What good lager beer tasted like before it was jacked – we brought it back!
Bengali Tiger - Exclusive American Import
Brooklyn, New York, USA 6.5% ABV 355ml, 2.3 units
Like getting thrashed with a giant paw of citrus and pine.
Ceské Budejovice, Czech Republic 5.0% ABV 330ml
A satisfyingly full-bodied lager that’s a showcase for grassy Saaz hops. A Czech Pilsener, with origins stretching back over 700 years, this is universally regarded as one of the world’s great lager-conditioned beers.
Vialonga, Portugal 5.0% ABV 330ml
Moderately rich, this has a dry and pleasantly bitter taste. No additives or preservatives are used in its brewing. The top-selling beer of Portugal, this is brewed in Lisbon and present in almost every corner of the world where there is a Portuguese community.
Breendonk, Belgium 5.2% ABV 330ml
Belgian classic Pilsener, refreshingly clean and flinty. The brewery, still owned by its descendants, was founded in 1871 by the Moortgat family. Created in 1945 by Albert Moortgat, this lager was relaunched as a trendy luxury drink, aimed at young customers in upscale urban bars.
The brewery, having opened in 2008 at the base of Wintergreen Mountain (Nelson County), took home the titles for 2013 – ‘Small Brewing Company’ and ‘Small Brewing Company Brewer of the Year’. This is a multiaward-winning brewer, winner of the Great American Beer Festival and of multiple World Beer Cup awards.
Brewdog This. is. lager.
4.7% ABV Ellon, Aberdeenshire, Scotland, UK
The multiaward-winning brewer of the year has brewed this brand-new craft lager as an exclusive to Wetherspoon. This heavily malted lager also uses 10 times the usual amount of hops found in lagers. Its strong malt character is permeated by spicy notes and a bitter bite which hits you at the back of your palate.
Rich toffee notes and a delightfully peppery hop characteristic – it’s a full-blooded American refresher. The company opened in 1988, with the brewing happening beneath a 60-seater pub! Since 1994, this ale has been the winner of over 45 awards and medals.
Crystal Rye IPA
Southwold, England, UK 5.0% ABV 330ml
Columbus, Centennial, Cascade, Amarillo and Citra hops bring a bold citrus and pine flavour to this beer. Rye, pale ale, cara malt and subtle toffee flavours have also been added. Adnams can trace its history to 1345, to the first record of beer being brewed on the site.
Petaluma, California, USA 6.2% ABV 355ml
A fruity riot, with strong notes of grapefruit, strawberry and lime. This was Lagunitas’s first seasonal, way back in 1995. The recipe was formulated with malt and hops working together to balance it all out on your taste buds, making a smooth, easy-drinking beer.
Brooklyn, New York, USA 5.2% ABV 355ml
This amber-coloured lager beer, in the Vienna style, is wonderfully flavourful, with caramel, marshmallow and fresh-cut hay flavours. The British dry-hopping technique is used to create this American classic.
BrewDog Punk IPA
Ellon, Aberdeenshire, Scotland, UK 5.6% ABV 330ml.
This light, golden classic has been subverted with New World hops to create a devastating explosion of flavour.
Started in April 2007 by two men and a dog (really!), BrewDog now has in excess of 220 employees, as well as 13 bars and even a fake BrewDog bar in China.
USA’s No.1 Craft Cider. A crisp and refreshing apple aroma and slightly sweet, ripe apple flavour make it hard to resist. It was created in 2011, after 15 years’ practice. In America and Canada, what Europeans know as cider is called ‘hard cider’. Across the pond, ‘cider’ is a non-alcoholic drink, made from apples or pears.
Orchard Pig Truffler
West Bradley, Somerset, UK 6.0% ABV 500ml
A classic, dry Somerset cider, its bitter aroma of dry cider apples assaults your snout. However, the taste of Truffler is more subtle than its nose, with a bittersweet flavour note and a much longer finish than a typical dry cider.
Aspall Suffolk Cyder
Stowmarket, Suffolk, UK 5.5% ABV 500ml
This medium-dry cyder has a mouth-filling mousse and a delicate flavour of fresh-pressed apples, along with a complexity which enhances its long finish. The land on which the Aspall brewery stands was listed in the Domesday Book in 1078. There has been some form of settlement here for hundreds of years. Suffolk Draught Cyder was launched in 2003 to celebrate Aspall’s 275th year of cyder-making.