Good news for you hop fiends out there, you know who you are, is that
there are still plenty of great new hoppy beers coming out all
the time. In fact, it seems like it is the one style of beer that has
no ceiling, at least until the next major hop shortage.
THE BOLLINGTON BREWING CO
Bollington in Cheshire always been famous for its pubs, so it was amazing that they had been without a brewery for 70 years. That all changed in 2008 when Lee and Kirsten Wainwright brewed their first beer, aptly named ‘First Brew’. They loved the recipe so renamed it ‘Bollington Best’ and it’s still the most popular selling beer. From small beginnings they have tripled in size and brew for their own pubs.
Their head brewer, Kym Wainwright, has been brewing beer since 2008 and within a year he won ‘Champion Beer of Cheshire’ both Gold and Silver.
White Nancy 4.1%- pale coloured Best Bitter with lots of body and good fruity taste. £2.29
Dinner Ale 4.3% - copper coloured beer with a fresh slightly fruity nose, a traditional style bitter with a dry hoppy finish. £2.29
Eastern Nights 5.6% - rich in body and flavour with great sweetness but a typical well defined bitterness. £2.79
Diamond Knights 4.1% - a light golden spicy beer with a selection of hops and coriander to give a sharp very drinkable beer. £2.29
RED WILLOW BREWERY, MACCLESFIELD
A boutique, family owned brewery, Toby and Caroline McKenzie began brewing in July 2010. Toby explains : ‘I started brewing as a hobby one day, can’t remember why now, but it was fun and the initial results were passable. Over several beers with friends I semi-jokingly came up with the name Red Willow Brewery based on our children’s middle names our eldest’s is Willow a reference to, I am ashamed to admit, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and for some reason we let our daughter pick our son’s middle name she chose Red (at least it wasn’t pink!).
Possibly bought on through a mid life crisis or the need to indulge my passion I embarked upon a war of attrition to convince my (considerably) better half that my oft mentioned idea of setting up a Microbrewery was the way forward. Luckily for me, she agreed.
Directionless 4.2% - A balanced and easy drinking session ale, warm amber in colour, made with Amarillo and Centennial hops providing a subtle candied orange fruitiness. £2.60
Headless 3.9% - Refreshingly floral Pale Ale with a restrained orange-led bitterness and a light, straw-hued colour. £2.50
Ageless 7.2% - American style IPA provides a huge initial hit of mango, lychee and pineapple, followed by a long, clean bitter finish. £3.49
Wreckless 4.8% - This Pale Ale is loaded with Citra and Amarillo hops providing massive amounts of tropical fruit with a clean finish. £2.95