Wylam were a brewery who first came to my attention in 2017, with a number of stellar IPAs and pale ales including Attracting Humans, Open to Persuasion, Swipe Right and Jakehead IPA.
Room 237 follows in those footsteps – it’s a 5.5% ABV DDH Pale Ale, double-dry hopped with Bru 1 and Galaxy along with a complex grist of Oats, Wheat, Dextrin, Rye and Golden Promise. It’s a hazy, murky, full-on juicy banger – it looks and tastes like pure orange juice, with underlying hints of pineapple and mango. There’s some bitterness there but it’s not over-powering. It’s a really easy-drinking beer. I’d call it a breakfast beer, if it was socially acceptable to have beer for breakfast.
My favourite thing about this beer, aside from the fact it’s boozy orange juice, is that it’s named after the room in The Shining – and the artwork on the can is a wonderful homage to the carpet from the movie.
‘What will it be Mr. Torrance?’… ‘Give me a hair of the dog that bit me Lloyd’… ‘A can of Wylam’s Room 237 Sir?’… ‘You set them up and I’ll knock them back one by one! White man’s burden Lloyd my man, white man’s burden’.
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