Happy Pancake Day everyone! Pancake related celebrations in Christian countries on Shrove Tuesday date back to around the 12th Century. Whilst I am far from being a Christian, I love Pancakes and will take any opportunity to eat them. Today seems as good as any. However this time I was inspired to try something a little different in the form of beer pancakes. After reading Melissa Cole’s recipe and one posted by Brewdog on their website my mind was made up, I had to attempt these.
Already having a large bottle of Punk IPA on my shelf it seemed the best option to use that, and drink the remains of the beer alongside the finished meal. The only difference between these and normal pancakes is that the milk in the batter is replaced with beer. I decided to make smaller, thicker pancakes and stack them. Here’s how it went:
All the ingredients.
Mixing up the batter.
Grilling the bacon, with a sprinkling of Demerara sugar on each rasher.
Frying the pancakes.
Served with a glass of Punk and a drizzling of honey.
As you can see, the end result was fantastic! You could really taste the tropical fruit flavours in each pancake from the Punk, and the sweet bacon was damn tasty. A gulp of beer in between mouthfuls enables you to taste the beer in the pancakes even more, and the sweetness from the honey was balanced perfectly with the hoppy bitterness of the beer.
I strongly recommend you try this as an alternative way of enjoying Pancake Day!
P.S. Apologies for not completing 12 Beers of Xmas, I was unfortunately visited by the ghost of Xmas chest infection. Hopefully I’ll manage next year!
12 Beers of Xmas - #1
Merry Christmas to you all! So now I’m full of xmas dinner and all the presents have been opened, it’s time to begin my 12 Beers of Xmas. As with last year, I will be reviewing one beer each day for the next 12 days, showcasing some of the best breweries from across the world which I’ve had the pleasure of experiencing this year.
So, to business. The first brewery I have chosen to feature is the excellent Tyne Bank Brewery. These guys have had a fantastic year, nothing but success and every beer they have made in the past 12 months has been great. I had the pleasure of attending an event a few months back at the brewery, at which they thanked local bloggers and beer twitters for their support over the year. Undoubtedly such support has helped, but with such high quality regular ales and varied, interesting specials I think they probably would have seen success anyway. It is one of these specials which I have chosen as the first of my 12 Beers of Xmas, their Christmas beer: Chocolate Orange Stout.
Brewed with 3 varieties of chocolate malts, oats, real chocolate and Curaco orange peel, this beer was always going to be good. It has also been dry hopped with Centennial, and excellent American hop, to enhance the fruity aromas. Its jet black with very little head, and it’s in the aroma where the orange really shines. Decadent yet subtle chocolate orange aromas give way to a sweet and fruity initial taste. Then the oats and chocolate work their magic with a thick, smooth and creamy wave of chocolate flavour ending in a slightly bitter, dark chocolate like finish. More chocolate than orange, but wonderful nonetheless.
Look out for even greater things from Tyne Bank in 2013, they are a really good small company run by passionate and friendly people, and seem incapable of brewing bad beer.
Keep yours eyes peeled for tomorrow’s beer!
Golden Pint Awards 2012.
This is my contribution to the Golden Pint Awards 2012, I’ve been looking forward to doing this for months as I missed the chance to do it last year. I have to say it took a lot of effort to choose one winner for each category, so I’ve included honourable mentions for most categories as well. The beer industry is producing some brilliant products, and there are several awesome people involved all over the world so it was very hard to single out the best. This is just representative of my beery experiences over the past 12 months. I have tried to be as non – biased as I can be, by not including Brewdog in everything as, being my employers, they are responsible for a lot of the beer I have consumed this year! Hopefully the winners I have chosen are fairly varied, so here goes.
Best UK Draught Beer
This has to go to High Wire from Magic Rock, on cask. This beer, as well as being amazing, has made me wonder why so many breweries make boring cask beer when it is clearly possible.
Honourable mentions: Buxton – Buxton Spa (Cask), The Kernel – Double SCCANS (Keg), Magic Rock – Curious NZ, Hardknott – Vitesse Nior.
Best UK Bottled or Canned Beer
Difficult choice, but I’m gonna give it to The Kernel – India Pale Ale Motueka Pacific Jade.
Honourable mentions: Cropton Brewery – Blackout, Brewdog – Tokyo Rising Sun, Summer Wine Brewery – Cohort, Brewdog – Punk IPA (in Cans), Bristol Beer Factory – Southville Hop.
