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 yet another diverse and delicious collection, with draughts from Magic Rock, Stone & Wood, Thornbridge, and more.

First, we have an intriguing and unique pair from Australian brewery Stone & Wood, their Cloud Catcher American-style pale ale, and their wheat ale The Gatherer. The Cloud Catcher is a full-flavoured, full-bodied, limited-release ale. It boasts aromas of apricots and orange, tastes of tangerine, citrus, spice and toasted malts, and blends pale and crystal malts into a dry, clean, lightly hopped, bitter finish. 5.5%.

The Gatherer is a Stone & Wood recipe which is brewed with seasonal ingredients and changed up every year. 2017’s edition adds cooling cucumber, mint and watermelon to make a thirst-quenching American-style wheat beer that’s crisp, dry, and lip-smacking. This is a special one too, as there’s only 2 kegs of it in the UK! 5%.

Next, we’ve got a classic pair of brews from Huddersfield’s Magic Rock, the Salty Kiss and the Demonali. The Salty Kiss is a well-known collaboration beer with Danish brewery Kissmeyer. The World Beer Cup 2014 Gold Winner is a traditional German-style Gose flavoured with gooseberries, sea buckthorn and sea salt. Tart, lightly sour, fruity, and refreshing with a defined but subtle saltiness, the Salty Kiss is sweet and slightly intense, almost like a lemonade, before it comes to its dry, sour, light bitter finish. 4.1%.

The Demonali is Magic Rock’s IPA, a hazy, golden orange-coloured hop medley. Aromas of citrus, spice, honeysuckle, sweet hop juice, and floral notes meet semi-sweet, malty, citrus flavours, rounded off by a firm and assertive bitterness. 7.2%.

Next, we have a delicious, hop-packed collaboration between Wylam and Simply Hops, the Upside Down southern hemisphere IPA. Created to celebrate Leeds’ Hop City 2017 festival, the Upside Down is a fruity, citrusy IPA brewed with Vermont Ale Yeast and a disrespectful amount of Australian Vic Secret hops. 6.4%.

Then we’ve got West Yorkshire brewery Vocation with their Bread & Butter golden ale(/Blond ale), an easy drinking, everyday beer with a twist. Layers of American hops are set against a backbone of British malts, making for plenty of character. With fresh flavours and aromas of pine, peach, lychee and citrus fruits, the Bread & Butter is tempered by a smooth, rounded bitterness. 3.9%.

Finally, we have Peak District brewers Thornbridge and their Cocoa Wonderland. “Specially brewed in collaboration with the girls at Cocoa, Ecclesall Road, Sheffield to celebrate their 10th anniversary”, this porter pours black with a tan head. It has aromas of milk chocolate and cocoa and tastes lightly sweet, with a mildly bitter, chocolatey, and slightly roasty finish. 6.8%.

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