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Ale’s Tales – Tom’s Last Words

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Tom, our Resident Beer Geek (aka Probably a Stout) is moving on to pastures new at Northern Monk Brewery to do what he loves, brew beer. Here is his final Ale’s Tales.

It’s finally here, the thing you’ve been waiting all week for; circled on your calendar, the notification on your phone, the thing that you just can’t stop talking about, it’s this week’s Ales Tales, and who wouldn’t be excited to find out what brand new beers we have for you this week at Friends of Ham? But seriously, there was no need to make that fan site.

Like that would ever happen.

The beers en-route to your taste buds this week are as follows:

Wild Weather – Don’t Pine For Me Apple Tina – Gose – 5%

If the name alone doesn’t warrant a try of this beer, then maybe its flavour will. For some of you it won’t be easy, you’ll think it strange, as this traditional German style of beer contrasts huge flavours of pineapple over a sour and salty backbone for a perfect summer beer. Goses are a really good gateway style for all things sour; afterwards you’ll be running around, trying everything new. Wild Weather is certainly a brewery to look out for in the future, for the names of their beer alone. Have I said too much? There’s nothing more I think I can say to you.

Magic Rock – Precognition – IPA – 6.5%

It’s about time we had another big IPA from our mates at Magic Rock. With its 500ml can and awesome as always artwork, Precognition is an IPA made with HBC 438, Yellow Sub and Ekuanot hops for big pineapple and mango aromas, added to by citrus, ripe apricot, pithy orange and pine resin with a satisfyingly bitter finish.

Alongside this you will find the beer that started the series off, Hypnotist, everyones favourite sour IPA.

Buxton Brewery / Omnipollo – Rocky Road Ice Cream – Imperial Porter – 10%

Ahhhh the bottles that look like a poo going for a jog! It must be one of the brilliant Ice Cream beers from two of the world’s most sought after breweries, crude as the image may look, it’s a marketing masterpiece as brilliant as the beer inside the bottle. Believe it or not, the aim of this beer is to taste like Rocky Road ice cream. It’s thick, oily, sticky and oh so indulgent. Expect aromas of heavy roast malts, dark chocolate, vanilla and booze. Take a sip and let this beer explode into an initially heavy sweet combo of marshmallow and cocoa nibs with a creamy lactose feel that turns into bitter vanilla, dark chocolate and some liquorice.

Wild Beer Co – Rooting Around, Summer – Wild Ale – 6%

Move aside Delirium Red, there’s a new cherry beer on the scene, this time, without a single cherry in it. As part of their Rooting Around series, one which ties together seasonality and foraging, this summer edition is made with cherry tree branches in the mash, buds and leaves in the boil and finally white and pink blossom added after the fermentation. After this, it is aged in ex Modus Operandi barrels for wild cultures to work their magic. Wild cultures such as yeast, not like Doncaster. This beer will be crisp and tart, funky with cherry tree nuances.

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