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Weihenstephan Sunner

When two mates– one with a love of beer– and one with an undying loyalty to his best mate, noticed the Australian beer market was lacking tasty beer….. A dream was realised in 2004 when Phoenix Beers was born. The company’s namesake, a Buddhist kelpie-cross, named Phoenix and his mate Leif Ryan began to bring the world’s most tastiest and unique beverages - of the brewed variety - to Perth and beyond…..

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Since then, the name Phoenix Beers has become synonymous with the best the beer world has to offer. Starting with Weihenstephan - the world’s oldest brewery and world leaders in the art and science of brewing.

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Contact Details Head Office - WA Ph - (08) 9275 0955 Fax - (08) 9275 0178 Company Rep. Mob - 0431 186 671 Email sales@phoenixbeers.com.au

Building such an Internationally recognised brand within the Australian Beer Market was an important first step for Phoenix Beers. With current distribution to more than 1000 liquor stores nationwide – it has been a successful one! Now with a portfolio of premium beers from England, Belgium, Germany, Canada, Japan, Croatia, Norway, the USA and even ciders from Normandy, our brand and theirs, is growing exponentially in Australia’s rapidly expanding boutique beer market.


Weihenstephan ‘World’s Oldest Brewery’, The ‘Sacred Steven’ or Weihenstephan brewery overlooks the town of Freising in Germany. In 1040AD, the city granted Abbot Arnold the right to brew and sell beer- making them the World’s first licensed brewery. It has also been established that the Benedictine monks had brewed their own beer much earlier than this. Even as early as 768AD a hops garden was founded in the grounds of the monastery, the harvest of which was certainly brewed in the monastery. The reputation of the Weihenstephan brewers- as true masters of their craft- has gone from strength to strength- with centuries of brewing experience. Today’s modern commercial brewery and the world’s best known ‘University of Brewing’ occupy the former monastery buildings. The Weihenstephan brewery maintains close links with the University. Students from around the world are let into the secrets of the Bavarian art-of-brewing. Many of the world’s best brewers have been trained there and many breweries draw their yeasts from the famous Weihenstephan yeast library. Weihenstephan combines hundreds of years of brewing experience with the most up-to-date brewing technology and innovation. 2010 Australian International Beer Awards - Champion Large Brewery

Weihenstephan Kristall Alcohol Strength: 5.4%

Tasting Notes: A crystal clear filtered wheat beer free of yeast. Refreshingly

Drinking Temp: 6° - 9°

effervescent with flavours reminiscent of banana and tropical fruits.

Style: Kristal Wheat Pack Size: 20 x 500ml Availability: Regularly Stocked

Food to Match: Goes well with fish, seafood and other light dishes Awards: AIBA’s Champion Specialty Beer 2003,2007 AIBA’s Best Wheat Beer 2003,2006,2007 AIBA’s Grand Champion Beer 2007 AIBA’s Gold Medal 2003,2004,2006,2007 4.5 Stars Winestate Winter Beer Review 2009 (Equal Top of Class)

Weihenstephan Hefe Alcohol Strength: 5.4%

Tasting Notes: A cloudy wheat beer with a smooth malt background, wonderfully

Drinking Temp: 6° - 9°

rich yeast flavours, spicy, with fruity banana overtones. Full bodied, and very complex in flavour.

Style: Cloudy Wheat Pack Size: 20 x 500ml

Food to Match: Goes well with dishes that do not have too intensive a flavour, especially the Bavarian speciality 'Weisswurst' or white sausage.

24 x 330ml (On Premise) 50ltr Keg (On Premise) Availability: Regularly Stocked

Awards: AIBA’s Champion Specialty Beer 2005 AIBA’s Best Wheat Beer 2005 AIBA’s Gold Medal 2003,2005,2008, 2009, 2010(Keg) AIBA’s Silver Medal 2004,2006,2007,2010 World Beer Cup Gold Medal 2008


Weihenstephan Dunkel Alcohol Strength: 5.3%

Tasting Notes: A dark wheat beer with flavours and aromas of dark malts. A

Drinking Temp: 6° - 9°

complex beer, with a rich fruitiness of banana, hints of apple and cinnamon.

Style: Dark Wheat Pack Size: 20 x 500ml

Food to Match: Perfect with red meats or a good hearty stew.

Availability: Regularly Available

Awards:: AIBA’s Champion Wheat Beer 2009 AIBA’s Gold Medal 2009, 2010 AIBA’s Silver Medal 2003, 2006, 2008 AIBA’s Bronze Medal 2004, 2007

Weihenstephan Original Alcohol Strength: 5.1%

Tasting Notes: A flowery Golden Lager, sweet tasting and exceptionally well

Drinking Temp: 4° - 9°

balanced with a big malty aroma. An easy drinking German style lager.

Style: Lager Pack Size: 20 x 500ml

Food to Match: A perfect match for a Sunday afternoon BBQ with friends.

Availability: Regularly Available

Awards: AIBA’s Bronze Medal 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008

Weihenstephan Tradition Alcohol Strength: 5.2%

Tasting Notes: A traditional German dark larger with hints of caramel and sweet

Drinking Temp: 6° - 9°

roasted malts. An aromatic beer with a dry finish.

Style: Dark Lager Pack Size: 20 x 500ml

Food to Match: Goes well with hearty dishes, especially roasts, poultry and game.

Availability: Regularly Available

Awards: AIBA’s Silver Medal 2004 AIBA’s Bronze Medal 2007, 2008

Weihenstephan Pilsner Alcohol Strength: 5.1%

Tasting Notes: A traditional Pilsner style beer with smooth, bitter, hoppy flavour

Drinking Temp: 4° - 9°

and flowery aroma. Refreshingly crisp finish.

Style: Pilsner Pack Size: 20 x 500ml

Food to Match: Goes well with spicy marinated chicken and light Asian dishes.

24 x 330ml (On Premise) 50ltr Kegs (On Premise) Availability: Regularly Available

Awards: AIBA’s Gold Medal 2005 AIBA’s Bronze Medal 2007, 2009


Weihenstephan Korbinian Alcohol Strength: 7.4%

Tasting Notes: Pours a deep mahogany colour with a big, tan, creamy head.

Drinking Temp: 9° - 12°

Aromas of dried fruit, prunes, dates and raisins, coffee, chocolate and caramel. Palate is rich and fruity, with dates and raisins and caramel, fading into coffee and chocolate.

Style: Double Bock Pack Size: 20 x 500ml

Food to Match: It goes well with smoked meat and fish as well as wild roasts and

Availability:

fowl.

Regularly Stocked

Awards: AIBA’s Gold Medal 2005,2007 Silver Medal 2006,2008, 2009, 2010 Bock Beer Festival (Holland) Gold Medal 4 Stars Winestate Winter Beer Review 2009

Weihenstephan Vitus Alcohol Strength: 7.7%

Tasting Notes: Pours with a thick, highly carbonated, white creamy head. Cloudy

Drinking Temp: 8° - 12°

and golden in the glass. Aromas of banana, cloves and orange. Big, bold and sweet on the palate, with hints of cloves, orange and strong banana overtones.

Style: Bock Wheat Beer Pack Size: 20 x 500ml Availability: Regularly Stocked

Food to Match: Fantastic match for Veal & Chicken Schnitzel Awards: 2008 AIBA’s Trophy Best Specialty Beer Bock Beer Festival (Holland)- Gold Medal AIBA’s Gold Medal 2008, 2010 AIBA’s Silver Medal 2009

Weihenstephan Alcohol Free Hefe Alcohol Strength: < 0.5%

Tasting Notes: A cloudy non-alcohol beer with a smooth malt background, yeast

Drinking Temp: 6° - 9°

flavours, spicy with fruity and banana overtones. Medium bodied and great flavours for a non-alcoholic beer. Thanks to the gentle process for removing alcohol, which the brewery developed in collaboration with the University Munich-Weihenstephan, their non-alcoholic yeast wheat beer offers you everything you expect from a premium beer. And you don’t have the worry about driving!

Style: Alc Free Wheat Pack Size: 20 x 500ml Availability: Regularly Stocked

Awards: 2008 AIBA’s Silver Medal 2009 AIBA’s Bronze Medal

Weihenstephan Alcohol Free Original Alcohol Strength: < 0.5% Drinking Temp: 6° - 9° Style: Alc Free Lager Pack Size: 20 x 500ml Availability: Regularly Stocked

Tasting Notes: Gently bitter, deliciously mild – manufactured using a special process to preserve the natural flavour. Thanks to the gentle process for removing alcohol, which the brewery developed in collaboration with the University Munich-Weihenstephan, their nonalcoholic beer offers you everything you expect from a premium lager beer. And you don’t have the worry about driving!


Weihenstephan Festbeer Alcohol Strength: 5.8%

Tasting Notes: A full rich bodied, hoppy, seasonal lager. Especially brewed for

Drinking Temp: 4° - 9°C

the Festbier season. This beer truly represents the Bavarian way of celebrating. Deep gold colour, great mouthfeel and lots of flavour.

Style: Strong Lager Pack Size: 20 x 500ml

Food to Match: You can’t go past a Bratwurst and a Pretzel.

Availability: Seasonal

Awards: AIBA’s Bronze Medal 2007

Weihenstephan Infinium Alcohol Strength: 10.5% Drinking Temp: 8° - 10°C Style: Strong Lager Pack Size: 6 x 750ml

Tasting Notes: A collaboration brew between Weihenstephan and Samuel Adams bringing together a 1000 years of experience with American innovation. This crisp, vivacious brew is certain to make a palate-pleasing gift for food and beer connoisseurs alike, and its light, sparkling character makes it an ideal compliment for those special moments.

Availability:

Food to Match: Ideal as an aperitif and a perfect way to celebrate those special

Limited

moments.

Weihenstephan Gift Pack Three of our finest Weihenstephan Beers ( Hefe, Kristal & Pilsner ) plus a 500ml Weiss Glass, all conveniently boxed and perfect for any gift occasion.


Sünner The Sünner brewery and distillery was founded in 1830 by Christian Sünner in Cologne and is the oldest existing brewery in the city. Today, the company is in its sixth generation and is managed by the founder’s great-granddaughter; Ingrid Müller-Sünner together with her daughter Astrid Schmitz-Du Mont. Kölsch- pronounced “koelsch”- is a beer brewed exclusively by the breweries in Köln (Cologne to the English speaking countries). The beer style has been around for several centuries, but was never called Kölsch until the Sünner brewery labeled it as such in 1906, and hence, claim invention of the style. The culture of this beer is also unique. People from all economic classes enjoy the beer. Karl Marx remarked that, “this revolution could never take hold in Köln, because the

workers drink with their bosses!” The beer is so anti-class that the breweries all agreed that no Kölsch would be sold with “special”, “extra” or any other add-on.

Kõlsch Alcohol Strength: 4.8% Drinking Temp: 6°—10° Style: Koelsch Pack Size: 20 x 500ml, 24 x 330ml & 30ltr Kegs (On Premise)

Tasting Notes: Sunner is a “Kolsch” style beer which is unique to Koln (Cologne) Germany. Like Champagne (Appellation Controlee) it is protected by law, so that only beers brewed in that region can bear the name. It is an Ale with a stylish character derived from lagering. Pours a luminous gold colour, with a thick, large, white head. Floral aromas hit the nose, with a slight hint of peppers and spices. Taste is light, delicate, and full of the same floral notes, while also malty, with a dry hoppy finish.

Food to Match: Goes well with Traditional German Cuisine, and fish, pork and

Availability:

shellfish

Regularly Stocked

Awards: AIBA’s Silver Medal 2009 & 2010


Schlenkerla Rauchbier

Bamberg and Smokebeer (the Germans call it "Rauchbier") belong together. The greatest of which is the Schlenkerla: the most productive, most visited and most traditional Smokebeer source in Bamberg. It originates in the middle of the old town, directly underneath the mighty cathedral, from a half-timbered house on which the geraniums effusively glow in the summer. Anyone who did not come here and try the strong, unmistakable taste of Original Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier cannot claim to have been to Bamberg. Its smoky flavour is being achieved by exposing the malt to the intense, aromatic smoke of burning beech-wood logs at the Schlenkerla-maltings. After mixing it with premium-class hops in the brew, it matures in 700 year old cellars, deep down in the hills of Bamberg, into a mellow, magnificent-tasting beer.


