The evolution at the Clifton Hill Brewpub continues apace. In its earliest days, the in house microbrewery at the former Clifton Hill Hotel was responsible for just four of the 16 beers and ciders on tap – and tended to play safe with those. Then the decision was taken to take over all but a couple of the taps with the brewery's own beers and the extra room to play with saw the likes of imperial IPAs, session ales, hopped up reds and more appear, the diversity increasing further as a number of barrels were installed at the back of the venue.
Most recently, with a few of the core range beers having appeared in can and bottle, the Brewer's Reserve series has kicked off; this sees certain beers making their way inside 750ml bottles complete with cork and cap. The Raspberry Gose is one of those, a gently soured wheat beer fermented over fresh whole raspberries. While the berries only add a peachy, rather than pink, hue to the beer, they serve up a huge cloud of raspberry aromas and flavours that sit in excellent balance with the acid tang, the picture completed by an elegant, spritzy carbonation. It finished first in our "session sours" blind tasting too.