It is that time of the month, I am revealing the beers that we put into the October mixed case. Wednesday the 31st is your last chance to get your hands on one. Here below I am pasting the letter that I wrote to the lucky people who got their hands on a mixed case in October….
“I laaik it when you talk foreign in October blondie.” This is the name of the case that you have just opened. As you would have seen from the blog post we are bringing in a more foreign influence after last month’s all-South African mixed case. We also wanted to focus that influence on German and European styles. September is the month of October fests, but we had the We Love Real Beer so we have decided to do October fest in October. Confusing, yes, just drink a great beer and it will all make sense.
We are including tasting notes again for you to compare with your friends so let us know what you think and what your findings are. Also worth noting is that we have the Profiled Brewer case on offer at a discounted price. This month we are profiling craft beer revolutionaries, & Union. So go check that out when you have a chance.
The beers you have in this month are as follows:
- The Honey Blonde Ale from Birkenhead is light and tasty. It is a wheat beer brewed in a German style with a South African influence. It has fruity sweetness with a bitter finish. It is served best cold with a slice of lemon. That is what they do in Belgium so I think it is ok for us to do that too.
- Devil’s Peak Saison has a golden appearance with a fruity aroma derived more from the malt and yeast than from the hops. It has a good white head and a light haze in the colour. It is slightly fruity, slightly sour and lightly spicey. It has a tartness but is very refreshing and is brewed in the traditional French-Belgian style.
- Boston Lager is the first of the Boston Range, a deliciously crafted Premium Lager boasting a golden malty character that is masterfully balanced using four hop varieties. Crystal Malt creates the unmistakable malty body. A unique blend of Saaz and Hallertauer hops guarantees a fresh, crisp finish. Special lager yeast produces a long lasting, smooth aftertaste. With a crisp refreshing finish this beer goes down well served chilled on a hot day!
- Triggerfish Bonito. This is a clear light yellow color with a high, good lacing, creamy, white head. An aroma of malt, vegetable, spice and fruit. The taste is medium sweet. It has a medium body, oily texture, soft carbonation and a medium long finish. Look for the herbaceous compliment.
- Darling Slow Beer is in this pack as it adds flavor to a good session beer. Chill it and serve it in a large Pint glass. An extreme lager with a rich golden colour. Refreshing with a real hops flavour and rounded off with a mild bitterness. A great thirst quenching beer for those long summer days. Enjoy in “THE SPACE BETWEEN”
- Primus Premium Pilsner is another great beer for the warm summer days approaching us. It is light in body and has a low malt content. The main sensations are the bite in the body and the light bitter after taste. A European style that is perfect for the South African Palate.
- De Garve Golden Blonde – American style ale: A beer gold in colour, smooth with a delicate fruitiness, a light malty aroma and a light hop flavour, alcohol 4.5% by volume. An easy drinking beer for any occasion, but then who needs an occasion?
- Paulanner Weiss is one of the best Weiss beers you will ever taste, it has great body and huge head in the typical German style. You are unlikely to pick up much banana on the nose and it has even more pineapple than the Great white. Pour it slowly to let the full and perfect head form. This time say your cheers to Wolfgang.
- Coopers Sparkling Ale is a very popular West Coast Australian beer. Coopers are famous world-wide for spurring on home brewing through their international distribution of their Coopers home-brewing kits. It is a darkish brown, English style pale ale with an orangy nose and a subtle citrusy taste. It has a long mouth feel with a refreshing start. It is bottle fermented so can improve with age.
- Erdinger Dunkel. This is just such a delicious beer that it had to make a come-back in this October fest themed month. One of the easiest drinking, yet flavoursome dark lagers. You might spot a little bit of raisin and sultana with the subtlest of chocolaty-ness. It is lighter in body than the Weiss and easier to quaff, but still has a decent head.
- Swinkle’s is brewed by Bavaria Brewerij in the Netherlands. This beer is brewed in small batches and was originally just for the family of the brewer. You will notice it straight away for its beautiful bottle. It is light with subtle malt and hops with a light head. It is clear in colour. It is made in a Pilsner style and is thus a good summer beer for the rare occasion that you can get your hands on it.
- The Superbok. This famous and extremely popular Portuguese cerveja is classified as a strong pale ale and has a full malty flavor with very subtle bitterness and has far less hop aroma than American style pale ales. When you taste it, you will see why it is one of the most popular beers in Portugal, a country with discerning palates.
As I mentioned in the previous letter, both the brewers and ourselves would very much like to hear from you. So if you are interested please mail us at email@example.com and request a digital tasting sheet. Then once you and your friends rate, taste and evaluate the beers please email us your notes. That way we can all play a part in continuing to improve on the craft beer greatness.
I am busy deciding on the final beer for November, thanks for all the inputs from facebook and twitter. We will announce its availability on Thursday the 1st of November.