June has arrived, bringing with it the promise of long sunny days - well, we can but hope! This month's Beer Club happens to include some rather exciting beer from the North West, starring two of the region's most unusual breweries: Chorlton Brewing Company and Mad Hatter. Though they've only been selling beer for six months, Chorlton Brewing Co. is making waves with contemporary sour beer inspired by traditional European styles. In this month's regular beer club you'll find their quirky Woodruff Berliner. Berliner Weisse is frequently served with a shot of woodruff syrup, but Chorlton Brewing Co. has incorporated the herb into the brew itself, resulting in a wonderfully easy-drinking beer which is tangy and crisp, with lemony sourness and a dry finish. Those who prefer their Beer Club Strong will be treated to Yakima Sour, stuffed full of zesty citrus hops and tasting lightly tart. Juicy oranges and grapefruit bitterness make this a beer which will delight hopheads and sour fans

June has arrived, bringing with it the promise of long sunny days - well, we can but hope! This month's Beer Club happens to include some rather exciting beer from the North West, starring two of the region's most unusual breweries: Chorlton Brewing Company and Mad Hatter. Though they've only been selling beer for six months, Chorlton Brewing Co. is making waves with contemporary sour beer inspired by traditional European styles. In this month's regular beer club you'll find their quirky Woodruff Berliner. Berliner Weisse is frequently served with a shot of woodruff syrup, but Chorlton Brewing Co. has incorporated the herb into the brew itself, resulting in a wonderfully easy-drinking beer which is tangy and crisp, with lemony sourness and a dry finish. Those who prefer their Beer Club Strong will be treated to Yakima Sour, stuffed full of zesty citrus hops and tasting lightly tart. Juicy oranges and grapefruit bitterness make this a beer which will delight hopheads and sour fans alike.

Members of the Strong Beer Club will also receive beers from the wildly creative Mad Hatter, based just outside of Liverpool's city centre. Hare of Darknessis a satisfyingly hoppy (pun not intended!) black IPA featuring the tropical, citrus flavours you get from Summit, Galaxy and Centennial hops, balanced with a decent roasted malt backbone. Also included is Toxteth IPA, a marvellously robust beer weighing in at 6.5% and starring Simcoe and Amarillo for that American IPA vibe. Lovely stuff!

So the North West has a solid presence this month, but what about elsewhere in the world? Flanders is known for its beer, and now the city of Ypres is home to the newly opened Brouwerij de Kazematten. Situated in historical casements once used by British soldiers stationed in Ypres during the First World War, Kazematten is run by Julie Depypere, the daughter of the owner of St. Bernardus brewery, and Maarten Ghequire, the son of the manager of Rodenbach. With a pedigree like this we're very excited to be able to include their first beer, The Wipers Times 14, in both the Normal and Strong cases. Famous for its gallows humour, The Wipers Times was a satirical newspaper printed in the casements by the British troops in WWI - 'Wipers' being how they pronounced Ypres.

Kazematten's first beer is a Belgian blonde brewed with four grains, local hops and herbs, and takes its name from this 'trench gazette'. The Wipers Times 14 has a smooth, creamy quality and a sweet character which is tempered by a subtle bitterness throughout. Flavours and aromas of mango, peach, grass, herbs and grain mingle before finishing dry and refreshing. A great start from Kazematten.

The Strong case also contains another beer brewed in Belgium, To Øl Reparationsbajer. Brewed at De Proef brewery, Reparationsbajer is a 'recovery beer', designed by gypsy brewers To Øl to be the ideal hangover cure (not that we're prone to frequent hangovers here at Beer Hawk, ahem!). At 5.8% ABV, this award winning pale ale is fresh, citrussy, and bone dry.

Back in Britain, and we've managed to nab some bottles from one of London's best breweries, Weird Beard. The hirsute Hanwell brewers have made quite a name for themselves over the last couple of years, brewing beer which manages to be both exciting and of consistently good quality.

For the Normal case we've chosen Fade to Black and Mariana Trench. Fade to Black blurs the boundary between styles, balancing hoppy grapefruit bitterness with a dark colour and roasted, chocolatey liquorice flavour, while Mariana Trench is a classic American-style pale ale. Clean, zesty and full of American and New Zealand hops, tropical fruit and citrus flavours sparkle, making this beer irresistibly more-ish.

The Strong case also gets the Weird Beard treatment, containing Decadence Stout and K*ntish Town Beard. Rich, full and creamy with a huge whack of espresso and dark chocolate, Decadence lives up to its name, while K*ntish Town Beard is a luscious American-style wheat with notes of marmalade, mango and grapefruit.

Well, that should be enough to get your tastebuds tingling with anticipation. There are plenty more treats packed into this month's Beer Club, but we'll leave you to discover those for yourself. Enjoy June - here's hoping it'll be all sunshine and sombreros rather than wellies and waterproofs. Cheers!

Rowan