This is Focal Point, your fortnightly guide to the UK’s best beers. The Focal Point series will highlight the country’s top brews, give you a succinct and informative lowdown on the beer and then let you know where you can get them. All so you can go and experience them for yourself.
Next up: Lost and Grounded – Running with Sceptres
When news started filtering in to the craft beer world that Camden Town’s Brewing Director, Alex Troncoso, was starting his own brewery – there was a palpable sense that magic was about to happen. And that magic was probably going to be bottom-fermented
If you’re ever in the presence of a Lost and Grounded beer in a bar or bottle shop, the distinctive cartoon-style artwork will likely be the first thing that catches your eye. Though as striking as the artwork is, this is not a case of style over substance. What this brewery does best, and perhaps better than anyone else in the UK, is lager. And whilst Keller Pils comes a close second place (and their saison, tripel, red ale, etc. are all well worth seeking out) you should make a beeline for Running with Sceptres.
Running with Sceptres is everything you want in the style. The oncoming description is about to sound like a big budget beer advert, but it’s crisp, it’s clean, it’s refreshing, it’s delicious.
The Vienna malt gives it a delicate sweetness and the addition of a higher volume of hops for a lager rounds it off with a dry and bitter finish. The combination comes together beautifully, resulting in what can only be described as an unforgettable lager. And in an age where big, juicy, hazy IPAs are en-vogue, the beer world needs lagers for balance. A clean cut yin to the hazy yang if you will. And luckily for that cosmic beer balance, that’s exactly what Running with Sceptres is.
Style: Vienna Lager (with a whack of hops) or as Lost and Grounded put it – Special Lager.
Where you can get this: Beer Merchants, Honest Brew
If you like these, you’ll like Running with Sceptres: Staropramen, Camden IHL, Camden Helles