Top Of The Tins (And Bottles)


When the pubs shut down back in March it was a nightmare scenario, one of my (and many thousands of others) pleasures in life taken away. Facts have to be faced and life must go on.

Drinking at home. I never was a great one for it, I was happy with a cup of tea or coffee when I finally got home from work, finally because nine times out of 10 I would have stopped off somewhere for a pint or two on the way home. With this part of my life temporarily amputated from my routine,  a tin or two at home is now the thing.

I have been pleasantly surprised at the variety of beers and breweries, a good few new to me, that are now available on the supermarket shelves.  Here is my take on a few of the beers I’ve tried  so far.

                                         The Session Beers

                                         Magic  Rock Saucery 


A nice refreshing beer, light drinking at 3.9% but bursting with tropical fruit  flavour  gifted by the Citra and Ekuanot Hops. 7.5/10.

BrewDog Pale Ale


A citrusy pale that came as a bit of a disappointment to me, given BrewDogs hoppy history this lacked any real punch at 4.2%, that said its a perfectly good pale ale but I much prefer Dead Pony Club. 6/10

Oakham Citra


This beer is Mr Consistency and one of my very favourites be it in bottle or cask, it always offers full on flavour  without being over the top and is very drinkable at 4.2% 9/10.

Stepping Up The Strength

Vocation Life And Death


Quite a game changer this one, hazy, more so with a fast pour as there is sediment in the can, bursting with tropical and citrus flavours it really packs a punch at 6.5%, a great introduction for me to Vocations wonderful beer range. 8/10.

Vocation Love & Hate


This has to be in my top three lockdown beers, Juicy, Hoppy and fruity, a fantastic 7.2% New England IPA I’ve returned to several times  in the last few weeks. 9.5/10

North Brewing Lost Cosmonauts


A brewery that was brand new to me and made an immediate impact with the 6.0% Lost Cosmonauts,this beer features Mosaic and Equanot hops,and they blend perfectly giving juicy, tropical fruit flavours, another top three contender 9.5/10

The Dark Side

Its pretty clear from the choices above where my flavour preferences lie, but I do also enjoy some dark beers now and again.

Magic Rock Dark Arts


An easy drinking 6.0% Stout, billed as a surreal Stout it has complex flavours with dark chocolate to the fore but underlying liquorice and hedge fruit. Interesting and moreish . 8.5/10

Wiper And True Milkshake Stout


A classic 5.6% Milk Stout with hints of chocolate and vanilla, rich and sweet. 7.5/10

BrewDog Vs Evil Twin Roaster Coaster


This BrewDog and Evil Twin collaboration has the grand title of being a Nitro Imperial Vietnamese Coffee Stout, well despite the spin this is a very good beer weighing in at 9.0%. To be honest the first can I found a little to sweet and cloying but tried another a couple of days later and it hit the spot immediately. It really is good stuff. 8.5/10

I have tried plenty of other beers over the past couple of months both good and not so good, all the above are supermarket fayre with the exception of the Wiper And True Milk Stout which I got from Cobbetts Bottle Shop In Dorking. I’ve got to the point now where I need to investigate the brewery delivery side of things until the pubs reopen, I am missing some Siren and Vibrant Forest beers so need to put that right.

There is one more beer that deserves a mention and you can see me showing it off below with my lunch.


A classic.





8 thoughts on “Top Of The Tins (And Bottles)

  1. Pre-lockdown, cans of Vocation Life & Death were on bogof at Tesco, along with the weaker Pride & Joy. I’d already accumulated quite a stash, which is just as well as we’re shopping more locally at the moment..

    I agree about Jaipur being a classic, even though I prefer the cask version. I’m drinking an unusual beer this evening, it’s Bounty Hunter, a 5.5% porter from Kent Brewery. It’s described as a chocolate, coconut porter, and I thought the coconut a little over-powering at first.

    It does grow on you, after a while. I bought the beer as a two pint carry-out, from one of our local pubs – the Nelson Arms.


    1. Wouldn’t mind getting my hands on some Kent Brewery stuff, don’t think I’ve ever had anything poor from them, their green hopped Green Giant is one of my all time favourites.

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