4.5% abv. Colour: Pale Gold
Tasting notes: A refreshing, aromatic pale golden beer, with whole oranges added to the brew to give a delicious citrussy flavour, followed by a satisfying dry finish.
Background: A ‘Blind Tiger’ was a name for an illegal drinking den in the 1920s, which evaded prohibition laws by disguising itself as an exhibition hall for ‘natural curiosities’, and charged their patrons a fee to see a variety of exotic creatures such as a blind tiger (reportedly a pig painted with stripes), which, surely by coincidence, included free alcohol with admission.
Food matching: Blind Tiger’s fresh crisp flavour is the perfect match for light-tasting foods such as traditional fish and chips, or combine its orange flavour with fruity desserts such as an indulgent cheesecake or a sorbet.
4.0% abv. Colour: Black
Tasting notes: A distinctly decadent and sublimely smooth porter that is as black as the night, with a divine and bold dark chocolate and orange twist. Suitable for vegans.
Background: This easy-drinking porter is made with a blend of malts and roasted barley, balanced with English hops, and finished with an infusion of mouth-watering chocolate and orange.
4.0% abv. Colour: Black
Tasting notes: Our stunning porter is ominously dark but not heavy, with the lingering finish of roasted barley. Drop O' The Black Stuff is beautifully smooth and easy drinking.
Background: Drop O' The Black Stuff is brewed with Maris Otter Pale and dark malts, roasted barley, an aromatic mixture of English hops, and our local Nottingham Ale yeast. It is also suitable for vegans.
Prizes: GOLD MEDAL at SIBA's Midlands Independent Beer Awards 2016, Standard Mild Ales & Brown Ales category.
SILVER regional winner at SIBA's Midlands Independent Beer Awards 2014, Standard Mild Ales.
Food matching: Enjoy with roasted or smoked foods – for instance a hearty plate of roasted lamb - and a variety of gamey meats like venison. Drop O' The Black Stuff is also the perfect partner for deliciously creamy dishes – a match made in heaven!
3.7% abv. Colour: Golden
Tasting notes: A bright golden-coloured beer, with a bold citrus flavour, balanced by a biscuity malt body, and with a burst of grapefruit aroma. Refreshing and clean tasting; the perfect session beer.
Background: Exodus is our newest brew, light, and packed with fresh citrus flavour. It is brewed using Pale and Munich malt, Cascade hops, and an all-natural grapefruit infusion for a tropical citrus burst.
4.0% abv. Colour: Chestnut
Tasting notes: A traditional chestnut-brown bitter with a rich, creamy head, and flavours of malt and plenty of hops, leading to a perfectly balanced dry finish.
Background: Left Lion takes its name from the two great stone lions which guard the Council House steps in Nottingham’s market square, the left of which is traditionally known as the city’s famous meeting place. They were designed by Joseph Else, as were many of the sculptures on the Council House, which opened in 1929. According to local legend, the two tonne art-deco lions are said to roar when a virgin walks by!
Food matching: Left Lion’s perfect balance of hops and malt is ideal with wholesome meaty dishes like a rich steak pie, sausages and mash, or a traditional casserole, or for the perfect snack, combine with pork scratchings or a good slab of mature cheddar.
The beer was formerly known as Robin Hood, rebranded in 2016.
3.8% abv. Colour: Blonde
Tasting notes: A distinctly citrusy and thoroughly quaffable triple-hopped American Pale Ale. Easy drinking and beautifully light, clean, and crisp.
Background: The rebel in our pack, and one of our firm favourites, Outlawed is brewed with finest American Centennial and Willamette hops to give a punch of flavour more intense than its ABV. should allow!
Prizes: Silver, SIBA's Midlands Independent Beer Awards 2017, Cask Standard Bitters and Pale Ales category
Beer of the Festival, Cleveland CAMRA’s Saltburn Beer Festival, 2015.
Winner, Newark CAMRA’s Parliamentary Beer Competition, 2015.
Food matching: Enjoy this light and crisp beer with lemon and thyme chicken or fresh salads. Also ideal to match with seafood such as salmon or fried king prawns, or if you're looking for something to nibble on with your pint, try light, nutty cheeses.
Adam Mansell, Pub Manager @ Yates's, Retford:
"That's absolutely spot on – the flavour just keeps on hitting you!"
Gail, Pub Manager at The Salutation Inn, Doncaster:
"I'm surprised there's any left, we put it on yesterday and they've been hammering it!"
Andy, Pub Manager @ The Calder, Accrington:
"Wow! Sold Like lightning!"
5.5% abv. Colour: Golden
Tasting notes: Roaring Meg is our flagship brew – a surprisingly smooth, classic IPA style beer. The sweet citrus and honey aroma give way to a dry aftertaste that beer lovers can't help falling for.
Background: Meg was named after a cannon used in our local area during the civil war. It was smelted at a vast furnace in the Forest of Dean and fired huge, 200lb cannon balls. Runner up of the Strong Bitters at the Great British Beer Festival.
Food matching: Roaring Meg is great with a range of foods - enjoy matching Meg with savoury snacks and the great taste of a traditional English pork pie, seafood, or even with a robustly flavoured Indian or Thai curry.
Prizes: 100 Hottest Beers in Britain Competition 2015 - 12th Place
CAMRA East Midlands Region, Champion Beer of Britain Competition 2014 - silver award, Golden Ales category
Kevin Black, Real Ale of Britain http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KBuuavqTYrE&feature=youtu.be
The Morning Advertiser's top 50 British Microbrews:
Matthew Coupe on Brewskie.co.uk: http://brewskie.co.uk/reviews/197/2011/03/springhead-brewery's-roaring-meg-5-5-nottinghamshire-united-kingdom/
The Real Ale Guide review: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r-gH_KJHZ38
Beer Goggles review: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HSRB-god-Oc
Leigh from Lancs:
Chris Aucott - Interval Cafe Bar Manager, Sheffield Students Union: