August is an unusual month for craft beer releases as the weather becomes a little more unpredictable and we move away from summer styles but before we move into the darker Autumn/Winter styles. However, that does mean we get some great variety in seasonal releases. Here is a pick of some new arrivals to our shelves this month with some seasonal releases and a couple of new entries to our core range.
Keeping it fresh and fruity this month is Grand Day, a new release from The Porterhouse Brewing Company. The first can release from these venerable brewers is a juicy and fruity pale ale, perfect for when the sun creeps through the clouds. Wicklow Wolf have a great summer thirst quencher of a different sort with their Summersalt Gose. This is light and refreshing with blackcurrant fruit alongside a slight sour and salty note.
For those looking for a bigger punchier flavour profile then check out the new limited releases from Dot Brew and YellowBelly. Dot Brew’s Teeny Tiny is a chardonnay barrel aged session pale ale packing a lot of flavour in to such a small beer. Meanwhile YellowBelly nails the style category for what they refer to as ‘old skool American style IPA’ with G'Way IPA. Expect punchy flavours of sweet resin and tropical fruit.
A new core addition to the O’Briens shelves this month is the excellent Weihenstephaner Dunkel. This is one of the top rated Dunkelweizen (dark wheat beer) in the world displaying classic flavours of creamy caramel malt alongside clove and banana. My final selection is the return of an old favourite in the form of Stone Barrel’s Sundown Amber Ale. The latest release of the Sundown has seen a slight recipe tweak to make it a little lighter and more sessionable while retaining the smooth body and zesty citrus hop notes.
You can pick these up and many more new releases instore or online. These beers were also our picks for the August Craft Club Box. If you would like to get new releases and the freshest seasonal brews delivered direct to your door along with a booklet to guide you through each beer, with tasting notes and background information, you can sign up for a 3 month or 6 month subscription here.