While judging at last year’s New World Beer & Cider Awards, a Hefeweizen hit my table that I really loved, and I made a moderately impassioned justification as to why it deserved 84 points.  The other (far more senior) judges were not having it. “It’s not as good as some of the ones at the wheat beer symposium in Germany…”  That should give you an idea of just how damned good Emerson’s Weissbier is, because it not only scored enough points for the Top-30 but won this year’s grand champion award.  The aroma is quite literally bananas, ripe and fresh alongside spicy nutmeg, clove and fresh cream.  Sharper on the tongue, there’s a brief sherbety note over fresh white bread and more warming spices that linger into a superbly long finish.  Hugely flavoursome for only 5% ABV and absolutely classic to the Hefeweizen style.  I wonder if I would have gotten my 84 points over on this one? (Eds note: Yes!)

Garage Project Louche Lips

Louche Lips is a 12.1% ABV barrel-aged, mixed ferment monster of an IPA from Garage Project’s Wild Workshop.

Sunshine Tiramisu Stout

Part of Sunshine Brewing’s continuing Eclipse series of dark beers, this one is brewed with vanilla, cold brew coffee and cacao. 

The Theoretical Brewer Mad Hatter Hazy Pale Ale

The Theoretical Brewer Mad Hatter is great hazy that expertly leverages all the strengths of the style to cram maximum flavour into its modest alcohol weight.

Morningcider Strawberry Rosé

Apple cider has always been a welcoming base for all sorts of extra ingredients, and the added berries find themselves right at home in Morningcider’s Strawberry Rose

Garage Project Hatsukoi

What is it about Garage Project Hatsukoi, a Japanese Lager, that made it a New World Beer & Cider Awards Top-30 winner?

Rhyme X Reason Space Monkey

Rhyme X Reason Space Monkey, a New World Top 30 winner, is a rare first pilsner that utilises the super-fruity Nectaron hop.