Marzen Alcohol Strength: 5.1%

Tasting Notes: There’s campfire, smoked cheese and bacon, and that’s just in the

Drinking Temp: 9° –12°

beer’s seductive aromas. Roasted malts are also noticeable, and it’s an intoxicating combination of these characters that create an utterly unique taste experience, and a must-try for all true beer lovers.

Style: Smoke Beer Pack Size: 20x 500ml

Food to Match: It’s a perfect compliment to the flavours of German sausage,

Availability:

kassler (smoked pork) or smoky cheese.

Regularly Stocked

Awards: AIBA’s Silver Medal 2009, 2010 AIBA’s Bronze Medal 2008

Weizen Alcohol Strength: 5.2%

Tasting Notes: Wheat beer with a light smokey flavour. Unfiltered and naturally

Style: Smoke Beer

hazy. Schlenkerla Smokewheat is bottle-fermented with fine top-fermenting yeast. This one is a little more subtle than the Marzen, the wheat seems to enhance flavours other than smoke.

Pack Size: 20 x 500ml

Food to Match: Perfect with German sausage or smoked cheese

Drinking Temp: 9°—12°

Availability: Regularly Stocked

Awards: AIBA’s Silver Medal 2009 AIBA’s Bronze Medal 2008

Urbock Alcohol Strength: 6.5%

Tasting Notes: A smoked bock beer for Bamberg's strong beer season (October

Drinking Temp: 9°—12°

through December). Matured for months in ancient rock-cellars underneath Bamberg and tapped freshly from the Oakwood cask. Similar too, but much bigger than the classic Marzen style.

Style: Smoke Beer Pack Size: 20 x 500ml

Food to Match: Perfect with German sausage or smoked cheese

Availability: Seasonally

Awards: AIBA’s Silver Medal 2008


Weltenburger

The monastery of Weltenburg, founded at the beginning of the 7th century by the abbot Eustasius, was turned into a Benedictine monastery by Saint Boniface, and raised to an abbey by Duke Tassilo. Weltenburg, Bavaria’s oldest monastery, became a mission centre for this region. The first references to a brewery in the Weltenburg monastery are to be found in the Weltenburg Nekrologium, in which it states the brewer died. Another scientifically recognized source is a recorded entry in the “Libellus Traditionum” which is over 900 years old, and which dates from shortly before or after 1050. In the thousand years which have almost passed between then and the present day, the monasterial beer production in Weltenburg was only interrupted by the secularisation from 1803 to 1846. In 1846 the brewery was returned to monasterial ownership, and has remained so up to the present day. The Weltenburg Brewery can justifiably claim to be the oldest monastery brewery in the world. Seven beers are produced in Weltenburg in accordance with the traditional art of brewing by an experienced master brewer who keeps most strictly to the Bavarian purity laws of 1516. The special flavours of the Weltenburg Monastery beer is guaranteed by the low content of nitrates in the brewery water and the regular— up to three months long— storage in stone cellars forty meters below the ground.


Pilsner Alcohol Strength: 4.9% Drinking Temp: 6° - 8° Style: Pilsner Pack Size: 24 x 330ml

Tasting Notes: The Weltenburger Pils is the epitome of class, the pinnacle of 1000+ years of brewing history. A golden yellow colour, with a tight long lasting head. The initial aroma is of passionfruit and citrus hops, and a doughy malt scent emerges as the beer warms. The beer is refreshingly crisp with a wonderful interplay between the bitter German hops and the sweet bready malt.

Availability: Intermittently Stocked

Food to Match: Great as an aperitif, or with fish or poultry.

Asam Bock Alcohol Strength: 6.9% Drinking Temp: 8° –12° Style: Dopplebock Pack Size: 20 x 500ml Availability: Intermittently Stocked

Tasting Notes: This classic example of the German doppelbock style constantly rates in the top ten beers in the World. Pouring a lovely, rich mahogany brown colour (with a creamy, tan head), and immediately revealing the large quantities of roasted malt at its heart. Caramel, chocolate, toffee and coffee aromas are most apparent, with nut, spice and dark fruit notes adding to this complex brew’s appeal. Its flavour is just as rich, sweet, spicy and satisfying, making the Asam Bock a full-bodied favourite amongst dark beer devotees.

Food to Match: Great with desserts (especially chocolate), and Game. Awards: AIBA’s Gold Medal 2010

Barock Dunkel Alcohol Strength: 4.7%

Tasting Notes: A lightly hopped, dark beer with an aromas of soft chocolate and

Drinking Temp: 6° - 8°

caramel. Dark malts give this beer its unique character. Smooth chocolaty , light toffee and cappuccino flavours, well-balanced between richness and fine elegance. It has been brewed for almost 950 years without interruption. The oldest Brown Ale in the world.

Style: Brown Ale Pack Size: 20 x 500ml Availability: Intermittently Stocked

Food to Match: Great with smoked meat, game, or grilled meat. Awards: AIBA’s Silver Medal 2010 World Beer Cup Gold Medal 2008, 2004 Bronze Medal 2006


Sierra Nevada In 1979, Ken Grossman began building a small brewery in the town of Chico, California. His goal: to brew exceptional ales and lagers. Today, the Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. is considered the premier craft brewery in the United States. And the beer? Critics proclaim it “Among the best brewed anywhere in the world.” Ken’s passion for brewing began when a friend showed him the basics of home brewing. Using homemade equipment, Ken began brewing five-gallon batches of beer on his own, and soon became a proficient home brewer. In 1976, after studying chemistry and physics at Butte Community College and California State University at Chico, Ken opened his own store, The Home Brew Shop. There, he supplied Chico’s home-brewing community with equipment, materials, and advice, but dreamed of opening his own brewery. Two years later, it was time to make the dream a reality. Ken and co-founder Paul Camusi cobbled a brewery together from dairy tanks, a soft-drink bottler, and equipment salvaged from defunct breweries. Though the equipment was second hand, they created a first-rate microbrewery. The ingredients were premium, including the copious quantities of hops that would become the brewery’s trademark. An avid backpacker, Ken named the new company for his favourite hiking grounds, the Sierra Nevada mountains. Finally, on November 15, 1980, the Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. brewed the first batch of what would soon become a landmark in American craft brewing: Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. Word spread quickly, and over the next decade the demand for Sierra Nevada brews soon exceeded the brewery’s modest brewing capacity. Despite nearly constant additions to the brewery, Ken was soon back at the drawing board, planning a new brewery. In 1989, the Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. moved to its current site. A true pioneer of American Craft beer.

First shipment due March 2011

Pale Ale Alcohol Strength: 5.6% Drinking Temp: 6° - 8° Style: American Pale Ale Pack Size: 24 x 341ml

Tasting Notes: Sierra Nevada Pale Ale is a delightful example of the classic pale ale style. It has a deep amber colour and an exceptionally full-bodied, complex character. The fragrant bouquet and spicy flavour are the results of the generous use of the best Cascade hops.

Food to Match: goes great with fresh ling cod coated with Pale Ale beer batter

Availability:

and served atop Cajun fries, with homemade coleslaw and a wedge of lemon.

All year round

Awards: California State Fair Gold Medal 2009,2002 - Silver Medal 2007, 2003 Helsinki Beer Festival Silver Medal 2007

Torpedo Alcohol Strength: 7.2% Drinking Temp: 6° - 8°

Tasting Notes:

Sierra Nevada Torpedo Ale is a big American IPA; bold, assertive, and full of flavour and aromas - highlighting the complex citrus, pine, and herbal character of whole-cone American hops.

Style: American IPA Pack Size: 24 x 341ml

Food to Match: Goes well with avocado, spicy Indian, salmon and complex cheeses such as Aged Cheddar.

Availability: All year round

Awards: California State Fair Silver Medal 2009


Kellerweiss Alcohol Strength: 4.8% Drinking Temp: 6° - 8° Style: German Hefeweizen Pack Size: 24 x 341ml

Tasting Notes: Kellerweis is one of the only American Hefeweizens made using the traditional Bavarian style of open fermentation. This difficult and labor-intensive technique adds uncommon depth and flavour complexity. Our hazy-golden hefeweizen is deeply flavourful, refreshing, and perfect for a sunny day.

Availability:

Food to Match: Matches up with an Italian tomato based pasta or mildly flavoured sausages such as weisswurst, bockwurst and bratwurst.

All year round

Awards: California State Fair Silver Medal 2009

Stout Alcohol Strength: 5.8%

Tasting Notes: Sierra Nevada Stout is a creamy and full-bodied example of this

Drinking Temp: 8° - 12°

traditional-style ale. Very dark and very rich, Stout displays a pronounced roasted flavour.

Style: Stout Pack Size: 24 x 341ml

Food to Match: Stands up to the strong flavours of locally made sausages, sauerkraut, and a trio of mustards.

Availability: All year round

Awards: California State Fair Silver Medal 2009, 2006, 2004 , 2002 Helsinki Beer Festival Gold Medal 2005

Porter Alcohol Strength: 5.6%

Tasting Notes: Sierra Nevada Porter is a delicious, dark, medium-bodied ale

Drinking Temp: 6° - 10°

made with roasted malted barley. It has a creamy head and a very rich, yet smooth, malty flavour.

Style: Porter Pack Size: 24 x 341ml

Food to Match: Matches up with jumbo chicken wings in Louisiana hot sauce, served with blue cheese dipping sauce.

Availability: All year round

Awards: California State Fair Silver Medal 2009, 2007, 2006, 2004, 2003 Stockholm Beer & Whisky Festival Gold Medal 2007

Bigfoot Alcohol Strength: 9.6%

Tasting Notes: This award-winning barley wine boasts a dense, fruity bouquet, an

Drinking Temp: 10° - 14°

intense flavour palate, and a deep reddish-brown colour. Its big maltiness is superbly balanced by a wonderfully bittersweet hoppiness.

Style: Barley Wine Pack Size: 24 x 341ml

Food to Match: Is the beer lover’s accompaniment to any dessert, especially chocolate-orange mousse cake.

Availability: Limited (Brewed February)

Awards: California State Fair Gold Medal 2006, 2000 - Silver Medal 2009, 2007 Great American Beer Festival Gold Medal 2005


Celebration Ale Alcohol Strength: 6.8% Drinking Temp: 6° - 8° Style: India Pale Ale Pack Size: 24 x 341ml

Tasting Notes: Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale is made in the time-honoured tradition of brewing a special ale for the holiday season. The unique process of dry-hopping adds a generous bouquet that balances its rich maltiness to produce a wonderful, robust ale.

Food to Match: Goes great with any wood-grilled steak, especially a ribeye with

Availability:

house-made steak sauce.

Seasonal (Oct - Dec)

Awards: California State Fair Silver Medal 2007, 2004 Helsinki Beer Festival Gold Medal 2005

Glissade Alcohol Strength: 6.4%

Tasting Notes: Glissade is a remarkably mellow take on the traditional spring

Drinking Temp: 6° - 8°

bock. With restrained sweetness, we emphasize subtle malt flavour, balanced against delicate aromas of spicy and floral European hops.

Style: Golden Bock Pack Size: 24 x 341ml

Food to Match: Any pizza from a wood-fired oven—is a dynamite combination, especially with a Mediterranean or tomato and basil pizza.

Availability: Seasonal (Jan - Mar)

Awards: California State Fair Silver Medal 2007, 2006, 2004

Summer Fest Alcohol Strength: 5.0% Drinking Temp: 4° - 6° Style: Premium Lager Pack Size: 24 x 341ml Availability: Seasonal (Apr - Jun)

Tasting Notes: Sierra Nevada Summerfest is a refreshing pilsner-style lager. While lighter in body than our ales, Summerfest displays significant hop aroma and a tangy hop bite. The long laagering period adds a smoothness that makes this beer a great summertime treat.

Food to Match: Is the perfect accompaniment to Greek flatbread with hummus spread, topped with Greek salad.

