The Craft Beer Box
This is our signature box, our continuing rampage through the best and the brightest of independent UK brewing culture. Each week sees a new brewery commandeer our cardboard and showcase their beer. From the breweries you know and love to those you don’t yet know you love, every week we select something different for you to look forward to.
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.
Yu Lu (3.6%)
Yu Lu takes inspiration from ancient Chinese tea culture and is a session strength Pale brewed with loose leaf tea and Siren's Vermont Ale yeast. Fresh and floral, and balanced out with a bitter finish. A really well balanced session ale.
Siren's first commercially-available lager is a heavyweight. Using an American Lager yeast strain yields a light, effervescent body, whilst a veritable frenzy of dry-hopping (Amarillo, Mosaic, Simcoe and Citra) imparts to the brew a bevy of citrus and tropical fruit notes. It wouldn't be quite right to call this a lager/pale hybrid, but Santo does combine some of the most appealing characteristics of each of those styles.
Broken Dream (6.5%)
This beer describes itself as a "breakfast" stout - a nod to the oat, coffee and lactose (a sugar derived from milk) that go into making it. All that breakfast fodder makes for a rich, kinda sweet beer with loads of roasty-toasty (technical term) flavours. But with an ABV to match all that oomf, I don't think we'll be putting it on our cornflakes anytime soon.
Packed with citrus flavours - think grapefruit and lemons - Berliner Weisse is an eminently drinkable style of wheat beer. Sour and fruity like a bag of Tangfastics. That acidic bite is the hallmark of the style, and is what makes it such a refreshing drink.
Sunny Side (4.0%)
We love a Session IPA here at DeskBeers. Loads of flavour, but with an ABV that keeps things respectable in the workplace (hey, we're professionals). This one is hopped up with loads of those juicy New World hops over a bright, clean malt base.
Kitchen Porter (5.2%)
Coffee, toffee and roasted malt abounds in this American style twist on a British classic. The body is light and airy thanks to a gentle carbonation and the beer retains a tight, creamy head that captures flavour (and prevents oxidisation, don't you know?). A sturdy, robust beer for those that like things a little darker.
Fired Up Donkey (6.6%)
Rye gives a beer a dry, almost spicy quality that always makes us think of Christmas cake. Fired Up Donkey embraces this characteristic with the use of a resinous, piney hop profile that really accentuates the best bits of the rye. A classic IPA with a spiced twist.
Electro Beat (5.4%)
American Pales should be bursting with tropical fruit flavours from all those new-world hops and this one is a fine example. Hints of mango, pineapple and some citrus comes through in droves, all of which is balanced beautifully by the malt base. Very drinkable.