In the midst of this crazy time we thought we'd put together five beers to enjoy responsibly during lockdown.
We think they perfectly compliment the warmer weather we're enjoying, and hopefully a reminder of good times to come. So, in no particular order, here
are some of our favourites:
1. Deya - Steady Rolling Man
Pale Ale - 5.2%
Created by this Cheltenham-based brewing powerhouse, Steady Rolling Man is a ridiculously tasty hoppy beer with incredibly soft and delicate tropical fruit hop aromatics and saturation. Not quite a session beer but close!
2. Grey Trees - Mosaic
Strong Pale Ale - 4.2%
A homegrown multi-award winning pale brewed in Aberdare. This gorgeous golden beer is described by Ray the brewer as 'a modern ale alive with citrus flavours
and a smooth after taste'. Single hopped with Mosaic to deliver tropical notes, it's fresh, juicy and a perfect pint whatever the weather to remind you that it’s not fruit juice. They’ve also released a non alcoholic version of Clwb making it even easier to enjoy.
3. Verdant - Lightbulb American
Pale Ale - 4.5%
We couldn't compile a list of our favourites without Verdant. As pale as a 100W light bulb but as juicy as an IPA, this is quenching, sessionable and we're sure you'll love it. Lightbulb's biscuity malt base has a hint of sweetness all drenched in fruity/dank hops to give it that true APA style.
4. Tiny Rebel - Clwb Tropica
Tropical IPA 5.5%
This is one of their core range and a firm favourite. Their liberal use of American hops has led to one hell of a juicy flavour - mango, pineapple, peach, passion fruit, grapefruit, it’s all in there! The candied fruit taste is counteracted by a little bitterness.
5. Wild Beer Co - POGO
Pale Ale 4.1%
This beer started life as a hoppy pale ale, but the genius addition of real fruit and lactose gave it a supercharge. With mouth-watering layers of fresh tropical fruits it retains the flavours of the solid malt base. Just when you think it couldn't get any better, POGO is available from Wild Beer Co as a 5L mini keg!
So those are our top five beers for a sunny lockdown, what are yours? Share pics of your favourite beers with us on Instagram by tagging @wearecraftrepublic.
Craft Republic is an independent craft bar bringing the best beer, cider, wine and spirits to Barry. Created by a local couple Craft Republic will be opening soon as part of the Goodsheds Barry development.