I admit it; I’m full of big idea. I start these new regular blog posts and then do them once and never again. This idea comes as a result of listening a few of my favourite beery podcasts Beyond the Pour, Beer O’clock Show and live Google+ hangout Beer Dweebs United.
Some weeks I’ll have a guests chiming in on what they have been drinking recently but mostly it’s going to be me recalling what beers I’ve been drinking this week.
The big one for me this week has been Northern Monk. I visited the brewery on one of their preview nights before the opening of their on-site taproom and kitchen called The Refectory. My favourites on tap were Dark Arches, a great Black IPA with a good balance of roast and hops. The highlight was Northern Star, a mocha porter brewed using North Star coffee. Located in the Holbeck part of Leeds Northern Monk has become an instant must-visit for all Leeds bound beer drinkers.
The bottles that have been rocking my week are Prairie/Evil Twin Bible belt and Dieu du Ciel Moralité. Bible Belt is a massive 13% imperial stout with coffee, chocolate and a fizzle of chili heat. Full flavoured, full-bodied and oh so wonderful. Quebec’s Brasserie Dieu du Ciel hooked up with The Alchemist from Vermont (of Heady Topper fame) to create one of the best IPA’s I’ve had all year. Moralité is truly stunning stuff, big juicy orange, sweet pineapple and bitter grapefruit, my kind of IPA.