The first three beers are all 750ml bottles, so they make perfect Christmas gifts for the Beer Lover in your life! The final beer, Love Among The Ruins, is no less special, but in a slightly smaller 335ml bottle.
‘MONOLITH’ 7.4% Burning Sky Brewery
“The quiet East Sussex village of Firle is home to Burning Sky brewery, which was set up by Mark Tranter in 2013 after leaving Dark Star, where he was head brewer. Tranter’s sours are influenced by Belgian saisons and lambics, which sleep the sleep of the just within massive casks that once held wine. Monolith is a dark beer, slightly reminiscent of stout or porter, but with added Brettanomyces yeast and lacto-bacillus, all of which lead the beer on a merry dance over the time it spends in a barrel. The result is a Janus-faced beer — it looks like a stout, but has an earthy, acidic note on the nose, while on the palate it’s bittersweet, delicately acidic, has hints of mocha before finishing with a tart and rich finish. Monolith is the right name for this monster.” – Adrian Tierney-Jones
‘SERPENT’ 9.5% Thornbridge Brewery / Brooklyn Brewery
Brooklyn Brewery and Thornbridge Brewery have been pals for many years.
“Serpent is the first beer of its kind, and one of the coolest things either brewery has ever done. We went to Oliver’s Cider in Hereford seeking their lees, the natural wild yeasts that ferment their apples into great traditional ciders. We brewed a robust Belgian-inspired golden ale at Thornbridge, added the lees in barrels, aged the beer for more than a year, and bottle conditioned it. Now Serpent emerges dry, tart, firm, fine and funky, a full expression of our friendship, great British brewing, American Boldness, and Herefordshire countryside.”
‘SHNOODLEPIP’ 6.5% Wild Beer Co.
“An incredibly unusual beer made in collaboration with three brewers
A collaboration of three brewers, three nationalities and six ideas brought together to learn, experiment and enjoy. Made by Kelly Ryan from Good George Beer in NZ, Brett Ellis (originally from the US) from the Wild Beer Co, and Mark Tranter from Burning Sky Brewery. This beer explores new ideas, techniques, ingredients, combinations and processes.
Using all three brewers combined knowledge and experiences to create an incredibly unusual and complex beer, this utilises every opportunity to take advantage of amazing ingredients and try alternative techniques.
Full body, gentle-sweet spiciness, a dry depth with oak undertones, and tropical fruit character, all finished off with tangy Hibiscus flowers – this is one shnoodlepippin beer!”
‘LOVE AMONG THE RUINS’ 7% Thornbridge Brewery
“A modern sour that has been brewed to compete with other modern sours coming from America. It is aged for over a year in Burgundy barrels with cherries added to give this beer a good rounded fruit and sour flavour profile.”