As is already tiresomely well established, I love top tens and indeed lists of any type. They keep me off the street.
Now, in last week's issue I listed my top ten breweries and was happy to do so. Unfortunately it seems that in the course of that top ten I a) took leave of my senses and b) have subsequently remembered some more breweries that I really like, but which I failed to include, but which I now want to pay homage to, in whatever cockeyed route is still available to me. What an appalling opening to a blog post this has been so far. Genuinely terrible. >>>Fast forward>>>
So then, here are 10 more outstanding breweries, who I love for my own reasons, and who could quite easily have been interchanged with any of the previous top 10*. These ones are in no particular order.
Original Yank powerhouse brewery. I tried Arrogant Bastard and Ruination in 2004 and was blown away. More recently in 2011, Sublimely Self Righteous was the first good Black IPA I ever tried.
ii) Great Divide
Can't believe I didn't include this lot in the original list, not least because my two highest rated beers of all time, were both brewed by them - Hercules and Yeti. Wowsers.
Fabulous Munich** brewery - great lagers and weisse beers.
Another headshaker. Cannot believe that I forgot to include the people who gave me Citra and Bishops Farewell, in my original list. Green Devil is a new favourite.
I just cannot resist Buxton. Such a sweet hop blend in all their beers. Their Black IPA is magnificent, and so is Axe Edge.
Wonderful London microbrewery. So fresh and full of experimentation, and yet so weighted down with finesse and quality.
Yes, they are from Leicester, so they sneak in through the local connection, and through happy memories of childhood. But, in all fairness, Tiger is a brilliant ruddy Bitter.
viii) Crouch Vale
They predate the 'craft revolution', but their attention to hops fits well into this new paradigm. Brewers Gold was a classic back in 2003, and they continue to churn out hoppy golden treats.
A wide variety of German proficiency is available from this giant. Their Hefe is a classic, but it's their Roggen which is, for me, a classic beer sadly absent from these shores, in recent times.
x) Dark Star/Marble/Bristol Beer Factory/Magic Rock/Moor
Lists are always unsatisfactory (and yet I love them). There will always be breweries I'm not able to include, but whom I love. Here are a fistful of massively brilliant UK names, who deserve to be namechecked in any list of top breweries.
I may write shortly about the lovely story which featured in the Birmingham Post.
*perhaps. To be fair to the previous top 10, they deserved their exalted status.
**not actually based in Munich, but close-ish.