Ten beers to try at Sheffield's BeerAlive! festival
The Society of Independent Brewers' (SIBA) annual BeerX trade event returns to Sheffield for the fifth year from 16-19 March.
It also sees the launch of ‘BeerAlive!’, their new three-day festival serving all the Champion SIBA beers from across the UK in cask, keg, bottle and can.
For the third year Sheffield Beer Week will run in tandem.
The week of independent events is the brainchild of Hop Hideout proprietor Jules Gray, which she started in 2015 to encourage support within the beer community.
Below Jules gives her recommendations of what to look out for at this year’s BeerAlive!
1) Audit Ale by Lacons Brewery (Great Yarmouth) 8.0% abv
Lacons cite this ‘a modern expression of a historic recipe from 1916’. Dark copper barley wine taste with berry fruit and spice flavours and a smooth, sweet finish.
2) Session IPA by Bad Seed Brewery (Malton) 4% abv
Three hops (Amarillo, Mosaic and Cascade) are balanced with a honey malt body and tropical fruit notes. Match it with Karkli’s coriander flavour snack at BeerAlive! - citrus spice heaven.
3) Tonka by Hawkshead Brewery (Kendal) 8.5% abv
Brewed with South American Tonka beans, this has a unique flavour of vanilla, almond, sour cherry and cinnamon wrapped up in a rich stout.
4) Bearface Lager by Drygate Brewery (Glasgow) 4.4% abv
A citrusy lager using three different hops then dry hopped again with Cascade - a preferred technique for a burst of delicate hop aroma.
5) London Smoke by Five Points Brewery (Hackney) 7.8%
An Imperial Porter brewed with smoked barley and wheat malts; distinctive with rich flavours of dark chocolate and tobacco. Try it with Smo Fo’s hickory pork scratchings at BeerAlive! for a meaty umami partnership.
6) Oystermouth Stout by Mumbles Brewery (Swansea) 4.4% abv
Mumbles claim that using real oysters adds ‘a suggestion of bracing seashore freshness’.
7) Mills & Hills Imperial Stout collaboration by Fyne Ales and De Molen (Argyll) 9.5% abv
Jet black imperial stout with an aroma of prunes and dark fruitcake with a smooth treacle like taste.
8) Nelson’s Revenge by Woodforde Brewery (Norwich) 4.5% abv
Master brewer Belinda Jennings says: “Rich and floral aromas, sweet Norfolk malts and a burst of citrus hops embody this mouth-watering beer.”
9) Gloucester Gold by Gloucester Brewery (Gloucester) 3.9%
This golden ale uses traditional techniques for a crisp, bitter ale with tropical fruit flavours; a celebration of the ancient art of brewing once practiced by local monks.
10) Hopspur by Redemption Brewery (London) 4.5% abv
This amber ale boasts citrus aromas, biscuity malt flavours, and a slight sticky sweetness. Pair it with Barmies at BeerAlive! - the biscuity ale pairs with the peanut satay beer barm snack.
For tickets and further information visit beerx.org and sheffieldbeerweek.co.uk.