On Saturday 31st May, Britain will take on the rest of Europe!
Ding Ding Ding! Round Two!
The British Craft Beer Challenge is back for Great Britain vs Europe.
Round Two kicks off on Saturday 31st May where Britain’s best craft beers are pitted against some of Europe’s heavyweight brewing nations
Set under two railway arches and just a stone’s throw away from London Fields Brewery, the smell of hops will get the beer senses tingling whilst you decide on what to try first.
After tasting as many brews as one can taste, you will have the opportunity to vote for your favourite tipple.
As well as a choice of beers big enough to please the pallet of Britain’s most hardened beer enthusiasts and casual beer drinkers alike, the festival offers an amazing array of entertainment; Home-brewing demonstrations, pub games and food matching are just some of the interactive delights on offer. If that isn’t enough, each event will feature a plethora of live music acts.
Spread across five dates this summer The British Craft Beer Challenge celebrates all that is great about contemporary craft beer.
Tickets are available from the link below and can be purchased on the door at the event itself.
Round 1 Champion: Magic Rock Brewing – Un-Human Cannonball
Check out the beer roster for Round 2:
|Birra Del Borgo||ReAle Extra||Double IPA||6.2%|
Beautifully balanced IPA full of fruity goodness. Citrus aromas with oranges come through very strong. Nice grapefruit and spice/peel coming through with some pine and a bready malt backbone.
|Birra Del Borgo||Cortigiana||Saison||5%|
Tasting Note: Pours a slightly hazy golden colour with a white head. This Italian saison is bursting with fruity flavours. You will notice strong aromas of lime and melon on the nose and a lot of citrus in the first mouthful.
Tasting Note: Golden coloured beer brewed in the traditional West Coast IPA style. A lovely dryness and very aromatic nose is well balanced by alcohol. The three varieties of hops used give a bouquet of aromas that stand out exotic fruits and citrus.
|Brewfist||Terminal Pale Ale||Pale Ale||3.7%|
Tasting Note: A super aromatic session ale with Citra hops. It’s designed to drink by the litre and is perfect as a session beer.
|Toccalmatto||Zona Cesarini||Pale Ale||6.6%|
Tasting Note: “Zona Cesarini” is an Italian slang for “the eleventh hour”. By adding as many hops as possible at the very last moment available, the selection of Japanese, American, Australian and New Zealand varieties releases an outstanding burst of tropical fruit aromas that has to be smelled to be believed.
|Toccalmatto||Dr.Caligari||Raspberry Berliner Weiss (sour)||6.1%|
Tasting Note: A very tart and sharp beer with a fresh, sour, malty and fruity (rhubarb, citrus) finish.
Team Europe: Germany
Tasting Note: Wonderfully refreshing, the fruity-citrus-like note, accompanied by a fine tangy acidity. On the tongue merges the slight sweetness of bananas and honey with a little more austere slightly spicy nutmeg.
|Paulaner||Dunkel||Dark Wheat Beer||5.2%|
Tasting Note: Compared to pale wheat beer, dark wheat beer has a greater dark malted wheat content, hence its enticing chestnut brown colour. The substantial 12.4% original gravity gives it its irresistibly pleasant taste, while its fresh, strong aroma reveals a hint of roasted malt.
Tasting Note: The aroma has nice bready malt with hints of earthy hops. The taste is similar, but with just a really good depth to it. It’s not complicated, it’s just good. The body is not too heavy but has a satisfying weight to it and a light hops bite on the finish. A wonderful Bavarian lager.
Team Europe: Denmark
|Mikkeller||Green Gold||Pale Ale||7%|
Tasting Note: Mikkeller is ready with yet another IPA that is not afraid to live up to the name. The hops are aromatic, American and aggressive, so you do not have any doubts about what you enjoy. Caramel malt sweetness and body forms a delicious base that hits the taste buds before the hop explosion sets in and clears up again
|Mikkeller & Tool||Betelgeuze||Lambic Gueuze||5.5%|
Tasting Note: co-brewed beer by Danish nomad brewers Mikkeller & Tool called Betelgeuze. Dry-hopped sour ale aged in oak barrels. This beer is brewed at DeProef and it is dry hopped with 12 different hops.
Tasting Note: Danish Dream (AKA American Dream) is a lager which is packed with American hops. This beer is meant to be drunk directly out of the bottle, on a hot summer day.
