Best of Biercraft: From session lager to DIPA, the top beers for your list

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Drinks: Beers, Drinks

Last week, beer distributor Biercraft held its portfolio tasting in partnership with Indigo Wine at the China Exchange in London. We explored a plethora of flavoursome brews and selected the ones you should definitely stock


Braybrooke Beer Co, Session Lager

Braybrooke is a project born as a collaboration between 10 Greek Street’s Luke Wilson and Cameron Emirali, Stephan Michel of German brewery Mahrs Brau and Biercraft’s Nick Trower himself. Like Mahrs’ Michel, the soul of Braybrooke is evidently German, with a flagship beer made into the style of a traditional keller.

But with the UK’s rising trend for low-abv beer, it’s Braybrooke’s Session Lager that impressed us the most, with its enveloping malty palate and delicate, clean nose of honey, hay and just-ripe yellow stone fruits. It’s a sessionable beer with enough complexity and body to support a food match – perhaps a platter of cold cuts.

3.8%, £1.34/33cl

Cloudwater Brewing Co, Pilsner

A well-made, bottom-fermented beer is one of the greatest pleasures in life. Top craft brewery Cloudwater interprets the usually delicate and elegant pilsner style by beefing up the aromatics with a load of Motueka hops.

If the malt remains somewhat in the background, there’s plenty of tropical fruit notes to make up for the loss, with scents of melon, passion fruit and papaya. It’s an in-your-face lager that perfectly embodies the brewery’s style. Yummy.

5.2%, £2.09/44cl

Pressure Drop, Alligator Tugboat Simcoe IPA

We tried this as fresh as it gets, as it had been canned only a few hours before the tasting. It showed its youth brilliantly, displaying a bright, fresh and fragrant tangerine, orange and passion-fruit nose.

The palate delivered a very well-balanced bitterness, with plenty of tropical fruit and hints of honey and caramel. The alcohol is well hidden, so be careful…

7.2%, POA

Burning Sky, Flanders Red

This beer finds inspiration in the traditional red sour ales of the western Belgian Flanders. It might well be a style known only to aficionados, but it deserves a lot more recognition for its impressive drinkability and great potential when paired with food.

Burning Sky’s interpretation of the style is not as tart as its Belgian equivalents, but still delivers an impressive aromatic complexity. Plenty of dark berries, dried fruit and vanilla on the nose leads to a savoury palate, then to a dry, crisp finish.

6.0%, £7.49/75cl

Verdant Brewing Co., People Do Odd Things DIPA

Lots of American and New Zealand hops create an enveloping, enticing, caramelly, velvety, malty palate – this is what great craft beer is all about. With just a hint of relieving bitterness in the finish, the People Do Odd Things DIPA is not afraid of shouting about its sweet tooth.

Want something that can match a succulent poultry dish? Here you go. But if you’d rather drink your DIPA on its own, then there’s enough going on here to help you meditate on the meaning of life.

8.0%, POA

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