Bottle Up Gorgeous

Although many London brewers have changed to canning their beers, a number of them are still using bottles and some are bottle conditioned.
One such brewery is Gorgeous, based at the back of the Bull in Highgate. Alongside their cask and keg products, they produce around ten hand crafted, hand filled bottled beers. Regardless of whether the beer is originally a cask or keg recipe, some of it is always put into bottles, all of which are unfiltered and unpasteurised.

Joe, who took over from Reuben as head brewer last year, explained, “All our bottled beers are vegan, except for Gravedigger (a milk stout). They represent about 20% of our output with the rest divided 50/50 between keg and cask beer. We stock them in the pub but the rest goes to restaurants, bottle shops and online suppliers such as EeBria and Beers of Europe”. Sam Laub, one of the owners of both the brewery and the pub added, “Last year we formed a relationship with John Lewis who took bottle packs as gifts for Christmas and it looks like this will continue. We are also currently in Eurostar’s Lounge at St Pancras”. These arrangements are no doubt currently suspended but let us hope that they will resume in good time.

Like many breweries, Gorgeous look to ensure the consistency of their beer as well as finding that ‘fairy tale addition’. The latest brew offers a ‘relaxing alternative’ which came out of a conversation with a local CBD shop.

The resulting beer, called Grasshopper, is definitely something out of the ordinary. The label states ‘Cannabidiol (CND) is reported to be pleasingly relaxing but most certainly won’t get you high’. Regardless of the extra ingredient, this 4.2% ABV golden ale is approachably hazy with biscuit, piney and grassy notes finishing with some spicy bitterness. It makes a good session beer. Have a look out for it this summer and it is likely to cheer you up!
Christine Cryne