Happy New Beer! I hope you're in the mood to sample something new for #Tryanuary, because we've got a brilliant line up for you in our January Beer Club. It can be a gloomy time of year as the excitement of Christmas and New Year fades, but at least you can rely on us to cheer you up with some fab beer!

One of the beers we're most excited about in the January Beer Club is Beavertown Applelation, a bramley apple saison. Small, Medium and Large cases will all contain a can of this 8.7% ABV saison, which the brewery originally named Barley Champagne. This name caused them a bit of trouble because the term 'Champagne' is a controlled appellation, meaning that only sparkling wines produced in the Champagne region can actually use that name! And so, this lovely beer was renamed 'Applelation' (see what they did there?). Fruity sweetness and tart apple notes mingle with a peppery Belgian farmhouse character,

Happy New Beer! I hope you're in the mood to sample something new for #Tryanuary, because we've got a brilliant line up for you in our January Beer Club. It can be a gloomy time of year as the excitement of Christmas and New Year fades, but at least you can rely on us to cheer you up with some fab beer!

One of the beers we're most excited about in the January Beer Club is Beavertown Applelation, a bramley apple saison. Small, Medium and Large cases will all contain a can of this 8.7% ABV saison, which the brewery originally named Barley Champagne. This name caused them a bit of trouble because the term 'Champagne' is a controlled appellation, meaning that only sparkling wines produced in the Champagne region can actually use that name! And so, this lovely beer was renamed 'Applelation' (see what they did there?). Fruity sweetness and tart apple notes mingle with a peppery Belgian farmhouse character, before finishing smooth, strong and warming.

Next we leave London and take a pilgrimage up North to visit a brotherhood of brewers making beer in a Grade II listed mill in Leeds - yes, it's Northern Monk! 2015 has been a big year for Northern Monk Brew Co, with a 200% increase in production, the addition of seven new tanks, and the launch of their core can range. We love cans, and this month all Beer Club cases include Eternal, Northern Monk's 4.1% ABV session IPA. Sweet tropical fruit and juicy orange are layered over delicate pale malts, with pithy grapefruit and a fresh grassiness making this beautifully bitter session IPA refreshing, light and moreish. Medium and Large cases will also contain New World IPA. At 6.2% ABV, Northern Monk's IPA is full-bodied and resinous, with toffee malts, sharp grapefruit and a lingering bitterness throughout. Intense yet rounded, this IPA may well become one of my beer fridge staples! Subscribers to Beer Club: Large get the full core can range experience with the inclusion of Northern Star, a 5.9% ABV mocha porter. Pouring with a quickly dissipating tan head, the strong espresso aroma hits you almost immediately. Milk chocolate and bitter coffee are the focus of this full-flavoured porter which finishes smooth and rich with a hint of sweetness.

This month we've chosen a few particularly hoppy treats to brighten the grey January weather. All Beer Club members will be getting their hands on First World Problems, a 6.2% ABV Belgian IPA from Stewart Brewing in Edinburgh. With prominent flavours of mango, pineapple and sweet orange combining with peppery Belgian yeast in this unusual brew, the fresh and fruity hop character complements the Belgian spiciness to create something rather good! The hoppy vibe continues with Golden-Age from Welsh brewery The Celt Experience, an dry-hopped pale ale at 4.2% ABV. Grapefruit, tangerine and sharp lemon take centre stage in this effervescent, unfiltered beer full of bright, zesty flavours. In our Medium and Large cases there's another hoppy Welsh treat in the shape of Tiny Rebel's 4.8% ABV Maori pale ale The Full Nelson. Taking its name from the liberal amounts of Nelson Sauvin it's hopped with, this pale is crisp and refreshing with bundles of juicy citrus and tropical fruit flavours. Light and thirst quenching with a spritzy carbonation, The Full Nelson is perfectly quaffable.

We hope you're enjoying January's Beer Club picks. See you next month and remember, keep sampling those new beers as part of #Tryanuary. Cheers!