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Ale’s Tales – New Week, New Beers

Lervig Aktiebryggeri - Perler For Svin

There’s a bit of a stereotype that Monday mornings are the bane of everyone’s life. Not at Fram Towers. Mondays mean new beer. Our office is filled with excitement, tears of joy – once I even saw a party popper go off – as we bring you the best possible beer, turning our joy into yours via your taste buds, and boy do we have some ballin’ bevs on the way.

Omnipollo – Noa

The beer that brought Sweden’s most sought after brewery to prominence and one that is impossible to say no(a) to; Noa is an 11% ABV dessert in a glass. This imperial pecan mud cake stout, is a thick, sticky explosion of toasty marshmallow, toffee, roast malt and chocolate, and that’s just from the nose. Take a sip and you’ll never look back. Think chocolate cake, brownies with caramelised pecans smothered in cocoa syrup, with a toasty, bitter sweet finish that leaves anyones face with a smile bigger than the one that adorns the bottle. If it’s anything like when we had this bad boy on tap, I’d grab one soon.

O/O – Muscles 

Carrying on the Swedish theme, O/O are a brewery from Gothenburg who have made waves of late and are well worth keeping an eye on. From them we have their 8.2% ABV double IPA, Muscles; a beer that interestingly does not specify what hops it contains, something to keep you guessing as this mega juicy DIPA flows from our taps. Expect pineapple, citrus and stone fruit followed by a slightly piney finish. The perfect beer to see us into the warmer months.

Mikkeller – Beer Geek: Vanilla Shake

If the name Mikkeller doesn’t do anything for you, then ‘Beer Geek’ should. No? Okay; Beer Geek VANILLA SHAKE. After the success of Mikkeller’s Beer Geek Breakfast, the Beer Geek range now sends shivers of elation from my beer gland. This 13% ABV oatmeal stout made with coffee and vanilla is one of the best beers to come from the Willy Wonka, one-man band that is Mikkel Borg Bjergsø. The nose will be sweet, with vanilla and cold brew coffee permeating through every sniff and sip of this outstanding beer.

Alpine Beer Co. – Duet

If you were ever to look up the top IPAs to come out of the IPA machine that is the American beer industry at the moment, this beer will be on every list. Modest, understated but nonetheless exceptional; this West Coast IPA is brewed with Simcoe and Amarillo hops ‘in harmony’. Made in California, Duet is a 7% ABV crystal clear orange, bursting with aromas of peach, apricot and pineapple, a caramel malt base finished with that west coast signature; pine, and dank bitterness all the way to the next sip.

Boon – Kriek

An absolute classic of a beer is hitting our taps in the form of Brouwerij F. Boon’s Kriek, a brewery that took the dying Lambic scene in Belgium and made it a pinnacle of todays beer culture. Taking spontaneously fermented beer aged between 1-3 years and adding cherries, this beer is perfect for Leeds’ warmer days. A battle between sweet cherry flavours and the tart Lambic creates a refreshing and satisfying beer, not only enjoyable, but also a celebration of historic and now eternal beer in one glass.

Lervig Aktiebryggeri – Perler For Svin

Getting back to Scandinavia and a brewery that have blown our minds recently, I.e. their 3 bean stout (back on tap very very soon), we have Lervig’s Perler For Svin. An IPA that ticks every box of a 2017 IPA, murky, juicy, soft, and then juicy again just for good measure. Expect Azzaca, Mosaic and Simcoe hops to give flavours of peach, orange, melon and white grape with a pine finish. New England meets Norway in Leeds. What else could you ask for?

Final one: all three variations of Magic Rock’s amazing Cannonball will be hitting our taps very soon, yes, that means Human and Un-Human. As well as their brand new 500ml canned IPA, Psychokinesis! Watch this space.

These are just a few of the exceptional beers that we have coming soon, so pop in and see what else we have for you. There is a beer for everyone, and our staff will always point you in the right direction.

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