16 collaboration beers in Cardiff Brewdog

No that’s not the number I drank – it’s the number of beers they had on Saturday for their collaboration festival at the Cardiff branch of the Scottish brewery.


For the second year running, we have teamed our UK fleet of bars up with amazing local breweries to brew the biggest en masse collaboration effort known to man! And on Saturday 25th October 2014, you will be able to sample their efforts across 16 UK BrewDog bars.

The stand-out beer was White Chocolate Stout let me repeat that White Chocolate Stout (far left in the photo below) – light in colour but so very tasty – I’m a massive fan of Chocolate stouts as it is but this also had great aroma and unique flavour – but this is now in my top 20.


another favourite was the (ok not biased for Welsh Beer) but the Home of the Fruitcakes (6%) Strawberry & raspberry saison from Celt Experience tasted like a thick fruit sorbet that had melted in the glass

the other one that grab me by the collar was the Lovibonds Purple Rain.

so it looks like Brewdog has got me more into “pudding beer” which can’t be a bad thing.

Here is the full list

Aberdeen & Cromarty – Stoater Scotch Ale (7.5%) Scotch Ale w/ Oats, Brambles and Honey

Birmingham & Quantum Hop. Kettle. Black. (4.8%)
Hopfenschwarzweisse (Hoppy Black Wheat Beer)

Bristol & Wild Beer Co Rosa Canina (5.4%) Saison with rosehips and rosemary

Camden & Pressure Drop Syd Strong’s (7.1%) Black Rye IPA

Cardiff & Celt Experience Home of the Fruitcakes (6%) Strawberry & raspberry saison

Clapham Junction & Brodie’s Southside Zester (Livin La Vida Lime Juice) (3.7%) Lime Berlinerweisse

Dundee & Alechemy Smoked in History (5.2%) Smoked Porter

Edinburgh & Tempest False Provenance (6.8%) Borders Belgian Black ale

Glasgow & Fyne Ales SameWerking (5.1%) Rooibos Red Ale

Leeds & Ilkley Brewery Westwood Stout (6.5%) White Chocolate Stout

Manchester & Tickety Brew Coffee Wit (5.2%) Coffee-Infused Wheat Beer

Newcastle & Tyne Bank Amba Necta (6.5%) Honey and Apricot Amber Ale

Nottingham & Buxton Rough C’s (5%) Oatmeal Amber Lager

Sheffield & Red Willow Shut Up Meg (7%) IPA hopped and dry hopped with Simcoe & Citra

Shepherd’s Bush & Lovibonds Purple Rain (5.8%) Foraged Fruit Sour

Shoreditch & Five Points Smoke & Mirrors (7.8%) Smoked Porter


Updated: Brewdog will be coming to Cardiff in 2014?

Update 27 Dec 2013 : Welcome to The Craft Beer Quarter in Cardiff!

The site of doom – occupied by Double Super Happy – Tabu and twenty others over the years! – but I’m sure brewdog can keep it open.

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After the great welcome that Tiny rebel had to Cardiff the other month with their Urban Tap House- us drinkers were looking forward to scottish craft brewer opening at a premises in Cardiff before Christmas – but looks like they are still looking – The Great BrewDog Bar Hunt is Back!

Here are the criteria:
For all premises:
It needs to be currently on the market
We would consider properties available to buy or lease
A valid licence is a bonus, but not essential
A location with good footfall but not necessarily completely central. Anything slightly edgy and off pitch is cool with us!
Additional specific criteria for BrewDog Bars:
The venue will ideally have previously been a bar and have both a cellar and a valid licence
A reasonably small venue – 80-130 capacity
Corner units are preferable but we will take all applications into consideration.
Ideally 150-200 square meters in size
Target Locations:
South London
Central London

Plus they are giving a £1000 away to anyone that gets them in a place – so you should be able to get at least 2 rounds in with that 😉

Various places in Cardiff have been mooted from us who know nothing- Ten Feet Tall – Buffalo Bar promised land – and about 4 places on St Mary Street.

at least the good news is that Brewdog have not given up the ghost of opening in the Welsh Capital – as i know us shareholders and drinkers alike would love to see them here.


How long is a delivery from brewdog? ask the lost dog

I have been drinking brewdog beer for a few years after being introduced to them by my mate and all-round beer know it all Rob way back in 2009 and I love their interesting hoppy beers and was even moved to buy some shares the first time round (to get the reduction on further beers bought online mainly to cover the silly postage price).

Now this is my problem.

It always takes two or three times longer for my beer to arrive than I think it should (and every other beer company ever does)

The longest I have waited was 4 weeks and thought they had sorted out issues, fair enough on one occasion when two bottles were broken – they sent new ones within two days.

Most recently I took up their shareholder offer of Lost Dog + Paradox Jura Pack

Lost Dog & Paradox Jura

Paradox Jura is a one off limited release 15% imperial stout aged in Jura whisky casks. Lost Dog is our collaboration with Lost Abbey – a 11.2% Imperial Porter aged in rum casks and comes in a stunning presentation box.

