On Saturday 23rd May we meandered up to the stabbiest part of town, Tottenham Hale (I jest, I jest), to attend the launch of Power of the Voodoo, a collaboration between Beavertown and Boneyard. Of course the thought of a triple IPA had me salivating, but when I saw what else they had on offer I was like HELL YEAHHHH, girl!
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I’ve got a bit of a soft spot for the Beavertown tap room. It’s not particularly cosy, but then that’s part of its charm; stark lighting and the huge brewing tanks just next door add to its charm and the feeling that this is not a pub, this is a working brewery and, if you’re into that, that’s pretty cool.
I enjoy the wooden tables, benches and games which encourage interaction between strangers (turns out I’m not very good at throwing a bean bag into a hole, but I’ll just leave that off the CV).
Of course I’m going to be an awful person and not actually talk about Power of the Voodoo; you’ll have to wait for the next post for that little gem! Instead I wanted to talk about two proper beauties I supped while at Beavertown, the first being Spresso, a “dark and mysterious imperial stout” brewed as a collaboration with Caravan and Prairie.
Although this isn’t a new beer, I hadn’t tried it before so was very excited. I mean, look at it! Black as the midnight sky and with a creamy tan head, it looked more like a dessert than a beer. The aroma was of strong, roasted coffee and the taste? Well, it did what it said on the tin; strong and intense coffee flavours with a dark, barley wine-ish finish. This was far too strong to keep drinking all day, but my goodness it was good. One of the best beers this year, I’d say.
Next up was Bloody ‘Ell, Beavertown’s blood orange IPA. This was nothing new, but I did fancy trying the can to see if there was any effect on the taste. Well, it was just as good (which I expected), the only downside being that after a while I genuinely felt like I was knocking back a soft drink (and at 7.2% that’s a dangerous feeling). Fresh oranges and a sharp bitterness make this a wonderful beer and one I know I’ll come back to many times over summer.