Now in my humble opinion Purity is one of the best breweries around. Firmly based in the Midlands, it's everywhere you look around here, from Pure Bar and Kitchen, it's tap house in Birmingham, to its sponsorship of Wasps rugby team. The midlands has really taken this brewer to its heart. And it's not hard to see why...
I first came across Purity when I moved back to Birmingham in 2013. On my first night in my new digs I took my mum (Joan) for a drink in Harborne's The Junction. Tending, as I do, to choose a beer based on an excellent name, I went for a pint of "War Lord"- a blast of hops, as strong as it's name. I was hooked! Unfortunately, I don't think they make it anymore, which is a damn shame.
Purity was set up in 2005 in Warwickshire. They have a focus on sustainability and brewing with a conscience, recycling water, using spent grains for animal feed and attempting to reduce energy consumption. All this, and without any compromise on quality.
Purity's core range is flawless.
Ubu is my go-to pint - I've found it in pubs up and down the land and if it's on I'm drinking it. An sweet easy drinking amber ale, low on hops and high on malt, I can drink it all night.
Purity's website has some helpful notes on food matching, but they mainly focus on meat and as a veggie I personally think it's perfect with a decent veggie burger. They also suggest a strong cheese, so that's one for me to try.
Saddle Black is a rarer find at your average bar (it's a seasonal beer so sadly you can only get it November- March). It's a diamond of a beer for the hop lovers among us. It is a perfect example of what is becoming commonly know (paradoxically) as a black IPA. A combination of new world hops and the smokey, coffee richness of porters. You can also see why Purity save this one for the holiday season - the oranges and spices make me think of Christmas.
These are just two of my personal favourites but if you see a Purity it's definitely worth a try.