Awards: California State Fair Gold Medal 2007, 2004, 2000 Los Angeles County Fair Gold Medal 2007, 2004

Autumn Tumbler Alcohol Strength: 5.5% Drinking Temp: 6° - 8° Style: Brown Ale Pack Size: 24 x 341ml

Tasting Notes: Sierra Nevada use the malt within days of roasting at the peak of its flavour to give Tumbler a gracefully smooth malt character. The aroma has notes of caramel and malt as well as lighter notes of bread and hops. The flavour is more caramel and malt with a hint of smokiness. Reminiscent of burnt Autumn leaves and the perfect transition beer from those hot summer days into the cold depths of winter.

Availability: Seasonal (July - Sept)

Food to Match: The perfect partner to a barbecue or a platter of strong flavoured cheeses.


Harvest Ale (Southern Hemisphere) Alcohol Strength: 6.7% Drinking Temp: 6° - 8° Style: American Pale Ale Pack Size: 12 x 710ml Availability:

Tasting Notes: Like the Celebration Ale, the fresh hops in this beer are dried right after being picked then shipped immediately to Chico for brewing so that they retain their peak aromatics and flavours. To ensure the freshest hops possible, hops from New Zealand are flown to Chico a week after they were picked. Food to Match: A match to a Thai curry, seafood and most meats, aged cheeses and fruity deserts

Rare (Brewed April)

Awards: California State Fair Gold Medal 2009

Harvest Ale (Northern Hemishpere) Alcohol Strength: 6.7% Drinking Temp: 6° - 8° Style: American Pale Ale Pack Size: 12 x 710ml Availability: Rare (Brewed October)

Tasting Notes: Created in 1996, Harvest Ale features Cascade and Centennial hops from the Yakima Valley in Eastern Washington. These hops are harvested and shipped as “wet” un-dried hops the same day they are picked to the brewery in Chico where our brewers eagerly wait to get them into the brew kettle while their oils and resins are still at their peak

Food to Match: A match to a Thai curry, seafood and most meats, aged cheeses and fruity deserts.

Estate Ale Alcohol Strength: 6.7% Drinking Temp: 6° - 8° Style: Indian Pale Ale Pack Size: 12 x 710ml Availability: Rare (Brewed September)

Tasting Notes: Made with organic wet hops and barley grown at the Sierra Nevada in the Chico. The Estate Ale is rich with the flavours of the Chico valley featuring hops with earthy, grapefruit-like flavours and layered spicy aromas and barley with mild sweetness and smooth, toasted flavours.

Food to Match: Estate has a light flavour profile that would go well with a light flavoured meal, perhaps a pasta with a light sauce, a good salad or light tangy cheeses.

Hoptimum Alcohol Strength: 10.4% Drinking Temp: 8° - 10°C Style: Imperial IPA Pack Size: 12 x 710ml Availability: Rare (Brewed January)

Tasting Notes: Hops, hops and more hops are the stars of this big, whole coned Imperial IPA. Resinous “new school” and exclusive hop varieties carry the bold and aromatic nose. The flavour follows the aroma with layers of aggressive hoppiness, featuring notes of grapefruit rind, rose, lilac, cedar, and tropical fruit all culminating in a dry and lasting finish.

Food to Match: Stands up to even the most devilish of spices in Cajun, Malaysian, Japanese, Indian, and Mexican cuisine. Also sweet deserts.


Wells and Young’s In 2006 the amalgamation of two of Britain’s most respected breweries created Wells and Young’s. Charles Wells Ltd has successfully combined 125 years of brewing and pub retailing with a genuine spirit of innovation and enterprise. Young's Ram Brewery in Wandsworth had brewed beer since 1581AD on the same site. Making it Britain’s -until recently- oldest site of continuous brewing. With the joining of the two companies, the ageing site was closed and operations moved to Well’s Bedford brewery site. Wells & Young’s Brewing Company Ltd is now a leading supplier of specialty beers in Britain and one of the top three brewers of cask beer in the country, with two of the fastest growing national brands, Young’s Bitter and Wells Bombardier. They also produce the ‘World famous’ Double Chocolate Stout and a range of fine English ales under both the Wells and Young’s brands. 2008 Australian International Beer Awards - Best New Exhibitor Trophy

Bombardier Alcohol Strength: 5.2%

Tasting Notes: A burnished copper colour, it has a rich, tempting aroma of

Drinking Temp: 5° - 8°

peppery hops and raisins, while the palate is dominated by more dark fruit, juicy malt and tangy hops.

Style: English Bitter Pack Size: 2 x 8 x 500ml

Food to Match: Perfect with a shoulder of lamb or a great steak

Availability: Regularly Stocked

Awards: AIBA’s Gold Medal 2008, Bronze Medal 2010 Monde Selection Awards Grand Gold 2007, Gold 2010 Silver Medal 2005

Courage Directors Alcohol Strength: 4.8%

Tasting Notes: This amber ale is full of character, with a distinctive spicy hop

Drinking Temp: 5° - 8°

aroma, the perfect balance of caramel malt with crisp, fruity, peppery hops and a lasting finish.With over 200 years of brewing pedigree, Courage Directors Bitter was originally brewed exclusively for the Directors of the Alton Brewery and not for public sale

Style: English Ale Pack Size: 2 x 8 x 500ml Availability: Regularly Stocked

Food to Match: A perfect match for veal cutlets or lamb shanks. Awards: AIBA’s Silver Medal 2010


Young’s Double Chocolate Stout Alcohol Strength: 5.2% Drinking Temp: 8° - 12° Style: Stout Pack Size: 2 x 8 x 500ml Availability: Regularly Stocked

Tasting Notes: Luxurious and at the same time with a hint of decadence, delivering a satisfying, indulgent taste without ever becoming overly sweet. Chocolate malt and real dark chocolate are combined with Young’s award winning rich, full flavoured dark beer.

Food to Match: Perfect with traditional desserts or just by itself. Awards:: AIBA’s Trophy Champion Stout 2008 AIBA’s Gold Medal 2008, 2010 AIBA’s Silver Medal 2009

Wells Banana Bread Beer Alcohol Strength: 5.2% Drinking Temp: 5° - 8° Style: Fruit Beer Pack Size: 2 x 8 x 500ml

Tasting Notes: Tropically fruity; its ripe banana flavour, emphasised by a hint of bitterness, comes from the addition of real fair trade bananas and finishes with an emphatic, steely dryness.It has the fruity roughness of winter barley and toffeeish sweetness of crystal malt... hugely tempting aroma of bananas, creamy head, and a firm, silky body.

Availability: Regularly Stocked

Food to Match: Great with sweet desserts such as Bonafee pie.

Young’s Special London Ale Alcohol Strength: 6.4%

Tasting Notes: A wonderfully balanced, deep-golden, strong bottled ale, brewed

Drinking Temp: 6° - 9°

from pure malt and a phenomenal amount of hops. A lively, fruity character with

Style: Strong Ale

suggestions of banana and orange zest.

Pack Size: 2 x 8 x 500ml

Food to Match: Excellent with cured hams and smoked salmon

Availability: Regularly Stocked

Awards: CAMRA Awards Silver Medal 2004, 2005 AIBA’s Silver Medal 2010 Bronze Medal 2009 Monde Selection Brussels Grand Gold 2010

Youngs Bitter Alcohol Strength: 4.5% Drinking Temp: 5° - 8° Style: English Bitter

Tasting Notes: Bursting with taste, Young's Bitter is an easy to drink, refreshing ale with a fresh, fruity aroma that leaves a long, satisfying bitter finish. It is traditionally brewed to deliver a clean taste and is light and dry in flavour with a subtle taste of hops.

Pack Size: 2 x 8 x 500ml

Young's Bitter is brewed by methods unchanged for generations to modern standards using only the highest quality traditional ingredients. 100% malt brew: Maris Otter and crystal malt with Fuggle and Goldings hops.

Availability:

Food to Match: Perfect with bangers and mash or roast beef.

Regularly Stocked

Awards: 2009 AIBA’s Bronze Medal


Wells Waggle Dance Alcohol Strength: 5.0%

Tasting Notes: Amber beer with a touch of honey on the nose and palate. The

Drinking Temp: 5° - 8°

sweetness is balanced by a healthy dose of hops to provide the bitterness that gives a wonderfully delicate flavour.

Style: Honey Ale

Food to Match: Excellent with white meats, marinated grilled chicken or pasta.

Pack Size: 2 x 8 x 500ml Availability: Regularly Stocked

Awards: CAMRA Awards Silver Medal 2005

Kestrel Super Alcohol Strength: 9.0% Drinking Temp: 2° - 4° Style: Strong Lager

Tasting Notes: Kestrel Super (9% ABV) joined the Wells & Young’s portfolio in 2005 and now accompanies the ever popular Crest Super. Brewed using premium DMS malt and Saaz hops, Kestrel Super has a reputation of quality which has led to a string of awards.

Pack Size: 24 x 500ml Cans Availability: Intermittent

Food to Match: A perfect night cap or party starter.


St Peters The St. Peter’s Brewery company is based at St. Peter, South Elmham, near Bungay in Suffolk. The brewery itself was built in 1996, and is housed in an attractive range of traditional former agricultural buildings adjacent to St. Peter’s Hall. Situating the brewery at St. Peter’s was ideal because of the excellent water quality from the onsite deep bore-hole. Locally malted barley is used, together with Kentish hops to produce a range of classical English cask-conditioned ales. In addition the company produces a range of superb bottled beers. They brew 'traditional' beers - bitters, mild etc. - as well as some more unusual beers such as honey porter and fruit beer. Replicating what was common practice up to the Nineteenth Century to add fruits and honey to beers to create special seasonal brews. Thus, blackcurrant and gooseberry beers would be brewed when soft fruits were readily available while at Christmas-time dried fruits, spices and orange peel would be added to create a special Christmas Ale. St. Peter’s aim is to carry on traditional brewing practices but hope always to have something new and exciting for you to try.

Organic Best Bitter Alcohol Strength: 4.1%

Tasting Notes: Bright dark amber in colour, with a fluffy light beige head.

Drinking Temp: 4° - 8°

Aromas of fresh malty caramel with hints of lemony hop and yeast. Juicy amber malts and fragrant hops up front, are quickly followed by mildly roast bitterness.

Style: Organic Bitter Pack Size: 12 x 500ml

Food to Match: Great as an aperitif, or for pairing with cheeses.

Availability: Regularly available

Awards: CAMRA Champion Beer 2005 Organic Food Awards Silver Medal

Ruby Red Ale Alcohol Strength: 4.3%

Tasting Notes: Pours a dark amber, with a thick creamy white head. Aromas

Drinking Temp: 4° - 8°

reminiscent of sweet toffee, with hints of spice from the Goldings hops. Taste has a solid biscuity backbone, with a touch of toffee sweetness. Finishes with a lasting but subtle bitterness.

Style: Red Ale Pack Size: 12 x 500ml

Food to Match: Try with fish, poultry and beef.

Availability: Regularly available

Awards:: SIBA Beer Festival Silver Medal 2004, Silver Award International Beer Challenge 2010


Golden Ale Alcohol Strength: 4.7%

Tasting Notes: Pours an orange hued golden colour. Smells of sweet malts,

Drinking Temp: 4° - 8°

woody herbal hops and nutty yeast. Smooth and creamy mouthfeel, and smoky and fruity on the palate. Flavours of ripe pears and apple are apparent, as well as smoky malts. Hops slowly come in, ending with a mild bitterness.

Style: Golden Ale Pack Size: 12 x 500ml Availability:

Food to Match: Works well with Indian or Mediterranean Cuisine or fish

Regularly available

Awards:: International Beer & Cider Comp IFE Bronze Medal 1999

Suffolk Gold Alcohol Strength: 4.9%

Tasting Notes: This fantastic brew pours a slightly hazy deep orange colour, with

Drinking Temp: 4° - 8°

a dense white foam head. Quite bready malt aroma with hints of fruity and caramel tones. Hops dominate here, with a fruity bitter taste, and a long lasting bitterness after the fact.

Style: Pale Ale Pack Size: 12 x 500ml Availability:

Food to Match: Try alongside shellfish, or spicy Asian dishes.