Best Overseas Draught Beer
Ska Brewery – Modus Hoperandi. (Keg).
Honourable mentions: Stone - Oak’d Arrogant Bastard, Mikkeller - Tiger Baby, Rogue - Dead Guy Ale, Evil Twin - Soft Dookie, Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel - Aphrodisiaque.
Best Overseas Bottled or Canned Beer
This could be the hardest to decide, but I’m gonna go for one of the best beers I had whilst in Canada, Driftwood Brewery – Fat Tug IPA.
Honourable mentions: 8 Wired – iStout, Stone – Ruination IPA, Flying Monkeys – Smashbomb Atomic IPA, Cantillon – Rosé de Gambrinus, Left Hand – Milk Stout.
There are several more I could include here.
Best Overall Beer
Obviously a tough category, but I think it’s going to have to be High Wire, simply due to the fact that no matter what form it takes; cask, keg and bottle, it has been outstanding.
Best Pumpclip or Label
This one is easy, Odell – Double Pilsner. Although all of their labels are brilliant.
Honourable mentions: Magic Rock – Magic 8 Ball, The Kernel, Redwillow and 8 Wired.
Best UK Brewery
So many UK breweries of impressed me this year so it’s impossible to pick one absolute favourite. I know that’s a cop – out, but it just goes to show the calibre of UK brewing at the moment.
Stand outs are Magic Rock, Brewdog, Kernel, Brodies, Bristol Beer Factory, Summer Wine, Tyne Bank, Ilkley, Hardknott, Moor, Redchurch and many, many more.
Best Overseas Brewery
Again, hard to call, but I think it’s going to have to be Mikkeller for sheer variety.
Honourable mentions: Stone, 8 Wired, Rogue, Cantillon, Odell, Green Flash, Ska. Again I could list several more.
Pub/Bar of the Year
It’s got to be The Free Trade Inn, always a great variety of beers, excellent staff and a brilliant atmosphere.
Honourable mentions: Brewdog Newcastle (sorry I had to put it in!), Lady Greys, Bacchus, North Bar (Leeds), Friends of Ham (Leeds), Holyrood 9a (Edinburgh), Craft Beer Market (Calgary, Alberta), Grizzly Paw Brewing Company (Canmore, Alberta.)
Beer Festival of the Year
I haven’t really been to many this year so there weren’t many to choose from, so I guess it’s got to be The Continental’s 8th Annual Beer Festival. Good range of cask ale, good atmosphere and probably the first time craft keg beer has been available in Preston!
Also worth a shout was the craft beer festival at the Free Trade earlier in the year, some awesome beers on then!
Supermarket of the Year
I don’t really buy beer from supermarkets very often thanks to good local bottle shops and pubs, so I’m going to give this one to Booths. Back at home it is THE place to get beer from and is getting even better.
Independent Retailer of the Year
This one should probably go to Rehills as it’s the closest one to me. Beer Ritz in Leeds is probably better, but obviously I don’t get to go there much.
Also promising is Coppers 8 till 8 in Gosforth which has just recently expanded its beer room, it looks set to overtake Rehills so keep your eyes peeled.
Online Retailer of the Year
Not really used any thanks to good local bottle shops and pubs having take – out licenses, so I can’t award this to anyone I’m afraid. Maybe next year.
Best Beer Book or Magazine
Only got one this year and I haven’t finished it yet, but its damn good so far so it goes to ‘Shakespeare’s Local’ by Pete Brown. Hoping for some of his back catalogue for Xmas!
Best Beer Blog or Website
Hand’s down ‘Oh Beery Me’. The dedication along is worth the award, but the fact Andrew has kept it entertaining, varied and original all year makes it even better. I just worry for his liver and bank balance!
Best Beer Twitterer
Hmm this one is tricky, @sheriffmitchell probably deserves it, or maybe @ZakAvery. It’s just people talking about beer really.
Best Online Brewery Presence
Well it has to be Brewdog really doesn’t it.
Food and Beer Pairing of the Year
I am big fan of chocolate cake and Brewdog’s Tokyo, but I think I the winner for me here has to be the chicken and bacon sandwich with twice fried chips, onion rings and a bottle of 5AM Saint I had at Red’s True BBQ in Leeds. That was lush.
