West Coast Pale Ale

Pow! Hops! This American Pale Ale is inspired by the great craft beers of the U.S. West Coast. Shedloads of Cascade, Summit, Columbus and Chinook result in a big, fat, hop bomb of a beer.

Ren WCPA & Glass
The nuts and bolts

Style:  American Pale Ale
See:  Light Copper
Smell:  Hoppy, Tropical Fruit, Grapefruit
Taste:  Smooth, Citrus, Bitter
Bitter:  4.5 out of 5
Sweet:  3 out of 5
Hops:  Cascade, Summit, Columbus, Chinook, Northdown
Malts: Maris Otter, Cara, Amber
ABV:  5.1%
EBU:  70
OG: 1.051
FG:  1.011
Available in: Keg and 330ml Bottles.

Inspiration:  “Inspiration for this beer comes from the great Pale ales and IPA’s hailing from the US. Cool fermentation and a large dry hop addition adds bags of citrus, tropical fruit and pine, complimented by the base malts. This style of beer has become very popular in the last few years and I relished the chance to make my own version.” Will Twomey, Head Brewer.

What about Food?:  The heavy dose of ‘new world’ hops gives this APA big flavours and when these are combined with the aromatics abundant in far eastern food it’s simply manna from heaven. Thai food is a particularly good match, the lemongrass and coriander merge well with the citrus hops but while you are in the area you could opt for a Vietnamese curry – something with plenty of lime, galangal and tamarind.

And Tunes?: This is not a beer to be drinking as you kick back in your slippers in front of a toasty fire and listen to Barry Manilow’s greatest hits. Its full on flavour demands an equally in-your-face music to accompany it, something that kicks ass and gives you that massive shot of adrenaline. And with the heritage of the beer being West Coast USA, what better than a big fat slice of US West Coast punk rock in the monumental shape of The Bronx?

Get more on The Bronx by clicking here.

Or, if you want to keep it local and drink your West Coast Pale Ale to a band from Renegades own manor, check out Raze*Rebuild. Same effect, just closer to home.

More on them by clicking here.

 

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Renegade Craft Lager

This uncompromising lager is crisp, clean and utterly refreshing. Lagered for six weeks and loaded with Progress and Fuggles hops for masses of flavour.

Ren Craft Lager & Glass

The nuts and bolts

Style:  Pilsner
See:  Pale Gold
Smell:  Light Hops, Grassy, Vibrant
Taste:  Dry, Gentle Spice, Crisp
Bitter:  3 out of 5
Sweet:  2 out of 5
Hops:  Progress, Fuggles
Malts: Maris Otter, Caramalt
ABV:  4.5%
EBU:  30
OG:  1.042
FG:  1.007
Available in:  Keg and 330ml Bottles.

Inspiration:  “Brewed to be an alternative to the norm and designed to be refreshing, thirst quenching and sessionable.” Will Twomey, Head Brewer.

What About Food?:  When it comes to food pairing, this lager isn’t picky, whether its posh nosh or hand-held street food there’s no denying that it’s always the perfect bed buddy. The sweetness of pulled pork makes it a good match for the crispness of the beer. A sauce-laden hot dog is even better, and shellfish and crab have their flavours ramped up by the cleanness of the brew. Don’t forget to add lager to your batter when cooking up a storm, the carbonation will give it an extra crunch.

And Tunes?:  For such a sessionable, clean and refreshing brew, you need something melodic, light, uplifting and a bit fizzy as the perfect aural accompaniment. Therefore, you couldn’t really go wrong with a bit of pop music. So how about checking out a bit of Grimes?

More on Grimes by clicking here.

Anything the rest of the world can do, Renegadeland can do better. Check out Oxfords Esther Joy Lane. Mark our words this girl is going to be flipping huge (in career terms, she isn’t actually a giant). You heard it here first!

More on the brilliant Esther Joy Lane here: can be found here!

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India Session Ale

What the deuce is India Session Ale? A sessionable, complex, hop-laden, chewy beast of an IPA? Hell yeah! For those who love hops but not the knee trembling ABV, look no further.

