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Hopinions 84 “Innovation vs Core”

We’re back from a mini-break and diving straight into some delicious beers

Beers | Sean O’Reilly / Uncruliar Brews ‘Sean’s Dark Ruby Mild’ and ‘Not So Pale Fire’, Unbarred ‘Mango Pale’, ‘Honeycomb Milkshake Pale’ and ‘Tropic Soda’ and Lagunitas ‘The Waldos Special Ale’

Hopinions | Is constant innovation of beer styles/flavours essential to the survival of breweries or is it a solid core range?

Links | Heartland

 

Many thanks to Sean (@uncruliar), Brett from Unbarred and Tom from Lagunitas for sending us beer to try for free on the show, this didn’t influence our thoughts.

Hopinions on Films | Avengers Infinity War

If you thought we talked a lot during last year’s Avengers Assemble podcast, then strap yourselves in. We’re about to talk a whole load more! Here’s what we enjoyed during this show…

Hop Hooligans ‘Collision Course’*

Stone Berlin ‘IPA’

Brewdog ‘Declassified Demi-God’**

Vocation ‘Heart & Soul’

Roosters ‘Baby-Faced Assassin’

Brewdog ‘ Paradox Uncle Duke’s’**

Half Acre ‘Gone Away’

Northern Monk ‘Death’

 

*This was given to us by Simply Hops as part of the Underdog Brewing Competition 2019 / **These were part of the 2018 Advent Calendar that Brewdog sent to us but none of this influenced our thoughts on Avengers Infinity War being the greatest cinematic event of all time. Until Endgame that is.

 

Hopinions 83 “Don’t Believe The Hype”

This week we are diving into some ‘hype’ beers, discussing Tesco’s new stocks and the recent news that Magic Rock were sold to Lion. We also interview Simon Webster, CEO of Thornbridge about their approach to stocking beer in Tesco and the recent re-branding.

Beers | Half Acre Brewing Co ‘Pony Pils’, ‘Tuna’, ‘Lifecycle’ (collab with Brussels Brew Project), Daisy Cutter and Double Daisy Cutter Capra

Hopinions | What makes you buy from a brewery for the first time?

Hopinions 82 “#BIPAComeBack”

Image courtesy of @gingerdaniels13

This week we’re championing the #BIPAComeBack and tucking into a range of black IPAs. We also get a little lost on our previous beery adventures and delve into the news. Oh, we talk some #hopinions too at some point…

Beers | Steel City Brewing ‘Black Cascade’, Brew York ‘Black Eagle’, Cloudwater & White Hag ‘Cairde Gan Teorainneacha’, Fierce & Noble ‘Black IPA’, Wander Beyond ‘Bloom’ and North Riding Brewery & Elusive Brewing ‘India Porter’

Hopinions | The Portman Group have released new guidelines for packaging size and units. Is this…

Links | SIBA Craft Beer Report 2019 | Beer Nouveau thread on Portman Group guidance |

 

Many thanks to Tom from Fierce & Noble for sending us beer to try for free on the show, this didn’t influence our thoughts.

Hopinions 81 “Perfect”

This week we’re joined by author and comedian James Dowdeswell to talk about growing up in a pub, great bar service and writing a book.

Beers | Fierce & Noble ‘Session IPA’, ‘APA’ & ‘West Coast IPA’

Hopinions | You’re faced with unknowledgable bar staff. Do you…? | What’s the most important skill for bar staff?

Links | SIBA Opposes new Portman Group Guidance |

James Dowdeswell | Get the Pub Manifesto here | Twitter | Instagram

 

Many thanks to Tom from Fierce & Noble for sending us beers to try for free on the show, this didn’t influence our thoughts.

Hopinions 80 “Flavours”

More experiments this week as Martin & Steve tuck into a load of adjunct-filled beers and try their food counterparts to see if they actually taste like the things they are supposed to taste like.

Beers | Vocation & Yeastie Boys ‘Breakfast Club’, Thornbridge & Fourpure ‘Fresa’, Wild Beer ‘Millionaire’, Tiny Rebel & Flavourly ‘Pango’ and Brewdog & Amundsen ‘Mallow Mafia’

Hopinions | Do the adjuncts added to some beers really make the beer taste like the thing that has been added?

Links | Art By Volume | Rhythm & Brews Podcrawl | Doing Science to Stuff |

 

Many thanks to Wild Beer Co and Brewdog for sending us beers to try for free on the show, this didn’t influence our thoughts.

Hopinions 79 “Balance”

We’re back for 2019 with a jam packed show full of news, views and beer!

Beers | Hawkshead ‘Windermere Pale’,  ‘Iti’ & ‘Tonka Shake’, Fuller’s ‘1981 ESB’ and Mashionistas ‘Slurple Haze’ & ‘Darc Almond’

Hopinions Do you think you have a healthy balance when it comes to your drinking?

Links | What’s Your Favourite podcast | Beers Without Frontiers Episode 11 ‘Mashioniastas’

 

Many thanks to Hawkshead and Mashionistas for sending us beers to try for free on the show, this didn’t influence our thoughts.

Hopinions 78 “Taste”

In this show we take part in a taste experiment put together for us by returning guest Ruth Mitchell. We drink 5 pairs of drinks, one of which is a beer and the other another drink with similar taste profiles. We have to work out what we’re drinking!

We also have our own butler, Matt Chinnery serving us and joining us for some of the discussions.

Hopinions | What influences your tipple of choice?

Sean O’Reilly | Link here

Hopinions 77 “Time and Space”

In this special show, we’re joined by Belgian beer aficionado Jezza to take us through a vertical tasting of a classic Christmas beer, Stille Nacht (Silent Night). Jezza also talks to us about his passion for ageing beer and his work with Beer Guide London.

Beer |  De Dolle Brouwers ‘Stille Nacht’ 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 & 2018 and ‘Stille Nacht Reserva’ 2005

Beer Guide London | More information here

Flavour of the Month | 09 ‘Stille Nacht’ can be found here

 

Apologies for the periodical phone interference throughout this recording

Hopinions 76 “Review of 2018”

Image courtesy of @gingerdaniels13

In our final show on 2018 we look back over the big beery highlights of the year and award our (very condensed) Golden Pints. We give gongs to the podcast of the year, beery adventure of the year, brewery and beer of the year.

Beers | Fuller’s Vintage Ale 2017, Marble/Fuller’s Gale’s Prize Old Ale (Barbera, Bourbon, Maderia & Pinot Noir Barrel-Aged versions)

Hopinions | Beery highlights of 2018

Link | Gale’s Prize Old Ales

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