8 Craft Beers For Your Man Cave Bar
For A Man’s Room regulars it will come as no surprise that we are massive, massive… massive beer fans!
Honestly, those clichés about it being nectar of the Gods and man’s best friend actually ring true in our man caves. It’s not that we don’t enjoy a glass of wine, the odd gin or whiskey or even an ill-judged shot every so often, it’s just that in our eyes beer trumps them all. Repeatedly. Over and over again. Forever amen.
Now, if you’re not a massive beer man then you might be wondering what all the fuss is about. Especially as, in the last decade alone, we’ve seen a huge rise in the number of craft breweries, bottle shops and specialist pubs and ale houses.
Well we’re here to help. Below you’ll find some craft beers specifically chosen by us to ease your woes and make your man cave moments even better and remember, we’re speaking from experience here. Every beer has been thoroughly tasted and tested for YOUR pleasure, not ours…
Without further ado.
Man Cave Craft Beers
One: Beavertown Neck Oil
As with most of our lists there’s no specific order but, even with that being the case, Beavertown Neck Oil would always be pretty high up there as a great man cave beer.
This session IPA is as light and drinkable as craft beers come. As the team at Beavertown say, they wanted this to be an “every day, all day, easy drinking, go to IPA” and they’ve definitely achieved that.
It goes down way too easily and honestly you’ll only ever have two issues with this beer if you like your IPAs. First, it’ll be hard to keep the fridge fully stocked and second, it’ll be hard to stay sober when the beer tastes this good.
Ps. The Beavertown brewery was founded by Led Zeppelin front man Robert Plant’s son Logan Plant. Who doesn’t love a little rock and roll with their beer?
Two: BrewDog Elvis Juice
Scottish brewers BrewDog have been leading the UK craft beer scene from the front for a considerable amount of time now. In an industry peppered with upstarts and one-hit wonders that fail to last a calendar year BrewDog have become stalwarts and Elvis Juice is one of their best offerings without question.
This is a proper funky American IPA that, at 6.5%, is heavy enough if you’re planning to have more than a few but it’s so, so tasty.
We tend to be biased towards IPAs, and similar beers, but Elvis Juice is a pleasure to drink from the moment you crack the can open. You’ll be smacked in the face with a serious citrus punch and it goes down so easy when you start to drink.
Three: Fuller’s Frontier Lager
Fuller’s might not be the smallest of breweries, in the proper craft beer tradition, but that doesn’t take away from their Frontier Lager being a pretty damn tasty and refreshing offering.
In a world where shit lagers come and go this is honestly a nice, golden alternative that adds in some extra notes of citrus, spice and all things nice to make sure you don’t forget it in a hurry.
Four: Brooklyn Lager
From one lager to another and this time we hop over the Atlantic to New York City and Brooklyn Brewery.
These Brooklyn natives have been around since the late 1980s and make most of todays breweries look like toddlers and newborns. Their stalwart Brooklyn Lager is a bit heavier on the palate than Fuller’s Frontier but it’s a tasty, testing lager that combines a lovely amber colour with maltiness and floral aromas.
Five: 13 Guns IPA
Moving onwards we duly switch our attention back to another glorious IPA (sorry maybe we’ll give porters and stouts another go some day soon).
This 13 Guns IPA packs everything you’d want from an IPA into the 330ml cans. Big citrusy hops, a refreshing bitter punch and floral notes to keep your nose happy as well.
Be wary though as, at 5.5%, it packs a punch (in more than just taste) over a long day of drinking as well.
Six: Wychwood Hobgoblin Ale
If you’re a fan of craft beer and regularly trawl your local supermarkets and off-licenses for the next hit then you’ll most likely be well aware of Wychwood Brewery.
Wychwood tend to do things their own way. That includes everything from fantasy based artwork to David Bowie inspired tribute beers and a lot more in between. Thankfully this taste for the unusual has lead to the creation of Hobgoblin Ruby Beer, a properly tasty ruby beer that packs chocolate and toffee malts into the glass alongside a refreshing bitterness and aftertaste.
If you’re still on the fence consider this, what man cave bar is complete without a mini keg?
Seven: BrewDog Mixed Case
We’ve already spieled about the powers that be at BrewDog so we’ll keep it short and sweet here.
If you liked Elvis Juice (see above) and want more or you’re brand new to craft beer and want to see what all the fuss is about then this mixed case is for you.
The Scotsmen know their stuff when it comes to producing tasty, unusual beers so whether it’s the Punk IPA, Dead Pony Club or one of the others you’re bound to find something here that tickles your fancy. That’s what it’s all about after all and if you don’t find something then you should probably take a long, hard look at yourself.
Eight: Camden Town Mixed Case
The great thing about mixed cases, like both this Camden Town mixed case and the previously mentioned offering by BrewDog, is that you get to taste a variety of beers before honing in on exactly what you want next time around.
This Camden Town Brewery mixed case allows you to do just that by offering a heady selection of two differently brewed lagers and one pale ale.
If you’re new to craft beer then this is where you start.
Now there’s nothing else to do but go, drink and be merry.
The world is full of craft beers and this is nothing more than a small selection of particular A Man’s Room favourites. If you really want to dig deep we would highly recommend picking up a copy of the Pocket Beer Book.
This book actually kicked off our proper love affair with craft beers (before that it was simply a flirtation…) and is incredible for it’s sheer depth. Over the course of 300+ pages you