Staggeringly Good Reptile Dysfunction Launch at Croxton's

Thursday, 24 May 2018

I can't even deny it; when I saw that Staggeringly Good's new release was a Mango, Passion Fruit, Lactose and Habanero IPA I was both excited but a little apprehensive. I love fruity IPAs but I don't have a great appreciation for chilli infused beer.

However I wasn't going to let that stop me wanting to try it as soon as possible so popped along to Croxton's for the launch event on Wednesday 23rd May. If you haven't been to Croxton's yet, it's the latest addition to the Southsea craft beer scene and you'll find it on Palmerston Road in what used to be the old Co-op and Post Office. The refurbishment has been completed to a brilliant standard and its unrecognisable from it's previous form.

This the third time that I'd been to Croxton's and it continues to impress me. With seven keg lines, two cask lines and fridges full of craft and more traditional offerings, I've already enjoyed top beers from Wylam, Cloudwater, Unity and more in my few visits.

I used this launch night as a chance to finally try their food, opting for the burger which comes with fries for £10.95. The two 3 oz patties were grilled beautifully, the emmental cheese was a nice touch and the fries were really good. All in all, a very good feed. I also got the chance to try some of the Buffalo Cauliflower Tacos and after seeing the buzz for these on social media I can confirm that they are easily as good as people have been saying.

So what about this new beer from Staggeringly Good? Well I had no need to worry! I don't know how much mango they used when brewing it but wow it bursts through like a pint glass of breakfast juice. The passion fruit is there as well and the chilli, whilst used very delicately, just helps to balance out the beer and stop it being too sweet. I had two pints from the kegs (which sold out long before the night was over!) and not only did it taste great but it looked stunning. I can't wait to try it from the cans that I had grabbed as takeaways to see if they differ much.

I can't praise this beer enough and it is another stunning example of the consistently high quality brewing that Staggeringly Good have been turning out in recent times.

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