Events, Whisky

Lagavulin Feis ile 2018 Charity Raffle

We have a very special bottle of whisky, one you could possibly win in our chaity raffle which we are running until the 30th of July. The whisky is one of only 6000 bottles of this year’s 18yr old Lagavulin feis ile release. The Feis ile is a yearly festival on Islay in which each of the distilleries release a unique bottling of their own whisky to the whisky fans who travel from across the world to this tiny island off the coast of Scotland.

Bottled at cask strength of 53.9% and matured in a combination of Refill American Oak Hogshead, American Oak Hogshead and ex sherry bodega European oak butts, This is bottle number #369. This is a very special bottling, ever year when the Feis Ile bottles are released there is so much demand that we usually find these instantly resold on auction sites, but you might want to drink this one because its amazing.

Why has Chris put one of his own personal whisky bottles up for this we hear you ask? In memory of Amy Mattingly, @amerz, who passed away recently and t o support #TeamAmy and continue raising money for bowel cancer UK. If you want to know more or perhaps donate to one of the other worthy fundraising attempts go see our friends at Blubolt UK here http://www.blubolt.com/fundraising/

Tickets will be sold at £2.50 each or in strips of 5 for £10 both available in the shop or on our paypal link below.
The raffle will run in the shop between today Thursday 12/7/18 and midnight on Monday July 30th with the draw taking place on Tuesday July 31st and announced on our social media channels.
Due to legal and shipping restrictions you need to be over 18 to enter and ID will be requested before shipping the whisky to the winner. Unfortunately for logistical and shipping issues this is only open to UK residents

For paypal tickets we are only able to sell these in strips of 5 for logistical reasons so please make your donation for £10 or multiples thereof. Please follow the link below, select friends so we get the full amount to donate and please put your phone number/email address in the comments, so we can inform you of your ticket numbers for the draw. We will not hold onto your details or use your contact for anything other than contacting you about the draw. If you paypal for tickets out of shop hours we will send your confirmation of tickets the next day for you.
https://www.paypal.me/chrissc80

Thank you all for taking part and sharing this as it’s a cause that means a lot to us. Good luck for the draw and we hope you can help us and Blubolt raise a lot of money for this great charity.
Chris Scullion
Independent spirit of Bath #TeamAmy

Beers, Blog, Products

Non-Alcoholic Beer, Really?

Dry January, It’s a thing now, a full month of not drinking for those of us who have over indulged during the festive season, driven by the urge to get healthy during a slow and monotonous month. It’s crap isn’t it.

But thankfully the recent rise in craft beer has meant that for those of us who actually enjoy beer, no and low alcohol beers can actually taste, well, good. Long gone are the days of sitting in the pub staring sadly at a Kalaber wondering what life has come to if even the pleasure of taste has been taken away.

 

  • It’s worth noting at this point that some countries count 0.5% or lower as a non-alcoholic beer, we, being the practical and sensible people that we are, do not, but (and yes i did the maths) each 330ml bottle of 0.5% beer contains a maximum of 0.165 of a unit. Meaning you would need to drink 17 bottles to hit the same amount of alcohol in one pint of 5% beer, which is neither a challenge nor an achievement.

 

So, what are these fabled beverages of joy?

Big Drop

Big Drop are a brewery which exclusively produces super low ABV beers, and by low we mean 0.5% or lower, these aren’t the alcohol / flavor / enjoyment removed beers of the past, these are brewed specifically this low, and at no detriment to the beers themselves. With heavy involvement of Johnny Clayton previously of wild beer fame they are most definitely a treat.

With a current range of four beers including a stout and pale, both of which won awards at the world beer awards 2017, they are worth having a look at, even if you’re still on the booze.

 

The ever infamous craft beer producer Mikkeller have also seen room for improvement with their current offerings:

ENERGIBAJER which is an alcohol free wheat ale, notes of peaches and apricots with a slightly herbal edge and coming in at 0% you really can’t complain

Not to be let out of the super low category to Drink’in in the sun comes in at a whopping 0.3% and has lemony, herbal notes and a nice floral edge.

 

But what about when you you’ve finally had enough and it’s time to dive from the proverbial wagon, is it the best idea to go for that 9% DDH NEDIPA hop monstrosity? Probably worth working back up to.

 

Keeping with the theme of Mikkeller Drink’in Berliner Passion is fruity, tart, citrusy and, most importantly for us 2.7%. Cracking.