Regularly available

India Pale Ale Alcohol Strength: 5.5%

Tasting Notes: Pours a lightly gold honey colour. Aroma seems doughy, yet

Drinking Temp: 4° - 8°

definitely spicy. Tastes of sweet malts, with some fruity tones, notably citrus. Flowery hops are also ever present.

Style: IPA Pack Size: 12 x 500ml

Food to Match: Indian Cuisine, or some Blue Cheese.

Availability: Intermittently

G-Free Alcohol Strength: 4.2% Drinking Temp: 4° - 8° Style: Gluten Free Pack Size: 12 x 500ml

Tasting Notes: G-Free™ is a gluten-free beer suitable for consumption by coeliacs and the product has received approval from Coeliac UK. A clean, crisp gluten-free ale with a pilsner style lager finish and aromas of citrus and mandarin from American Amarillo hops.

Food to Match: Try with poultry, fish, or grilled meats.

Availability: Intermittently

Awards: 2009 AIBA’s Bronze Medal , Bronze Award International Beer Challenge 2010


Cream Stout Alcohol Strength: 6.5%

Tasting Notes: ‘Fuggles’ and ‘Challenger’ hops plus a blend of 4 local barley

Drinking Temp: 8° - 12°

malts create an aromatic, strong, dark chocolate cream stout with a satisfying bittersweet aftertaste.

Style: Stout Pack Size: 12 x 500ml

Food to Match: Try as an aperitif, or alongside a dessert, possibly chocolate.

Availability: Intermittently

Awards:: International Beer Competition Gold Medal 2004, 2003 BTI Chicago Gold Medal 2003 AIBA’s Silver Medal 2010 Bronze Medal 2009

Honey Porter Alcohol Strength: 4.5%

Tasting Notes: Pours very dark, with little to no head. Strong aromas, with coffee

Drinking Temp: 8° - 12°

and chocolate coming through, and honey coming through strong. Strong bitter flavours, with the honey helping to sweeten it.

Style: Porter Pack Size: 12 x 500ml

Food to Match: Goes well with desserts or grilled meat.

Availability: Intermittently

Awards:: Peterborough CAMRA Bronze Medal 2003

Seasonals Wheat Spring (4.7% Alc Vol) Produced in a European style with low hopping rate and Bavarian Weiss ale yeast to give a traditional tropical fruit taste and aroma. It won a major award in the 2004 SIBA national competition.

Summer Ale (6.5% Alc Vol) This is a rich and complex Summer Ale! Light Suffolk malts combine with Hereford and Worcester hops to form a quite magnificent brew.

Strong Ale (Autumn) (5.1% Alc Vol) A fine example of a traditional English strong ale. Challenger and Goldings hops act in perfect harmony with Suffolk malt and our unique , pure water. The first beer ever to be brewed at St. Peter’s.

Winter Ale (6.5% Alc Vol) A deep ruby red strong ale with an excellent balance of malt sweetness and hop bitterness. A classic example of a ‘winter warmer’; high in alcohol and rich in taste.


Timothy Taylor In 1858 Timothy Taylor began brewing beer in Cook Lane in the West Riding town of Keighley. He clearly struck upon a successful formula for in 1863 he set up and built a larger brewery at Knowle Spring, where the company has remained ever since. The superb spring water that wells up from deep under the Pennines is still used today to produce the country's best traditional cask ales. The brewery remains in the Taylor family and is now the last independent brewery of its type left in West Yorkshire. This independence enables Taylors to survive as one of the few brewers still brewing true cask ales in the same way it has always done. "Taylor's Taste" is achieved by using only the finest natural ingredients , taking pride in the brewing process and allowing full time for the ales to ferment and mature, thereby creating a unique family of beers. To Timothy Taylor, flavour is all important. By brewing with the best Malt and Hops, outstanding beers are produced naturally with better keeping qualities, a wonderful head and superior flavour. There is only one real way to appreciate Taylor's range of traditional beers - and that is to judge them for yourself.

Landlord Alcohol Strength: 4.1% Drinking Temp: 6°— 10° Style: Pale Ale Pack Size: 12 x 500ml Availability: Regularly Stocked

Tasting Notes: A Classic Strong Pale Ale. It pours a deep golden colour with a bright ruby sheen and thick, creamy, pillowy head. Aromas are very fresh and hoppy, with plenty of crisp herbal notes and citrus fruit. On the palate it has a rich, mouth-coating texture and an immediately bitter spectrum of flavours with a suggestion of spinach and leafy greens, minerals, and dry, hoppy flavours. There's a little biscuity note of malt in the finish, but this is uncompromisingly dry. Very good indeed.

Food to Match: A versatile beer which matches just as well with a summer salad as it does with your favourite Roast Dinner

Awards:: AIBA’s Silver Medal 2010 2006 British Bottling Awards Gold Medal 2003 International Beer & Cider Competition Gold Medal


Brasserie du Bocq Brasserie du Bocq, set up in 1858 by Martin BELOT, a farmer in Purnode, began when Martin started brewing beer at his farm. At the very beginning, the beer was only brewed in the winter, when there was no work for his farm workers in the fields. The brewery produced a very wide range of products, going from table beers to strong beers, passing through a large mix of densities, colours bitterness and tastes. Still 100% family owned, Brasserie du Bocq remains one of the last traditional Belgian breweries. Located in the heart of the Condroz, this dynamic company still uses the traditional manufacturing process of top-fermentation beers with secondary fermentation in the bottle. Today the sixth generation of the Belot family is leading the destinies of Brasserie du Bocq and looks forward to the future with confidence. Nothing has changed in Purnode, at least in the art of brewing, even if the company has widely extended it’s local activities You can be sure that this story will last for many years and that the beers of Brasserie du Bocq will continue to animate, for ever and ever, this charming little village of Pernode.

Blanche de Namur Alcohol Strength: 4.5%

Tasting Notes: This wonderful wheat beer has fruity aromas with scents of

Drinking Temp: 2° - 4°

coriander and orange. Cloudy in appearance, with light spice and citrus flavours it is a smooth thirst quenching beer with no bitterness.

Style: Belgian White Pack Size: 24 x 330ml

Food to Match: Try it with Fish, white meats and poultry or just an aperitif

12 x 750ml Availability: Regularly Stocked

Awards: World Beer Awards 2009 - Worlds Best Wheat Beer AIBA’s Silver Medal 2006,2008,2009, 2010

Triple Moine Alcohol Strength: 7.3% Drinking Temp: 8° - 12°

Tasting Notes: Pours a pale, clear, yellow colour, with a white head. Fragrant floral aromas with hints of raisins, melon, cloves and spices. Flavours of honey, lemons, apples, cloves, woody hops with a nice tangy finish

Style: Belgian Triple Pack Size: 24 x 330ml &

Food to Match: Try it as an aperitif or with Fish, white meats, and braised meats

12 x 750ml

Availability: Regularly Stocked

Awards: AIBA’s Gold Medal 2010 Silver Medal 2006,2007 Bronze Medal 2008,2009


Gauloise Blonde Alcohol Strength: 6.4%

Tasting Notes: Lovely golden appearance, bright and sparkling with a fine and

Drinking Temp: 5° - 12°

creamy head. Enticing sweet honeydew and lemon aromas. Flavours of vanilla and pineapple hints of stone fruit finishing with a slight hint of fine hops.

Style: Belgian Blonde Pack Size: 24 x 330ml

Food to Match: Perfect as an aperitif or with Fish, white meats, poultry.

Availability: Regularly Stocked

Awards: AIBA’s Silver Medal 2006 Bronze Medal 2007,2009

Gauloise Ambree Alcohol Strength: 5.5%

Tasting Notes: Amber, almost orange in colour, with a fine sparkle and delicate

Drinking Temp: 5° - 12°

and creamy beige head. Spicy honey sweet aromas. Orange toffee flavours and a hint of vanilla with distinctive bitter finish.

Style: Belgian Amber Pack Size: 24 x 330ml

Food to Match: Try with pasta, pizzas, spicy dishes and blue cheeses.

Availability: Regularly Stocked

Awards: AIBA’s Silver Medal 2006, 2010 Bronze Medal 2007,2008,2009

Gauloise Brune Alcohol Strength: 8.1%

Tasting Notes: A dark ruby-red brown in appearance, with a generous white head.

Drinking Temp: 8° - 12°

Aromas of dark malts, toffee, fortified wine and a rich scent of coriander. Flavours of rich toffee, sultana and chocolate with a touch of liquorice.

Style: Belgian Dubbel Pack Size: 24 x 330ml

Food to Match: Try it with game, red meats, spicy white meats or desserts

Availability: Regularly Stocked

Awards: AIBA’s Gold Medal 2008 Silver Medal 2006,2007,2009


St Bernardus In the most remote corner of West Flanders, in the middle of “Le Plat Pays”, in the heart of the hop area in West Flanders, a beer is made that beer lovers around the world have come to adore. In this poetic village, called Watou, time is apparently passing by slower than in the rest of the country. Life over there is different, quieter; where people live in accordance with nature, where tradition and values are honoured as though time has stood still. This is also the case for the brewery. Due to the anti clerical policy in the beginning of the past century, the Catsberg Abbey Community, located in the northern part of France, decided to move to Watou, a small village only a couple of kilometres further away but located in Belgium. They transformed a farm into the “Refuge Notre Dame de St.Bernard” with the production of Abbey cheese being the main product. With the proceeds of the sales, they financed the Abbey activities. In the early thirties, the attitude owards the Clergy in France got better and in 1934, the Abbey community decided to dispose of the Belgian annex move back all of it's activities to France. Mr. Evarist Deconinck took over the cheese factory and built a new building at the Trappistenweg in Watou where the cheese was further developed and commercialised. This building was later transformed into the present day private rooms but the traces of the cheese factory are still visible. Shortly after the Second World War, the Trappist Monastery St. Sixtus decided to stop commercialisation of their beer and called upon non-residents of the Abbey. An agreement was made - inside the walls of the Trappist Monastery there would only be beer brewed for their own consumption, for sales to the public at the gates of the Monastery and also for a few taverns who where connected to the Monastery. Mr. Deconinck on the other hand would brew and commercialise the Trappist Beers under licence (for a period of 30 years) Next to the cheese factory, a new brewery was constructed and Mr. Deconinck started to brew the Sixtus beers with the help of the Master brewer of Westvleteren, who brought along his wisdom, knowledge and the original recipes. In the beginning of the 60’s, the son-in-law of Mr. Deconinck, Mr. Claus stepped into the brewery and negotiations started to renew the license. This was finalised in 1962, again for a period of 30 years (until 1992). In 1992, the agreement came to an end because the Trappist Monasteries (5 in Belgium and 1 in the Netherlands) decided that the qualification ‘Trappistenbier’ could only be given to beers brewed inside the walls of a Trappist Monastery. Therefore, since 1992 the beers brewed at the Trappistenweg 23 in Watou are commercialised under a new brand name ‘StBernardus’ (referring to the Refuge de Notre Dame de StBernard – cfr. supra).

ABT 12 Alcohol Strength: 10.0%

Tasting Notes: Often rated as the best beer in the world the Abt 12 is the flagship

Drinking Temp: 10° - 12°

& 12 x 750ml

of St Bernardus. It pours a murky dark mahogany with a tan head. Aroma’s of dark fruits (raisins and plums), bready yeast and a touch of spice. The flavour is bold and strong with bready yeast and spice and the dark fruits coming through after a few sips. Definite alcohol and pepper in the long smooth finish. A truly iconic beer.

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Food to Match: Keep it simple with this one. A creamy brie is about all you will

Style: Quadrupel Pack Size: 24 x 330ml

Regularly Stocked

need. A perfect beer to savour by itself.

Awards: AIBA’s Silver Medal 2010

Prior 8 Alcohol Strength: 8.0%

Tasting Notes: Pours a dark ruby purple with a tan head. Aromas of dried fruits,

Drinking Temp: 10° - 12°

nuts, bready yeast and light hoppy notes. The flavour is sweet without being overbearing. The fruit notes dominate the flavour with a distinct nuttiness and spicy cinnamon and clove coming through. The finish is pleasantly hoppy, spicy and dry.

