January must try….. Champion 

Normally my must try is a beer that has won me over that month but this month I got to try a new bottle shop instead 

champion bottles and taps just of Chillingham Road in Heaton has not been open long and is not a very large shop it certainly won’t rival the quantity of beers available in some of Newcastles larger establishments however it does stock some very interesting brews indeed. 

The bottle and can range offers around 20 options for each beer type ranging in strength and price I left with three beers the first being wiper and true – milkshake a sweet syrupy milk stout that lived up to its name with chocolatey milk aftertaste, the second was a can of mikeller simcoe double ipa a strong bitter and resinous pale beer that was a close to eating a raw hop as you would ever wish to be 

The final beer was a growler from one of the shops four taps you can bring your own or buy one there (for £5) I opted to fill mine with a new Zealand brewed East coast double ipa at a price close to £4 a pint.

Overall Champion may not break the mould or offer too much you cant find anywhere else but it brings a range of interesting beers at a reasonable price in smaller fresher quantities especially with the growler fills and are well worth checking out 


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