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We're always proud of our selection here at Beer Hawk, but at the moment we're particularly chuffed as we've managed to get our hands on some rather special beers. Although it's tempting to keep them all for ourselves, we thought we should tell you about a few of our current favourites - we're nice like that. Some are limited release or don't make their way into the country too often, and some we think are just plain exciting!
Flying Dog is always a great starting point. This Maryland brewery is bringing out a series of four Imperial IPAs,
each with the same grist bill but heavily hopped with a different single hop variety. Where better to explore the
profile of HBC-431, an experimental hop which hasn't
even been named yet? At 10%, this imperial IPA is full-bodied with biscuity malts and a touch of alcohol sweetness,
but the HBC-431 hop itself is the star of the show. Alongside fresh pine wood and a veritable fruit salad of mango,
pineapple, melon and kiwi, this unusual new hop is earthy and spicy with a bitter lemon acidity.
Hop breeding is a long, involved process based on combining carefully chosen varieties to produce certain
characteristics, but HBC-431's creation was reputedly somewhat of a fluke. The mother hop - of
uncertain pedigree itself - was pollinated by random airborne pollen from an anonymous male hop. A happy accident,
and one which has worked out well for Flying Dog's single hop series. Definitely one for fans of big IPAs who want
to try something a little different.
Next up is another mega hoppy beer, but this is a million miles away from the sweet, tropical flavours of the last
bottle. Dry, refreshing and mouth-puckeringly sour, Sur Citra was brewed by gypsy brewers To Øl at De Proef
Brouwerij in Belgium. Sour pale ales
are rapidly growing in popularity and Sur Citra is a great example of the style, with spritzy carbonation and notes
of grapefruit, zesty lemon and unripe satsuma making it ideal drinking for a sunny afternoon.
Now here's one that may divide opinion: Rogue Sriracha Hot Stout Beer. Yes, you did hear me right! Known for brewing
weird and wonderful beers such as Voodoo
Doughnut Bacon Maple Ale and a beer brewed with beard yeast, Rogue has brewed up a one-off 5.7% stout using Huy
Fong's Sriracha hot sauce. Fans of Sriracha will no doubt be dribbling at the thought of trying this spicy beer, which the
brewery reckons is a great match for hot dogs, hamburgers and pizza.
Founded in 2013 by two American brewers, Edge Brewing in Barcelona was crowned Top New Brewer In The World 2014
by RateBeer. At 6.6%, Hoptimista is dry-hopped twice to give it that quintessential citrus and pine character; robust and beautifully bitter, this
bold American IPA was one of RateBeer's Top New Beers 2014. Having collaborated with other fantastic breweries
such as Lervig and Northern Monk, it's clear that the beer scene has welcomed Edge with open arms, but what will
they brew next? We can't wait to find out!
Last but by no means least, we just had to mention Founders Kentucky Breakfast Stout, or KBS as it's affectionately
known. Each year the annual release fills people with excitement, and it's easy to see why.
Weighing in at a hefty 11.2%, this imperial stout is brewed with chocolate and coffee then aged in bourbon
barrels for a year before being released to the public. Massive bourbon and vanilla notes waft from the glass,
followed by thick dark chocolate, roasted coffee beans and a lingering hop bitterness throughout.
Scoring 100 on both RateBeer and Beer Advocate, it's no surprise that KBS sold out almost immediately when we
got a few cases in! We're looking forward to next year's batch already, but in the meantime it looks like we'll
just have to get by on some of the other fantastic limited edition beers we've got in... It's a hard life, eh?
Every year, Beer Hawk releases a lineup of limited edition craft beer mixed cases for the holiday season. This year's lineup of festive Christmas beer gifts is guaranteed to put a smile on everyone’s face.
Remember the childhood excitement of opening a new door on your advent calendar every day in the run up to Christmas? It gave each day a little sparkle of festive magic, even though those tiny chocolates behind the doors were always a bit rubbish. How would you like to recapture that childhood magic, but with bottles of delicious beer instead of powdery chocolate? Sounds amazing, right? In that case, you need to get your hands on our Craft Beer Advent Calendar.
Pairing beer and food together isn’t all rules and science. That would make for a terribly boring dinner party! Instead, it’s the art of taking a good beer, some good food and partnering them together to make something even better. It’s the adventure of discovering what works, what doesn’t and what you like. It’s you taking a bite, taking a sip and then declaring your undying love for that imperial stout and chocolate cake.
Barrel-ageing beers is not a new thing, but it is getting more and more popular, and has probably never been as inventive. Adrian Tierney-Jones explores the new wave of ageing beer in wood
While some so-called off-flavours can be appropriate in certain styles others are not and may kill a little bit of your soul. Here's a quick guide to the most common off-flavours.
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