Beer Focus: March With Flavourly
I have featured a fair few subscription boxes on here and all have been outstanding. Flavourly is one of the first boxes that I personally subscribed too, and was very excited when they were interested in partnering.
Flavourly has grown up, a lot, since I first subscribed to their service. Their branding has changed from the original green, leaf-like logo, which at first would make you think that you’re heading over to a fruit and veg store rather than an alcohol service. The whole relook is something I like and definitely was one of the reasons this partnership came about, Flavourly can now fit in the subscription box market with a website that is well built and has a vast array of features, including a bottle shop.
A lot of subscription services are now featuring the addition of an online bottle shop, aside from their usual monthly subscriptions. A feature which I like and Flavourly have executed wonderfully, with searching by ABV, price or if you’re “feelin’ thirsty” you can search via keywords like a stout, pale ale, whiskey etc. If you want to get straight to the style you’re looking for, very, very handy! Overall, I think the Flavourly website is a great example of what great coding and website design can achieve to ensure it is very user-friendly.
This months box featured London’s open brewery Ubrew and Manchester’s Beatnikz Republic Brewing Co. I’ve been intrigued by both breweries, Ubrew is doing phenomenal things down in London with its open brewery concept. The box consists of 10 beers, as you’ll expect they’re randomly selected or based on their current month’s feature.
I’ll be showcasing my top 3 beers from this box and there will be individual photos of all the beers below. I enjoyed Ubrew’s beers, some of them were not to my taste and lacked in flavour but overall, I did find them really intriguing.
The box featured a lot of India Pale Ales and American Pale Ales, so it was quite difficult to distinguish my favourites out of the 6, however, there was also Hoplust Stout, Octobear Sorachi Ace Saison and Gateway India Pale Lager.
Ubrew’s beers definitely showcase quality throughout, however, some of the beers were a little off and had little to no flavour, however, this really didn’t throw me off from drinking it all. Beatnik’s Beach Bum really caught my attention, the West Coast style Pale Ale takes me back to when I first started to find my feet in the Craft Beer scene.
Beach Bum is not only delicious and probably the smoothest pale ale that I have tried, but it is definitely the most fruity. Only coming at 5% ABV, the beer is filled with citrus flavours and fruity aftertastes, which just made me keep on pouring and pouring even when I have taken a tiny sip.
Notes of fresh orange, tangerine, grapefruit and small whisks of lemon really come through. Bringing this flavour is the hops used to brew this beer which was Summit, Crystal & Cascade, what is really nice to know is depending on the freshness of the hops, with each brew the hops are rotated to bring an even more exciting approach to this beer.
I was really impressed by this beer, and will definitely be on my list to include in my bag for those cheeky summer weekends away, hell, I may even try to sneak some with me when we go on holiday this year.
Second place was definitely a tough choice between Hoplust and Airlift stout. But this position is taken by Airlift, a tonka bean milk stout which really nailed it on the flavour. Tasty and quaffable, with massive notes of vanilla, caramel, cinnamon, and dark honey all come bursting at you. I thoroughly enjoyed this and even paired this with Lindt’s chilli infused dark chocolate which just complimented the flavours even more.
Last but not least is Ubrew’s MegaHippo, a big flavoured Grisette. Or, as they call it “a cheeky little grisette”. A surprisingly light beer to drink with notes of tropical fruits pineapple, kiwi, guava all come together and create a refreshing beer. A very fluffy mouthfeel with the malted wheat giving it a more fuller depth of flavour, when popping the cap off, the beer did get a little excited but soon settled down after around 10 second.
As mentioned before, the box did feature a varied range of pale ales and india pale ales, but featuring each one would sound very similar to the previous beer, so to save from that, I decided to pick my top 3 I thought that stood out the most. I do hope I get the opportunity to try more UBrew beers in the coming months and will if I do, I will share them on here.
If you’d like to join Flavourly and join me on this beery adventure, then head along here and join up from as little as £25.00 per month (and at the moment, delivery is free!).
If you have tried UBrew’s beers or Beatnik Republic’s, let me know in the comments section.
I’ll see you guys in the next post, cheers!