Curated by four of the UK’s favourite beer sommeliers, The Taproom at PUB19 welcomed a selection of the finest beers available to the UK on-trade.
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Hofmeister Helles (5% ABV) - A classic Bavarian Helles lager. Light, refreshing, clean and crisp, this lager is beautifully balanced with fruity overtones and a mellow bitterness. A moreish, malty lager.
Jute Session IPA (4.2% ABV) - A seriously sessionable juicy pale ale. With notes of grapefruit, pineapple and mango, this beer is a lip smacking, thirst quencher.
Alpaca DDH IPA (6.6% ABV) - This beer is full bodied & clearly heavily dry hopped. The result is a beer with copious amounts of citrus on the nose with a piney, resinous & frankly...a dank ﬁnish. A hoppy, hazy delight of a beer.
Best Friend Session IPA (4.2% ABV) - A light, ﬂoral hoppy pale ale with lashings of tropical fruits on the nose, underpinned by a crisp, medium bitterness. Oakham Ales have a reputation for excellent mid-ABV pale ales and this is no diﬀerent.
Green Devil IPA (6.0% ABV) - The Green Devil IPA is a strong and assertive beer and most deﬁnitely means business. It’s a full bodied golden IPA with a tooty fruity aroma and a crisp refreshing ﬁnish that will leave you wanting.
Soundwave (5.5% ABV) - In a market now dominated with juicy, hazy IPAs, Soundwave is a refreshing blast of sharp, bittersweet grapefruit and pine. It’s zingy and spiky, punching above its weight at just 5.5%, while retaining that West Coast drinkability with a bitter finish. An approachable antidote to the New England trend.
Broken Dream (6.5% ABV) - Broken Dream ﬁnally got the recognition it deserves when it won CAMRA’s Champion Beer of Britain in 2018. For a long time it has been the best coﬀee porter in the country, loaded with fruity roasted beans, brown sugar sweetness and a rich latte-like body. A brilliant winter warmer, but also great in summer where it works like an iced coﬀee – cooling you down and perking you up.
Vienna Lager (4.8% ABV) - Vienna lager is a crisp, light amber style made famous by Brooklyn Brewery. Renegade, the small-batch arm of West Berkshire Brewing, have bettered that seminal beer though. On top of the caramel biscuit base they have layered soft red berry notes and a squeeze of citrus, before that clean bite of bitterness found in all well-lagered beers. A great beer for pilsner drinkers looking for something a bit more robust.
India Session (4.2% ABV) - On the face of it, Renegade’s India Session looks like a session IPA, but underneath it is more like the classic Sierra Nevada Pale Ale – on the nose it’s all grapefruit and pine, then sweet caramel mingles with lemon zest and sharp juice on the palate. It’s ultra fresh and light, but ﬁnishes big with proper West Coast bitterness.
Pale Ale (4.6% ABV) - One sip of Salcombe Pale Ale and you will be transported back to the glorious summer holidays – to pubs with seaviews and rough picnic benches. This beautiful beer has all the hallmarks of a great cask ale – full-bodied, moreish and bittersweet, the deep toﬀee ﬂavours are balanced perfectly by pine and resin notes from the American hops which build to a bright and refreshing ﬁnish.
Seahorse (4.4% ABV) - You don’t see so many amber ales on the bars these days, but here Salcombe show it’s the drinkers’ loss. The aroma is all red berry and toﬀee, while the ﬂavour is exactly like warm, soft raisin bread. It sounds autumnal and warming (and it is!) but it’s got a clean, balanced ﬁ nish that makes it feel light and summery enough for any time of year.
Pilsner (4.2% ABV) - Clear and pale golden. Crisp and refreshing. A sight for sore eyes after a long day. This beer is a well-brewed take on a classic Czech style. It has low bitterness and just a hint of Saaz hops that linger, but don’t completely wipe the ﬂoor with you. The only thing that’s missing is that it cries out for dappled sunshine and friendly chitchat as a backdrop.
Pale (4.8% ABV) - Elegant and understated. A sessionable brew for those who want a few. With delicious hints of Cascade and a refreshing bitterness that keeps you diving back in, this is a very drinkable beer. It is extremely well-balanced and has a gentle tropical ﬁnish.
Sourdough Pale (4.2% ABV) - Sourdough bread in liquid form. Quite simply, leftover loaves have been added to the beer. A virtuous act of reducing food waste and making something new, interesting and delicious. What you get is a lightly hopped beer with the scent of freshly mown grass and citrus. Sessionable and easy-drinking as well as having a superbly dry ﬁnish, this beer has layers of bitterness that keep you thinking about it.
Rye Porter (7% ABV) - Dark, deep and rich. This is all coﬀee and fruit cake and has a haunting ﬂavour that has all sorts going on that it just begs to be tried. It is made with rye loaves and spent cold brew coﬀee grounds. The result is a full bodied decadent beer with hints of chocolate sweetness as well as caraway and anise spice. It’s the kind of beer that reminds how diverse and delicious beer can be.
Amber Ale (4.8% ABV) - There’s a lot of rich caramel and toﬀee on the nose, which sets you up to anticipate a very fullbodied, sweet beer. But this is the best of both worlds: on the palate there’s plenty of biscuit character, but it’s balanced by a gentle buzz of peppery hops for a nice, clean ﬁnish.
Lager (4.8% ABV) - Craft brewers are currently challenging the idea that lager has to be bland and tasteless. Like any good lager, this is clean and refreshing, but it also has a crisp, bright aroma and a soft, smooth character on the palate that give it personality as well as drinkability.
Zen Pale Ale (4.5% ABV) - In a clever move, the brewery has overcome the lack of body gluten-free beers can suﬀer from by adding alternative ﬂavourings. This marriage of pale ale and green tea doesn’t quite taste like either, but becomes something entirely new. Fruity, slightly sweet with a crisp, refreshing ﬁnish.
Unity Lager (4.5% ABV) - An homage to the central European lager tradition, this light, refreshing lager is a showcase for the noble Saaz hop, the star of classic Czech pilsner style, with its slightly perfumed and headily grassy aromas and assertive, crisp, bitter ﬁnish.
Ale of Wight (3.7% ABV) - Traditional British ale brewing is unique in being able to pack in subtle yet assertive ﬂavours at low ABVs, and this is a classic example. It’s soft and light, a little sweet with zesty citrus aromas, all of which make it naggingly moreish, evoking lazy summer afternoons.
Fuggle Dee Dum (4.8% ABV) - English hops have an unfairly dull reputation next to their shoutier American oﬀ spring, but this beer really shows what they can do. Full of Fuggles which give it a nice spicy nose that complements the fruity, nutty palate making this beer simply fun to drink.