While many people’s New Year’s Resolutions involve getting fit or losing weight, local craft beer enthusiast Tom Answer has vowed to try a new beer every week in 2018. The owner of The Vintage Suit Hire Company reveals his top 5 beers in MK.
The humble beer was once the preserve of the lout. Something that preceded fisticuffs on the terraces, or led to the wearing of traffic cones on heads.
Well my friends, welcome to the brave new world of craft beer.
With the dawning of 2018, I say avoid the overcrowded gyms and join me in my new year’s resolution to try a new beer every week for 12 months.
If you hadn’t noticed, there is a craft beer revolution going on right now, and Milton Keynes is in its vice-like grip.
If you are sat there thinking ‘but Tom, I don’t like beer,’ I say to you NO!
You just haven’t found the beer for you. Between Grate at the centre:mk, MK Biergarten in Wolverton, The Draft House on Midsummer Boulevard and Beer Bear in Stony Stratford, you can lay your hands on some of the best craft beers the world has to offer.
To whet your appetite, here are 5 of my current favourites, that might just make a craft beer drinker out of you…
FOR THE LAGER DRINKER – BEAVERTOWN LUPULOID IPA 6.7%
Lager is dead. Remember how for your first year of drinking beer, you had to choke it down to look cool in front of your friends? You need to do that again, but this time with IPAs because, once you’ve got yourself acclimatised to the heightened hoppiness, you will LOVE them. I chose Lupuloid because it’s a delight to the palate, Beavertown is a fantastic brewery and my tip to follow Brewdog into the mainstream.
FOR THE CIDER DRINKER – MAGIC ROCK SALTY KISS 4.1%
I can’t touch cider anymore after I consumed 100 cans of Strongbow in 5 days at Glastonbury in 2013. If you have befallen a similar fate over Christmas, try a Salty Kiss by Magic Rock. Refreshing, fruity and sour, it’s like cider, but much much better because it is beer.
FOR THE REAL ALE DRINKER – FIVE POINTS BREWING CO, HOOK ISLAND RED 6%
I like real ale, but I don’t believe anyone should limit themselves to drinking just ale. Hook Island is the perfect balance of malty goodness and hops which can turn even the most die-hard CAMRA member into a born-again craft beer drinker. Before you know it, they will have ditched the London Pride and become vegan.
FOR THE GUINNESS DRINKER – THE GARDEN BREWERY, STOUT 5.7%
I have never been much of a Guinness drinker, especially since people seem to have stopped doing that snazzy thing where they pour the shape of the shamrock into the head of the beer, but you can’t beat a good stout. The Garden Brewery’s stout is more flavoursome than most with the coffee and chocolate flavours making it the perfect smooth breakfast beer to accompany your Weetabix.
FOR THE ‘ANYTHING BUT BEER’ DRINKER – THE HOWLING HOPS BREWERY, EAST END HEFEWEIZEN
If you really don’t usually opt for beer, then wheat beer is the perfect introduction. Fruity, spicy, citrus, refreshing and down-right delicious, it’s impossible not to like this beer. If it helps, pretend it isn’t beer until you love it, then reflect on how much better your life has become now you are a beer drinker.
So, there you have it, 5 cracking beers to numb the New Year blues, and remind you of a happier time when your oranges were made of chocolate, and not just… well, oranges.
Dry January is for quitters, beer is for winners. You aren’t a quitter are you?
You can find out more about Tom’s business, The Vintage Suit Hire Company, by visiting www.vintagesuithire.co.uk.