Howdy! It’s time to shine a big spotlight on another very excellent brewery.
Today, we’ve been sent a case of Fauna Brewing beers via the incredibly sound people at Wildsip which is basically a one stop shop for all things craft.
Fancy some beer, cider, spirits, pre-mixed cocktails or coffee? Wildsip have you covered!
Massive thanks to Fauna and Wildsip for this care package – we can’t wait to dive in to check out the brews!
Upon opening the box, I was greeted by a sea of vibrant colours. I mean, just look at those cans! Each can has a textured wrap with the beautiful colours you see in the photos here.
On the can, you’ll notice that each logo sports a different animal and there’s a reason for that. See, Fauna are heavily involved in conservation work which you can learn all about HERE.
But in a nutshell, the Cheetah Lager supports the Cheetah Conservation Fund, the Wild Dog IPA highlights the Painted Dog Conservation Fund and the Pango Table Beer showcases the African Pangolin Working Group.
“SO FAR, WE HAVE ALREADY DONATED A TOTAL OF £3000 TO OUR SELECTED CHARITIES, AND WE ARE MAKING IT OUR MISSION TO DO SO MUCH MORE. BY CHOOSING FAUNA YOU CAN HELP US DO GREAT THINGS” – Philip F Howard (Fauna Brewing Founder)
Sounds fantastic, eh? We’d like to wish Fauna all the best and hope they continue to grow so they can do more of their incredible work.
So… Beer? We’ve learned all about Fauna’s mission but what about the beer?
Well… Let’s dive right in!
The first brew into the tasting glass is the Cheetah Lager by Fauna brewing.
This brew comes in a 330ml can and clocks in at 4.5% ABV.
I pour it into the glass to reveal a hazy amber colour that reminds me of a west coast IPA. That lush orangey tint that we all know and love.
On the nose, there’s a burst of citrus fruits with fresh smelling hops. There’s quite a clean, crisp aroma off this which awakens the taste buds, perfect for a first tipple, I thought.
The taste brings more of the citrus flavours with grassy and pine notes shining through. There’s a light bitterness in the after taste of this brew which is totally pleasant and a medium to light body here.
As I sip down the glass, I get the feeling that this is a Helles style beer with these characteristics and notes. I’m really digging this!
All in all, I’ve enjoyed this and my first Fauna experience is off to a great start.
I’d give this 3.7 Cheetahbois out of 5
Next up after I rinse my glass and reset is the very exciting looking Wild Dog IPA.
As before, this brew comes in a 330ml can and clocks in at 4.2% ABV.
I notice a colour difference right away as I pour it into the glass, it’s a more dank, hazy deep orange colour that looks super inviting & refreshing.
On the nose, I’m immediately hit with floral and citrus notes with hints of fresh pine and grass.
The taste is really refreshing on this one, right off the bat as you’re hit with tropical flavours like passionfruit, mango, pineapple and citrus.
There’s a little bitterness here and the brew is very juicy so quenches the thirst really well.
It’s got a medium to light body as well so it’s super easy to drink.
All in all, a grand brew and we’re 2 for 2 with Fauna so far – mighty stuff!
I’d give this 3.8 Doggos out of 5
Now, at this stage, you’re probably wondering if Fauna can go 3 and 0? Let’s find out!
Last but not least is the Pango Table Beer which comes in a 330ml can and clocks in at 2.8% ABV.
We love a table beer at CATW as it’s a great way to have a little sip with dinner if you’re planning to take it easy.
When poured into the glass, it reveals a healthy orangey colour with a clear white head which is really promising.
On the nose, you’re treated right away to hoppy pine and citrusy aromas with a sort of honey sweetness shining through in there too.
The taste brings more of the same and a full malt, bready flavour is present in there.
There’s a nice balance of citrus notes, orange peel, lemon and bitterness here to keep your tastebuds interested.
The body on this is sort of medium to light but more on the light side with a low carbonation to it as well.
To sum up, I’ve enjoyed the table beer and recommend it if you fancy something a bit lighter that’s just bursting with flavour at the same time.
I’d give this 3.5 Pangobois out of 5
There you have it, we just checked out the core range from the very excellent Fauna brewing and had an absolute blast. Make sure to check out faunabrewing.com and www.wildsip.co.uk for all your beery craft needs!
Once again, massive thanks to both Fauna and Wildsip for introducing us to these tasty brews.