Name of beer
Animal Brewing – XT Brew
Long Crendon, England
What the brewer says
“Root about in rye malts and snuffle into the added treat of tasty Yakima hops. Oink Oink!.”
I love pigs. Bacon, ham, gammon, pork. Whichever way you cut or cook it, I love pigs.
I’m not so sure I would have wanted this to taste of any of those, but I had high hopes that this would be more than just a quirky label.
Luckily, I also like a red rye beer.
Oink has no overpowering aroma, so it’s easy on the snout, but not exactly likely to tempt a teetotaller to beer like a bacon sandwich might draw the attention of a vegetarian.
However, it’s full of flavour from the Yakima hops and rye malts. The hops really come through as you get further down the bottle.
I wouldn’t have previously put Buckinghamshire in the category of brewing heartlands, but I’m quickly coming to realise that this, just like my Bucks-based in-laws’ past negativity towards “The North”, is based upon lack of experience. Ok, “ignorance”.
Oink isn’t just a quirky name and brand, it’s a well-crafted beer, not too high in alcohol, and not too overpowering. In that sense, as much as some people hate the word, “sessionable”.
Sometimes a brewer gets the balance right between a fun brand and a great beer. This is one such time. Oink oink!
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