4.3% (bottle) & 4% (draft) ABV
Rumor has it that Sharp’s original brewer, Bill Sharp, started with a home kit in his garage -- because his wife didn’t like him going to the pub. After a couple of decades slowly gathering steam, this Cornwall-bred beer has found crazy success across the country -- and even the world. Mainly found on tap, there’s a little bit of controversy about the bottled version, which is not bottled in Rock, Cornwall -- as previously thought -- but rather, at Burton-upon-Trent, a full 267 miles away. This cultish beer is a bit on the bitter side, but it’s also malty and hoppy, with notes of dried, dark fruit.
Otley Brewing Co. O8 Premium 8% ABV
These Welsh brewers are mavericks. Ditching any pretense of being traditional, they went in a wholly new direction -- as evidenced by their clean, modern look and feel -- and are constantly pushing to see how far they can take their brews. The O8 is the continuation of an idea that started with the original O1 amber ale. Taken a few steps (and percentages) further, O8 pushes the flavour toward big and bold, with an intense sweetness, alongside subtle notes of pepper, smoke, and leather.