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Hopinions 45 “Branding”

This week we chat about whether the death knell has been rung for pumpkin beers in the UK market and branding.

Beers | Vocation ‘Yakima Pilsner’, ‘Smash & Grab’ and collab with Chorlton ‘Sour Smash’

Hopinions | Branding. Is it important?

Links | Beavertown to stop producing Stingy Jack

 

Many thanks to Ant from Vocation for sending over a selection of cans for us to try. This didn’t influence our thoughts on the beer. Thanks also to Liquorice in Shenfield for letting us use their tasting room to record this week

Hopinions 44 “Sparklers”

This week we’re at the Victoria Inn in Colchester and we’re joined by Andy & Richard from the pub to talk about the divisive device, the sparkler.

Beer | Great Heck ‘Trafalgar’ & Colchester Brewery ‘Ambassador’

Hopinions | Sparklers

Links | The Cask Report

 

Many thanks to Andy, Sheena & Richard from the Victoria Inn for hosting the podcast and providing the beers that we enjoyed while recording for free. This didn’t impact on our thoughts on the friendly atmosphere and great beers on offer at the pub. If you’ve any questions for Andy, take up his offer in the show and email him at victoria.inn10@gmail.com 

(L-R) Creamer / Sparkler / None

Hopinions 43 “Blinding”

Image courtesy of Ghost Whale

In the second part of a unique crossover collab with the Craft Beer Channel, we’re at Ghost Whale in Brixton talking about hazy IPAs, following the blind tasting we did on the channel.

Beers | Lervig ‘Tasty Juice’, Redchurch ‘Great Eastern India Pale Ale’ & Almasty ‘West Coast IPA’

Hopinions | Our summer styles series – lagers, IPA, dark beers & sour beers

Part I | Of the collab on the Craft Beer Channel can be viewed below

Hopinions 42 “Social Media”

This week we’re joined by Johnny from Beer Frontiers to talk social media and beer while drinking beers that have recently created a buzz on social media for one reason or another.

Beers | Lost & Grounded ‘Running with Sceptres’, Magic Rock ‘Salty Kiss’ & Brew By Numbers 10|10

Hopinions | Does social media…?

Links | Check our Beer Frontiers | Crimbo Crawl details | Magic Rock beers in M&S

 

Many thanks to Liquorice in Shenfield for letting us use their tasting room to record this week

Hopinions 41 “Canned”

This week we talk about beer in cans, plus the usual beery adventures and news.

Beer | Wiper & True ‘Yorkshire Square’, Northern Monk ‘A Newer World’ & Magic Rock ‘Bearded Lady Dessert Edition’

Hopinions | Is canned beer really better?

Links | Total Ales final post | Cloudwater’s latest beers | Newsbeat’s tweet & article

Want a t-shirt? | Get our latest Hopinions design here

 

Many thanks to the folks at Wiper & True for sending over a couple of bottles of Yorkshire Square for us to try. This didn’t influence our thoughts on the beer.

Hopinions 40 “Cellaring”

Picture courtesy of Matt Chinnery

We’re back for season 4 and celebrating our first Hopinions birthday with some friends from Essex. This week we’re joined by Justin Mason & Matt Chinnery as we raid Justin’s cellar and drink some big beers.

Beers | Sierra Nevada ‘Bigfoot’ (2013), JW Lees ‘Harvest Ale’ (2010), The Kernel ‘IPA Stella’ (2012), Magic Rock ‘Bourbon Barrel Bearded Lady’ (2013) & Thomas Hardy’s ‘Old Ale’ (2007)

Hopinions | Do you buy beers with the intention of cellaring/ageing them?

GBBF Blog Links | Martin | Boak & Bailey | Pete Brown

Other Links | Our Facebook beers of August | Beer by Beer launches | Temper Tantrum homebrew competition

Want a t-shirt? | Get our latest Hopinions design here

 

Many thanks to Liquorice in Shenfield for letting us use their tasting room to record this week

Fuller’s

For our 2017 Summer Special, Steve visited Fuller’s Brewery and spent the morning with Head Brewer, Georgina Young.

In this special episode, George shares here brewing journey with us, some background to Fullers and we get to sample ‘Oliver’s Island’, ‘Seafarers’, ‘London Pride’, ‘London Pride Unfiltered’ and ‘India Pale Ale’.

Information on the Fuller’s public tours is available here.

 

This visit was arranged through the Fuller’s PR team and neither the tour or the beers cost us anything. This didn’t change our views on anything and we are grateful for the hospitality shown to us by both the PR team and George.

Hopinions on Films | Raiders of the Lost Ark

Grab your hat and whip, get your adventuring shoes on a join us for another classic film. Beer Merchants have put together this Raiders of the Lost Ark themed box for you to drink along with us.

This time we join Indiana Jones on his first adventure as he travels around the world fighting Nazis and saving the world (and the girl). This time we chose a lottery system for the beers, but once again, feel free to enjoy them in whatever way you want as you cheer Indy on to victory.

Here’s what Beer Merchants said about why they chose these beers…

Hacker-Pschorr ‘Munchner Kellerbier’ | very German

Red Hook ‘IPA’ | Old school American

Flying Dog ‘Snake Dog IPA’ | SNAKES

Kona ‘Fire Rock’ | coz the Staff of Ra was hot

Kees ‘Barrel Project #9’ | Archived away like the ark at the end of the film

Siren ‘Liquid Mistress’ | Because Marion is epic at drinking. And kinda hot.

Lervig ‘Hazy Days’ | Just an amazing film beer

Vibrant Forest ‘Kaleidoscope’ | Amazing new British beer

 

We were sent this box for free by Beer Merchants but this hasn’t influenced our thoughts on any of the beers or on just how great Raiders of the Lost Ark is.

Outro from The Human Tim, check out the full version and more on You Tube here.

Previously on Hopinions…

Picture: Michelle Daniels (@gingerdaniels13)

In this bonus episode we look back at the first year of Hopinions, chat through our first Summer Summit and look forward to what’s coming next on the show.

Cheers to everyone who continues to support what we do.

Martin & Steve

 

Many thanks to Liquorice in Shenfield for letting us use the room to record this show

Hopinions 39 “Whales”

It’s the end of another season and we’re cracking open the big boys and chatting about those one-off beers that you might never get to drink again.

Beers | Thornbridge ‘Heather Honey Imperial Stout’, ‘Imperial Oatmeal Stout’ and Brooklyn ‘Cloaking Device’

Hopinions | Have you ever had a one off/discontinued beer that you wish you could have again?

#PrizelessPrize | Returns to Essex for the summer with this stunner from Justin Mason

Links | July’s beers of the month on our Facebook page | The Beer Podcast | Beer Merchants Movie Night Beer Box

 

We were sent Cloaking Device by the folks from Brooklyn but this didn’t influence on our thoughts of just how good it was. 

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