Swift One // Hill Farmstead x Blaugies - La Vermontoise


"Swift One" // NOUN. British, informal. An alcoholic drink (often, but not necessarily, a half-pint of beer) consumed quickly, usually of mythical singularity.

When making a brief return to Lisbon we just couldn’t help but head back to the epicentre of the region’s unlikely, but nonetheless spectacular evolution in craft beer. Though we managed to grab a raft of brilliant Portuguese fair from stout to NEIPA, it was this golden, transatlantic classic that was the highlight of our, ahem… ‘research’.

As bubbly and as brilliant as crisp champagne it provided the closest thing we got to cloud cover during our brief stay in Portugal with it’s fluffy, endless white head. Delicate citrus flavours, and an almost nutty mouthfeel made for a true farmhouse delight and more than a decent reward for a hard day’s work. Though perhaps it’s most impressive quality is that across 750ml of liquid gold (because we really care about authenticity), we never, ever, truly got tired of this shapeshifting brew.

Indeed, it was oft-relevant reminder to return to a cornerstone of an easily overlooked style. We’re the first to admit becoming too preoccupied with specials and exciting new beer entries. Yet, here out of context and without fear of FOMO we couldn’t help but appreciate a striking beer, in no need of reinvention.