It might just be us, but there seems to be a bit of a sinister air surrounding the Grifter Brewing Company these days. Following on from their winter oatmeal stout release, The Omen, comes Coven, an amber ale firmly encased within some striking coffin-shaped imagery. The word 'Coven' represents a gathering of witches and it's true you can almost imagine the three Grifter boys huddled around a vigorously overflowing boil, giant paddles held aloft, chanting, 'Double double, toil and trouble!â?. But despite some dark connotations, in reality the reference is far more innocent; namely the gathering of a wide array of malts and hops in the brewhouse cauldron. This has led to a beer that, the brewers tell us, has 'luscious malt character combined with an array of subtle hop notes, ranging from earthy and spicy all the way to fruit and citrusâ?. Coming in at 5.7 per cent abv, they also suggest that this is a highly sessionable potion. NO
Of course, Coven also brings to mind this unique character.