Style: Abbey Dubbel Pack Size: 24 x 330ml & 12 x 750ml Availability: Regularly Stocked

Food to Match: Perfect with Duck and Foie Gras. Awards: AIBA’s Silver Medal 2010


Pater 6 Alcohol Strength: 6.7% Drinking Temp: 10° - 12° Style: Abbey Dubbel Pack Size: 24 x 330ml Availability:

Tasting Notes: Pours a cloudy, reddish amber with an off white creamy head. A deep aroma of malt, dark fruit and spices. The taste is bready with a yeasty maltiness up front. Some candy sugar, caramel, and light cocoa flavours through the middle. Followed by a subdued spicy flavour that emerges in the finish along with a touch of alcohol. Finishes very dry.

Food to Match: Fantastic accompaniment to your favourite cheese platter.

Regularly Stocked

Awards: AIBA’s Bronze Medal 2010

Tripel Alcohol Strength: 8.0%

Tasting Notes: Pours a pale amber colour with a thick white head. Soft floral

Drinking Temp: 10° - 12°

aromas with hints of peach, apricot and lemon. A medium bodied beer with melon, banana and orange blossom on the pallet. It strikes a harmonious balance between sweet and sour. The finish is long and slightly sweet with a light hoppy bitterness.

Style: Abbey Tripel Pack Size: 24 x 330ml & 12 x 750ml Availability: Regularly Stocked

Food to Match: A great match with grilled Lobster tails. Awards: AIBA’s Gold Medal 2010

Grottenbier Alcohol Strength: 6.5%

Tasting Notes: A unique beer which is cave-aged in the marl pits of Kanne

& 12 x 750ml

(Belgium) and Valkenburg (Netherlands). As it is the case with Champagne, the bottles are placed in a “pupitre” with results in an additional fermentation. Pours dark brown with a big white fluffy head. The nose is malty, slight sweet/ candy sugar and spicy. Flavours of malty caramel, dark fruits and spice. The finish is long, dry and spicy. Rated as one of the best 10 present-day beers by beer guru Michael Jackson.

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Food to Match: A fantastic aperitif and great with spicy dishes and blue cheese.

Drinking Temp: 10° - 12° Style: Abbey Dubbel Pack Size: 24 x 330ml

Regularly Stocked

Wit Alcohol Strength: 5.5% Drinking Temp: 5° - 8° Style: Belgian Wit Pack Size: 24 x 330ml

Tasting Notes: This traditional witbier has been developed under supervision of the father of Hoegaarden and Celis White, master brewer Pierre Celis. Pours hazy blonde with a medium white head. Aromas of orange zest, spice and yeast. Flavours of creamy apple sauce and orange and a perfect balance between sweet and sour. Tart, but not sour. Sweet but not syrupy. The finish is mellow with no hint of bitterness.

Availability: Regularly Stocked

Food to Match: Try it with Lamb Sausages and lightly spiced Moroccan dishes.


Lefebvre The origins of the Lefebvre brewery, located at Quenast (in the Brabant region of Wallonia, the French speaking district of Belgium) in the valley of the Senne, goes back to 1876. In this year, Jules Lefebvre, gamekeeper, farmer, inn keeper and brewer, inaugurated his new brewery. Pubs were opened around the neighbouring porphyry quarries so that the numerous workmen, made thirsty by stone working, could come to refresh themselves. In 1921, just after the First World War, Auguste Lefebvre, son of Jules, moved the brewery from the centre of the village towards a neighbouring hill in order to avoid the annual floods of the Seine. The new brewery was installed in place of a brewery that had been in bankruptcy, in the location where the present buildings are. In 1983, the Abbey of Floreffe entrusted the Lefebvre family with a licence for the brewing of its special beers. The range, including 3 beers at the beginning, quickly widens to 5. Starting with the Floreffe Double, Floreffe Triple and Floreffe Prima Melior, the Floreffe Blonde and Floreffe Blanche are soon added to the range. In 1996, the brewery innovates and launches Barbãr, a lager with honey. Its little sister, Barbãr brassin d’hiver, brewed from October to February, also follows soon after. Six generations young, the Lefebvre brewery remains above all a family business. Unceasingly in expansion, they mainly work with overseas countries by exporting more than 80% of their production. Floreffe Prima Melior - AIBA’s Gold Medal 2010

Barbar Alcohol Strength: 8.0%

Tasting Notes: Barbar beer is prepared from a secret and harmonious mixture of

Drinking Temp: 5°

barley malts, hops and honey carefully selected by our Master Brewer. Nice bright yellow hue with a golden white head. Smells like a tripel with hints of honey . Quite floral. Very sweet on the palate although finishes dry. Floral tastes with honey and some fruity esters, and a woody element..

Style: Honey Ale Pack Size: 24 x 330ml Availability: Regularly Stocked

Food to Match: A harmonious match for sweet curries and great with your favourite cheese platter.

Awards: AIBA’s Silver Medal 2010

Hopus Alcohol Strength: 8.5% Drinking Temp: 8° - 12° Style: Belgian Strong Ale

Tasting Notes: Pours a clear gold with a large lasting white head. Aromas of straw, pear, pineapple and a hint of spice. The palate is light bodied and crisp with a dry finish. There are flavours of straw, pear, earthiness, spicy hops and light citrus with a crisp dry bitter finish.

Pack Size: 20 x 330ml Availability: Regularly Stocked

Food to Match: Fantastic with stuffed pasta dishes and sharp cheese’s Awards: AIBA’s Silver Medal 2010


Brasserie Dupont

Brasserie Dupont is a co-writer of Belgian beer history. Situated in Tourpes, in the centre of West-Hainaut, and incorporating an old farm, the brewery has been producing wonderful, unique beers since 1844. Their specialty, is in producing saisons - farmhouse ales traditionally brewed in the winter to sustain the farm labourers during the summer. ‘Saison’ literally translates to ‘season’. Therefore, saisons are traditionally light and spicy beers brewed for the summer and hotter months, a low terminal gravity makes them remarkably dry and refreshing. Fruity, dry and spicy, saisons are complex beers. Much of the flavour comes from the use of some unique top fermenting yeast strains. They lend spicy flavours, reminiscent of orange peel, clove, allspice, citrus, cut grass and coriander. Saisons also have a distinct 'funkyness' about them - earthy and rustic flavours as comforting as a good red wine. Dupont's beers have a more aggressive hop character than other Belgian ales, adding to the complexity and refreshing nature of the style. In recent times there has been a trend towards producing high gravity "super saisons". Dupont produced the first of these beers in the 1950's under the Moinette label (Moinette Blonde and Moinette Brune). The Avec Les Bon Voeux reinforced this concept, and paved the way for this new style of beer. With the exception of the Moinette, the Dupont beers come in 750mL corked champagne-style bottles. This is the traditional bottling method of farmhouse breweries such as Dupont, a logical extension given the vinous characters of the beers, and not surprising considering they are such close neighbours to France! As part of the breweries production, Brasserie Dupont now produce several qualified organic beers with the label Biogarantie® These include the Saison Bio, Moinette Bio, Bier de Meil Bio and Blanche du ht Bio. This complex style will benefit from several years in your cellar.

Saison Dupont Alcohol Strength: 6.5% Drinking Temp: 8° - 12° Style: Saison Pack Size: 12 x 750ml 24 x 330ml

Tasting Notes : Saison Dupont is the quintessential saison. Rich gold in colour, Saison Dupont pours with a creamy, white, lingering head that presents an aromatic, wonderfully fresh hop bouquet. The flavour has a stiff dose of bittering hops, a light cellar character,and a grainy finish. Bottle conditioned, of course; as good as it gets.

Food to Match: As an aperitif or a perfect companion for your favourite steak.

Availability: Regularly Stocked

Awards: 2005 ‘Best Beer in the World’ the American ‘Mens Journal’ AIBA’s Silver Medal 2010

Bronze Medal 2009


Bon Voeux Alcohol Strength: 9.5% Drinking Temp: 8° - 12° Style: Super Saison Pack Size: 12 x 750ml Availability: Regularly Stocked

Tasting Notes: Since 1970, the brewery has been brewing a special beer to give as a new years present to their best clients. (the name of this beer “Avec les bons Vœux de la brasserie Dupont » means « With the best wishes of the brewery DuPont » ). This Bons Voeux is coppery blond, has very fine hop aromas and tastes bitter, fruity and mild. Our selection of yeasts, in combination with a long ripening process, on a “dry hopping” base, are creating a typical and complex aroma and taste.

Food to Match: As an aperitif or a lovely partner for paté. Awards: AIBA’s Silver Medal 2010 Bronze Medal 2009

Biere De Beloeil Alcohol Strength: 8.5%

Tasting Notes: A lovely red-amber colour with a thick white foam. Malts, caramel,

Drinking Temp: 8° -12°

yeast and dark fruits are all noticeable aromas. Malts, dark fruits and yeast are the dominant flavours, with a hint of spiciness, and a sweet caramel finish with a slight bitterness.

Style: Biere de Garde Pack Size: 12 x 750ml Availability:

Food to Match: As an aperitif or with chicken or fish.

Regularly Stocked

Awards: AIBA’s Silver Medal 2010

Cervesia Alcohol Strength: 8.0% Drinking Temp: 8° - 10° Style: Traditional Ale Pack Size: 12 x 750ml Availability: Regularly Stocked

Tasting Notes: Cervesia is a recreation of an ancient style of beer. It was created exclusively for an archaeological site in a village neighbouring Dupont. According to the brewery, the archaeologists undertook "long and intense research" into the common styles of beer being consumed at the time and based on their findings and asked the brewery to replicate such a beer. The result is a blond beer utilising a blend of various flowers and herbs (as opposed to hops) to flavour the beer and balance the sweet malt flavours. Like the other saisons it is dry and refreshing, with a lightness belaying the 8% ABV.

Food to Match: Drink lightly chilled as an aperitif

Moinette Blonde Alcohol Strength: 8.5%

Tasting Notes: Dupont's best selling beer in Belgium . This 8.5% coppery blonde

Drinking Temp: 8° - 12°

beer has fine hop aromas, and a superb balance between the sweet, bitter and fruity flavours. Although not advertised as a 'saison', the Moinette still displays many of the traditional farmhouse characteristics of the style.

Style: Belgian Blonde Pack Size: 24 x 330ml Availability:

Food to Match: As an aperitif or a perfect companion for hors d’oeurves and

Regularly Stocked

mussels.

Awards: 2009 AIBA’s Bronze Medal


Moinette Brune Alcohol Strength: 8.5%

Tasting Notes: Deep red Belgian ale, gaining its unusual russet colour from a

Drinking Temp: 8° - 12°

melange of specialty malts. The various sweet malty notes offered by these mingle with the Dupont yeast strain giving Moinette Brune a deft, fruity touch, which finishes only slightly bitter. A distinctive, unusual and delicious brune.

Style: Belgian Dubbel Pack Size: 24 x 330ml Availability:

Food to Match: Try with your favourite Stew or cheese platter

Regularly Stocked

Awards: 2009 AIBA’s Bronze Medal

Saison Bio Alcohol Strength: 5.5%

Tasting Notes: One of the world's first organically produced ales, the Biologique

Drinking Temp: 8° - 12°

is a refreshing and thirst quenching beer with outspoken bitterness and dryness. Citrus flavours enhance the drinkability of this thirst-quenching saison.

Style: Saison (Organic) Pack Size: 12 x 750ml Availability:

Food to Match: As an aperitif or a perfect for a Sunday BBQ with friends.

Regularly Stocked

Moinette Biologique Alcohol Strength: 7.5%

Tasting Notes: Pours a hazy orange colour, with a thick white head. Aromas

Drinking Temp: 8° - 12°

present a mix of malt, fruitiness and fine hops. The long fermentation process results in a complex mix of fruity and hoppy flavours, leaving a thirst quenching bitterness.

Style: Saison (Organic) Pack Size: 12 x 750ml Availability:

Food to Match: As an aperitif or a lovely partner pork or beef.

Limited Quantities

Biere De Miel Bio Alcohol Strength: 8.0%

Tasting Notes: Literally means ’beer with honey’. An 8% ABV organic saison

Drinking Temp: 8° - 12°

infused with honey. This beer was traditionally brewed in the late 1800s by the Rimaux-Deridder farm-brewery, but was re-created in 1997 by Dupont. This amber beer has pronounced honey aromatics and flavours, balanced beautifully by Dupont's distinctive yeast strain. The honey lends a certain rustic charm whilst lightening the body somewhat.

