With the idea in mind that January is a good time to try new things we’ve been looking at other UK bloggers’ Golden Pints posts for inspiration.
Some headlines: Northern Monk’s cans are impressing people (as they have us) and Buxton crop up frequently in the bottled beer category. Other recurring names are Beavertown and Magic Rock (the usual suspects, you might say) and Torrside, about whom we know nothing, but maybe that’s a Manchester mafia thing?
Our plan was to order as many of the bottled and canned beers as possible (or, rather, as is reasonable given our budget) and hopefully try a few beers we wouldn’t otherwise think to order.
The problem is that so far it’s proved tricky because the vast majority of the beers nominated are one-offs or limited editions released months ago and long out-of-stock everywhere we’ve checked. The few that weren’t — Magic Rock Inhaler, Five Points IPA, Buxton Axe Edge — we’ve already had more than once.
So, instead, we’ll using people’s suggestions as a hit list of breweries for 2017 rather than specific beers.
Anyway, in case you reckon you might have more luck than us here’s the list we came up with based on all the Golden Pints posts we could find using Google and Twitter:
- Alphabet Flat White (Hop Hideout)
- Almasty Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout (Myles Lambert)
- Beavertown Bloody ‘Ell (Martin Oates)
- Beavertown ‘Spresso (Brewers’ Journal/Steve Lamond)
- Beavertown Imperial Lord Smog Almighty (Glenn Johnson)
- Burning Sky Saison Anniversaire (Matt Curtis)
- Buxton Anglo-Belgique IPA (Beer O’Clock Show/Steve Lamond)
- Buxton Axe Edge (Mashtun & Meow)
- Buxton Bourbon Skyline (Beer Geek Blog)
- Buxton Yellow Belly (Beernomicon)
- Cloudwater DIPA V3 (Half Pint Gentleman)
- Cloudwater DIPA V4/V5 (Hop Hideout)
- Cloudwater DIPA V6 (Sharky)
- Five Points Hook Island Red (Ian Cann)
- Five Points IPA (Ian Cann)
- Four Pure Juicebox (Rob Derbyshire)
- Hawkshead Tiramisu Imperial Stout (Rob Derbyshire)
- Little Earth Organic East India Pale Ale (Tim Rowe)
- Mad Hat Tzatziki Sour (Barrel Aged Leeds, and us BTW.)
- Magic Rock/Cloudwater/Lees Three’s Company (Boozy Procrastinator/Martin Oates)
- Magic Rock Common Grounds (Jules Gray)
- Magic Rock Bearded Lady Grand Marnier Chocolate Orange Stout (Beer Geek Blog)
- Magic Rock Human Cannonball (Myles Lambert)
- Magic Rock Inhaler (Half Pint Gentleman/Craft Beer Channel)
- Marble Portent of Usher (Chris Elston)
- Marble Valancourt (Jules Gray)
- Northern Monk/Against the Grain/Nomad Clan Smokin’ Bees (Ed/Mark Johnson)
- Northern Monk Heathen (Simon Girt)
- Northern Monk Mango Lassi Heathen (Beernomicon)
- Northern Monk/Little Leeds Neopolitan Pale Ale (Beer O’Clock Show)
- Northern Monk Holy Trilogy series (Beernomicon/Barrel Aged Leeds)
- Old Dairy Tsar Top (Ed)
- Red Willow Weightless (Boozy Procrastinator)
- Thornbridge Days of Creation (Simon Girt)
- Torrside Brewing American Barleywine (Mark Johnson/Beers Manchester)
- Up Front Ahab (Barm)
- Verdant Pulp (Sharky)
- Vibrant Forest Imperial Red IPA (Glenn Johnson)
- Wild Beer Squashed Grape (Joe Tindall)
- Wylam Jakehead (Beernomicon)
Now, that’s specifically the beers named under bottles/cans — some bottled and canned beers were named in other categories such as, quite importantly, BEST BEER. (That probably explains Cloudwater’s relatively modest showing.)
We probably also just missed some lists altogether — it’s nothing personal, just let us know below and we’ll add a link (terms and conditions apply) — and there are a few more on the way, now that 2016 is actually over. But, anyway, it’s something to think on for now, isn’t it?