REVIEW: Anchor Brewing Anchor IPA

Anchor Brewing Company
Anchor IPA
6.5%
San Francisco, California


For a long time I saw Brooklyn Brewery as the best brewery in America. At least, this was four years ago when I was first trying beers and trying to find a beer style I loved. I still love Brooklyn but these days if someone asked me what my favourite American brewery was, I would answer in a heartbeat, Anchor Brewing.
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REVIEW: The Five Points Brewing Co IPA

The Five Points Brewing Co
IPA
7.1%
Hackney, London, UK

Five Points make fantastic beers. They have three core beers, Hook Island Red, Pale Ale and Railway Porter. They currently produce my favourite porter and favourite red beer so when I found out they were taking a foray into IPA I was ridiculously excited. My favourite style of beer, IPA and one of my favourite London breweries, Five Points, what could go wrong?
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REVIEW: Firebrand Graffiti IPA

Firebrand Brewing Co
Graffiti IPA
5.0%
Cornwall, UK

Firebrand
As I’ve previously mentioned a couple of times Beer52 sent me a box of beers to trial their excellent service. If you would like to receive 8 beers in a box to your door every month then make sure you head over to Beer52 and with KEGTODIFFER10 you’ll get £10 off. Included in my box was Cornwall microbrewery Firebrand Brewing Co and their Graffiti IPA.
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REVIEW: Pressure Drop Freimann’s Dunkelweiss

Pressure Drop
Freimann’s Dunkelweiss
4.8%
Hackney, London, UK

Pressure Drop
I’ve previously got excited about Pressure Drop on this blog by stating that Pale Fire and Stokey Brown are 4 out 5 beers, check the links. Pressure Drop are really expanding their efforts at the moment and they recently did a takeover in new London craft beer pub called The Hop & Berry in Islington. I embarrassed myself on that night by telling the guys from Pressure Drop they’re my favourites.
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REVIEW: Weird Beard Holy Hoppin’ Hell

Weird Beard Brew Co
Holy Hoppin’ Hell Double IPA
9.6%
West London, UK
I love Weird Beard and never been disappointed by the couple of beers I’ve tried by them so far. I’ve previously had their American IPA, called Five O’Clock Shadow which I absolutely loved and reviewed here. So, when the London beer mix I purchased from Ales by Mail included a Double IPA titled Holy Hoppin’ Hell arrived I was chuffed (UNDERSTATEMENT).
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REVIEW: A Head in a Hat Brewery Tommy

A Head in a Hat Brewery
Tommy IPA
4.2%
Herne Hill, London, UK

Tommy
Months ago I purchased a London box by Ales by Mail and it included a new brewery I’d never heard of called A Head in a Hat Brewery. They’re based in South East London (Herne Hill to be exact) and fronted by Peter Haydon. Peter in 2012 purchased Florence Brewery from Greene King and later on set up A Head in a Hat Brewery, a subsidiary of Florence Brewery.
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REVIEW: Beavertown 8 Ball

Beavertown Brewery
8 Ball Rye IPA
6.5%
Hackney, London, UK

Beavertown 8-Ball

Founded in 2011 in Hackney, it’s named Beavertown because centuries ago Hackney was apparently called Beavertown. I previously gave Gamma Ray a glowing review here, with an overall of 5, probably one of the highest reviews thus far. How would the Rye IPA compare? Pretty fucking well.

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REVIEW: Santorini Brewing Company Red Donkey

Greece FlagSantorini Brewing Company
Red Donkey
5.5%
Santorini, Greece


The Santorini Brewing Company is the only brewing company on the Greek island of Santorini and whilst on holiday to Greece last summer I stopped by the beautiful island of Santorini. I made the trek down the coast by foot to visit the brewery and sample some of their delicious brews. The company was founded by a Brit, a Serbian, a Greek and an American all with a passion for the hoppy stuff.
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REVIEW: Dark Star Brewery Sunburst

Dark Star Brewery
Sunburst
4.8%
West Sussex, UK
Dark Star Brewery 
is based in West Sussex and was founded in 1994 by entrepreneur Peter Halliday, publican Peter Skinner, and brewer Rob Jones. The name of the brewery comes from a Grateful Dead song of the same name and originally started out in the cellar of a pub in Brighton called The Evening Star. I’ve been lucky enough to try various Dark Star beers on tap in some lovely pubs in London including such fine ales as Hophead, Dark Star Original and their American Pale Ale, which is my favourite.

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REVIEW: Flying Dog Snake Dog IPA


Flying Dog Brewery
Snake Dog IPA
7.1%
Maryland, USA

Flying Dog was one of the first American breweries I got really obsessed about, in particular their fantastic pale ale, which is wonderfully named Doggie Style. The brewery was founded back in 1990, so it is a relatively “older” brewery compared to many of the new upstart microbreweries. It originally opened in Colorado and after 16 successful years including an award for Doggie Style in 1991 it acquired the Wild Goose brand when they purchased the Frederick Brewing Company located in Frederick, Maryland, and in January 2008 all production was moved to the Maryland facility.
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