Or how about Moor’s 3.5% dead punk all dayer, Tropical, fruity, Juicy and made in the centre of bristol. Local is, afterall, king.

So there we have it,just a snapshot of the world of no / low alcohol beers, full of flavour and fun, makes you wonder what all that dry january fuss was about in the first place right?

 

Written by That Booze Guy

Blog, Events, Gin, Products, Whisky

Events Events Events

Here at indie spirit we’re like, really smart, so smart in fact, that we thought we’d give you something to look forward to. Allow us to set the scene; the sky is grey and nights are chilly, having woken up on the first of January hangover free, because you are a responsible adult, you’ve decided to buck the trend and see what  the beautiful, bountiful year that is 2018 can do for you. Eagerly you check your favourite local booze shop to see if there’re any events to distract you from your co-workers bad chat about gyms, salads and clean living.

 

Success!

A short run down of the current upcoming events:

Tryanuary Beer Sensory Evaluation Masterclass – 20th Jan

 

Spend an afternoon with a certified Cicerone trying some great beers, and then some terrible ones. Learn about Diacetyl, Lightstruck, Metallic and more. And for only £15 cheaper than the pub. Only a few tickets remain so book quickly

 

Burns Night Whisky Tasting part one – 25th Jan

Join us in celebrating the life of the Bard himself with an evening for tasting whiskies but distinctly lacking in haggis and kilts. This night you will have the pleasure of a familiar, slightly less disgruntled, face doing your tasting, with the shop manager Laurence taking the lead. At the time of writing there are only a few tickets left so book now or forever hold your peace.

 

Burns Night Tasting Part two – Revenge of the Burns – 26th Jan

Like the first one, but with more explosions and hosted by the oh so chatty Chris Scullion. Unfortunately at the time of writing this event is already sold out.

 

New Be-Gin-nings – 2nd Feb

Placed conveniently on the first Friday after dry January this is a cheeky round up of our favourite Gins from the winter season, and maybe a few new ones too, this tasting of the oh-so hip spirit is always popular

 

Talking Turkey – 6th April

A Wild Turkey Bourbon tasting headed by none other than Sam Kershaw Wild Turkey UK’s brand ambassador and, according to one young lady, the maker of “the best gibson I’ve had in my life”. It’s sure to be a hoot (or a gobble). Expect chat about mashbills and new American oak in between drinking great whiskies.

Spring Whisky Tasting – 13th April

Timed just after a large chunk of new releases comes out this promises to be one of the more delicious this year, expect fresh lively drams juxtaposed to some heavier, meatier whiskies. And with it being the birthday of Ron Perlman we had to do something special…

 

May (Contain) Gin Tasting – 4th May

An event created for two reasons:

One – to try some of the best gins coming out just in time for summer and prime gin drinking season.

Two – To continue to pursue terrible drink based puns.

But in all seriousness with the fast moving world of Gin as it stands, almost a necessity.

 

What a perfectly formed series of events, and with more to be added throughout the next couple of months it’s looking distinctly like it’s going to be a great 2018 afterall.

 

Written by That Booze Guy for Indie Spirit Bath

Beers, Blog, Products

Christmas Beers!

It truly is a wonderful time of year isn’t it, that magical time of transition between seasons when our everyday drinking habits turn from ten different subgenres of craft IPA’s to ten different subgenres of dark beers, and the booziest, spiciest, most satisfying of these raisin and chocolate inspired creations are christmas beers (or at least beers that are best drunk at christmas).

So what do the elves, or at least a grumpy looking three, not so wise looking, men surrounded by sheds, have in store for you this year to keep you warm in front of the “fireplace 4K” on netflix? (it’s real, seriously, go check.)

 

Moor – Old freddy walker.

If you’ve never been equated with bristols very own old ale then you are missing out, rich and viscous this tastes like christmas pudding, raisins and just a hint of cocoa this beast of a beer will warm your insides in the most pleasant of ways.

Wiper and True – Plum pudding porter

A cheeky fruit number from Wiper and True, how do they describe it? “Onto the deep, dark malt base we’ve added dried fruit, cinnamon and lemon zest. The resulting brew combines caramelised sugar and dark fruit flavours with a toasted finish.” and they’re not wrong, fruity and rich it reminds you that you do, actually, really enjoy dark beers.

