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My Top 10 Craft Beers in 2021 (so far!)

We all know that my home drinking has certainly peeked during lockdown and we’ve been using a great app called Untappd to keep track of what we drink and what we rate it. Using Untappd is a great way to keep track of what we thought of the beers we buy so we know if they’re worth buying or ordering again.

I thought I’d share what beers I’ve really enjoyed over the first few months of 2021 as we’ve certainly cracked open some divine bevs!

Golden Milk (Rainbow Project 2019) – North Brewing Co.

It’s not shocking that this beauty is top of the list as it was unlike anything I’ve ever drunk before and it’s from one of my favourite breweries! It is full of delicate coconut and apricot flavours, and this topped off with turmeric which is a wild trip for your mouth. Despite it being a little sour, it’s very easy to drink. Wish I’d picked up more than one can!

Untapped – 4.9/5

Legra X #2 Idaho 7 East Coast Style IPA – Leigh On Sea Brewing Co.

The first time we had this brew was on a Taste Along with Leigh on Sea Brewing and The Hop Inn, our local micropub and we were blown away by it! The Idaho #7 has become our favourite hop since drinking this so it’s something we actively look for now. We, also, now have a couple of these in the fridge at all times as it’s such a well rounded easy to drink beer for all occasions.

Untappd – 4.8/5

Gardens of Green – Idaho & Sabro – Burnt Mill Brewery

What a let down of a photo! This was a fresh cask pick up from our local which went down a right treat! Gardens of Green is a dual-hop IPA series where they have paired Idaho (there it is again!) & a small amount of Sabro to create a banging beer that oozes tropical fruit, mango and grapefruit.

Untapped – 4.7/5

Glenfarclas Cask Jaggery X – Glasgow Beer Works

With Mike being a huge whisky drinker, it’s no shock to see a beer like this one from Glasgow Beer Works so high up! This beer is a special edition of their usual imperial stout (which we also love), that has had a little bit extra added in form of more jaggery, more cold-brew coffee, and a dose of blueberry! Once all of that is added the brew spent 5 months ageing in ex-sherry whisky casks from Glenfarclas distillery!

Untapped – 4.7/5

NEIPA #02.21 Citra & Idaho 7 – UnBarred Brewery

UnBarred are down in Brighton and were brought to my attention by my friend Lizi who spotted their Bueno Shake. I obviously got carried away on the website when picking up my Bueno Shake and yes, this NEIPA #02.21 ended up in my basket due to the wonderful doggo on the can!  This New England India Pale Ale (NEIPA) is filled to the brim with Mangoes, Peaches, Nectarines with citrus aftertaste – delicious!

Untapped – 4.7/5

Imperial Stout (Limited Edition) – East London Brewing Company

This one was a last-minute Christmas present I picked up for Mike as I spotted in The Hop Inn when stocking up for the festive period. The matte black bottle caught my eye and I couldn’t leave without it!

It’s a darkly fruity number with citrus top notes that really did hit the spot – we drunk the entire bottle in one sitting and we were gutted that it came to an end!

Untapped – 4.7/5

Big Betty – Cloudwater Brew Co. in Collaboration with Wild Card Brewery

As everyone loved the previous NZ hopped collaboration with Wild Card, they teamed back up to bring us all Big Betty, a DIPA version brewed with the same hops! We are gutted we didn’t get to try the original brew of this but we really enjoyed this levelled up version!

Untapped – 4.6/5

Imperial Any Porter In A Storm – Thirst Class Ale

Thirst Class Ale have done the same as Clourwater above, they have taken their house porter, Any Porter In A Storm, and turned up the volume to create this Imperial version! It has a really well round body and is just so full of flavour!

Note to self – grab the Any Porter In A Storm to try the original!

Untapped – 4.5/5

Barrel-Aged Plum Pudding – Wiper And True

This Barrel-Aged Plum Pudding Porter is a truly delightful beer; it was quite literally a dessert. The recipe is filled with the likes of dried fruits and lemon zest making it very wintery and after doing a six-month stint in oak cognac barrels it really does warm your cockles! This needs to be drunk in front of an open fire with a real pine Christmas tree in the corner with plenty of Christmas Carols playing around you!

Untapped – 4.5/5

Double Noises – Omnipollo

Yet another ramped up version of the original! We are really good at picking up the second versions and missing out on the firsts! This version upped the number of hops, Simcoe and Mosaico, and turned it into a 7.5 % IPA! Delicious, but be careful not to drink it down to quickly!

Untapped – 4.5/5


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