Buxton Takeover at the Euston Tap
Here at the Evening Brews we’re big fans of Buxton’s unassuming but brilliant beers. Like Kernel, Buxton has a real knack for producing a spectrum of amazing brews without any fanfare except for the standing ovation from of the beer geek corner. They’re cagey about their ingredients, but not in a ‘holier than thou’ way, more in a ‘let us get on with it so you can enjoy it’ kind of way. So, when we heard they were blessing London with another pub takeover, this time at the legendary Euston Tap, we were most definitely in.
The Euston Tap is a bit of a hazardous place to throw a tap takeover. The bar gets overcrowded easily and the 1st floor space is up an insane spiral staircase no drunk should navigate. Thank our maker it was sunny as most of the seating is outside. All negatives considered they weren’t strong enough to keep the horde of London beer appreciators away. They were out in force to get their hop fix.
The main reason for this tap takeover was the release of their new special reserve beer ‘Wyoming Sheep Ranch’. The beer is a double IPA in the truest sense of the phrase. British brewers of 6% ‘double IPAs’ take note. The malt base is a huge monster of biscuity sweetness, with a barrage of hops hammering down with heavenly aroma and and mouth clawing bitterness. If you didn’t guess It, I loved this bloody beer. It’s up there with the Human Cannonballs, and even stands up to the Americans who pretty much own this type of beer.
As this was a tap takeover we couldn’t just keep to just one beer. We tried to hit as many of the Buxton brews as we could between our group. Tsar was an obvious standout, intensely rich with that coffee hit you always want from a big stout. Axe Edge was another blinder, with a general consensus around the bar of its consistent quality. We also tried the Black Rocks and Wild Boar, but both were understandably eclipsed by their bigger and stronger counterparts.
Buxton’s business Manager, Mike James, spoke to us of their desire push things forward, gaining inspiration from the best and brightest brewers of Europe. This is what I want to hear out of the mouths of British brewers. Not resting on their laurels but having fire in their bellies to keep perfecting their craft. It’s with attitudes like this that the term ‘craft’ actually does mean something.
We finished off the night with a couple of beers that weren’t from Derbyshire. They were two rather remarkable and incredible strong offerings from Michigan, USA, from the always impressive Dark Horse Brewing Company. Both ‘Plead the 5th’ and ‘Double Crooked Tree’ were huge, decadent beers. They were a joy to drink, but also reminded of me how remarkable the Buxton brews actually are as they easily stand up to the best from the US.
On a final note, I have to big up Mike for bringing me a bottle of ‘Imperial Black’ after I had professed my extreme appreciation for said beer. I saw the Buxton lads do this for many bloggers and friends of theirs. They’re obviously proud of their beers and want to share it with as many people as they can. It’s ruddy nice of them. Buxton, we salute you and your amazing beers.