Savouring Fridays with Savour

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The new kid on the block - Savour Brewery - commandeered our deliveries last Friday and championed three of their finest brews, with a Blond Ale, a Saison and a Dubbel. Only slightly older than DeskBeers itself, we believe Savour will go from beery strength to beery strength, so what better time to bring them to the masses?

Arguably the best thing to come out of Clapham Junction since JK Rowling, Sandy Kirkpatrick - Savour’s Founder & Creator - originally fell in love with brewing by drinking Belgian beer and decided to bring it back to London. Each beer a nod to this style and to the explosive learning curve Sandy went through (we’re meant to Savour every drop, geddit?) and to Belgian brewing, Savour makes for a fantastic brew.

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Whilst a little far out of London (it’d probably be Zone 10,000), Paul Smith’s College in Upstate NY is offering a Minor in Craft Beer, essentially a fast-track ticket for any alumni to become a Craft Beer Wizard; an affable title no doubt. Doubtless too is the relentless search for endless listicles about great craft beer, so here’s The Londonist’s 10 Best Craft Beer Pubs; inclusive of two of our favourites: The Craft Beer Co. and The Earl of Essex

Turning their attention away from an imminent global economic meltdown, The International Business Times decided to take a peek at "London’s Booming Craft Brewing Sector". Perfect to ease you into your Monday.

As always, thanks for being part of DeskBeers and we can’t wait to show you all what’s going to come next; needless to say we’re damn excited.

- Team DeskBeers

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The way of the Weird Beard

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Having been out of our deliveries since April, we thought last Friday’s delivery would be perfect for Weird Beard Brew Co.’s re-introduction into our boxes of beer-y goodness. Award-winning, ahead of the curve and one of London’s most innovative brewers, Weird Beard are built on having “no gimmicks, no crap and [being] never knowingly under-hopped”, which makes them the perfect match for DeskBeers. In the box, we put a 7.2% American IPA - Five o’clock Shadow - and a lighter (in comparison, anyway) 5.3% Transpacific Pale Ale, lovingly named Mariana Trench

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Craft 100 have started showing off (and rightly so) with their fantastic beer list for their event in Clapham. What do you make of it? Elsewhere, BBC have jumped on the craft beer bandwagon by looking into why canned brews have had a rebirth and how they may be the best thing for beers since, well, DeskBeers.

In other news, some eyebrow-raising brewing techniques dropped into our inbox this week. Paleo Quest - a nonprofit in USA - partnered with Lost Rhino Brewing Company to start swabbing old bones for beer-making cells and - as a result - pioneered Bone Dusters Paleo Amber Ale. Similarly, Oz’s Doctor’s Orders Brewing have started brewing Cephalopod, a batch of Berliner Weisse made with Squid Ink with a questionable colouring of “grey to turquoise”. We’re not here to judge!

Have a great week,

Team DeskBeers 

The Kernel Brewery takeover

Grasping the quintessentially English concepts of modesty, understatement and - obviously - great craft beer, The Kernel Brewery dominated this week’s delivery with their Pale Ale and IPA. 

Part of the now-infamous Bermondsey mile, The Kernel Brewery rub shoulders with the likes of Fourpure, Partizan, Brew By Numbers and Bullfinch; whilst brewing with “upfront hops, lingering bitternesses, warming alcohols and bodies of malt [and] depths of flavour”. That’s a pretty good MO, if you ask us. 

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Often find yourself in the dark about craft beers? Want to know the different between a subtle Saison and a hoppy IPA with deep hints of malt? Well, we’re here to help. Well, the aptly named C’est la Beer has come to your rescue. Whilst it won’t solve all your beer-y problems, it’s a good place to start recognising those little differences in our boxes of joy.

Craft 100 kicks off in under two weeks’ time, with a winning combination of free entry, no tokens and a smorgasbord of beer offerings, from London’s craft beer elite, namely Beavertown, Bullfinch, Pressure Drop, Weird Beard, Buxton and many more. So, descend upon Clapham and revel in the Craft beer-goodness with us!

Enjoy the weekend and Friday’s only a few days away, anyway…

Cheers!
Team DeskBeers

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Pales by comparison: Camden Brewery and Redchurch Brewery mixed box

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"CAN IT GET ANY BETTER?", screamed the headline of the Camden Post, which found its way into DeskBeers deliveries last Friday. Also in the box - perhaps unsurprisingly - was a bountiful mixed selection, from Camden Brewery and Redchurch brewery, with two wonderfully refreshing pale ales. We wouldn’t be surprised if all our subscribers didn’t scream the same thing after washing down their beers. 

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With a personal (and not-so-top-secret) mission of giving craft beer lovers the best news, we found this article on The Guardian on “how hops got hip”, (we like to call it the DeskBeers effect), and the revolution that followed. For the Camden Town Brewery fanatics out there (count us amongst that list) they will be releasing a new lager on November 1st, aptly titled ‘India Hells Lager’; looks tasty. 

Beavertown Brewery continue to mind-blow, with their latest endeavour being their aptly-titled 'rainbow project, set to stun on September 13th. In a nutshell, 7 breweries (most of which are DeskBeers regulars) will be brewing “exquisite collaborations”, all based on colours of the rainbow and - here’s the best bit - available on draft in Beavertown’s tap room. 

Finally, who got their DeskBeers on Friday? We’d love to hear about it so we can really impress you next time, so don’t be shy. You can write us a romantic emailTweet us something nice, or Instagram your lovely DeskBeers. Your call!

If you’re not part of DeskBeers, why not? Head to DeskBeers.com (duh!) to get involved.