Style: Honey Saison (Organic) Pack Size: 12 x 750ml Availability: Regularly Stocked

Food to Match: As an aperitif or with your favourite desert


Lindemans Eight generations ago, in 1809, the Lindemans family owned a farm in Vlezenbeek near Brussels. They decided to intensify Lambic brewing activities during winter, when less farm work had to be done. The farm produced wheat and barley, the raw materials of the Lambic. "Lambic" is infamous in that it is more vineous than your regular Belgian style of beer. This style can only truly be produced in a specific region of Belgium from local barley, unmalted wheat, and aged or "debittered" hops, and matured in oak casks in the breweries cellars. These casks harbour various local wild yeast and bacteria, causing the wort to ferment without the addition of a commercial yeast strain (known as spontaneous fermentation). The result is a light bodied but intensely sour and complex beer - the tartness is akin to a hard cider or white wine. To make the beer more palatable en-mass- most people are scared of the sour and funky flavours, breweries often add fruit to the casks mid-fermentation. Kriek (cherries), framboise (raspberries), apple and cassis (blackberries) are the most common additions. The beer takes on intense fruit flavours and colours when brewed in this manner, though interestingly the fruit does not add any sweetness to the beer. Sweet versions are produced by sweetening before packaging. Both adding fruit and sweetening are methods of "taming" these wild brews, by offering balance to the often intense sourness.

Kriek Alcohol Strength: 3.5%

Tasting Notes: A sparkling cherry flavoured brew which is both smooth and

Drinking Temp: 2° - 3°

refreshing. Hits the nose with black cherry aromas, and a hint of malt. Tastes, again, of black cherries, and strikes a delicious balance between tart and sweet.

Style: Fruit Lambic Pack Size: 12 x 375ml

Food to Match: Drink as an Aperitif or try with game meats such as rabbit and

Availability:

duck.

Regularly Stocked

Awards: World Beer Cup Platinum Medal 1994 & 1995 AIBA’s Silver Medal 2009 Bronze Medal 2010

Framboise Alcohol Strength: 2.5%

Tasting Notes: Pours a very deep pink colour with a pink flecked, tight white

Drinking Temp: 2° - 3°

head. Pronounced raspberry fruit aroma with some yeast and almonds. Flavour begins with a tart edge before a raspberry syrup taste takes over.

Style: Fruit Lambic Pack Size: 12 x 375ml

Food to Match: Chocolate desserts (especially chocolate decadence), fresh

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raspberries, ice cream with a raspberry demi-glaze sauce, créme caramel, baked Alaska, Olympia oysters, caviar.

Regularly Stocked

Awards: World Beer Cup Gold Medal 1995 AIBA’s Bronze Medal 2009, 2010


Cassis Alcohol Strength: 3.5% Drinking Temp: 2° - 3° Style: Fruit Lambic

Tasting Notes: Lambic made from local barley, unmalted wheat, and wild yeast. After spontaneous fermentation the lambic is aged in oak. Blackcurrants are added creating a secondary fermentation and yielding an ale of exceptional flavour and complexity.

Pack Size: 12 x 375ml Availability:

Food to Match:Venison, roasted pork tenderloin with rosemary cream sauce,

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scones, New York style cheesecake, and fresh fruit.

Awards: AIBA’s Bronze Medal 2009, 2010

Pecherese Alcohol Strength: 2.5%

Tasting Notes: A golden peach lambic with the aroma of fresh cut peaches. Crisp

Drinking Temp:2° - 3°

with an elegant body, bursting with peach juice and a well placed tartness that lingers for a long time. Light on the hops. A touch of beer comes around in the end with trace grain and malt flavours.

Style: Fruit Lambic Pack Size: 12 x 375ml Availability:

Food to Match:Peach Melba, peaches in brandy, pear tarts, salad Nicoise, sorbet,

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egg rolls, peach cobbler, Waldorf salad, free-run chicken crepes, Belgian waffles.

Awards: World Beer Cup Platinum Medal 1994 & 1995

Apple Alcohol Strength: 3.5%

Tasting Notes:A glowing gold Lambic. Aroma is definitely apples, with the usual

Drinking Temp: 2° - 3°

Lambic sour notes present. Definite apple cider quality here, with the apples mixing beautifully the tartness of the Lambic.

Style: Fruit Lambic Pack Size: 24 x 250ml Availability:

Food to Match: Perfect with rich cream sauces, hearty soups or aromatic cheeses.

Limited Quantities

Faro Alcohol Strength: 4.0%

Tasting Notes: Created by blending old Lambic and new Lambic with candy

Drinking Temp: 2° - 3°

sugar. The aroma is dominated by the candy sugar, and a mild tartness on the nose. Starts with a candy apple type flavour, and ends with a sweet tartness.

Style: Lambic Pack Size: 12 x 375ml Availability: Regularly Stocked

Food to Match: Drink as an aperitif, or with any desserts.


Gueze Alcohol Strength: 4.0% Drinking Temp: 2° - 3° Style: Lambic Pack Size: 12 x 375ml

Tasting Notes: Pours with a rocky, white head which fades to a tight, creamy cap and covers a sparkling, golden amber beer. Aroma is dominated by honey sweetness, acidic characters and a slight cellar-like mustiness. Assertive sourness is offset by butterscotch candy sweetness, which complements the various wild lambic flavours of the beer. The body is creamy, and the hop characteristics are minimal.

Availability: Regularly Stocked

Food to Match: Seafood, salty meats & creamy pasta dishes Awards: World Beer Cup Platinum Medal 1995 AIBA’s Bronze Medal 2010

Gueze Cuvee Rene Alcohol Strength: 5.0% Drinking Temp: 4° - 6° Style: Lambic Pack Size: 12 x 375ml Availability:

Tasting Notes: Bright yellow in colour, with light carbonation due to refermentation in the bottle. A vast array of aromas present themselves as the beer opens up, including eucalyptus, citrus fruits, farmhouse, and faint grainy notes. Taste is sharply acidic, reminiscent of grapefruit. It combines with complex, salty barnyard flavours, and finishes with a moderate lingering sourness.

Food to Match: Seafood, salty meats & creamy pasta dishes

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Kriek Cuvee Rene Alcohol Strength: 5.0%

Tasting Notes: A deep dark red drop, with a light pink head. Smells a bit

Drinking Temp: 4° - 6°

vinous, with the usual smoke and stable notes, and hints of cherries. Tastes vinous as well, sour/acidic, with slight sweetness, and cherry overtones.

Style: Fruit Lambic Pack Size: 12 x 750ml Availability: Limited Quantities

Food to Match: Drink as an aperitif.


Cantillon Steeped in history and tradition, Cantillon is held in the highest regard among beer connoisseurs worldwide. Cantillon produces Lambic beer, but unlike other Lambic brewers, does not sweeten or modify their beers in any way. Cantillon beers are sour, funky and unique - they are the traditional style sour beers brewed as they were when the brewery first opened over 100 years ago. Lambic beers are made from a blend of malted barley, raw wheat and debittered -3 year old- hops. The wort is exposed to wild yeasts and natural bacteria by cooling in an open vat. The beer is matured in oakwood or chestnut barrels, which also harbour the wild yeasts and bacteria, and left to naturally ferment in the brewery’s cellar for up to 3 years. The wild bugs cause the beer to ferment natural (spontaneously) - that is without the addition of any commercial yeast strain. The result is a light bodied but intensely sour and complex beer with a tartness reminiscent of a hard cider or white wine. Lambic brewers often add fruit to the casks mid fermentation. The beer then takes on intense fruit flavours and colours, though interestingly the fruit does not add much sweetness to the beer. The beer is commonly bottled in 750mL corked champagne bottles - fitting due to the vinous character of this style. We are lucky enough to have 375mL corked bottles also.

Kriek Lambic Alcohol Strength: 5.0%

Tasting Notes: Deep, opaque burgundy colour, topped with a velvety pink head.

Drinking Temp: 10° - 12°

Aromas are dominated by red cherries, vinegar, acetone, and hay, reminiscent of a Flanders Red Ale. An intense, vinegar like acidity opens up to a vast barnyard flavour profile dominated throughout by cherries, nail polish remover and fresh French oak.

Style: Fruit Lambic Pack Size: 12 x 375ml & 6 x 750ml Availability:

Food to Match: As an aperitif or with very dark chocolate.

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Rose De Gambrinus Alcohol Strength: 5.0%

Tasting Notes: Pours a ruby russet, with amber highlights, and a billowing pink

Drinking Temp: 10° - 12°

head. Raspberry and cream, peppers, and earthy aromas dominate the nose, with hints of oak and turkish delight. A tart, raspberry flavour combines with ripe fruit, marmalade and a refreshing acidity to finish creamy, puckering and moreish.

Style: Fruit Lambic Pack Size: 12 x 375ml & 6 x 750ml Availability: Rare

Food to Match: As an aperitif, or paired with a fruity dessert.


Gueze Lambic-Bio Tasting Notes: Complex aromas of pear, apples, and peaches are offset by horse

Alcohol Strength: 5.0%

Drinking Temp: 10° - 12° stable and vinous characters reminiscent of a well oaked chardonnay. A rounded well-balanced and assertive acidity is offset by flavours of freshly sliced peaches, Style: Lambic and vanillin. The beer finishes with a sustained, puckering sourness. Once of the Pack Size: 12 x 375ml finest examples of a traditional Gueuze Lambic. & 6 x 750ml Availability:

Food to Match: Try with your favourite dark chocolate or as an aperitif.

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Awards: AIBA’s Silver Medal 2010

Grand Cru Bruocsella Bio Tasting Notes: Lambic which has matured for three years in oak barrels and has

Alcohol Strength: 5.0%

been selected for its exceptional colour, taste and flavour. Its combination of light, slightly amber, yellow-gold colouring and aroma of apples and honey, make the Grand Cru Bruocsella a very seductive beer.

Drinking Temp: 10° - 12° Style: Unblended Lambic Pack Size: 6 x 750ml

Food to Match: It's subtle taste enhances the savour of stewed dishes, discreetly

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underlines the taste of fish and crustaceans and is superb with an array of fine meats. Try it with sauerkraut to truly unleash the flavours of this wonderful beer.

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Iris Tasting Notes: A completely original beer which, contrary to the other products

Alcohol Strength: 5.0%

of the brewery, is not brewed with 35% of wheat. The Iris, which is only made with malt of the pale ale type, conserves the typical flavour of the spontaneous fermentation, the complex aromas and the vinous taste. The hopping is different too. Lambic is made with 100% dry hops, but for the Iris we use 50% dried hops and 50% fresh hops. Although it is a spontaneous fermentation beer, the Iris is very different from the Lambic. The amber colour and the bitter and slightly caramelized taste make it very interesting and complex beer.

Drinking Temp: 10° - 12° Style: Lambic Pack Size: 6 x 750ml Availability: Rare

Food to Match: It’s hop flavours make this a lovely accompaniment to spicy Asian dishes.

Vigneronne Alcohol Strength: 5.0%

Tasting Notes : By blending Muscat grapes and lambic, brewers and beer merchants

Drinking Temp: 10° - 12° produced the “druivenlambik” (grapes lambic). The fructose, which abounds in these fruits enables us to make a beer, which is more mellow than the Gueze or Style: Grape Lambic other fruit beers. It still has the tartness and sourness, but is more of a distant cousin Pack Size: 6 x 750ml of certain white wines. Availability:

Food to Match: A perfect replacement for white wine with any light fish and chicken

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dishes.


Saint Lamvinus Alcohol Strength: 5.0%

Tasting Notes: Pours dark red / purple with very little if any head. Its strong

Drinking Temp: 10° - 12° farmhouse aromas smell like it’s been buried for 100 years in a dirty, wet, dusty blanket. The taste is extremely sour and funky with flavours of heavy sour grapes Style: Grape Lambic with an acidic mouth puckering aftertaste. Pack Size: 6 x 750ml Availability:

Food to Match: As an aperitif or with you favourite Blue cheese.