In 2013 I’d most like to…
Finish my degree, start home brewing, start playing music again, attend more beer festivals. The last three will all begin after the first one happens.
Open category – you decide the topic
For this I’m gonna do ‘Ones to Watch for 2013’. Not really an award I know but who cares. Just some UK breweries that I either haven’t got round to trying yet, or only have limited experience of, breweries which I think could have a big break next year. So here’s a few to look out for: Redchurch, By the Horns, Out There, Cromarty, Stringers.
Here’s to a great 2013 that will hopefully be full of as many beery treats and surprises as this year!
Leeds and stuff.
It’s been a while since I wrote anything on here, unfortunately being in my final year leaves me little time to do things like this and writing about beer has had to take a back seat. This won’t last forever, just until I finish uni. Anyway my essays are all done for this term so let me tell you about some of the beer related things I’ve been up to. I started writing this a while ago but essays kind of got in the way.
A couple of weeks ago I took a two days off uni work to go down to Leeds with some mates. I love Leeds. I only ever have a great time when I go thanks to the plethora of brilliant pubs and vibrant music scene, and this is exactly what I went for once again. Wednesday night was ska based debauchery in the form of the excellent Mad Caddies, but being on driving duty there was no beer for me, so Thursday was a pub day! After a squint around the Royal Armories in the morning we then headed to Red’s True BBQ for some scran. It’s a brilliant place and I’d strongly recommend it; great quality, tasty food and all washed down with a very good choice of draught and bottled beer which doesn’t often happen in a restaurant. I plumped for this:
Suitably fed we then hit some pubs. Now I’ve been drinking in Leeds before and I’ve been to most of the best places already, but none of them ever get boring. We started out in the Leeds Brewery Tap just near the train station. A very smart pub with excellent choice of beer and a small brew kit upstairs which they use to make their small batch craft beers just for the bar. However on seeing Magic Rock’s High Wire NZ on cask I couldn’t have chosen anything else. Sublime, those guys can’t make a bad beer.
Next up was a new bar which I’d been itching to visit. Friends of Ham hasn’t been open long but already seems to have a great name for itself, and with good reason. You have to check this place out. On entering we were greeted by very friendly and obviously passionate staff, great choice of cask and keg beer, some awesome looking cured meat and the wonderful smell of hot, spiced cider. All of this packed into a tiny room no bigger than a small shop, with stairs leading down to a large basement room with a brilliant atmosphere. Favourites of mine Hardknott Brewery had hosted a tap takeover a couple of days before so there was plenty of their beer to be enjoyed including the immense Colonial Mayhem, an 8% mild! (Not very mild I know.) We stayed here for a while, but I could have stayed all night if we didn’t have another gig to go to. Friends of Ham is without doubt one of the best bars I’ve been to, and I will certainly be back for a longer stay next time. Cannot sing the praises of this place enough, you must go.
Oh and they have a shuffleboard!
After a brilliant gig at the academy from my favourite band, The Levellers, we rushed to one of the longest running craft beer pubs in the country, the excellent North Bar. The choice here is always fantastic, great local cask ale and some of the world’s best keg beer, not to mention the choice of bottles. The highlight for us was Kelly’s bottle of Ska Brewing Steel Toe Milk Stout, like drinking silk! Can’t remember most of the beer we had there, but it was all good and the atmosphere was great.
Any of you who actually read this might remember last Christmas I did my ’12 beers of xmas’. Well I’m doing it again coz it was bloody good fun. The point is for me to showcase a dozen beers from some of the breweries I have enjoyed most over the year, by reviewing one beer on each of the 12 days of Christmas, starting on Christmas day. I’ve narrowed the breweries down and already bought 6 of the beers, but I’m still deciding on the last few. Keep your eyes out and hopefully you will enjoy reading the reviews as I write them.
A Few Canadian Beers, Part 2.
I miss being in Canada quite a bit, so I thought I’d write about some more of the awesome beers I had while I was out there! So here are just a few more examples of British Columbia’s excellent brewing scene, a some from a bit further afield.
