggest beer releases in every beer geek’s calendar. Made using kilos of blood orange zest and juice, along with four varieties of US hops, this is a juicy banger in every sense.
Pouring a lovely, slightly pale, orange colour with a lovely fluffy white head, Bloody ‘Ell is a dangerously drinkable IPA that is perfect for summer barbecues or just for slurping away at in a pub garden. Coming in at a hefty 7.2% ABV, however, means that this isn’t one for the faint-hearted. Many an afternoon has gone awry following a few cans too many.
The beer is only available for a limited time, both in keg and stunning 330ml cans, so is sure to fly out of your fridges.
Or you could try
Fourpure Brewing Co Easy Peeler – If 7.2% ABV is a bit pokey for your liking, Fourpure’s tangerine and citrus Session IPA might be just the ticket. Weighing in at 4% ABV, Easy Peeler is a crushable and refreshing choice that won’t leave you reeling the following day. Available in 330ml cans and keg.
Best of the Rest
Wine and beer collide - Curious Brewery, the brewery owned by winemaker Chapel Down, has launched the first in a unique series of small-batch beers, each produced with a winemaker’s twist. ‘Curiouser & Curiouser Chapter 1’, the first beer in the collection, is a wild fermented Chardonnay & Bacchus sour ale created in partnership with Somerset’s The Wild Beer Company.
Everyday premium whiskies - The Famous Grouse has announced the launch of the Cask Series – a new range of ‘everyday premium’ whiskies. Offering a new take on the iconic flavour of The Famous Grouse, the Cask Series aims to offer lovers of blended whisky an affordable way to enjoy new whisky styles that incorporate flavours imparted from specially selected oak casks.
Basil Italian gin - Campari Group has unveiled a new super premium Italian gin O’ndina, in the UK. The gin is made in Italy using fresh basil and the finest Mediterranean botanicals. This combination of botanicals results in a deliciously refreshing, herbaceous flavour, capturing the contemporary allure of Italy in a drink.
Old Mout goes alcohol-free – Heineken has announced the launch of a brand new Old Mout Alcohol Free cider. Launching in a Berries & Cherries variant, Old Mout Alcohol Free is made in the same way as other Old Mout ciders.
Pressure Drop NEIPA – Tottenham-based brewery Pressure Drop has caved in to the trend and released a New England style dry-hopped pale ale. Parachute is made with Ekuanot, HBC431 and Citra hops, and was dry hopped at a rate of 16g per litre. The end result is a golden, hazy liquid, with a rich aroma, low bitterness and a soft palate.
Seville Orange Gin – Tanqueray Flor de Sevilla is the newest addition to the Tanqueray portfolio. the new blend is made with Seville oranges and pays homage to Tanqueray’s roots, when founder Charles Tanqueray used the world-famous citrus fruit in his original 1830s recipes. The gin is sweet and tangy with tangerine notes and hints of juniper and coriander.