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The White Horse on Parson’s Green, London, has a Belgian beer festival starting today. 15 Belgian Cask ales. They promise:

• Pure unfiltered lambic in cask from the Oud Beersel and Bockor breweries.
• Alvinne Podge Stout, Gouyasse Tradition, Barbar Honey and ten other Belgian beers all in cask
• Bellegem Oude Bruin, St.Bernardus Prior, Tripel and 12 on draught
• Oud Beersel’s Bersalis Kadet on draught for the first time ever outside Belgium
• Budvar Yeast beer, another first in the UK for The White Horse

If you hang on until the third week of October, London is still the place to be. The Rake in Borough Market has a lambic festival with the following on cask:

  • Hanssens oude lambic
  • Hanssens kriekenlambic
  • Cantillon jonge lambic
  • Cantillon oude lambic
  • Cantillon kriekenlambic
  • Cantillon framboisenlambic
  • Lindemans oude lambic
  • Boon 1yr lambic
  • Boon 2yr lambic
  • Boon 3yr lambic
  • Boon framboisenlambic
  • Girardin oude lambic
  • Girardin kriekenlambic
  • Drie fonteinen oude lambic
  • Drie fonteinen kriekenlambic

Too sour for you?

Go to Stockholm. Sure, they have a number of festivals, including a showcase for Swedish micros. But what impressed me the most is that Monks Cafe in Stockholm offers 453 American beers, starting tomorrow. Four hundred and fifty three. From 79 breweries. And their ordinary beer list is mighty impressive, too. Have a look at their beer list, and bring your credit card!

The Yanks are coming!

The Yanks are coming!

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A Scot at the Rake

Tom Cadden, on the right in this photo, who’s been active on ratebeer for several years and who’s CV includes periods behind the bar at the Blackfriars in Glasgow as well as both Glasgow and London Wetherspoon’s, will start as the new assistant manager at the Rake, Borough Market in a few week’s time.

With Tom’s knowledge I’m sure the Rake will have even more exciting beers to offer. Expect a steady supply of BrewDog beers – and a cellar full of lambics!

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It’s watching a new religion being born.

I have sung the praises of BrewDog over and over again. Their latest stunt is to take over London. Last weekend saw the White Horse Old Ale Festival, where they had four BrewDog ales on cask, including the new Isle of Arran and Smokehead, both imperials touts aged in whisky barrels. I have told y0u about the fine quality of the bottled versions before.

The Pig’s Ear beer festival in East London also had a special beer from BrewDog in their programme, bit it was not on when I was in on Tuesday evening.

But the real event for followers of the Scottish maverick brewers has been going on at the Rake in Borough Market. As you can see, they have offer a broad range of cask beer, including two new ones. the Zephyr and the Rake Raspeberry Smokehead.

I arrived on Monday with my mate Tom, and were firstly met with a rather dismissive message that they did not have all the beers on at a given time, and that we should settle for the Speedball and the Smokehead, which were the flavours of the day.

Well then. They had the full range of bottled beers from Aberdeenshire as well, but, still.

We started chatting to the man in a black leather hat at the end of the bar, who seemed to be associated to the pub. It turned out that this was Tony, the assistant manager, and Tom’s Scottish accent convinced him that he should step down int the cellar to bring a few samples.

Now, the Zephyr is a13% India Pale Ale (IPA) matured in a grain whisky cask for 18 months with 30kgs of fresh strawberries, no less. It is vinous, very dominated by the whisky aroma, there was not much fruitiness to discover. Not a bad beer at all, but all their experiments cannot be stellar, can they? It will possibly eveolve into something more sophisticated over time.

But the Rake Raspberry Imperial Stout is a new version of the Smokehead, a 10% stout aged with fresh strawberries. I sniff. The aroma is mostly smoke, as with the regular Smokehead. A small sip. The smooth body of the stout, belying its alcohol strength, the strong smokiness filling in the picture – and, to top it all, a wonderful strong fruitiness, not too sweet, that matches this perfectly. This is there best so far. There are rumours about a limited bottling of this, but is surely not a product that will be available on a large scale. If you get any opportunity, get your hands on a glass of this brew! And, if you are in London, there is still a chance they have a few drops left this weekend!

Tony and Tom

Tony and Tom

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