Sambrook's, the Battersea-based brewery run by former accountant Duncan Sambrook has recently celebrated its fourth anniversary. The celebrations coincided with the launch of the brewery's first ever keg beer, dubbed simply Pale Ale. The beer combines the characteristics of a traditional British ale with Germanic brewing techniques, and is available in around 10 bars throughout London.
Meanwhile, The Saint Brewing Co, based in West Sussex launched Saint, its 4.6% ABV craft on draught in London, with its first listing confirmed as the Distillers pub in East London. The beer was launched in bottles last year.
Rather more recently, another Sussex-based brewer, Dark Star Brewing Co, launched three new 'premium' beers to join its 10.5% Imperial, the Russian export strength Stout (pictured above). The new beers are: Six Hop, Green Hop and a Belgian IPA, all of which appeared on cask during 2012. The new range comes to market in 330ml Vichy bottles. They range from 6.5% to hefty 10.5%.
Finally, Meantime Brewing Company, the Greenwich-based craft brewer, has created itsfinal seasonal beer of 2012, the Belgian-inspired, 4.8% ABV Saison de Nuit. The new brew will be available on draught at Meantime's retail outlets as well as specialist craft pubs, bars and restaurants. Alastair Hook, Master Brewer at Meantime Brewing said: "We wanted to produce a special beer to mark the end of great year for Meantime, something that marks the festive season. The Saison de Nuit packs plenty of spice flavours unpinned with a subtle coffee aroma, so it's perfect for the time of year. This beer is one of my favourite seasonal specials of 2012."