VOTING FOR THE BLACK HEART CLOSES THIS WEEK

Voting for the Heavy Music Awards closes this week so don't forget to support Our Black Heart!

We've been selected as a finalist in the first edition of the awards and are nominated for Best Venue.

Voting closes on Friday 30th at 5pm. Click HERE to vote.

Winners will be announced at HMA17, which will take place in London on the 24th August at House of Vans.

If you dig what we do - intimate venue, massive sound, and of course, hosting the best beer and bands in Camden - then support the smaller guy and vote for Our Black Heart!

LESS THAN 10 DAYS TO VOTE FOR OUR BLACK HEART

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Voting for the Heavy Music Awards closes next week so don't forget to support Our Black Heart!

The Heart has been selected as a finalist in the inaugural edition of the awards, nominated for Best Venue.

Voting closes on Friday 30th at 5pm. Click HERE to vote.

Winners will be announced at HMA17, which will take place in London on the 24th August at House of Vans.

If you dig what we do - intimate venue, massive sound, and of course, hosting the best beer and bands in Camden - then support a smaller venue and vote for Our Black Heart!

THIS WEEK'S BREWS

Here's our latest update on the beers we have on draught at the Black Heart this week. We’ve got a variety of IPAs and golden ales, as well as a sour cherry ale, a a raspberry fruit beer, and a coffee and vanilla porter.

First, the IPAs. We’ve got Swedish brewers Beerbliotek and their Crazy in the Coconut IPA. Packing big aromas and flavours of citrus/tropical fruits, bitter zest, yeast, malt, hops, and a mild taste/aroma of toasted coconut. Refreshing and tasty. 6.8%.

Then we have Huddersfield massive Magic Rock with their Cannonball IPA. Made in the “true tradition - high in alcohol and massively hopped”, the Cannonball is tropically fruity, with aromas of citrus, peach, and tangy orange. Resinous hops are paired with a sweet malty backbone, while the lip smacking bitterness follows the soft, light, well-balanced body. 7.4%.

Next we’ve got the fruity brews. Manchester’s Chorlton brewery and their Cherry sour, a red/brown ale. Pouring deep reddish brown and medium bodied, the Cherry’s aroma is earthy and roasty, with notes of cherry cola and ripe cherry. The taste is toasty, tart and tangy, with sour cherry and ripe berry flavours. 5.4%.

Then it's the Raspberry Pale from Norway's Ægir Bryggeri. Pouring a hazy reddish/orange and fairly light in body and bitterness, the Raspberry Pale is semi dry, with mostly raspberry and lemon notes in the flavour, and some pale malt. The aroma is sharp and dry, with more traces of raspberry, lemon and malt.
ABV: 5.5%

On to the golden/blonde ales now, Brooklyn’s Summer Ale and Thornbridge’s Wye. The Summer Ale is a “modern rendition of the ‘Light Dinner Ales’ brewed in England throughout the 1800s until the 1940s”, which were big on flavour and refreshment without the heaviness. The Summer Ale’s English malt gives this light-bodied beer a fresh bready/wheat flavour, while its German and American hops provide a light, crisp bitterness and floral/citrus aromas. 4.5%.

Thornbridge’s Wye is a crystal clear pale ale lightly hopped with the aroma of cucumber. The Peak District brewers have made sure the cucumber is present but not overbearing, and the Wye’s flavour/aroma is also fruity, earthy, and malty. Medium bodied, with a dry, slight bitterness. 4.7%.

Finally, we end with Fierce Beer’s Cafe Racer. I’m not sure there’s anything good to have ever emerged from Aberdeen - my place of birth - but the Cafe Racer is a serious contender for proving me wrong. This dark roasted coffee and vanilla porter pours rich and black, with a slight tan head. Its aroma is roasted malt, coffee and vanilla, and its taste is of coffee, vanilla essence, and dark chocolate. Medium body with a complex, bitter chocolate finish. 6.5%.

That’s it for this week’s beers, check back next week for another update. And as ever, keep your eyes peeled for updates of beers and bands on our Instagram.

BLACK HEART NOMINATED FOR BEST VENUE - VOTE NOW!

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The Black Heart has been selected as a finalist at the inaugural Heavy Music Awards, nominated in the Best Venue category.

Following “an intensive period of voting by more than 300 of the music industry's leading lights”, shortlists were selected, including Best UK Band, Best Festival, Best Producer, Best Photographer, among other categories.

Voting is now open HERE.

If you dig what we do - intimate venue, massive sound, and of course, hosting the best beer and bands in Camden - then get voting and support Our Black Heart!

Winners will be announced at HMA17, which will take place in London on the 24th August at House of Vans.

THIS WEEK'S BREWS

Here's our latest update on what beers you can find on tap this week at the Black Heart. We have a couple of delicious pairs, with two draughts each from American brewers Founders and Norwegian favourites Amundsen Bryggeri & Spiseri, as well as beers from Flying Dog and Wylam breweries.

First up, Founders. We’ve got the Michigan brewer’s benchmark Centennial IPA and their robust Porter. The Centennial is a complex, flavourful ale with a medium body. Floral, sweet citrus fruit notes mingle with malty undertones, balancing the dry hops and a perfectly bitter finish. 7.2%.

The full-flavoured Porter pours silky black, with strong but sweet aromas of chocolate, coffee, and caramel malt. It’s a malty one but well balanced by the bitter hops and dark roasted grains. 6.5%.

Straight out of Oslo, we have next Amundsen’s Black Zombie, an orange-infused Black IPA, and their Lush Mango, Mint & Lime Berliner, a Berliner Weisse with, yes, mango, mint and lime. The Black Zombie pours darker than the hearts of the undead, with fragrances of dark chocolate, toffee/caramel, and roasty malts. The taste is dry and bitter, with roasted toffee notes. 7%.

The Mango, Mint & Lime does what it says on the can, with big, sweet aroma/flavours of the fruits. The zesty lime mingles nicely with the juicy cooling mint. Light bodied, well balanced in the finish with a slight sour bite, and ridiculously refreshing. 5.2%.

Then we’ve got Flying Dog of Maryland, USA, with their Sea Salted Caramel Brown Ale. Yup, salted caramel, in a beer. Well balanced between the salty and sweet, while staying true to the beer itself, this one is mild but enticing, the caramel adding to the traditional brown ale taste. Full bodied, lightly carbonated. 7%.

Finally, we finish with the Swipe Right Session IPA from Newcastle’s Wylam. Their ‘Smashed Juice Session Pale... with oats and wheat’, boasts tropical hops and the flavours of grapefruit, pineapple and kiwi fruit pulp. Juicy, and with lovely aromas and tastes of tropical fruit and light hops. 4.7%.

That’s it for this week’s beers, check back next week for another update. And as ever, keep your eyes peeled for updates of beers and bands on our Instagram.