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Fou Fonne Alcohol Strength: 5.0%

Tasting Notes: Pours a milky wheat colour, with a thick white head. Definite

Drinking Temp: 10° - 12°

apricot aromas are present, with slight peach and farmhouse notes. Apricots are the dominant flavour here, with a soft wheat like quality when warmed. Mouth puckering sourness and barnyard funk are also ever present.

Style: Fruit Lambic Pack Size: 6 x 750ml Availability:

Food to Match: Try with light chocolate or fruit based deserts.

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Cuvee Lou Pepe (Gueuze, Kriek & Framboise In a lambic brewery, every bottling (about 50 each season at the Cantillon brewery) results in a beer with its own more or less complex taste. These differences are one of the characteristics of the Gueuze, Kriek or Framboise. The lambic beers are blended in order to neutralize these differences and to be able to offer our customers a beer with a harmonious taste the whole season through. The Lou Pepe beers deviate from these principles. The Gueuze Lou Pepe is made with two years old lambic beers with a mellow taste, often coming from barrels in which only wine has been kept before. In July, the same kind of beer is used to make the Lou Pepe Kriek and Framboise. With these beers too, the fruits are soaked in barrels coming directly from Bordeaux. The second fermentation of these particular beers is not caused by the addition of young lambic but of a sweet liquor. The yeast will transform the sugar in carbon dioxide. All the lambic beers which are used, are brewed in the same season and the use of liquor instead of young lambic makes the taste of the fruit more intense. The Kriek and the Rosé de Gambrinus contain 200 g of fruits per litre on an average, while the Lou Pepe beers contain about 300 g. This fruity taste, combined with the wine flavour coming from the Bordeaux barrels, distinguishes these special beers from the other Cantillon products. The particular name of these beers comes from the south-west of France, a region the Cantillon family is very fond of. In this beautiful region, the grandfather is called Lou Pepe. To his grandchildren Florian, Simon, Louis and Sylvain, the master-brewer is the Lou Pepe of the North.


Haand Bryggeriet Situated in Drammen, Norway, in a wooden building nearly 200 years old Haand are trying to keep the long tradition of Norwegian brewing alive. They are digging into old history and traditions to recreate some of the old Norwegian beer types that got lost through time. This is their dedication. The best possible ingredients are put together by hands that care about the beer produced. No automation means a lot of hard manual labour, but they hope the end product will be worth it and appreciated by the beer loving consumers. They make living beer that’s not filtered or artificially carbonated, but naturally re fermented in the bottle. Whilst they have a passion for the history of Norwegian brewing they are also experimental and are producing some fantastic new-age beers. Haand have also gained inspiration from Norse mythology which has given them ideas for several new beers with interesting ingredients and flavours. First shipment due in March 2011

Norwegian Wood Alcohol Strength: 6.5% Drinking Temp: 8° - 10°C Style: Traditional Ale Pack Size: 12 x 500ml Availability:

Tasting Notes: Caramel colour with an off white head. Smells like a smokey campfire. Molasses and brown sugar on nose. Good with spicy chilli because of the slight sweet and caramel flavour. Smokey flavour without being heavy on the body. Smooth drinking beer with mild carbonation.

Food to Match:

Goes well with smoked or cured meat / serrano ham, cured sausage, roasted pork etc.

Limited

Hesjeøl (Harvest Ale) Alcohol Strength: 6.5% Drinking Temp: 8° - 12°C Style: Traditional Ale Pack Size: 12x 500ml Availability:

Tasting Notes: Pours a mostly opaque, hazy copper with a thin off-white head. Aroma was very nice: fresh hops, rye, ripe fruits with tangerine and floral notes. A subtle and unique taste including fresh hops, rye, fresh fruits, floral notes and a mild malt backbone. Medium body, good depth and balance. Long finish: fresh hops and rose.

Food to Match: A versatile beer that can be paired with almost anything

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Odin’s Tipple Alcohol Strength: 11% Drinking Temp: 10° - 14°C Style: Imperial Stout Pack Size: 12x 500ml

Tasting Notes: Pours black as hell. Massive, menacing, ultra dark brown head erupts forth with very good retention. Bold roast chocolate-cherry and vanilla coffee aromas swirl over notes of smouldering wood and burnt juniper berries. Intense bitter dark chocolate and dark fruit flavours are well rounded with burnt caramel, smoked tree branch, and black currant tone. Full bodied, moderate carbonation, bittersweet finish.

Availability: Limited

Food to Match: Goes very well with sweet deserts and bitter chocolate or just nipping it in front of the fireplace.


Dark Force Alcohol Strength: 9%

Tasting Notes: Pours deep dark black, with a cola like head that diminishes

Style: Imperial Wheat Stout

quickly. Aroma of very strong roasted malt, coffee, nuts, alcohol, oak and vanilla . Taste encompasses fruity edges with some nutty spikes, inside a roasted full body. Long finish with just a touch of bitterness.

Pack Size: 12x 500ml

Food to Match: Goes very well with sweet deserts and bitter chocolate or just

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nipping it in front of the fireplace.

Drinking Temp: 10° - 14°C

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Good Force Alcohol Strength: 9% Drinking Temp: 8° - 12°C Style: Imperial Wheat Pack Size: 12x 500ml Availability:

Tasting Notes: Cloudy brownish golden colour, moderate white head. Strong wheat/ esters aroma, notes of yeast, cloves, banana and chamomile. The flavour is sweet with strong notes of banana, yeast, spices and chamomile. Full body with soft carbonation and a warming mouth feel.

Food to Match: A great accompaniment to boiled veal weisswurst, lighter fish such as mahi-mahi, and salads made with citrus based dressing.

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Bavarian Weizen Alcohol Strength: 5.5% Drinking Temp: 6° - 8°C Style: German Hefeweizen Pack Size: 12x 500ml Availability:

Tasting Notes: Pours a hazy yellow to orange honey like coloured beer with a thick white slight off white head. Great aroma of wheat, cereals, apricot, sweet apple, honey, ripe bananas and fresh almonds. The taste has a nice roundness about it, it is slight yeasty, quite dry and it ends with a fine dose of refreshing and crispy hops.

Food to Match: Goes well with shellfish, young mild cheeses and fruit desserts.

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Ardenne Blonde Alcohol Strength: 7.5% Drinking Temp: 6° - 8°C Style: Saison Pack Size: 12x 500ml Availability: Limited

Tasting Notes: Hazy golden with a smallish, firm and lacy head. Aroma of pale malt, grassy hops, fruitiness, and hints of acidity. Very fruity flavour with mild coriander-spiciness, some yeast and mellow, grassy-bitter hops. Medium body with foamy but soft carbonation.

Food to Match: Goes well with chicken, white fish, mussels, salads, young cheeses and light dessert and of course by itself on the terrace.


Pale Ale Alcohol Strength: 4.5% Drinking Temp: 8° - 12°C Style: American Pale Ale Pack Size: 12x 500ml Availability: Limited

Tasting Notes:

Pours medium orange in colour with an average slowly diminishing off white head. The aroma has notes of oranges and other citrus fruits and notes of elder flowers. The flavour has a light sweetness and notes of oranges and other citrus fruits, malt, caramel and a touch of elder flower. Long-lasting taste and a slightly bitter and dry finish.

Food to Match:

Pale Ale goes well with most kinds of meat and great nipping to just standing by the bar.

India Pale Ale Alcohol Strength: 6.5% Drinking Temp: 10° - 12°C Style: Indian Pale Ale

Tasting Notes: Pours a cloudy amber orange with white head that quickly fades. Aroma of grapefruit, deep caramel, light yeast and light woodiness. Tastes of citrus and earthy hops with a woody character and a medium bitter finish. Medium bodied with good carbonation.

Pack Size: 12x 500ml Availability:

Food to Match: Goes very well with spicy food, grilled fish or chicken and pizza.

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Fyr & Flamme Alcohol Strength: % Drinking Temp: Style: Indian Pale Ale

Tasting Notes: Pours a hazy orange/amber colour with medium sized slightly off-white head. Aroma is fruits, pine wood, some tropical fruits as well as grassy and floral notes. The taste is bitter and has grapefruits, citric hops, some pine and caramel malts. Medium bodied with a dry end.

Pack Size: 12x 500ml Availability: Limited

Food to Match: A classic with a curry other spicy dishes, milder cheeses such as Gorgonzola and deserts like apple tart and ginger spice cake.

Dobbel Dose Alcohol Strength: 9% Drinking Temp: 10° - 12°C Style: Double IPA Pack Size: 12x 500ml Availability: Limited

Tasting Notes: Pours a cloudy dark amber/orange colour with golden orange and a large off white head. Floral citrus hop aroma with hints of grapefruit, orange and lemon peel, mango and dry earthy pine and subtle caramel and biscuit malt. The up front floral hop presence is balanced by sweet citrus, with hints of grapefruit, mango and orange peel with crisp dry finish.

Food to Match: Goes well with spicy food and grilled meat.


Akevitt Porter Tasting Notes: Beautiful dark colour with a minimal but lasting brown head.

Alcohol Strength: 10.0%

Roasted aroma with notes of coffee, syrup, alcohol and wood. Flavour has the same elements as the aroma but with an addition of smoke and of course akevitt. Lots of syrup and roasted coffee on the palate with a light carbonation. Long, almost wine-like and dry finish.

Drinking Temp: 8° - 12°C Style: Imperial/Strong Porter Pack Size: 12x 500ml Availability:

Food to Match: Goes will with dishes such as foie gras, smoked goose, long aged

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cheese like Cheddar and Gouda and dark chocolate

Costa Rica Tasting Notes: The Costa Rica is a coffee porter based on our Norse Porter

Alcohol Strength: 6.5%

recipe. This is a robust porter with lots of roasted malt flavours and a great coffee flavour coming on strong in the after taste that lasts well. The special and mildly roasted Costa Rica coffee suits this porter well making it nice and dry.

Drinking Temp: 8° - 12°C Style: Coffee Porter Pack Size: 12 x 500ml

Food to Match: The perfect partner to glazed meet skewers, almost any desert or

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sinfully delightful with a glazed doughnut.

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London Porter Alcohol Strength: 4.5% Drinking Temp: 9° - 12°C Style: Porter Pack Size: 12x 500ml Availability:

Tasting Notes: Pours dark brown with a nougat colour head. The aroma is mild with chocolate, roasted malt, dark fruits and some berries. The flavour is soft with a pleasant roasted malt quality, chocolate, coffee, dark fruits and some smoke. Fairly dry, medium mouth feel with a moderately bitter finish.

Food to Match: Goes well with grilled meat and vegetables, stews and blue cheeses.

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Farewell Ale Alcohol Strength: 7.5% Drinking Temp: 8° - 12°C Style: Traditional Ale Pack Size: 12x 500ml Availability: Limited

Tasting Notes: Pours dark brown with a creamy light tan head. The aroma is light herbal, roast, chocolate, light hoppy with some tobacco notes. Taste is a voluminous foundation of liquorice, bitter herbs, coffee, roasted malts, burnt toast and hints of juniper and wood. Lush texture and smooth carbonation .

Food to Match: Sandwiches are traditionally served at funerals in Norway: accompanies smoked salmon, eggs and dill on white bread, prawn toasts, minute steak with leaks, tomato and parsley on wholemeal, ham and scrambled eggs sandwiches.


Kreklingøl Alcohol Strength: 7% Drinking Temp: 6° - 10°C Style: Fruit Beer Pack Size: 12x 500ml Availability:

Tasting Notes: Hazy beautiful red body with a big, creamy tan head. Aroma is cranberry tartness and light fruity hints, light malt and yeast. Tastes of light caramel malt together with slight alcohol warmth balances with the berry tartness. Medium bodied with red fruit finish

Food to Match: Goes well with Mascarpone cheese; light white meat; foods driven by herbs and spices; duck and pork dishes with sweet components.

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Haandbic Alcohol Strength: 4.5% Drinking Temp: 8° - 10°C Style: Lambic Pack Size: 12x 500ml

Tasting Notes: Pours a good-looking slightly hazy deep amber body with a small, off-white head. Aromas of funky barnyard yeast, citrus peels and hay, with small hints of basil and wet leaves. Taste is quite mellow for a lambic; oaky wooden notes comes first, followed by stronger citric yeasty tones with hints of mustard and balsamic. Medium length sour and dry bitter aftertaste.

