Beer, glorious beer
Whatever you call it; craft beer, real ale, beer, we don’t care. All we do care about is the fact it’s well made and tastes good. Put it down to US influence, a government tax break, or a the general desire to consume things from small producers these days, who knows… Either way, this sudden increase in microbreweries up and down the country can only mean one thing. More good beer.
There are now over 70 commercial breweries operating in London (compared to just one in 1999!), with hundreds more around the country. And the growth doesn’t appear to be slowing down just yet.
What’s in the box?
The DeskBeers box is designed to be shared. Each box contains 12 beers made up of 2 or 3 styles of beer (sometimes four) from a single brewery (but sometimes more). We try a pick "crowd-pleasers" - great craft beers that are interesting but not too off the wall. Usually we send out bottles, but sometimes we send out cans. We always send you the best beer possible.
We buy beer from around the country every week. Here are two boxes we're particularly excited about shipping to customers at the moment.
Hammerton's first beer & named for the postcode in which the brewery is located. Packed full of NZ and US hops you can expect big citrus flavours and a sweet, malted bitterness.
Chicha is a South American drink made with maize. It doesn't have to be a beer, but in this case it is. The unusual (for a beer) grain gives this brew a deep purple hue and a realy thick and creamy mouthfeel. Of course, being a craft brew, it's loaded up on US hops, resulting in a beautifuly balanced beer that is quite unlike anything we've ever tried before.
Baron H (5.8%)
A black IPA brewed in celebration of Hammerton’s 1st birthday. It has been infused with no less than 6 (six) styles of hops!! The intense taste this creates is then balanced out with the addition of Earl Grey tea.
Take Control (5.0%)
Slaves are a brutal 2 piece punk/noise explosion that play at a frenetic pace. Brewed to celebrate the release of their album of the same name, Take Control captures some elements of the band as a beer. Eclectic in its influences and not afraid to try something new, this is a black lager with a hint of lime. Exciting, intimidating and utterly wonderful.
Take a step back, a deep breath and dive head first into this whirling moshpit of a beer. Weighing in at over 7% ABV, Stagediver is that brute in the front row that you would ask to step aside if his neck wasn't bigger than your waist. Look before you leap (and make sure you clear the railings).
Nice Time (3.9%)
When Signature brew set out to brew a beer with The Skints, the mission was to capture as much of that tropical-by-way-of-Leyton vibe that characterises the band's modern, British reggae sound. Exotic fruit juices enhance the hop flavours, and a good slug of oats gives this brew the texture of a beer with a much higher ABV. Really easy going.