Ren ISA & Glass

The nuts and bolts

Style:  India Pale Ale
See:  Amber
Smell:  Hoppy, Pine, Citrus
Taste:  Bitter, Caramel, Balanced
Bitter:  4 out of 5
Sweet:  3 out of 5
Hops:  First Gold, Pacific Jade, Pacific Gem, Northdown
Malts: Maris Otter, Amber, Cara, Brown
ABV:  4.2%
EBU:  40
OG: 1.045
FG:  1.012
Available in: Keg and 330ml Bottles.

Inspiration:  “India Session Ales are a relatively new style to have emerged from the craft beer scene, created because all those high ABV India Pale Ales, whilst packing in bags of flavour, have one obvious drawback. So, whilst I love an IPA, what’s not always the top of my to do list is having a banging head the morning after, particularly when that head is going to be stuck in a mash tun.  Here lies the beauty of our ISA, it still crams in plenty of hops whilst allowing you to enjoy one after another.” Will Twomey, Head Brewer.

What About Food?: As this session ale has all the punch of an IPA it goes well with all the same grub you would normally pair with its ‘big brother’.  These beers turn up the volume on flavour, so they need dishes with similar intensity to stand up.  The bitterness of our ISA has a cooling affect and will fan the flames of a banging Indian curry such as Chicken Jalfrezi or Lamb Madras. A take-away and a beer, boom, you have the perfect night in.

And Tunes?: As this is a beer with a backwoodsy, outdoors kinda flavour it is going to be best enjoyed accompanied by some music that is earthy, gritty and pretty damn emotive. Like a bit of country-rock Americana! And what better than some Justin Townes Earle? This is a man with serious pedigree – the son of legendary Steve Earle, and named after the even more legendary Townes Van Zandt (if they are new names to you, look em up. Please!) . Anyway, check out this belter of a song:

More on Justin Townes Earle by clicking here.

If you prefer to stick close to home then give Case Hardin a spin. Their new album “Colours Simple” is an absolute belter, full of tracks that are atmospheric tales of broken lives, hapless characters and the cruelty of fate. This perfect combination of world weary tales, flawed characters and rocked up country tunes have created possibly the finest album we have heard for some time.

More on Case Hardin by clicking here.

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Nouvelle Saison

This limited release small-batch beer is a twist on the classic saison, brought bang up to date with root ginger, lemon zest and locally sourced honey (thanks to bee keeper Matt from Compton, just 2 miles from the brewery!). A classic yeast variety from Lallemand called “Belle Saison” brings a true Belgian character to this brew with cloves and pepper notes joining the warmth of the alcohol.

WBB - Nouvelle Saison - smallThe nuts and bolts

Style:  Saison
See:  Hay
Smell:  Spicy, Cloves, Pepper
Taste:   Citrus, Ginger, Honey
Bitter:  3 out of 5
Sweet:  1 out of 5
Hops:  Fuggles, East Kent Goldings
Malts:  Maris Otter, Amber, Oats
ABV:  6.1%
EBU: 25
OG:  1.051
FG:  1.003
Available in: Keg

Inspiration:  “I have always loved Saisons, not only classic beers such as Sorachi Ace by Brooklyn Brewery but also rustic brews traditionally made seasonally in Belgian farmhouses. I was dead keen to have a crack at one myself, and am chuffed with the result; the lads have jokingly been calling this my ‘hot toddy’ beer as I added honey, lemon and ginger’. Steve Munro, Brewer.

What about Food?: Saisons are light bodied and just like a light wine such as a Cab Sav (get us) they are brilliantly paired with food such as mussels with garlic, in fact, why not go all out Belgian and dig in to Moules et Frites.

And Tunes?: This is a peach of a quirky beer. Layer upon layer of flavour create real depth, and with the cheeky additions this is a hearty and warming brew, but one that also manages to remain effortlessly cool and unique. So, to treat your ears in the same way with a very special sound, why not treat them to some Vienna Ditto? One of our favourite local bands, they are so good we didn’t think we needed to pop up something from further afield. One of them lives on a boat on the Thames just up the road from the brewery! Described as “Like Portishead doing a Tarantino soundtrack” by Radio 1’s Huw Stevens, and “sleazy surf pop with style and grace… accessible and acerbic and laden with a huge deal of potential” by top music blog God Is In The TV, you kind of get the idea that there’s is not a particularly straight or predictable kind of sound. Anyway, enough waffle, just check them out with our double bill of quirky cool vid’s below:

For more Vienna Ditto, CLICK HERE!

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