Santur has a great atmosphere but unless I was there on an off night the beer was not wonderful, maybe a touch above good amateur homebrew. I went to Riverhead a while back and it was ok but seemed pricey. Maybe I should head back.I liked Hellwoods. Lately I've been drinking some half-ass craft beer at Santur and Riverhead. It's not amazing stuff (well, I am partial to the Plumberry Sour @ Riverhead) but I like the atmosphere and I am friends with the owners of both. Our band has played at Santur and Rolf is a great keyboard player in his own right.
Have been buying some nice bottles here and there recently, but not much has really stood out except the usual Kentucky Bastard, Ubers etc. that are pretty mainstream now, despite being special in their own ways. The exception would be Dominion City's collaboration brews... they were all pretty great and really, really hard to drink without being stationary for the night with 8-11% ABV.
Yeah, I picked up 1.5 lbs of Mosaic since it’s also my favourite hop and use it in every hoppy beer. Compared to Mosaic, I’m not as crazy about citra usually. We recently did a NEIPA and after the boil split the batch in 2 to ferment with different yeasts and do different dry-hopping. The one that got citra in the dry-hop was by far the better of the 2.Those hops look good!
Citra and Mosaic are my favorites
Old Peculiar is amazing stuff. I had it from a cask in a pub in York...The Old White Swan, I think.In the UK right now and they have a series of new releases from Guinness recipes of the past. Currently drinking a Guinness West Indies porter from a recipe from the 1800s. It’s a bottle beer, none of this draft can rubbish and it’s delicious. A slightly sweeter take on traditional Guinness without any of the iron like aftertaste. Very nice.
Also bought a bottle of Kwak from Belgium which is one of my favourite beers.
Off in search of some Okells cask ales tonight but that might be hard. It’s Manx ale and supposed to be quite good. I may have to head into Liverpool to get some. The hunt is just as fun anyway as there are plenty of other traditional hand pulled beers to be head in the local pubs. Theakstons Old Peculiar is one of my faves if I can find it. It’s a very dark, almost treacley beer from Yorkshire.