Today is a wonderful day for craft beer heads like you and I. Wylam brewery, just a 20 minute (rather brisk) walk from our box have been ever hard at work creating something delicious for us all to drink. Still one of the favourite styles are DIPAs, so they wanted to make a damn good one – but they couldn’t do it all by themselves. To make sure it’s of the best quality they called upon a little brewery called VERDANT to see if they could make something special together… and oh boy could they.
Verdeiping Nil is a fantastic DIPA, an unexpected bitterness plays on the tongue with this one, confidently packed up with all the dank juiciness you’d expect from a beer Verdant got anywhere near. It’s not quite Your Limitation, it’s only Your Imagination but it doesn’t seem to be trying to be. The bitterness pulls this DIPA in a different direction, and we love that direction.
We’ve been following Verdant since our first can and couldn’t be happier they’ve ventured this far north, all in the name of great beer.
It’s hard not to get pushed to the sidelines when such a collab takes the forefront, but Final Pulse is another winner in our eyes. A much smoother beer, this IPA is light but strong. Perhaps we poured the can a little heavy, but we got a decent burn at the tail end of this one, that protein sediment kicks! The El Dorado in this is pretty obvious as you get that big tropical punch that such a juicy hop carries, another solid IPA from Wylam.
The beery stats:
Wylam x Verdant Brewing – Verdeiping Nil – Citra, BBC, Amarillo & Azzaca. DIPA. 8%
Wylam – Final Pulse – Simcoe, Centennial & El Dorado. IPA. 6.8%
Brew Yorks first appearance in the box
We’ve had our eyes on Brew York for a while and with our can-focus in the shop we’ve got a perfect little shelf for them. These guys know how to do coconut beers. A couple of us went and tried the barrel aged versions of the empress tonkoko beers and oh my days… if any of you lucky readers managed to try some you’ll know what calibre of beer we’re talking about here. We’ve all had tonkoko many times, so we went for something a little different, although still a super coconut(y) stout!
Kaya is medium strength, smooth and a coconut dream. Verging on a breakfast stout with the healthy backup of coffee, this milk stout has a good sweetness to it, making go down so easily we’re glad of the 5.2% ABV! Kaya was made as a collaboration with Gwei Lo based in Hong Kong. The idea for the recipe actually came from a traditional snack of coconut jam and Pandan served on toast, sometimes dipped into coffee!
On the opposite style we had to get hold of Goose Willis, many of you beery experts will have tried what was originally a BrewDog York collab – Goose Willis is an absolutely solid sour jam packed with gooseberries.
Staying true to their movie reference names; we’ve also got hold of Kaijuice, the absolute juice bomb, Galaga, the big tropical APA and Dank Marvin versus the Army of Dankness, this might be one of the best names we’ve seen in the box!
More beery stats:
Brew York – Galaga – Cascade, CTZ, Citra & Mosaic. APA. 4.7%.
Brew York – Kaijuice – Columbus, Mosaic & Simcoe. APA. 5.5%
Brew York – Juice Campbell vs The Army of Dankness. Amarillo, Citra, Centennial & Simcoe. NEIPA. 7.1%.
Brew York – Kaya – Coulumbus. 40 g/l coconut. Pandan leaf, Coconut & Coffee Milk Stout. 5.2%.
Brew York – Goose Willis – Nelson sauvin. Gooseberry sour. 5.3%.
We can’t wait for you all to get stuck into the new beers and please drop back and tell us what you thought of them! We’re beer nerds, we survive on discussing craft beer.
Keep a track of our Untappd menu to see if these beers are still in stock as you thirsty bunch love clearing us out! For all your beer needs, pop in and say hello and we’ll do our best to keep you all quenched.
If you’ve got any breweries you feel are underrepresented in the box get in touch through Facebook or Instagram on @itsbeerbox, or to firstname.lastname@example.org. We’re always happy to take suggestions and will try our best to get any beer into the shop!
Have a beautiful craft beer week everyone,
The BeerBox Team