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Aqueous Beers at Fram Leeds

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Another week and another set of marvellous beers are hitting our fridges; and with the quick removal of a bottle cap, the opening of a tap or the flick of a pull tab, all of that beautiful beery goodness can be yours.

This weeks theme: Dugges and water. I’ll explain. Firstly and more simply, we have three bottles and one keg from Sweden’s Dugges; a brewery from the country that is quite frankly winning at beer as of late. Secondly, there seems to be an aqueous theme to the breweries that are gracing our menu this week. It also works as a humorous coincidence which I can use to write a funny blog post.

Dugges – Pale Ale Pale Ale Pale Ale

So good they named it thrice. If you couldn’t already tell, this is a pale ale – but not just a pale ale, it’s a pale ale made in collaboration with Manchester’s Cloudwater – water themed brewery number one. A golden hazy brew with aromas of mango, lemon and peaches combined with a light grain and punchy, fresh and grassy hops at 6% ABV, and if the name, label or flavour doesn’t give it away: It’s a pale ale.

Dugges – Mango Mango Mango

Another beer name that sounds like an echo, but is in fact a representation of three mango flavours you will experience from each sip of this sour beer from Dugges and Stillwater Artisanal – water themed brewery number two. Mango X3 is made with two types of mango fruit with mosaic hops added for an extra mango hit. I’d now do some tasting notes, but I think the name has done it for me.

Keep your eye out for two more Dugges beers over the coming week, both made in collaboration with Stillwater Artisanal. Firstly, Tropic Thunder, a beer synonymous with Dugges; flavours of peaches, mango, pineapple and grapefruit burst out from a punchy tart base. Secondly, Tropic Folk. Tropic Thunder’s little brother; a combination of passion fruit and tangy lactobacillus at 3.5% ABV.

Westbrook – Gose

One of best modern examples of a traditional German style to come out of Mount Pleasant, South Carolina. A kettle soured wheat beer made with coriander and salt, this mouth-puckering brew is packed with flavours of lemon, sherbet and a slight herbal quality. This is a must for all sour lovers, and at 4%, you can have more than one.

Alefarm – Golden Orb

No beer list in 2017 can be without a big ol’ Double IPA and this one is a treat and a half. Denmark’s Alefarm have been making waves, most recently at Hop City and very soon, our taps. Golden Orb is a big 8% ABV imperial IPA with Mosaic, Citra and Amarillo, teaming with papaya, passion fruit and tangerine all on top of a strong carapils malt base and bound together in an opaque, golden-orange bundle of juice.

Omnipollo – Selassie

Bright, colourful, geometric, nameless label? It must be Omnipollo time! If there is one thing that this brewery does right, it’s big stouts. Selassie is no exception and a nice new direction for the Swedish giants’ more recent stout releases. This Ethiopian coffee and vanilla bean imperial stout is an elegant and thick black colour, with roasty malt aromas with heavy coffee, a dark chocolate bitterness and a dash of vanilla on the end. On sipping, this opens up into a silky, medium bodied delight of espresso, molasses, dark chocolate, burnt marshmallow, ash, roasted malt pushing on overdone toast and a totally masked alcohol presence. Grab a glass while you can! It’s not to be missed.

In all this excitement there is much more to keep an eye out for. Pressure Drop’s Pale Fire, a constant in our fridge, will be on tap very soon for when a bottle of this easy drinking and flavourful pale just isn’t enough, bringing our water themed breweries to three. This is along side Cloudwater’s Session IPA and Wiper and True’s Milk Shake to bring all the boys to the yard. Finally, if none of these amazing fermented offerings tickle your fancy, because none are served in a challis, ask our staff about our new Belgian selection, featuring Kwak, Brugse Zot, and the legendary St Bernardus 12.

This weeks blog by our very own Tom. If you like what you’ve read, you can follow his own blog, Probably a Stout, here.

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