Now the dust has settled after a wonderful, chaotic, boozy, beer extravaganza at Cloudwater’s Friends & Family & Beer Festival in Manchester last weekend, we take a look back at what we learned. READ MORE
2018 was a good beer year for us – we visited countless taprooms and craft beer bars, attended festivals in various countries and tried a frankly ridiculous amount of new brews.
Putting together a list of the Top 10 is a frivolous task but humour us – beer is meant to be fun, and we’ve had some fun reminiscing over the best brews from the last twelve months – so let’s get stuck in.
Verdant have crept into all our lives almost without us noticing. Unassuming and without great fanfare, I’m sure we all have a massive spot in our hearts for these pale ale mammoths of the UK craft beer community.
Beers like Bloom, Headband and Lightbulb have been providing us hop fiends with enough juice to complete our five a day for some time. If you fancy something a little more potent, their continual smaller batches push the boundaries of just how much hop flavour it’s possible to impart on the senses – See The Physics and Don’t Tell Gus are two recent examples of these stand out beers.
Needless to say, we were incredibly excited when they announced the release of their first imperial stout that hasn’t seen the inside of a bourbon barrel – will their skill with dark malt match that of their skill with hops?
If you asked us who make the best hop forward beers in the UK right now, three of the first names we’d come up with would be Northern Monk, Deya and Verdant. The three breweries have come together in collaboration to make this, Hop City DIPA, the second version of the beer known as Hop City released to coincide with the second annual, Hop City festival – a celebration of hop-led beers from some of the best brewers around the world. The festival itself takes place in Leeds City Centre, 29th-31st March, but we’re here today to talk about the beer.