It's always something of a mad rush in September as we try to cram in orders with the last of our target breweries before we turn our minds to our minds Christmas and all the beery fun that entails. It's just round the corner folks, but lets close our eyes and pretend otherwise! From our customer's point of view though that brings a bonanza of new beers on board and this September has been no different...
September 2014 has duly boosted our range and I have decided to profile three of our newest breweries in the October Beer Club; Bad Seed, Left Hand and Salopian. Frankly, Salopian has been on my "Get this brewery in immediately" list for a stupidly long time. I tried their Shropshire Gold in a bottle more than two years ago and was really taken with how they combined the clean and fresh mouthfeel with such a hoppy profile and squeezed it into a 3.8% recipe.
About six months afterwards they started producing a stunning 330ml range of more niche seasonals as well, at which point I was hooked. These change fairly regularly but the current one Kinetic is a beautiful IPA.
I was asked on Twitter this week, why I'd taken so long to get Salopian in and the honest answer is I've just no excuse; it's a fair cop. Brilliant beers like these are exactly what we should be getting in... sorry for the delay!
Onward then to Left Hand Brewing and Bad Seed Brewery from Colorado and Yorkshire respectively and both of which Maggie, our Beer Sommelier has written blogs about separately, suffice to say both are producing beer that's a little bit out of the ordinary.
I'm particularly taken with the quality of Bad Seed's Saison, which is a style still rare amongst British brewers. I like it so much that I'll be squeezing it into our Great British Beer Selection in time for gifts at Christmas! Yikes, I said the word again - best go switch my attention from all these summery IPAs and Saisons to selecting a mighty fine range of porters, stouts and seasonal beers for the festive season....and I promise not to be so late with those!