Iam a big fan of Jura whisky – so thought I would give it a go

When i bought it was quoted as

Shareholder only exclusive offer.*
*Please note this is being shipped from Brewdog HQ, and no other items from the shop can be added to this pack as a result. It will also take longer to ship, as a result. We are aiming for 2-3 business days for these awesome craft beers to be delivered to you. It is our way of ensuring you get your paws on these awesome beers. Enjoy Scamps!

2-3 business days – not bad I thought – a new record for them.


I ordered on Thursday 16/02/12 19:51:10 – so maybe wednesday I would get my beer – I emailed them on thursday and got the reply “Should be delivered today or tomorrow at the latest.” – no tracking no reason why.

I got the beer on the 28th Feb – but with no explanation why from brewdog customer service

maybe it’s because I get it delivered to the outpost that is Central Cardiff (Rob seems to get stuff sent to Newport quicker than me)

I know they won’t give a shit about this post as they are too busy being punk and filling sperm whales with beer in collaboration with Watney Combe & Reid or what ever their new marketing ploy is

anyway Iam writing this drinking one of their beers – so Iam the fool really.

Bramling X


Beer of the Week Brewdog Abstrakt AB:03

Ok I do like brewdog beers and yes I do believe the hype and yes they do make bloody great beers.

So as its St Andrews day I thought I would open one of my Brewdog Abstrakt 03, its the only Abstrakt I bought more than one of..

Brewdog Abstrakt AB:03

The blurb

Imperial Ale Aged over 2 years in whisky casks with raspberries and strawberries 10.5%

Its not as dark as I would have expected – must be the fruit – there is not an overpowering alcohol aroma but great fruity burst , just enough hops but a nice fruity aftertaste, seems to be slightly fizzy which is nice and tingly (you can tell I don’t review beer properly what the hell is tingly) – compared to the awesome Paradox I had last week if 03 was not so expensive (£9.99 a bottle) & in little supply, I could easily drink a few bottle of this (now if only Martin and James would sell it in 750ml bottles for the same price)

Reminds me of a weekend in Antwerp a few years back, beers that excite your taste buds and make you want to try more.

Brewdog Abstrakt AB:03

Brewdog Abstrakt AB:03

Wish I had bought more than 1 of the AB:01 AB:02 now, but have I few bottles of AB:04 coming which has Coffee, loads Cacao and Chilli so expecting something very different.. thanks to Rob for getting those..

Of course with the expected raise in taxation on 7.5 percent ABV and higher beers – hopefully the scottish boys will not stop making great beers like this, as Iam sure many people will still want to buy these great craft beers..

If you have a great selection of craft beers why not show off your Beer Cupboard on my new site.


Brewdog Edge

Surprisingly I have not had this brewdog before.


I was drinking it in my favourite Cardiff Pub the Goat Major, where I normally go for the lovely Brains Dark if they don’t have a guest on.

Brewdog Edge is a “dark” like beer – being a mild with a low ABR 3.2% but with a nuttier taste than it’s Welsh cousin – a definite winner, now if brewdog do Edge in bottles I would get a crate in for the shed- this one would be a keeper.

I have a few of their stronger bottles, but they always pack some great flavor into any brew they do.

Brewdog beers


Have brewdog gone to far this time? Stuffed animal beer

I love brewdog beers and have a few in my collection waiting for the log fire and dark winter days to drink the stronger ones where as their lower ABV are a joy to drink anytime of the year.

But they have produced the last of their line of extra strong beers at 55% ok thats strong but the thing that will get them a lot of press (which is their goal I assume) is that the limited edition one off run of 11 bottles is that each is stuffed within some stuffed roadkill, I can see the headlines now…..”Over the border and over the top, brewers kill animals to serve their beer from”, “BrewSquirrel, roadkill beer” you will come up with better.

Of course most of us will ever taste it as its £500.00 for the Stoat bottle and £700.00 for the Squirrel bottle.

Unless its a big ruse from the cheeky Scots. anyway good luck to them with their latest ploy to make beer more exiting for us non vegetarians

The End of History from BrewDog on Vimeo.

The End of History: The name derives from the famous work of philosopher Francis Fukuyama, this is to beer what democracy is to history. Fukuyama defined history as the evolution of the political system and traced this through the ages until we got the Western Democratic paradigm. For Fukuyama this was the end point of man’s political evolution and consequently the end of history. The beer is the last high abv beer we are going to brew, the end point of our research into how far the can push the boundaries of extreme brewing, the end of beer.

The End of History, at 55%, is the final instalment of our efforts to redefine the limits of contemporary brewing.

This blond Belgian ale is infused with nettles from the Scottish Highlands and Fresh juniper berries. Only 12 bottles have been made and each comes with its own certificate and is presented in a stuffed stoat or grey squirrel. The striking packaging was created by a very talented taxidermist and all the animals used were road kill. This release is a limited run of 11 bottles, 7 stoats and 4 grey squirrels. Each ones comes with its own certificate of authenticity.