Delirium Noel

Coming in at a punchy 10% ABV this spiced versions of delirium Noel is a lovely example of the belgian style of christmas beers, Slightly sweeter with notes of candied orange, caramel, malt and spiced fruits this world-famous beer is sure to have you singing carols eventually, whether you want to or not.

And now for something completely different

Tiny Rebel – You Snows It

A beer that is, apparently, as crisp and fresh as the first snow on christmas morning. Brewed in collaboration with goldie lookin chain this beer is that tropical fruit forward beer that is sessionable enough to get you through the office christmas party. Or according to them an “easy drinking beer with lots of aroma and just a little bit of bitterness. Just like that uncle that always seems to ruin your Christmas dinner.” – classy.

So there we have it, a lovely selection of beers to keep you fuzzy on the long cold nights, but don’t despair if you didn’t see your favorite here, we will be stocking the likes of To-Ol – Santastique, St. Bernadus – Noel, Lervig – Christmas Shake and Kees – Bourbon barrel aged caramel fudge stout, and we constantly rotate our selection so there will be plenty to keep you entertained.

 

Written by @thatboozeguy for @indiespiritbath

Blog, Products, Whisky

Bonfire night – an excuse to drink whisky.

Bonfire night! An evening in which we are aware the gunpowder plot happened but dont really remember enough from school to actually blag our way through the facts. Where we hurry through the cold, newly dark nights to friends houses and fields to huddle close, but not too close, to gigantic fires which have been certified as 100% hedgehog free, to watch with childlike wonder as sparks quite literally fly. And what better way to celebrate sitting at home with the mates trying to convince the dog Guy Fawkes isnt trying to blow us up than with a cheeky whisky to warm the soul.

So what will we be sharing with our friends as the sky explodes in a colourful cornucopia of sparkles and noise?

Kirkwall bay – £37.95

A cheeky little independently bottled single malt from Orkney, we can’t tell you which distillery it’s from, but it is particularly famous and has the same initials at Harry Potter. With peaty notes of Bonfire smoke and a fruity vanilla edge this is a great crowd pleaser.

Kilchoman Machir bay £48.95

A fantastic choice from Islay’s smallest and newest distillery, and a great intro into their style. A mixture of ex bourbon and sherry casks makes this an absolute delight with vanilla biscuits, light fruit and wafts of warm peat smoke throughout.

Glenfarclas 15 £56.95

Oh me oh my, once we’ve polished off a few of the smokier drams what better way to go than christmas cake in a glass (not literally) with the super sherried Glenfarclas 15. Hints of Raisins, orange peel, walnuts and dates make this the sweet warmer to end the night on. Not smokey in the slightest and great for those friends who “don’t really like whisky” but insist on drinking it whenever it’s free.

 

So gather your friends, prep your glassware, designate your official bonfire and firework technician (because it’s no fun when someone looses a finger) and get ready to enjoy standing around in the cold and occasionally going Ohhhhhh.

Written by @thatboozeguy for @indiespiritbath

Gin, Products, Uncategorized

Pickering’s Gin Baubles

It’s nearly here.

The dreaded time of year when everyone’s happy and having a great time. When we deck our houses and homes out with garish decorations hoarded and handed down by various family members. The time of year when an argument between two children about whether a star or an angel should adorn the top of a tree, despite the fact they only one of them can actually spell the word angel correctly with any sort of accuracy, seems somehow reasonable.

But fear not parents whose sobriety is starting to become an issue, Pickerings gin and by the will of the booze gods, indie spirit, have you covered.

Gin Baubles.

No, seriously.

Look at them, they’re beautiful.

Hand picked during the summer months these six little balls of joy, which are often found sitting in the higher braches of the tree, far away from tiny hands which may disturb their boozy secret. Now they have ripened into the plumpest, most colourful gin-filled Christmas decorations you can imagine, with each one holding 50Ml of Pickering’s gin, bursting with notes of citrus and spice with a lovely herbal edge these baubles are something to behold.

 

 

Be quick, these shots of instant christmas cheer will sell out fast. In fact pickerings sold out on their website in 82 seconds last year, so don’t dawdle lest you risk missing out. A box of these delectable delights (well what’s left of our stock) is only £31.95 per box, and you were due a visit to the shop anyway right?

 

Written by @thatBoozeGuy For @indiespiritbath