Beer Blogs

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A Flock Of Squawks

By Rachel, 15th October

Squawk is one of Manchester’s most exciting craft breweries, roosting under the archways by Piccadilly station, and we’ve just got in their full range! They brew a mix of styles – from mega hoppy and hazy IPAs, to traditional British stouts, to fun and fruity sours! I promise you, there’s something to suit everyone – Murphy (our shop dog) is particularly partial to the Pavo pale 😉 

With a small team of 3 three (well, five if you include the Doggos, Archie and Bernie!), Squawk Brewing Co is the kind of small, independent Manchester business that we all need to support right now.

And not only is the beer an excellent local tipple, but the cans are beautifully illustrated by local artist, Camille Smithwick, so they make an excellent present! At the moment, the full range includes the beers listed below – but watch this space, because I’m sure they’ll be brewing up something new very soon!

Pavo Pale – A classic british pale: low strength and with a refreshing bitterness.
Toco Pale – A lovely 5% pale stuffed with American hops for a fruity/citrussy kick!
Fuli DIPA – Mega juicy, mega hazy, and mega mangoey! With a soft and rounded body.
Bower Session IPA – Dried pineapple, juicy tropical fruit and resinous pine.
Cursor Raspberry Sour – Tart, but beautifully balanced by fruity sweetness and a dry finish.
Tyto Espresso Stout – Smooth, roasty coffee and chocolate flavours, with a light sweetness.
Passer IPA – Juicy, with tropical flavours of fresh mango and grapefruit zest.
Falco DIPA – A luscious sweet body and big flavours of fresh clementine juice and orange peel.
Corvus Stout – Dark and bitter, like my soul. Big flavours of toast, roasted coffee, and chocolate.
Orio Ekuanot Sour – A lively balance of fruity and bitter hops, with a light tart base.
Lori DDH IPA – Sweet and peachy hop flavours are balanced with a touch of pineyness.
Cali DIPA – Lemony and peachy, with a refreshing body: a real shot of sunshine!

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Farmhouse Beer Styles

By Rachel, 14th July 2020

‘Farmhouse’ is an umbrella term used to describe a wide range of styles, the most famous of which are saison, grisette, and bier de garde. These beers have their roots in the ancient European tradition of farmers producing beer for themselves and their workers. These beers were highly individual to the area, and even specific to each farm: the malt, herbs and other ingredients used for the beer were often from whichever crops the farm was producing, and the many indigenous yeasts produced many different flavours. Today, the beer style is just as varied as it’s historical counterpart – they can range from light and dry, to sour and funky, and often use unusual malts and other flavourings.

Burning Sky – Saison Provision £16
Based in an old farmhouse in the South Downs, Burning Sky are a British take on age-old Belgian Brewing tradition. This beer is fermented in oak foudres with saison yeast and then with a blend of Lactobacillus and Brettanomyces. The result is tart, crisp, slightly sour and incredibly refreshing. Enjoy with light meals like salad and simple seafood.
Burning Sky – Saison De Fete £17
This beer is light, tart and crisp, with a tight bubbly texture and a subtle spicy character from hops, spices, and spelt. Fermented with their unique mixed fermentation culture and aged in wine barrels for a year.

Brew By Numbers – Farmhouse Bacchus Blonde Ale £12.50
Brew By Numbers (BBNo) are a London based brewery well known for their delicious pales and IPAs, and they also produce some excellent wild and barrel aged beer. This Farmhouse is inspired by English Wine – Bacchus is a grape often grown in the UK and it produces tropical-tasting white wine. The beer was fermented with saison yeast, grapefruit zest and tropical tasting hops before being bretted and aged in wine barrels. It’s gently tart, full bodied and full of fruity notes.
Against The Grain – Fruitus The Farmer Beescake £18
American brewery, Against The Grain, is all about fun experimentation and looking at beer differently. This beer is part of their ‘All Funked Up’ series of sour wild ales. It’s a bretted – melon and honey – wine barrel aged – spelt saison (a bit of a mouthful!) The spelt and saison yeast add subtle spicy notes while the honey and melons (honeydew and cantaloupe) add fresh and fruity sweetness. Pair with Moroccan food.

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