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Food to Match: Goes well with light fruit desserts, such as soufflés or chiffon

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cake or enjoyed alone at the end of a meal.

Wild Thing Alcohol Strength: 7.5% Drinking Temp: 8° - 12°C Style: Sour Ale/Wild Ale Pack Size: 12x 500ml

Tasting Notes: Pours an almost opaque, cloudy, reddish copper with a small beige head. Aroma: Smokey, cranberries, mild fruitiness, mellow malts, some sourness. Taste matches the aroma with cranberries and currants become more defined as the beer warms, some citrus/pine hops come in to the mix, malt acts as a solid foundation, some tartness and hint of spices. Medium/full mouth feel.

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Food to Match: Goes well with sharp blue cheese or mild goat cheese and with

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rich, slow roasted meats.

Haandbakk Alcohol Strength: 8.5% Drinking Temp: 8° - 12°C Style: Sour Ale/Wild Ale Pack Size: 12x 500ml

Tasting Notes: Brewed and then aged in aged in oak barrels until bottling . Pours a deep mahogany beer with a small cappuccino coloured head. Aromas of sour cherries, dark fruits, oak, vanilla and sour ale yeast. Fruity, sour taste with notes of balsamic vinegar, raspberries, oak wood and hints of toasty malt hiding beneath an acidic veil. Finish is very acetic and tart.

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Food to Match: Goes well with sharp blue cheese or mild goat cheese and with

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rich, slow roasted meats.


Bestefar Alcohol Strength: 9% Drinking Temp: Style: Traditional Ale Pack Size: 12x 500ml Availability:

Tasting Notes: Pours a deep brown with a chocolate sponge cake head. Sweet, spicy, roasted malt aroma with nutmeg, cardamom, sweet liquorice, coffee, juniper berries, smoke. Medium-to-full body, average-to-fizzy carbonation. Mouthfeel is lighter than ABV would suggest. Good hop bitterness in the finish with the sweetness balanced by dry liquorice and coffee

Food to Match: Goes will the hearty meals such as Sheppard's pie

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Nissefar Alcohol Strength: 7% Drinking Temp: 10° - 12°C Style: Old Ale Pack Size: 12x 500ml Availability: Seasonal

Tasting Notes: Pours black with a nicely remaining lacing deep beige head. Aromas of chocolate, raspberries, caramel, some fruit and coffee. Tastes like coffee with a bit of cinnamon, surrounded by a frame of red berries, with hints of roasted nuts at the edges. A smoky bitter earthy malt finish. Medium bodied with a smooth mouth feel.

Food to Match:

Goes well with traditional Christmas dinners and aged

cheeses.

Nissemor Alcohol Strength: 6% Drinking Temp: 10° - 12°C Style: Old Ale Pack Size: 12x 500ml Availability:

Tasting Notes: Pours an opaque dark brown colour with a huge, frothy,

excellent lacing, fully lasting, beige head. Aroma of spice, cardamom, cinnamon, toasted malt, dried fruit. Flavour has plenty of roast malts, moderately sweet, with coffee and dark bitter chocolate in the long aftertaste.

Food to Match: Goes well with fruits like dates, figs, raisins and Christmas nuts.

Seasonal

Røyk Uten Ild (smoke without fire) Alcohol Strength: 8.5% Drinking Temp: 8° - 12°C Style: Smoked Pack Size: 12x 500ml

Tasting Notes: Pours black as the night with an inch creamy dark tanned head. Aroma of dark malts and nice lightly smoked bacon. Taste is first of all full of those dark complex malts, with a moderate smoked touch, just enough to be very interesting. Notes of tar, salt and liquorice are also present. Lingering medium sweet end.

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Food to Match: Goes well with Mexican or any hearty spicy food. Also deserts

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like mango or coconut flan, almond biscotti or spice cake with pine nuts.


Stassen (The Belgian Cider Company) In 1895, Léon Stassen, a farmer, produced his first cider, using apples from his own orchard in Aubel. He wrote down his original recipe, which was carefully treasured and passed on to his son, Léon, who in 1937 founded a small traditional cider brewery in the centre of the village. Léon junior’s son Jean kept this passion for cider alive for over 50 years, only retiring from the business at the age of 68 after entrusting its destiny to his three sons, who today carry on the family tradition. Between 1987 and 1991, the company experienced exceptional growth thanks to the success of its flavoured ciders. It thus became the leader in the Belgian and Dutch cider markets. Between 1992 and 2008 Stassen was owned by the UK’s Bulmers group which in turn became a part of Scottish & Newcastle. Over that time the focus was taken away from producing Stassen’s famous ciders and directed towards expanding the Bulmers brand throughout Europe. In 2008 the Stassen family decided to buy back the family business to once again concentrate on producing top quality Belgian ciders and today has export markets right across the globe.

‘Over Ice’ Apple Tasting Notes: Pours a brilliant golden orange with fluorescent copper/ gold highlights. Sparse white foam rises quickly then recedes. Aroma is predominantly of freshly pulped apples, although there is an underlying note of banana, blackcurrant and vanilla. Initial flavour of juicy red apples is pricked by fine carbonation, and thins out to a relatively dry, bittersweet finish. Pleasing aftertaste of apple skin and vanilla.

Alcohol Strength: 5.4% Drinking Temp: Over Ice Style: Cider Pack Size: 24 x 330ml Availability: Regularly Available

‘Over Ice’ Pear Alcohol Strength: 5.4% Drinking Temp: Over Ice Style: Pear Cider Pack Size: 24 x 330ml Availability: Regularly Available

Tasting Notes: Pours a pale golden yellow with a tight, white foam. Tropical fruit aromas of pear, dried apple, pineapple, and candied banana are balanced by a yeasty undertone reminiscent of freshly baked bread and a peppery alcohol bite. Moderate carbonation bolsters a light, pillowy mouthfeel, which carry’s flavours of tropical fruits, pears and apples. The finish is bone dry, highlighting Stassen’s crisp and refreshing character.


Domaine Dupont Located in Pays d'Auge, a part of Normandie well known for the quality of its agricultural products, the Dupont Family has run a 50 hectare Domain for over 4 generations, of which 30 hectares is apple cider orchards. The soils of the Domain, mainly marls and marly chalks, produce fruits with low yields that are rich and complex, that allows them to produce a large range of traditional and innovative products. Etienne Dupont has been in charge of the Domaine since 1980, when he took over from his father Louis and his grand father Jules. He has improved the old orchard and has planted a further ten hectares of small standard apple trees. Today, there are 27 hectares of typical varieties, 6000 apple trees, for the production of Cider, Pommeau and Calvados. Etienne went to Cognac to learn the art of double distillation and worked in close partnership with an oenologist. From the picking of the apples, to the final ageing of the Calvados. Domain Dupont is fully committed to producing the best quality. Quality always comes first, often at the expense of the yield.

Calvados Original Alcohol Strength: 40%

Info: A mix of 30% sweet apples, mainly Rouge Duret, 30% bitter apples (Mettais,

Style: Calvados

Saint Martin, Frequin and Binet Rouge) and 40% of apples with acidity, mainly Rambault. Apples which are all cropped manually.

Pack Size: 6 x 700ml Availability:

The apples are then mixed together, crushed and pressed. The apple juice ferments completely and the cider produced is ready to be distilled.

Intermittently

Double distillation takes place six months after the end of the cider production.

Drink at room temperature The first distillation of cider gives the 'petite eau' while the second distillation of the 'petite eau', produces Calvados. or over ice. The Calvados is then aged for a minimum two years in 3000 litres oak barrels, then in 400 litres casks which have already been used for a number of years and do not release any more tannins. Thanks to this process, the calvados keeps its "Original" fruity flavours and a very pale colour.

Pomme Captive (The captive apple) Alcohol Strength: 40% Style: Calvados Pack Size: 6 x 600ml Availability: Rare Drink at room temperature or over ice.

Info : At the beginning of spring, as soon as the apples appear the carafes are hung on the branches of the apple trees. The carafe is left until the apple has matured and are then taken down. The carafes are then filled with a strong (70% alc.vol) 2 year old calvados that will help bring the apple alcohol content at around 40%. A few weeks later, the carafes are emptied and refilled with the final calvados. The apple will then continue slowly "maturing" in the calvados. In order to keep the apple in good state, always keep the apple covered by adding more calvados.


Cidre Bouche Fermier Alcohol Strength: 5.0%

Tasting Notes: Orange in colour and slightly hazy this Normandy Cider has a

Drinking Temp: 8° - 12°

nose which is light and complex with aromas of acidic apples and slight notes of yeast. The taste is round and fruity with hints of citrus fruit and apples with a lingering dry finish.

Style: Normandy Cider Pack Size: 12 x 750ml Availability:

Food to Match: Ideal served as an aperitif, but also a wonderful accompaniment

Intermittently

to creamy poultry or fish dishes.

Cidre Dupont Reserve Alcohol Strength: 7.5%

Tasting Notes: Pale yellow and slightly hazy with very light carbonation. Light

Drinking Temp: 8° - 12°

aromas of apple and pineapple with a delicate, powerful and complex palate with hints of pineapple, lemon and calvados and a lingering medium dry finish.

Style: Normandy Cider Pack Size: 6 x 750ml Availability: Intermittently

Food to Match: A Perfect companion for creamy pasta dishes and ideal with apple deserts.

Cidre Cuvee Colette Alcohol Strength: 6.9% Drinking Temp: 8°—12° Style: Normandy Cider

Tasting Notes: A clear, coppery yellow colour with a very thin and permanent foam head. The nose is lively and fresh with hints of green apple, caramel and citrus fruits. This delicate and elegant cider is fresh, fruity and slightly acidic with lovely flavours of acidic apples and pineapple.

Pack Size: 6 x 750ml Availability: Intermittently

Food to Match: Cuvee Colette can be served as an aperitif or with apple desserts. A perfect change from your best French Champagnes.


Henney’s Cider Co. Mike Henney started making cider as a hobby in 1996. At that time, it was 5 gallons fermented in his airing cupboard, but the hobby got a bit out of hand and in 2008 production has reached over 200,000 gallons! (no longer in the airing cupboard). The business is still run by Mike in close collaboration with some key service providers. These include Wyre Croft Farm at Bishops Frome who, as well as supplying apples, also mill and press all the fruit and provide storage for the juice. Other key services of packing and warehousing are provided by Branded Drinks Bottling in The Forest of Dean. Mike’s objective is to make the best cider possible and provide customers with a great service. He believes this is best achieved by keeping every process as simple as possible. All our ciders are genuine craft products that are made from locally grown apples. Cider can only be labeled “Herefordshire” if it meets minimum requirements relating to provenance and ingredients. This entitles it to PGI Status (Protected Geographical Indication)

Fromme Valley Dry Alcohol Strength: 6.0% Drinking Temp: 6° - 8° Style: Cider

Tasting Notes: Pleasant bittersweet apple flavour, well-balanced sweetness and acidity, not too astringent and without excessive bitter aftertaste associated with some traditional ciders.

Pack Size: 2 x 8 x 500ml Availability:

Food to Match: Partners well with pork chops and spicy chicken dishes.

Limited

Can also be used as a substitute for white wine in cooking.

Fromme Valley Sweet Alcohol Strength: 5.7% Drinking Temp: 6° - 8°

Tasting Notes: A blend of Frome Valley Dry Cider with concentrated apple juice which gives added sweetness and a fruitier flavour.

Style: Cider Pack Size: 2 x 8 x 500ml

Food to Match: Great with poached apples & pears or just as a dessert in

Availability:

a glass.

Limited

Awards: Winner of the 2006 Tesco Brewing Awards Best Cider.

Vintage Alcohol Strength: 6.5% Drinking Temp: 6° - 8°

Tasting Notes: Made from a single year's pressing. A full bodied traditional cider which is naturally still.

Style: Cider Pack Size: 2 x 8 x 500ml Availability: Limited

Food to Match: Fantastic with Roast Pork and hearty chicken dishes.


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