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The Kernel Export India Porter


Now I am not the greatest fan of stouts and porters. ‘Heresy,’ I hear you cry. It’s just that many of them taste excessively bitter and angular, and I don’t really enjoy them. But here is a gem. It’s a truly remarkable beer with so many dimensions of flavour. And it comes from the DRC of London’s brewers, The Kernel.

The Kernel Export India Porter
6% alcohol
Made with Columbus, Simcoe and Bramling Cross hops. Brown black in colour with a creamy head. Full flavoured yet balanced with it, with attractive hoppy bitterness in the background. It’s fresh with a hint of chocolate and a little iron, and there’s certainly malty flavour present, but it’s not sweet. Close your eyes as you drink and it’s hard to call it a Porter. Structured, pure, really fine and expressive. 9/10

Some great beers from Beavertown


We’ve reviewed a couple of Beavertown’s offerings on Beeranorak already (here) – well, at least Daniel has. I thought it was time for me to add some views on their range, which I think is really exciting. They’re based in Hackney, in a part known as De Beauvoir Town, hence ‘Beavertown’, which is the cockney reference to this area, which in Victorian times was known for its bars and breweries.

The brewery was established by Logan Plant and Byron Knight in 2011, and in 2012 they opened a brew pub, Duke’s Brew & Que. Everything I have tried from them so far has been excellent.

Beavertown Gamma Ray American Pale Ale
5.4% alcohol
This is a beer on which Daniel and I disagree. It’s beautifully aromatic, floral and tangy, with grapefruit and herbs in the mix, too. It has a lovely savoury, tangy palate with grapefruit, lemon and spice. Real precision and focus here. 8.5/10


Beavertown 8 Ball Rye IPA
6.2% alcohol
Malts: Simpsons Best, Rye, Crystal Rye, CaraGold, Low colour Crystal. Hops: Magnum, Columbus, Cascade, Citra, Galaxy. 50 IBUs. There’s about 20% rye in this delicious, distinctive beer. Rich, warm and textured with a nice sweet, tangy, malty base, and precise citrus and herb notes, finishing rich, warm and spicy. 8.5/10


Beavertown Bloody Ell Blood Orange IPA
7.4% alcohol
This is a really creative beer, brewed with 25 kg of blood oranges, which were hand-peeled, with the squeezed juice added at the end of the boil. An extra pale malt was used. Amazing aromas of orange peel, lemons, spice and tropical fruits. Lovely palate with sweet tangerine notes, as well as some lemon. Powerful, intense and amazingly fruity with real personality. 8.5/10


Beavertown Black Betty Black IPA
7.4% alcohol
Malt: Simpsons Best, Caragold, Caramalt, Carafa II, Carafa III. Hops: Magnum, Columbus, Chinook, Citra. 60 IBUs. Rich, powerful, bold and dense with lovely sweet, subtly chocolatey notes and some malt. Amazing depth of flavour combining the rich notes with a tangy citrus freshness. 8/10

Beavertown Smog Rocket Smoked Porter
5.4% alcohol
Malt: Simpsons Best, Smoke, Caramalt, Crystal, Oats, Munich, Brown, Chocolate, Black. Hops: Magnum, Chinook. 23 IBUs. Amazingly rich and dense with chocolatey richness and some bitter notes. Intense with sweet dark maltiness, combining richness and intensity with lovely detail. 8/10

Some beers from Renaissance, Marlborough, New Zealand

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA I’ve come across Renaissance Brewing Company beers a few times before on my trips to New Zealand. They’re based in Blenheim, which is in Marlborough, the largest of the Kiwi wine regions, and you can get the beers on tap at Dodsons (which is next door to the brewery) – as well as in bottle across most of the country. Here I tried a few in London with Roger Kerrison, at the Craft Beer Rising show where these beers made their UK debut.

Renaissance Discovery American Pale Ale
4.5% alcohol
Lovely fresh, bright citrussy beer with nice hoppiness. A bright, lemony style with some herbiness. 8/10

Renaissance Voyager India Pale Ale
6% alcohol
Some sweet noes. Rich, tangy and a bit spicy with powerful flavours and lovely spicy depth. Fresh, tangy and intense. 8/5/10

Renaissance Stonecutter Scotch Ale
7% alcohol
Made from nine malts, blended together, to produce what they call the ‘red wine’ of their range. It’s not my favourite, but it is food friendly. Malty and rich with some weight. Sweet, tangy and herby with some toffee and spice notes. Richly textured. 7/10

Renaissance Abundance Baltic Cherry Porter
7.6% alcohol
Brewed with cherries. Powerful and intense with spice and chocolate notes, as well as herbs and black cherries, with a hint of sourness. Rich but a little odd. Amazingly complex. 8/10

renaissance black IPA Ripa Renaissance Enlightenment Black IPA The RIPA
6.5% alcohol
A black ale brewed with rye. Powerful, fresh and tangy with a lively citrus edge to the malty, chocolatey stout character. Nice depth and balance here. 8.5/10

You can see some pictures of Dodsons (effectively the brewery tap, in Blenheim, New Zealand) at the bottom of this blog post from my last visit to Kiwi land.