With Father’s Day just around the corner, I’ve teamed up with beer and ale specialist Beer Hawk to offer one lucky person the chance to win a Black Belt Beer Box – the perfect gift for your dad, a father-figure or yourself. To be in with a chance of winning, simply enter via Rafflecopter below.
The Black Belt Beer Box gift includes four bottles of uniquely different beer styles – (1) a crisp, refreshing lager, (2) a summery wheat ale, (3) a bold IPA and (4) a dark, rich porter or stout. The box also comes with a tasting guide which allows you to score the different beers and improve your beery knowledge.
I’ll be honest, I know very little about beer. After drinking fruity cider for the best part of 10 years, it’s only been recently that my tastes have changed and I’ve dipped into the unknown world of IPAs. When Beer Hawk got in touch to see whether I wanted to try the Black Belt Beer Box, I didn’t have to think twice – the chance to not only taste recommended beers from experts, but also learn more about beers in general, definitely appealed.
My Black Belt Beer Box arrived safely packaged inside another box. On opening it up, I was greeted with an attractively presented black box with information about the product and four ‘peep holes’ through which I could spy my beers. As a total ale novice, it was no surprise that I’d not tried – or even heard of – any of the beers in my box, however that just gave me the motivation to crack them open and take one (or four) for the team.
The Black Belt Beer Box purposefully includes different beer styles so you get to experience drinks that you may not normally choose. As a cider-cum-IPA fan, I’ll admit that a couple of the beers scared my taste buds (particularly the stout), but I cracked on like the trooper I am. In my box, I had the following:
- Flensburger Gold – A fantastic example of the Dortmunder Export style. This style is known for its refreshing simplicity where the malts are prominent yet is still finishes very clean. Rich aromas of malts, barley, grain, and maybe even some cut grass are mirrored on the palate with perhaps a bit of biscuity notes. This lager has a medium-body that is deceptively richer than it looks whilst its moderate dryness gives the Flensburger Gold a crisp and refreshing finish.
- Bad Seed Espresso Stout – Flavours of espresso, chocolate, dried berries as well as whisky are lifted by a solid malty backbone and a good roasted bitterness. The bitter and dry finish actually makes for a surprisingly refreshing drink despite its sweet characteristics. Very nice. Planting bad seeds since 2011, Bad Seed Brewery has been making their handcrafted and full-flavoured beers in their Malton, North Yorkshire-based brewery.
- Blanche de Bruxelles – A wonderful light refresher with stacks of Wheat (>40%) that gives it a natural distinctive haze. Originally brewed to slake the thirst of farmhands, it’s ideal for summer and should be drunk as cold as possible. An easy drinking beer that offers mellow notes of orange and lemon.
- Ilkley Mary Jane – This light session beer is made with high quantities of Amarillo hops and has refreshing citrus aromas and flavours. Gold medal winner in it’s class from SIBA in 09/10 and overall silver winner winner in 2012.
The tasting guide – which is designed to transform you into a beer black belt – is a nice little addition to the box and turns it into an interactive experience. To quote from the guide, “to help you become acquainted with the popular and ever growing craft beer phenomenon, we’ve supplied you with some tasting tips, a guide to styles, a guide to glassware, and a fun tasting exercise to understand your beery preferences further.”
I’ve enjoyed having a read through the tasting guide and now feel like I’d at least be able to hold a conversation about beer. It’s also been good filling in the ‘taste profile card’ which allows you to score different aspects of the beer (aroma, taste, mouthful, finish) and plot your scores on a radar chart. Unsurprisingly, the Ilkley Mary Jane IPA came out as my favourite tasting beer, although this was closely followed by the Blanche de Bruxelles wheat beer.
I really like the concept of the Black Belt Beer Box as a gift and think it’d be a great present regardless of whether you’re a beer novice or expert. I’ve also been really impressed with Beer Hawk as a company and will definitely be checking out their wide selection of beers. With 400+ beers – of which 63 are IPAs – I have quite a task ahead of me to find my favourite.
To be in with a chance of winning a Black Belt Beer Box from Beer Hawk worth £20, simply login to Rafflecopter below and complete one, or a combination, of the optional entry options. Good luck and happy comping!
Terms And Conditions
The giveaway is for 1 x Black Belt Beer Box from Beer Hawk, which contains four bottles of beer and a tasting guide. The giveaway closes at 12.00am (GMT) on Monday 27th June 2016 and is open to UK entrants aged 18 and over only.
The giveaway can be entered by logging into Rafflecopter and doing one, or a combination, of the following: (1) Follow Beer Hawk on Twitter, (2) Follow The DADventurer on Twitter, (3) Tweet a message about the giveaway, (4) Visit Beer Hawk on Facebook, (5) Visit The DADventurer on Facebook, (6) Follow Beer Hawk on Instagram, (7) Follow The DADventurer on Instagram, (8) Subscribe to The DADventurer on YouTube and/or (9) Give The DADventurer +K on Klout.
The winner will be selected at random using Rafflecopter and contacted within three days of the giveaway closing. The winner has five days to claim their prize and provide their contact details. The prize will be sent to the winner directly from Beer Hawk within ten working days of the prize being claimed by the winner. The prize is non-transferable. There is no cash alternative. The giveaway is run by The DADventurer in conjunction with Beer Hawk. Please drink responsibly, for further information visit drinkaware.co.uk.
N.B. This is a collaborative post written with Beer Hawk. We were provided with a Black Belt Beer Box in exchange for an honest review of the product.
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