The beer events keep on coming with Fourpure Brewing Co. launching two new beers at Mother Kelly’s last night. Hot on the heels of the release of its West Coast Saison at the King’s Head in May, the Bermondsey-based brewery brought us two summer seasonals, the Skyliner American Wheat Beer and and Dry Hop Pils, with the latter coming in new 500ml cans.

Timed to coincide with the launch of issue four of Original Gravity, if you were on the ball and registered for the event you got a complimentary beer, portion of mac ‘n cheese from Return of the Mac, a “goody bag” and entry to a charity raffle. Mother Kelly’s was buzzing with the great, the good and the not too shabby of the London beer world; old friends were met and new friendships forged, and being a beer event in east London it was also a pogonophobe’s nightmare. As for the beer, the Skyliner American Wheat, brewed with Fourpure’s house American ale yeast, defied my expectations, pouring bright and with a greater hop profile and more bitterness than you expect from a wheat beer. The Dry Hop Pils similarly confounded me; while it lacked the crispiness I expect in a pilsner, it had abundant tropical fruit and citrus notes thanks to a hop profile that includes Australian summer and motueka, and was simply gorgeous – I for one can see myself putting away many of those big shiny cans this summer.

Thanks to Fourpure and Original Gravity for organising the shindig, Return of the Mac for the scran, and massive thanks to the staff at Mother Kelly’s who were indefatigable in their efforts in keeping the masses beered. And for supplying me with the most awesome train beer imaginable: Ballast Point’s Sculpin, canned for your discretion.

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