Fernie Brewing Company have been going since 2003 and seem to have built themselves a pretty solid reputation. Their location on the edge of the Rocky Mountains means they get to use water that looks like this:
Not fair eh?! I only managed to get my hands on one of their beers, a new one for 2012 called Lone Wolf IPA. It looked to me like it hadn’t been filtered, with a hazy orange glow and a very powerful grapefruit aroma from a whole load of dry hopping. It wasn’t too heavy and had a light but lingering, juicy flavour with hints of mango.
Vancouver Island Brewery seemed to feature quite a lot in the shops, and their dark lager stood out to me as one of their best. Named after one of their first brewers, Hermann’s Dark Lager is jet black with a slightly brown head. A lightly toasted aroma gives way to a fairly thick mouthfeel with strong hints of chocolate. Apparently Hermann brought the recipe from Germany when he moved to Vancouver and began work at the brewery.
Now I have to tell you about this next brewery because they simply blew me away. Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery are everything I love about beer. From their brilliantly bizarre bottles to the amazing taste of the beer, everything about them made me happy. We need more breweries like this. I had the pleasure of trying two of their beers, Hoptical Illusion Almost Pale Ale, a very dry and bitter amber coloured ale with woody and zesty flavour, which was fantastic, but not as good as the other one I had: Smashbomb Atomic IPA. This wonderful creation has a deep golden colour with a piercing citrus aroma which rips its way up your nose. As soon as it enters your mouth there is a huge tropical hit; it’s dry, fruity and very bitter. According to their website they add hops at every stage of the process. This beer is literally one of the best IPA’s in the world; we need this beer in Britain. See for yourself just how mad they are: http://theflyingmonkeys.ca/
Unfortunately writing this has made me miss Canada even more. Damn.
Well it’s that time of year again, the freshers are here. Hoards of them pouring into the city and hungry for booze. A lot of booze. What this means is that on Wednesday at Northumbria uni’s Societies Fair I will be setting up shop along with my comrades from the Ale and Cider Society, in an attempt to recruit new members to the cause.
The main appeal, we think, of our society is to give something to those students who want more than cheap trebles when they venture out into the toon. It’s not exactly news that we are spoilt for choice in this city, but for people who have never been here all of the great pubs and bars may seem a little hard to find. This is where we step in, with our collective knowledge of the local beer, cider and pub scene we hope we can help. If you know anybody who is starting university in Newcastle, at either institution, please encourage them to head along to the Northumbria Students Union tomorrow between 10 and 4 to check us out.
Oh I almost forgot to mention, we have free beer to give out all day courtesy of our friends at the Tyne Bank Brewery!
Also while I’m posting something I might as well mention that this Thursday from 7 at Brewdog there will be Firestone Walker beers on draft for the first time in Europe! Firestone Walker is regarded as one of the best U.S. craft breweries. I am excited, and you should be too.
A Few Canadian Beers, Part 1.
Wow, where to start? After spending an incredible 3 weeks in British Columbia and Alberta, Canada I can safely say that there are some damn fine beers out there! I’ll write up my beery findings over a few posts, but I thought it best to just dive in and introduce you to some of the best ones I sampled during my time in BC. Craft brewing in Canada is something pretty new, the last time my relatives came to England, maybe 5 or 6 years ago I’m not quite sure, they were blown away by the amount of choice here. This was my first visit to Canada, and it would seem the tables have turned. Here are just some of the best I came across, as I had far too many to remember!
I’ll kick off with one of my favourites, Fat Tug IPA from Driftwood Brewery was quite widely available in Liquor stores in BC, and we also managed a few pints of this citrusy hop beauty in a bar, in the sun, after a day of kayaking. Jealous? You should be! A Californian style IPA which was well balanced and beautifully bitter. I managed to bring a bottle of it home but I’ll be saving it for a special occasion I think.
Another excellent IPA I sampled a fair few times is Lighthouse Brewery’s Switchback IPA. This beer had a downhill bike on the label so I was instantly sold! Big flavours too which won me over immediately with its huge citrus hop smack, strong grapefruit aroma and a very bitter and resinous finish which just kept going! I enjoyed a few of these after shredding Whistler Bike Park, the perfect ‘après pinning’ beer.
It wasn’t all IPAs though, BC certainly packed a punch in the stout department too. A highlight was Diamond Head Oatmeal Stout from the excellent Howe Sound Brewery, based in Squamish, BC. All of their beers came in 1.5 litre bottles with a stopper similar to a Grolsch bottle. This one was thick and dark with a chocolaty aroma, and boasted a very creamy texture with a lovely, delicate chocolate flavour.
