Top 10 Beers – March19

So here are my top 10 beers of the month (so far!)

I’ve been working on identifying flavours. This video is a good ‘how to taste beer 101’. I’ve noted the key flavours I found on the pics below!

 

 

And here is Emily, one of Brighton’s finest beery ladies, sharing her favourite for you too!

HOW much?

If you want to start exploring the more premium end of craft beer, the trick is to buddy up on bottles and buy thirds on draft. Some of the best stuff around really won’t break the bank, but there’s a lot of special stuff out there that is way beyond my budget, but totally worth what you pay for it.

I always thought that paying £20 for the equivalent of a pint was completely ludicrous, until I leaned a bit about the reason why.

Four things to consider;

  1. The cost of brewing specialities – smaller batches with lower yield mean higher production costs.
  2. Provenance – where and who it’s from means something. Breweries that have been around for a long time, some literally centuries, know what they are doing, and do it well.
  3. The cost of raw ingredients and processes – if a beer has been aged, it had to be somewhere (it had rent to pay!). All of the flavours come from different ingredients, the have to be sources, purchased, shipped and processed.
  4. Pubs (and breweries) cost money to run! There’s, rent, there’s staff, there’s insurance, there’s marketing, there’s bills, and it’s all darn expensive!

Here’s a few of my favourites I recommend sharing with a friend!

Know Your Beer – The Basics

When it comes to styles of beer, it can get a little mind boggling. While the distinctions might seem rather pedantic, as a beer drinker, knowing your IPA from your gose helps you work out what it is that you actually like and makes discovering new wonderful things that little bit easier.

To get started, here are the top 5 that I think are worth knowing.

Pilsners – in layman’s terms; larger. Pilsners are usually clear, light in colour and light on the ABV (4-5% is about usual).

Pale Ales and India Pale Ales (IPAs)
They tend to be light in colour ranging from golden to golden-brown. Taste wise an IPA is seen to be hoppier than a pale, but this is very subjective and varies brewer to brewer. Can be on cask or keg, clear or cloudy, and carbonation levels vary.

Stout/Porter
Dark in colour, usually with rich flavours; often coffee, nuts, oats and chocolate. They can be surprisingly light but usually malty.

Weissbier
a.k.a Wheat beer. As you’d expect, taste wheaty. Weissbiers often have a bit of a banana flavour (which comes from the yeast). Usually carbonated, straw coloured and have a nice thick, creamy head.

Sours
There are lots of different kinds, some of the most common are Gueuze, Lambic and Berliner Weis. They often have a tart sourness and vary in ABV according to style.

For more in-depth details, check out the BJCP Beer Style Guidelines here.