Inferno

The Label Oakham ales’ Inferno (4.4% abv) lends five different hops from the Yakima Valley – the first American viticultural area (!). The label boasts that the golden ale creates a floral aroma and a unique flavour pr...

A GBBF Prelude

With less than a month to go I wanted to do a little scribble about our plans and expectations of GBBF, the Real Ale Extravaganza. 2012’s event was the inspiration for MFBR and we’re overly excited to be going back and...

Punk IPA

This post is kindly written by Greg Waller. The Brew Dog brewery has been slowly gathering increased attention in the beer industry, with its rapid expansion leading to a large article in The Guardian – all publicity is good...

King Goblin

Quick Overview Wychwood’s King Goblin Special Reserve is a brilliant pint. It is smooth, the chocolate and crystal malts offer a solid backbone and the four varieties of hops dance across your mouth. It does pour a little th...

Organic Ale

Woah there, linguician. I had to do a little bit of research for this ale. Although the term ‘organic’ pops up everywhere, my only relationship is that it costs me more when I want to buy a steak. So is this a real sel...

Hall and Woodhouse

Featured Brewery This months featured brewery is Hall and Woodhouse – the enigmatic entity behind those beautiful Badger Ales and fervent fans of punnery. (Which makes them pretty solid in our book!). Hall and Woodhouse star...

CPBF 2013

On Saturday 1st June 2013, MFBR caught the train with a handful of friends and made our way to the 3rd annual Crystal Palace Beer Festival (CPBF Beer Festival). It was a rare sight at Selhurst Park as more than 2000 fans turned up...

Fortyniner

Quick Overview Brewed at 4.9% it is a bitter with a backbone. Golden brown in colour (texture not quite like sun) it provides a hoppy scent with bittersweet and malty flavours which linger with citrus and fruits. Traditional and s...

1698

Quick Overview This cheeky number was first brewed to celebrate 300 years of Shepherd Neame, a thrice-hopped little devil which is under PGI (Protected Geographical Indication) which means it’s pretty much the ale version of...

Old Golden Hen

I popped the cap! The definite whiff of oranges seeped out of the glassy spout and bubbles start emerging energetically from the bottle’s bottom. I am excited to taste you. After finding myself with no vessel with which to fill th...

Hogs Back TEA

Quick Overview A well balanced bitter with an amber hue that is pleasing to the eye. The nose is treated to an orange zest which spearheads a fruity bouquet. A traditional ale in the truest sense, dry and hoppy with a stern bitter...

Spitfire Ale

Quick Overview Winner of a gold medal and Best Strong Cask-Conditioned Beer of the World at the Brewing Industry International Awards Spitfire is the archetypal ale. With a beautiful hoppiness, smooth finish and distinctive aroma,...