Another great beer from the same brewery was Garibaldi Honey Pale Ale. Something I noticed in both BC and Alberta was that most breweries offered some sort of honey beer, and they were all excellent. Honey beers in Britain, at least the ones I can recall, have always been disappointing, so it was nice to taste some that changed my perceptions on honey beers. This one was unique amongst others though, as it had a piercing dryness and very bitter finish. In your mouth it felt like a very strong Scottish heather honey, but the smoothness of the honey was quickly battered into submission by a bucket load of hops. Very tasty.
Back to the IPAs then. This offering from The Tin Whistle Brewing Company entitled Scorpion Double IPA was something a bit different. Some people say that all North American IPAs taste the same, with nothing but citrus hop flavours, but this one broke this mould. Quite dark in colour for an IPA and the aroma burst out of the glass with strong toffee and pine hints. Much heavier on the malt side of things in terms of flavour with smooth caramel notes and a long woody, resinous hop finish. Good to see that BC’s young craft brewing scene is already challenging the norm.
I’ll leave it there for now and tell you about some more beers later, I’m off to Brewdog Newcastle to meet the guys from Flying Dog, it’s a hard life!
A Grand Day Out.
Hi all, yes I know it’s been ages since I wrote anything and I promise to rectify this, so what better way to get back into it by diving in and telling you about some excellent places in York where I went for a few drinks with my mates recently.
After a look around the railway museum and a brilliant hog roast butty we could hold off no longer, and ventured to a pub. Pivni was our first stop, and what a place. Located on a lovely narrow street is a crooked and charming Tudor building which is home to this fantastic bar. As we entered we were all immediately impressed with the choice of drinks, no cheap lager or watery bitter here, only the finest in British, European and American draft and bottled beers. On seeing Stone Brewery’s Oak’d Arrogant Bastard on draft, my decision was quickly made and a third pint of this mesmerising and complex ale seemed to perfectly match the building’s charm and character. We opted to perch around a table on the ground floor by the large open windows backing onto the street, perfect for soaking up the bustling atmosphere of the city. We didn’t fancy moving, so we stayed put other than to replenish our glasses A refreshing pint of Hardknott Brewery’s Light Cascade did the job, matching the weather perfectly. Friendly and knowledgeable staff combined with a simply beautiful pub and a great choice of beer, I would highly recommend a stop at Pivni if you find yourself in York.
We went to many places after leaving Pivni, but by far the most interesting was the House of Trembling Madness. Brilliant name, brilliant place. On the ground floor is an off license like no other, the choice of bottled beer here is simply staggering, and my wallet was left hurting. Upstairs is a surprisingly large and bright room with a fair few dead things hanging off the crooked walls. We were feeling peckish, and the food here did not disappoint. Most of us plumped for the “Hunter’s Platter” as it was basically every kind of meat imaginable on a board, very tasty. The bar however was tiny, and with limited choice, but what was there was excellent and enough for a quick stop. We left replenished, merry and with bags full of bottles to add to the beer shelf.
Another place well worth a mention is the York Tap. This pub is located in the railway station and is run by the Pivni group, a group who know a thing or two about beer. I didn’t even dare to count how many hand pulls this place boasted, I think around 20, with the best part of a dozen keg lines piping some of the best craft beer in the world into your glass. It was here where we had our last beers before hopping on a train home, and I finished on the truly epic Stone Ruination IPA. A 7.7% Californian hop monster with other worldly amounts of bitterness and an awesome citrus kick. So with my taste buds suitably abused it was back to Newcastle until next time.
I’ve had far too many great beers recently to fit in here, so here is just a few:
Lagunitas – Maximus IPA: Glowing orange colour with a sweet golden syrup aroma, heavy and smooth mouthfeel with candied orange, peach and pineapple flavours.
The Kernel – Chinook Pale Ale: Hazy blonde colour with a rich mango aroma. Taste is tart with strong citrus flavours, a long bitter finish and hints of bitter limes.
8 Wired – iStout: Pours thick with very thin dark brown head, deep chocolate aroma with hints of roast coffee. Very thick and creamy mouthfeel with strong but smooth chocolate flavours. One of the best imperial stouts I’ve ever had.
