It’s been an absolutely glorious week. The British summer is showing signs of arriving in force with plenty of warm sun reigning down punctuated by the occasional ferocious thunderstorm. The weather is reflected by the styles of beers that breweries are knocking out at the moment. We’re seeing a marked increase in super sessionable ‘table’ beers and light, fruited sours as is to be expected but also there’s several West Coast IPAs rearing their heads. It’s a style that in my humble opinion, is far more drinkable than the heavier New England style hazy beers. I back up my claim with one of Whiplash’s latest beers as my recommendation for the weekend. Both Georgia and Kate pipped me to the post with their stand out choices. An incredible Belgian style session beer from Duration and a Red IPA from Burning Sky made top spots on their respective beers of the week list and worthy winners they are too. So here’s what we’ve picked out and why.
Have a wonderful weekend!
DURATION / PRESSURE DROP – FOR WALLACE
Only two of my favourite breweries coming together to brew this absolute thirst quencher. Super clean, citrusy, with a slight Belgian / bitter finish to keep you going back for more. Patersbier means fathers beer and this was brewed for Bates’s (one half of Duration) dad / Pater. A sessionable delight, get one down you and celebrate the dads. For Wallace 🍻
BURNING SKY / ELUSIVE – SPEND YOUR WISHES (RED IPA)
This is a great example of a traditional English Red IPA; unfiltered, malt driven and absolutely delicious. Ever since Parrotdog discontinued their Bloodhound Red Ale three years ago, I’ve been searching for a worthy successor. This once finally scratches that itch!
WHIPLASH – COVERED IN DUST (WEST COAST IPA)
I love a good West Coast IPA. For years they have been the less popular choice in the UK with hazy, low bitterness ‘juice bombs’ taking centre stage. Maybe this is why I constantly long for a great, crystal clear, bitter and hoppy beer that’s packed full of dank, piney flavours. A big shout out must go to Burnt Mill whose form for this style recently has been top but this week I’m picking out something new from Whiplash. It’s absolute precision brewing and sings to all of my yearnings to be back in California!