A sunny weekend can only mean two things. Beer. Garden.
Luckily for me, last weekend was a scorcher and the good folks at Wychwood Brewery had sent me some of their ales to try while I enjoyed the sunshine on my patio.
I like to think of myself as a beer connoisseur. What that really means is, I enjoy drinking it, and I certainly enjoyed sampling these 3 offerings from Wychwood. The first, and probably most well-known of the 3, was Hobgoblin. A staple of any good ale joint and a perfect example of Wychwood’s fantasy themed personality and quality craft beer. Hobgoblin is a Ruby beer with a toffee note, a refreshing bitterness and a hint of fruit. It’s not the sort of beer you swill willy nilly, it’s 5.2% abv and complex flavour means it’s one to be savoured.
The next on my list was Imperial Red. Slightly lower abv at 4.7% and with a sweet, malty taste, this one went down a treat, but my favourite had to be the Black Wych. At 5% abv it packs a punch, but with a real smoothness. This porter style beer has a rich, chocolatey flavour, a hint of caramel aftertaste and just enough bitterness that it doesn’t become sickly.
If you enjoy something a bit different than your average watery lager, then I recommend giving Wychwood Brewery a go. With a wide range of permanent ales, monthly seasonal specials and a Lord of the Rings-esque image, their unique style and flavours are a hit with me. Long live the Black Wych!