BLACK CHRISTMAS: FOREST ROAD LAUNCH BLACK ALE AT OUR BLACK HEART

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Dreaming of a white Christmas this year? You better dream on, because Hackney brewers Forest Road Brewing Co. launch their Pitch black ale at the Black Heart this Thursday!

Resurrected after popular demand, Forest Road's beloved Pitch is getting an official launch party to celebrate the brewery's re-release of the black ale, with just enough produced to see through these cold, dark months.

Brimming with dark, chocolatey, Belgian malts and hops, the Pitch boasts a lovely toasted malt base under refreshing, thirst-quneching layers of bitterness. At 4.8%, it's a bit more sessionable than a porter. 

The party starts at 7pm, but get down quick - we've only got two kegs of these bad boys!

 

BLACK HEART HALLOWEEN BLOOD BATH IS ALMOST UPON US!

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Our annual Halloween spectacular is nearly here, and we've got some delicious details to share with you ahead of the madness!

We've got a special tap takeover from Norwegian nutters Amundsen Bryggeri and we'll have the following beers available - 

Apocalyptic Thunder Juice (New England IPA, 6.5%);
Hop Magic (NEIPA, collaboration with Dugges and Dry & Bitter breweries, 7%);
Lush Raspberry and Lime Berliner Weiss (Sour, 5.5%);
Super Santa (special chocolate and coffee stout, 4.7%);
and Marshmallow Psycho (special-release cognac barrel-aged imperial stout, 12.3%).

We'll also have cans, in the main bar and the venue, of Everyday Hero (session IPA, 4.7%), Rebel King (imperial stout with coffee and vanilla, 8.5%), Run to the Pils (craft pilsner, 4.7%), Ink & Dagger (IPA, 6.5%), and Lush Raspberry and Lime Berliner (5.3%).

Kicking off at 7pm THIS Saturday, we'll have live tunes upstairs courtesy of Slabdragger, Under & Trevor's Head; hard and hairy hits downstairs from our friends Born Again Heavy Metal Soundhouse; tasty as hell food from The Devils Kitchen; and as usual, it's FREE entry. Don't miss the best party of the year! 

THIS WEEK'S BREWS

Here's your latest update on the beers we have on tap at the Black Heart this week. We’ve got a ridiculously diverse offering on, including a breakfast stout, a golden ale, a couple of IPAs, a scotch ale, and a sour. Get stuck in!

First up is Alphabet Brewing Co.’s Flat White, a white breakfast stout from the Manchester brewers. With aromas of coffee beans, black pepper and green leaves, and flavours of fresh coffee and chilli zest, the Flat White is dry, herbal and chocolatey. Its pepper, dark chocolate and milky coffee finish is one to stick around for. 7.8%.

Next we’ve got the first of two IPAs, the Deviant from Salisbury brewers Dark Revolution. This American-style pale ale has light, tropical fruit and citrus aromas with an enjoyably bitter taste. The finish is a malty sweetness with dry pineapple and coconut notes. 5.6%.

Then it’s onto a criminally delicious collaboration between Swedish/Norwegian brewers Beerbliotek and Cervisiam - Not Guilty! The OJ IPA. Unsurprisingly juicy tasting with a long bitter, and lightly sour, aftertaste, this full-bodied IPA is sweet, malty, and bursting with citrus, grapefruit and pineapple aromas. We can’t believe they’re getting away with it. 7.5%.

On to our golden/blond ale now, Beavertown Says Amateur Hour. Medium bodied, the Amateur Hour is soft, smooth, well-rounded and flavourful. Sweet aromas and tastes of peach, apricot, lemon and grapefruit mingle wonderfully before a bready finish. 4.6%.

Following up fiercely is a scotch ale that certainly isn’t for amateurs or “wee lads”, Founders’ Dirty Bastard. Brewed with ten varieties of imported malts, this bold and powerful ale is full-bodied, packing sweet, nutty aromas of fudge, caramel and dark toffee. Let the rich, complex finish - with hints of smoke, peat, malt and dark chocolate - put hairs on your chin. 8.5%.

Finally, we have Manchester brewers Chorlton and their Nugget Sour ale. Light, dry and with a fine crispness, the Nugget Sour has a sharp orange taste, a hoppy, tangy citrus aroma, and a medium body. Light hop notes and a sour lemon nip finish this well-balanced sour. 5.9%.

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

THIS WEEK'S BREWS

Here's your latest update on the beers we have in at the Black Heart this week. We’ve got a selection of some of the Heart's favourites on draught, as well as a few newer brews to pique your curiosity. 

First it's the Sea Salted Caramel Brown ale from Maryland, USA gonzo brewers Flying Dog, and yes, that is 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%.

Next we have Amundsen's Ink and Dagger. Slightly sweet and lightly bitter, this dry, medium-bodied American-style IPA isn’t too hoppy, but its aromas and flavours of citrus and toffee are delicious. Zesty, hazy golden/yellow in hue, the hoppy notes pair with tropical aromas for an IPA that is none too heavy nor overbearing. 6.5%.

Then it's Boulevard with their Single-Wide IPA, the Kansas City brewery's take on British IPAs. This American version - also inspired by Boulevard's Smokestack Series Double-Wide I.P.A. - boasts a heady combination of six varieties of hops. Its aroma consists of malt, fruit, hops, caramel and orange, and flavours have similar notes, as well as those of tropical fruit and bit of biscuit. With its fresh, fruity scents, a lovely balance, and slightly dry, bitter finish, the Single-Wide is terribly drinkable. 5.7%.

Finally, we have Peak District brewers Thornbridge and their Bakewell Sour Tart, a sour/wild ale. Refreshingly tart and dry, with a mix of citrus hops and flavours of grapefruit and bitter lemon, the Tart is appropriately named but never overbearing. It boasts earthy, woody notes as well as the sour, citrus taste and finish. 6%.

We also have in bottles and cans two scrumptious numbers from California's Wiens Brewing Company, the Deadpan Pilsner, 5.5%, and the Fortune Teller Session IPA, 5.3%, as well as The Cloud IPA, 7%, from Maryland's Stillwater brewers. 

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.

BORN AGAIN BATTLE CARCASS/GENTS PISTOLS THIS FRIDAY

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This Friday downstairs at the Heart, DJs Michelle (of Born Again Heavy Metal Soundhouse) & Bill (of Carcass/Gentlemans Pistols fame) spin the best of 60s/70s/80s rock and heavy metal!

The duo will take over our decks from 9pm-2am, playing a range of bangers from classic to hard rock, glam, and beyond.

Come down and get an earful of their Heavy Load!

 

NO SLEEP 'TIL CAMDEN: MOTÖRHEAD DAY 2

Motörhead Day 2, the second annual celebration of Lemmy and the boys, takes over the Heart tomorrow!

Starting at 4pm, the Born Again Heavy Metal Soundhouse DJs will kick things off with Motörhead tunes, and the girls will be playing tracks all night.

We'll have a Motörhead quiz with rounds throughout the evening, as well as a raffle. Tribute band Motörheadache, and support, will play a couple of sets, and Born Again will be taking all your Motörhead requests afterwards, until close.

And of course, we'll have a (limited) supply of Röad Crew (4.5%), the Motörhead American pale ale from Camerons Brewery.

Doors are free but you'll need a free ticket to guarantee entry on the day. Register for a free ticket HERE

See all you damage cases there!