5 of the best of this week’s beer and cider launches

Robyn Black

Robyn Black

23 October 2020

It’s been a busy week all round, not least for these new beers and ciders on the market

Chosen Family

A collab between South London brewer, Mondo Brewing, and the Queer Brewing Project, this is a seasonal American brown ale, part of the former’s Progress Beer Series.

The beer was brewed yesterday (Thursday 22 October) and will be released in mid-November with all proceeds going towards MindOut, the LGBTQ mental health service.

Queer Brewing Project founder Lily Waite, said: ‘I’m always keen to brew with a seasonal focus, so brewing a brown ale for the autumn is a dream! This beer is everything I want to be drinking as the nights draw in—cosy toffee and dried fruit notes overlaid with a delicious, but subtle bitterness—and I’m particularly excited about its impact too.'

5.2% abv, £53 ex VAT/24 x 440ml cans or £98 ex VAT/30 litre keg, Mondo Beer, shop.mondobeer.com

Fuller’s Vintage Ale 2020

The London brewery has unveiled its annual vintage beer, which this year champions British hops and malts.

Fuller’s has been releasing a vintage ale every year since 1997. Each time, a new recipe is created and this time it was the turn of brewing manager, Guy Stewart.

‘We’ve selected Herefordshire hops from Charles Faram which bring ripe berry fruit and tangy citrus notes, alongside speciality malt from Simpsons Malt that delivers a malty sweetness rich in caramel and raisin,’ he said. ‘It’s the balance of all these elements that makes for a great beer now and one that will continue to develop if you can resist temptation and store them for a few years.'

8.5% abv, RRP£6/500ml, Fuller's Brewery, shop.fullersbrewery.co.uk

Crafty Nectar 0.5

The bods at Crafty Nectar wanted to make the world’s best low alcohol cider but they couldn’t do it alone, so teamed with alc-free retailer Wise Bartender to create this 76 calorie, gluten-free, vegan friendly cider. It is made by blending fresh pressed cider with west country apple juice, to produce a medium sweet zingy cider.

‘Together we set out to produce a new no alcohol cider that offered full flavour and mouth feel,’ said Ed Calvert, Crafty Nectar CEO. ‘During development it was joked that a premium alcohol-free cider was as rare as a unicorn…well now it’s time to believe in unicorns!’

0.5% abv, RRP £1.99/330ml, Craft Nectar, craftynectar.com 


This new alcohol-free range from Scottish brand Days comprises a lager and a pale ale.

The lager is made with Hallertau hops to imbue floral and citrus notes to the beer, while  CTZ, Magnum and Herkules hops provide the pale ale with ‘vibrant tropical overtones and a clean grapefruit finish.’

Both beers are suitable for vegans and have 50% less calories than full strength beers. 

0.0%abv, RRP £25/12 x 330ml, Days Brewing, daysbrewing.com 


Portuguese brewer Musa Beer and Port producer Cockburn’s have joined forces to create this Port barrel aged brew.

Remistura is a Belgian golden strong ale with aromas of peach, pear and other light fruits, plus a hint of wood and vanilla from the barrel ageing. Great as an after dinner tipple with puddings such as crème brûlée, the brewer says.

9.8% abv, £4.75 /330ml, Fells, fells.co.uk 


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