Our beer columnist Bill Lacy is back with all the beer you need in your life this autumn, Read up on his top new brews, beer takeovers and events coming soon.
For many, the highlight of autumn 2022 will be the World Cup. Here’s our pick of three beers that’ll help steel the nerves and get you through the tournament, hopefully to the final.
New from Brooklyn Brewery is Brooklyn Pilsner. A crisp, bright, refreshing and session lager that’s perfecting for whetting the whistle as you cheer on your side. 4.6% in strength, it’s a thirst quencher.
St Austell Brewery’s Korev – Cornish for beer – is in tune with the elements. As fresh and crisp as the coastal breeze and the colour of the morning sun, this is a long-stay lager, joy in a glass.
Now for the big guns, one to drink in times of celebration – Le Chouffre Blond may be a mighty 8% but it’s sophisticated and has had a global following for 40 years. A golden beer, that’s lightly hoppy in taste, with citrus notes and a spiced note to finish – goal!
From The Ashes at Gipsy Hill Taproom
BBQ and beer is a winning combination and that exactly what’s going on at Gipsy Hill Taproom in Crystal Palace, South London, for the next three months. From The Ashes is in residence until January 2023, serving up the ever popular Del Piero - pork doughnut. It’s a game changer, and just the snack to accompany a pint of Hepcat, a classic session IPA, full bodied, with juicy, fruity notes. That’s not forgetting Hunter and Bandit, house beers paired with dishes on a weekly-changing menu, including Smoked BBQ Sharing Platter and BBQ Cauli Florets.
It’s a good idea to book, particularly given the start of the World Cup on 20th November. Games will be shown on a big screen in the brewery, directly opposite the taproom.
Gipsy Hill Taproom Unit 5 / 160 Hamilton Road London SE27 9SF
London Craft Beer Festival
Thanks to the kind folks at London Craft Beer Festival, Christmas will arrive early this year. London Christmas Beer Festival at Tobacco Dock is set to be another stonker of a gathering of breweries from across the globe – 16th-17th December 2022. Tickets are available to purchase NOW at 25% for early birds and on the day all ticket holders will receive a tasting glass, and tote bag to carry any takeaways home, if they make it that far.
The Good Beer Guide 2022
The Good Beer Guide launches on 27th October 2022. Now in its 50th year, the beer bible from the Campaign For Real Ale (CAMRA) leads novice and aficionado alike through the best and the rest of British pubs. Order directly from CAMRA or from all good book stockists. The best way to keep abreast of all matters beer is CAMRA membership and of course your card entitles you to discounts at pubs, breweries and festivals across the country.
CAMRA Bristol Beer Festival
CAMRA Bristol Beer Festival is back for its 23rd year from 17th – 20th November at City Hall, College Green, Bristol. A collection of almost 100 beers is expected with the promise of 30 ciders and perries.
Tickets for Thursday, Friday and Saturday sessions - £14 – and Sunday afternoon visitors will pay just £11. All tickets include £5 worth of beer festival tokens. A festival programme and a commemorative half pint glass, marked for third and half-pint measures, is also included. CAMRA members will also receive a voucher for a half pint of beer up to 5% ABV.