Tasting Note: The year is nearly over. The nights turn longer and longer. Make sure your storage is full and packed for winter and hibernate until everything blossoms again. A wonderful warming wheat beer full of banana and clove with a huge hoppy bitterness.
|Tool||Cloud 9||Belgian Wit||4.6%|
Tasting Note: A classic wit with mango and orange peel. Very light Carbonation allowing all of those fruity flavours to come through the front of the tongue on tasting.
|Tool||Reparationsbajer||American Pale Ale||5.8%|
Tasting Note: The best way to remove your hang overs is with a potent Pale Ale with powerful and aromatic American and New Zealand hops to give your taste buds a cold turkey combined with a nice round, pleasant and well-balanced malt profile to massage the palate and reinforce the belief that one shall survive another day!
Team Great Britain:
|London Fields Brewery||3 Weiss Monkeys||White IPA||5%|
Tasting Note: London Fields Brewery is proud to present Three Weiss Monkeys, our new seasonal summer hybrid. We’ve given a classic German Hefeweizen a big, hoppy IPA twist, and the result is a beer with an astonishing depth.
|London Fields Brewery||Bootlegger Series||Chocolate Porter||6.2%|
Tasting Note: London has long been the setting for timeless love affairs, and this is a robust porter with a sweet, romantic side. Brewed with cocoa nibs and hazelnut extract to complement the deep rich malt character, the result is a silky, rich and love-struck brew that Cupid himself would drink. Hopped with British classics Goldings and Fuggles, this beer is an east-end rogue with the heart of an angel.
|Magic Rock||Dark Arts BA||Red Wine BA Stout||6%|
Tasting Note: A surreal stout aged in red wine barrels for 3 months to give this beer a wonderful tart and fruity kick with a sumptuous mix of berries and dark malts give this beer a completely unique take on a classic style.
|Magic Rock||Clown Juice||India Style Wit||7%|
Tasting Note: A decidedly light hearted take on a European classic. An extra pale body and subtle bitterness set the tone letting the speciality Belgian yeast shine, while Curacao Orange and Coriander add fruity, spicy notes.
|Magic Rock||Lervig Aktiebrygerri||Farmhouse IPA||6%|
This Farmhouse IPA uses a mixed yeast culture combining Belgian ale and Brettanomyces yeasts. A beer brewed in collaboration with Norwegian brewery Lervig Aktiebrygerri. A true GB vs Europe collaboration.
|Siren||Liquid Mistress||Red IPA||5.6%|
Tasting Note: Liquid Mistress is our femme fatale – mysterious, seductive and disarming. She draws and charms drinkers with her full, red colours. You will soon desire her biscuit-and-burnt-raisin malt base, and peach and grapefruit spark.
|Siren||Undercurrent||Oatmeal Pale Ale||4.5%|
Tasting Note: Undercurrent is part pale, part oats and part caramel barley. Her swirls of bold, bready and nutty malt whirl into a concoction of spicy, citrus, floral hops. Mystery lurks in those cascade and palisade hops.
|Brewdog||Old World IPA||IPA||7.5%|
an IPA from a bygone era. An era of towering sailing ships, burgeoning empires and world shaping beers. This beer has been handcrafted from British malts and English hops to recreate the epic beers that were shipped on monumental ocean voyages from England to India. A true forefather of the craft beer revolution.
|Brewdog||Old World Stout||Imperial Stout||9.5%|
Tasting Note: Old World Imperial Stout takes us back to the origins of one of our favourite styles. Originally created to honour the Russian royal family, imperial stout was brewed to an ABV of 9.5% to avoid freezing during its journey across the Baltic Sea to snowy Moscow. This beer is a fitting tribute with which to toast your own empire.
|Harbour & Redchurch Brewery||Collaboration||Belgian Pale Ale||7.3%|
Tasting Note: Fresh tasting with a fruity Belgian yeast character and a dry, bitter finish. Well-rounded and drinkable for the high ABV content.
|Arbor||2014||Double Black IPA||7%|
Another one off brew from the Bristol lads this DBIPA is a hybrid of a hybrid beer and is packed with roasted malts and huge amounts of cascade hops giving this beer a proper malty bitterness of a dark beer with the wonderful finish of a big hitting IPA.