Cheers,
Team DeskBeers

Pressure Drop double box, pairing with Partizan and Beavertown’s Tap Room

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Last Friday, DeskBeers delivered a sight even better than London’s sleek skyline - a fantastic double box from Pressure Drop. Originally from Stoke Newington - but now in Hackney - Pressure Drop come armed with inspiration from all around the world, naming English, German and modern US beer recipes amongst some of their favourites. In the box was a ‘Stokey Brown’ (5.1%) Brown Ale, which pays a hoppy homage to the brewery’s roots and a ‘Pale Fire’ (4.8%), an aptly named Wit Beer. 

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Tonight, our friends in Partizan are popping on their oven mitts and teaming up with KIN, for a night of Asian street food and craft beer pairing. Taking place in Leather Lane (and conveniently seconds away from The Craft Beer Co.), KIN and Partizan will combine to create 5 dishes paired perfectly with 5 beers from Partizan, making for an interesting meal. Head here to get involved.

On Saturday, DeskBeers favourites Beavertown Brewery brewed up a storm in their tap room, with a smorgasbord of keg offerings and bottles. Part of their taproom takeover, the Gamma Ray geniuses undoubtedly made for a lot of happy craft beer lovers. 

We’re also celebrating our biggest ever week here at DeskBeers, so have a cold one for us.

Cheers!
Team DeskBeers
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The mixed box strikes back and beer festival extravaganza

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With the sound of refreshment now cascading through London and Brighton every Friday (you can thank us later…), it was last Friday’s mixed box that sent the latest - and one the best - batches of “that Friday feeling” to offices. Two of DeskBeers’ favourite brews - Beavertown's Gamma Ray and a new Red Ale from our friends Brew By Numbers - were sent out on Friday.

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We went to London Beer City over the course of last week, with our proverbial highlight reel including watching watermelons get put into a brew (that’s right), eating tapas and drinking great beer with Moncada Brewery and much more. We finished off a great and beer-y at London’s Craft Beer Festival, with Magic Rock, Buxton, Partizan, The Kernel, Camden Town, Siren - to name a few - working up their magic for the London-dwelling craft beer lovers. 

If you missed it, fret not. There’s another festival just on the horizon and - here’s the best bit - it’s free! It’s called Craft100 and comes from our friends at the Craft Beer Co; from September 18th-21st. Why not head along after having your DeskBeers on the Friday?

So that’s it from us easing you into your Monday morning. Friday’s just around the corner anyway, right?

Enjoy the week!
Team DeskBeers
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Ain’t no party like a DeskBeers party

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Last Friday, the combined force of team DeskBeers and Mint Digital smashed their collective brains together and threw a get-together/party/soiree/beer-bonanza (delete as appropriate) for everyone in Exmouth House. 

With the aim of encouraging people to step away from their work for the weekend and (you guessed it) have a few DeskBeers, we set up in the lobby of the building so that everyone could come down, share a cold one and have a chat to help them kick-start that Friday feeling. 

The turnout was fantastic, each office came down for a drink, with everyone from game inventors to PR agencies and everything in between. We even ran out of beers, which - in truth - was the best turnout. We’re looking to roll out more events in the not-too-distant future, so keep an eye out! 

One of Mint’s Developers - Ed - even snapped this picture, which speaks volumes about the event. We’ll let you decide how…

London Beer City: Earl of Essex

On Monday evening, we headed down to Islington’s Earl of Essex to check out what Siren Craft Brew were doing for London Beer City. 

The idea behind the night was for guests to bring in their own ingredients as part of a ‘Live Brew’, with master-brewer Ryan Witter-Merithew at the helm. All sorts of ingredients were brought along, but the most impressive was a watermelon, which ended up being used in one of Siren’s Saisons.

Here’s the evidence:

We’re off to Moncada Brewery today for some great beer and tapas. Expect another post in the not-so-distant future! 

Saying hello to London Fields’ triple box, craft beer hot dogs and London Beer City

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Last week, we reminded DeskBeers lovers that good (actually, great) things come in threes and - of course - in a DeskBeers box. Namely, it was the mighty London Fields’ triple box (Grapefruit Dead, Orange Sunshine and Broadway Blond, all 5%) arriving at desks all around London and Brighton that kicked off the wondrous sound of a city-wide quenching of thirst.  You can find out more about London Fields Brewery, right here

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London is getting ready to pay homage to the city’s self-proclaimed “beer renaissance” once more, as London Beer City engulfs each corner of the city. From Carshalton in the South, Barnet in the North, Windsor in the West and Stratford in the East, each part of London will be soaked in craft beer goodness. 

Continuing the theme of being “soaked in craft beer goodness”, this recipe for craft beer hot dogs looks just as delicious as it sounds. Why not give it a go?

We also threw our first DeskBeers party, for everyone in Workspace’s Exmouth House. Keep an eye out for more in the not-too-distant future! After all, there ain’t no party like a DeskBeers party.

Have a great week, 

Steve + The DeskBeers team

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Last Friday’s beers, London beer hunt and craft beer recipes

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Last Friday’s beer delivery continued the magnificence of the DeskBeers mixed box, with a 5.5% Partizan Pale Ale and a 4.8% Lager from Hackney Wick’s Crate Brewery, which admitted to be a little “on the ale-y side”. Either way, we had some pretty happy faces! 

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Elsewhere, craft beer fanaticism continues to rock London this month, with the London Beer Hunt getting ready to kick off from August 9th-16th. You and your friends can take part at any point, with only a single clue to get started but the remainder will be with the craft beers.

Our friends at The Guardian compiled a list of refreshing recipes for craft beer lovers to to create their own craft and shandy mix. Sacrilege? Sumptuous? Something in between? Give us your take!

We were also at BL-NK Hackney on Thursday night, meeting great new businesses and making new friends. Thank you to BL-NK for having us and - of course - thank you to everyone who came down and said hello! 

Enjoy your week,
Steve + The DeskBeers Team
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