Camden Town Brewery – Hells Lager: Extremely pale in colour with a thin head. Bright, floral aroma and a strong, bitter taste. Definitely a very long way from your average lager.
I promise I will review more beers and try to keep on top of this blogging lark!
North of the Border.
Last week I made the trip to the wonderful city of Edinburgh for a few days with my girlfriend, and had the pleasure of visiting some wonderful pubs. It was a relief to find a few places for a nice pint that weren’t attempting to cash in on the tourist trade and clearly cared about being great places to unwind. I’m sure we only scratched the surface, but here are my two favourite places we visited.
After a long, busy and fun day of sightseeing, we headed to this smart pub for some beer and to gorge on something from their reputed burger menu. The previous night we had eaten in a very upmarket restaurant called The Witchery, which was excellent, but not really my scene. This was much more up my street. An excellent choice of beer from some of my favourite breweries and some more local ones as well, and the burger was sublime. Also the chocolate sundae went very well with the kegged Summer Wine Brewery Barista which was one of many beers available. Well worth a visit if you’re in the city, and to top it off, probably the friendliest and most helpful bar staff I have ever come across. A great pub, I recommend the chilli burger.
We visited Cloisters on a recommendation and were very impressed. An excellent choice of cask beers and ciders and some good stuff on keg too. A cosy atmosphere and a very helpful barman meant that this was a lovely place to stop for a few beers. The part that impressed me the most about this place however, was that instead of Guinness which they had previously served, they offered Black Isle Brewery’s Porter on keg, and in place of a boring and tasteless lager, Black Isle’s Blonde Lager was the main choice on that front. It goes to show that there is obviously a growing demand for great quality drinks, and people are clearly calling for a tasty and (relatively) locally sourced alternative to the mass produced beers such as Guinness. This is something which I believe more pubs should do. Many craft breweries produce alternatives to the popular styles of beer in Britain as well as their more adventurous brews, and pubs would do well to serve these along side, or instead of, the well known brands. As beer prices continue to rise, it might just get people spending their hard earned cash on a pint that actually tastes of something. Pubs like Cloisters are setting a good example.
In an attempt to keep this blog as unbiased as possible I won’t review Brewdog Edinburgh, but we went there too, and it was awesome.
Its gone to the Dog’s…
It’s been a very busy past couple of weeks getting everything dialled in at Brewdog Newcastle, but it has been worth every little bit of effort. As many of you know the bar is now fully open and is jam packed full of incredible beer both on draft and in bottles. Congratulations is certainly in order for Mark and the rest of the management team for working relentlessly to get the bar to the stage it’s at in such a short space of time, and for putting together a brilliant team to run the place.
Starting a new job is always nerve racking, and this was no exception. My first shift was last Thursday, the night where beer geeks and bloggers were invited to join in tasting sessions and sample some of the best beer we had to offer. Under the watchful eye of the biggest names in Brewdog, we all worked our socks off to bring you punters what I hope was an informative and enjoyable evening, one of many more to come.
Popular beers from the opening nights include the IPA is Dead series; four beers brewed with the same malts at the same ABV, each hopped with a different variety of hop from four different countries to showcase the qualities of each of the hops. The most popular seemed to be Motueka, the beer named after the New Zealand hop. Also popular was the awesome Paradox Jura, which could be one of the best beers Brewdog have ever made, and the extreme imperial stout Tokyo*. There are many more awesome beers to come, so get yourself down there if you haven’t already. There is also a vintage pinball machine!
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Some good beers I’ve had the pleasure of drinking recently:
Lagunitas – Little Sumpin’ Wild: Glowing golden colour with a sweet and fruity aroma carrying hints of apricot. The taste is sweet at first followed by a big Belgian yeast hit, leading to a zesty and surprisingly delicate tropical fruit finish. Very well balanced and tasty beer.
Great Divide – Yeti Imperial Stout: My contribution to the recent #impoff twitter event. This beer is big, it pours thick and jet black with a very dark brown head. The aroma is big and heavy with strong roast flavours and a heady alcohol hint. At first there is a strong roast coffee taste with hints of burnt currents, this is then followed by a very bitter hoppy finish for such a dark beer.
Bristol Beer Factory – Southville Hop: Hazy amber colour with a wonderful citrus aroma. Mouth puckering citrus fruit flavour with hints of mango and lime and a long, dry finish.