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Sam’s Beer Blog: ‘Low and no’

Here’s an interesting statistic: the number 6 best-selling craft beer in the UK right now is Brewdog’s Nanny State. It’s a surprising fact considering it boasts an ABV of 0.5%.

The “low and no alcohol” market has exploded over the past year, with record sales over January due to the amount of people going dry for the month. A couple of years previous, drivers had gotten used to Becks Blue being their only option for non-alcoholic beer. Nowadays there are so many great low-alcohol beers on the market that Becks Blue has almost faded into obscurity.

At The Portland we are very proud of our “low and no” range. The first addition to our shelf is Erdinger Alkoholfrei. It’s a smooth weißbier with an ABV of <0.5%, but what sets this beer apart is its isotonic properties. Erdinger Alkoholfrei contains vitamins B9 and B12, which have positive effects on the human body. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, you could drink this beverage after a work-out.

Bitburger Drive is a light non-alcoholic beer with an ABV of 0.05%, which also boasts isotonic effects. It’s low in calories with an intense citrus flavour. It’s a popular beverage due to its similarity in taste to “real beer”.

Now, onto the previously mentioned Nanny State. The Brewdog brewery grows more and more every year. Their Punk IPA is wildly popular, especially with gig-goers (I will do a Beer Blog dedicated to Brewdog beers in the near future). The Nanny State sells so well at the Portland that we struggle to keep it in stock. At 0.5%, it’s a copper coloured beer, packed with hops. I honestly think a lot of people don’t actually realise the low-alcohol content. Either that or they don’t care; it tastes that good.

These 3 beers, along with the 0% Kopparberg Mixed Fruits cider, J20s, Appletiser, Fentiman’s Ginger Beer, etc, mean that drivers are no longer limited to Coke, orange juice or lime and soda. I will be looking to extend the “low and no” range in the future; I’ll be sure to keep you guys informed. Until then, drive home safely.

Sam’s Beer Blog: Beavertown

The craft beer market exploded in 2017. This was due to people wanted something new, with more flavour, something that usual suspects like Fosters, Kronenbourg, Greene King IPA, etc didn’t offer. Branding had a lot to do with it too.

The hipsters over in Camden were attracted to brands with visual appeal. In my opinion, the brewery that capitalised on this trend most is Beavertown.
As you can see from the picture, Beavertown tins are unbelievably eye-catching. The designs totally set them apart from everything else in the fridge. The respective tastes are unique and full of flavour.

Take the Holy Cowbell India Stout: a dark, malty, almost chocolate brew at an inoffensive 5.6% ABV; very different from the Lupuloid IPA which is a far stronger 6.7%. Lupuloid is exceptionally pale and much hoppier. Totally refreshing; a trait I find rare in stronger beers.
Neck Oil and Gamma Ray are far and away the most popular tins in our fridge. Neck Oil is a session IPA at 4.3%, extra pale and very drinkable. We have sold more Neck Oil than any other tin since we started stocking Beavertown beers.

Gamma Ray is an American Pale Ale with a 5.4% ABV and is the hoppiest of the bunch. American Pales are my jam! Gamma Ray is packed with citrus aromas and is an absolute pleasure to consume. If a customer offers to buy me a drink, Gamma Ray is generally what I will choose.

In the past we have also stocked Beavertown’s 8-Ball Rye and Black Betty. The 8-Ball is by far the best Rye beer I have ever tasted. Black Betty is a black IPA which isn’t too bitter and at 7.4%, it goes down way too easy. Both are definitely worth checking out.

I expect to have these two tins back in stock in the near future.

Portland Comedy Club returns this Friday

After our 2 month break our monthly Comedy night resumes this Friday, 17th Feb with a great line-up of top acts.

Headlining is comedian, writer and actor TIM CLARK, one of the brightest lights on the national comedy scene and a familiar face on television.

He’s joined by Phil Cooper, Dan Offen, William Lee and MC: Lenny Sherman

Door price is still just £7.50 but as always you can save by getting your tickets in advance, only £5.50 from the bar or online from our store:

Independent Venue Week 23rd-29th Jan

Independent Venue Week is a 7 day celebration of small music venues, like us, around the UK and a nod to the people that own, run and work and play in them.
Our venues give artists their first experience of playing live in front of an audience and for fans, somewhere to get up close to artists that one day, may well be playing stadiums and festival main stages.
We have several IVW shows this week including electronica from NECRO DEATHMORT and CAM DEAS on Wednesday, Indie Folk-Rock from HOPE AND SOCIAL on Friday and Pop-punk from SUPERGLU on Saturday.

We have a packed programme of live music and entertainment stretching into the summer already booked, keep an eye on our listings as we add more:

Friday Fright Night and Whiskey festival

We have lots of treats for you this Halloween kicking off this Friday with our scarcely good Comedy Club with headline Dave Thompson.

Straight after the comedy we will be having a free showing of cult classic Beetlejuice in the main bar with cocktails and games galore. A free cocktail for anyone in fancy dress!

Also starting on Friday is our Whiskey festival that runs through to October 6th and features 35+ whiskeys from all over the globe.

Collaborating Cambridge will be running a Halloween themed fundraiser for local good causes and Monday country stars Sarah Beth and Glen Mitchell call spirits of the past with classic hits and new material.

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