This year, we finally got our hands on Zywiec Porter, Baltika Porter and a few Goses, after much hunting. But there are still a few beers our there in the wild we’d like to track down. Here’s our hit list (and please feel free to tell us of any sightings, especially in London).
- Fuller’s Brewer’s Reserve — we think we saw this behind the bar at a pub in Borough, so hopefully this will be an easy kill, without us having to trek out to Chiswick. We’re unashamed Fuller’s fans and this one sounds intriguing.
- Uerige Sticke — thanks to Tandleman, we now know when and where we need to be — a nice mission for next December?
- Thornbridge Bracia chestnut honey beer, recently raved about by beer writers like Zythophile. We love Jaipur IPA and we found their St Petersburg imperial Russian stout glorious.
- Brewdog Chaos Theory — sounds intriguing — a mix between a wheat beer and a schwarz. Not so much chaos as harmony…? or anything that we haven’t already tried!
- Galway Hooker — mentioned on the odd occasion by the Beer Nut and recognised as a corker by various authorities.
- Something from Japan other than Asahi — Michael Jackson’s 500 Beers (our standard text when we were first getting into beer) lists all kinds of fascinating-sounding Japanese microbrews. Surely the next big thing, now American beer is becoming commonplace in the UK…?
- Estrella Damm Inedit — probably not that great a beer, but we’ve got an interest in Spain, and would love it if a proper beer scene developed there.
- American beers that aren’t Sierra Nevada, Anchor, Great Divide, Rogue or Goose Island, great as all of those are.
- Any of the apparently very exciting Italian microbrews on the market these days. Shock admission: we’ve never been to Italy. That might be a good starting point…
Don’t bother commenting if you’re just going to say “X beer isn’t worth the trouble”. Sadly, we need to find that out for ourselves, or we’ll forever wonder what might have been.