Thing a Week – Drink – got to be brewdog #thingaweek

Iam a member of the great Thing a week flickr group and try and post as much as I can but this week I could not make my excuses and not post, this weeks subject was Drink 🙂

So I set up my tripod this afternoon in the new Bar area of the house, ok it’s the converted garage but I have manged to use a corner to store my beer.

As brewdog was on top of my beer rack then they were the ones in focus…

This was the shot I finally choose after taking about 30!

Brewdog beer bottle cap #drink thingaweek

Some of the other ones that I don’t think made the grade.

Brewdog beers - Drink

Jack Daniels

Brewdog beers

Cheddar Ales

OK Iam still not up to the half the quality of Rob, but he does have a better camera & glass then me 😉


Brewdog brew worlds strongest Beer Tactical Nuclear Penguin 32%

Not shy of trying new things those scottish brewers at brewdog have brewed they say the worlds strongest beer.

The BrewDog team have pulled off our most audacious and ambitious project to date, and smashed a world record in the process. We have today, Thursday 26 November 2009, set a new world record after creating the strongest beer in the world. Weighing in at an ABV of 32%, BrewDog’s ‘Tactical Nuclear Penguin’ beats the previous record of 31% held by German beer brand Schorschbraer.

This beer is about pushing the boundaries, it is about taking innovation in beer to a whole new level. It is about achieving something which has never before been done and putting Scotland firmly on the map for progressive, craft beers.

This beer is bold, irreverent and uncompromising. A beer with a soul and a purpose. A statement of intent. A modern day rebellion for the craft beer proletariat in our struggle to over throw the faceless bourgeoisie oppression of corporate, soulless beer.’

The Antarctic name inducing schizophrenia of this uber-imperial stout originates from the amount of time it spent exposed to extreme cold. This beer began life as a 10% imperial stout 18 months ago. The beer was aged for 8 months in an Isle of Arran whisky cask and 8 months in an Islay cask making it our first double cask aged beer. After an intense 16 month, the final stages took a ground breaking approach by storing the beer at -20 degrees for three weeks to get it to 32%.

Beer has a terrible reputation in Britain, it’s ignorant to assume that a beer can’t be enjoyed responsibly like a nice dram or a glass of fine wine. A beer like Tactical Nuclear Penguin should be enjoyed in spirit sized measures. It pairs fantastically with vanilla bean white chocolate it really brings out the complexity of the beer and complements the powerful, smoky and cocoa flavours.

A warning on the label states: This is an extremely strong beer, it should be enjoyed in small servings and with an air of aristocratic nonchalance. In exactly the same manner that you would enjoy a fine whisky, a Frank Zappa album or a visit from a friendly yet anxious ghost.

In typical BrewDog style the beer comes packed not in an elaborate box or case, but a brown paper bag with a hand-drawn penguin on it. You can buy yours here:

Tactical Nuclear Penguin from BrewDog on Vimeo.


BrewDog launches 1.1% “Nanny State Beer”

Missed this yesterday but well done to Brew dog for a bit of humour.. From BBC

A brewer criticised for making what it claimed is Britain’s strongest beer has unveiled an ale with a 1.1% alcohol content.

BrewDog said it launched Nanny State in response to the outcry caused after launching Tokyo* with an 18.2% alcohol content.

In July health experts said a high-alcohol percentage can cause as much damage as drinking to excess.

A 330ml bottle of Tokyo* contains six units of alcohol – twice the recommended daily limit.

BrewDog, based in Fraserburgh, Aberdeenshire, said the stronger beer will help change the country’s binge-drinking culture because it is so rich that people will consume less of it.

Richard McLelland, the firm’s sales director, said today: “We are very responsible retailers. People in the UK want to buy beer based on flavour not on alcohol content and BrewDog creates bold, dramatic, flavoursome beers.

“We’ve had to control the brewing process to create a very low alcohol content.

“Nanny State’s available in cask just now. It is being bottled at the moment but it should be available later this week.

“Nanny State is mild imperial ale containing more hops per barrel than any other beer ever brewed in the UK.

“It is an extraordinary little ale, jammed full of all the brewer’s favourite hops, giving it as much body and mouth feel as possible, ensuring that low strength does not translate into reduced flavour,” he added.

Mr McLelland said the new beer had such a low-alcohol content that the Government did not class it as a beer and it was not subject to beer duty.

BrewDog founder James Watt wrote on his blog: “Anyone who knows BrewDog, knows beer, or anyone has more common sense than a common (or garden) gnome will know that the scathing and unrelenting criticism we faced was pretty unjustified.

“If logic serves the same people who witch-hunted and publicly slated us should now offer us heartfelt support and public congratulations. However I fear that this, unfortunately, is an arena devoid of logic and reason.”

BrewDog also caused controversy earlier this year when drinks industry watchdog the Portman Group said its drink Speedball should be withdrawn from the shelves because it shared a name with the drugs cocktail which killed actor River Phoenix.

Nanny State will be available online at with bottles costing £2.49 each.