Aldi supports Local British Brewers

This May sees the launch of a brand new range of Regional Craft Beers. Peter Morrell reports.

At the end of May Aldi are launching their Summer Beer Festival range. The range will comprise 18 regionally brewed beers sourced from 13 different breweries from across the UK. This new Summer Beer Festival range is very much in line with the massive demand for well made craft beer. A development in the beer market is the increasing knowledge of consumers about the characteristics of different hops. So in the same way that people choose wine based on grape variety – sauvignon blanc, tempranillo etc. there will be a demand for citra, cascade and fuggles flavoured beers, the Festival Range features a wide range of different hops

I have recently sampled four of the range and enjoyed all of them. Here is a round-up of the taste tests.

Strongarm (4.0%, 500ml) – Brewed at Camerons Brewery

Hailing from the north-east this family owned brewery produce Strongarm, their flagship brand. Ruby red in colour there are toffee and malty aromas on the nose. These develop into a well balanced bitter/sweet taste. This is a triple hop – Fuggles, Target, Goldings. Drink it with a cheddar ploughman’s lunch.

Golden Bolt (3.8%, 500ml) – Brewed at Box Steam Brewery

This is made by another family owned brewery just outside Bath. This beer has a light straw complexity and offers fruity tones in the bouquet. These evolve into honeyed tropical tones in the mouth. It’s dry with a pleasant bitterness. With it’s lightness and 3.8% strength it’s at the upper end of being a session beer.

Double Dragon (4.2%, 500ml) – Brewed at Felinfoel Brewery

The maker of this beer is said to be the oldest brewer in Wales, so it comes with a long pedigree. This gold medal winning deep copper coloured ale has good malty aromas on the nose. These morph into fruity and toffee flavours on the palate which leave a good, strong finish. Pair this with barbecued food.

Hop Bomb (5.0%, 500ml) – Brewed at Sadler’s Brewery

This brewer is based in the ‘Black Country’ and has been making beer for over 100 years. This is a very pale beer which belies its character. It has a very fragrant, fruity smell which become more citrus and spicy in the mouth. If you like a U.S. Style IPA then this is the beer for you. It is flavoured with five hops – citra, amarillo, cascade, chinook and the New Zealand nelson sauvin (named after the sauvignon blanc grape). It’s a natural match to Indian food.

The beers come in 500ml bottles and are all prices at £1.25 – Available from 29th May 2016

www.aldi.co.uk

The full range is:
  • Golden Bolt (3.8%, 500ml) – Brewed at Box Steam Brewery
  • Wadworth 6X (4.3% 500ml) – Brewed at Wadworth Brewery
  • Two Tribes (4.5%, 500ml) – Brewed at Everards Brewery
  • Hop Bomb (5.0%, 500ml) – Brewed at Sadler’s Brewery
  • Mellow Yellow (4.1%, 500ml) – Brewed at Sadler’s Brewery
  • Wizard Amber (3.7%, 500ml) – Brewed at Robinsons Brewery
  • Maple Gold (4.3%, 500ml) – Brewed at Joseph Holt Brewery
  • White Witch (3.9%, 500ml) – Brewed at Moorhouses Brewery
  • Mid-Atlantic (4.5%, 500ml) – Brewed at Titanic Brewery
  • Velo ( 4.2% Black Sheep Brewery, 500ml) ­– Brewed at Black Sheep Brewery
  • Reverend James Rye (4.3%, 500ml) – Brewed at SA Brain Brewery
  • Surrey Nirvana (4.0%, 500ml) – Brewed at Hogsback Brewery
  • Castle (3.8%, 500ml) – Brewed at Arundel Brewery
  • Double Dragon (4.2%, 500ml) – Brewed at Felinfoel Brewery
  • A-Hop-alypse Now (4.3%, 500ml) – Brewed at Camerons Brewery
  • Strongarm (4.0%, 500ml) – Brewed at Camerons Brewery
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