Stoutzilla & Tropic Soda: A Pair of Monsters


Here at UnBarred, Santa's elves have got nothing on us! For Advent we've released a couple of monstrous new beers to help ease the count-down to Christmas through those long winter nights.

First up is the Tropic Soda; a New England style beer with a massive tropical hit of passion fruit, pineapple and mango puree, balanced out with Citra, Azacca, Mosaic & Idaho 7 hops. Coming in at a hazy 5.8%, this one is guaranteed to bring a blast of sunshine even when it's dark and cold out.

Tropic Soda

Next is the Stoutzilla, an old favourite that you can expect to see roaming the streets every year at Christmas. It's a beast of an Imperial Stout, brewed with crazy amounts of chocolate malt, lactose, Bramling Cross hops and muscovado sugar in the mash. It's finished with a glug of bourbon, lots of Madagascan vanilla and dark fruity coffee from our friends at Lindfield Coffee Works who blended a bespoke coffee just for this brew. The special can design features an incredible scratchboard image of Stoutzilla terrorising the Brighton Pavillion, courtesy of the outrageously talented Paul Jackson.


If you were able to make it along to one of the tap-takeovers in Mother Kelly's in London or Bison Beer in Hove, let us know what you think. Below are some snaps from Thursday's Bison take-over where we split the taps with Missing Link Brewing (whose cracking IPA, APA and Pilsner have to be tried). Otherwise, keep your eyes peeled for cans at your favourite retailers. These beers are proving to be very popular and won't be here for long...

Vanilla & Blackberry Ice Cream Beer: Does exactly what it says on the tin

Ice Cream Beer

We have a great bunch of big new beers coming out for Advent. First up is this one-of-a-kind Vanilla and Blackberry Ice Cream Beer. This is a three-way collaboration with our brewing partners at Missing Link Brewery, as well as Becky the fabulous Garden Chef, whose kitchen gardens are right next door to the Brew Shed on the Chiddinglye Farm. 

Becky had a whole load of freshly picked blackberries that needed using, so we took on the challenge to brew something from scratch that would do justice to the massive fruit flavours on offer. Using a wheat base along with generous amounts of lactose and vanilla, we were able to conjure up an insanely rich and creamy body for this silky, milky beer. We hopped it up with classic Bramling Cross as well as Sorachi Ace for some herby fruity goodness.  

The result? A beer unlike anything we've ever tasted before. Think blackberry ice cream meets cream soda with a gorgeously smooth hoppy finish. Coming in at only 4%, this is a sessionable beer that goes down an absolute treat. A genuine one-off, so grab it while you can!

Blackberry Beer

New Site / New Beers

Big week for us here, our NEIPA and Brighton Strong cans are coming off the line, and frankly look and taste fantastic, plus you're looking at the shiny new UnBarred website. Our tireless web monkeys are still polishing everything up, so if something doesn't work or you're just fed up with clicking endlessly about, drop us an email or find us on Instagram and give us your thoughts. 

More blog posts are coming soon as we gear up for a summer of amazing beer, tap takeovers and general hop based shenanigans.