A couple of Saturdays ago in the Old Spitalfields Market, London’s breweries and record labels gathered to sell the fruits of their respective labours to a highly receptive crowd.
I had the good fortune the other day to find something that I didn’t even realise I was missing – a new craft brewery mild.
Cask ale brewers don’t come much bigger than Marston’s. In fact the brewery, which also owns thousands of pubs across the country, is the biggest cask ale brewer in the world.
Tap. Click. Pshhh. The sound of opening a can of lager is almost synonymous with drinking beer, yet it seems that for British drinkers the mark of a “quality” beverage is still one that comes in a smart, glass, 500ml bottle. The drink aisles tell it all; continental lagers stacked in aluminium cans at one end, real ales and craft beers proudly lined up in bottles at the other. With a few exceptions, the bottles will certainly contain the better beer.
Nothing beats a bit of friendly competition. On Saturday, the beer scene had a taste of just that. Craft Beer Battle – hosted by Tweat Up, the crew behind other food related parties such us Ginstock and Ribstock – brought together discerning drinkers for an all day blind tasting session. Emphasis, as always, on the session.
Selecting an unknown beer to try can be a difficult business. But when the pumpclips run the length of the bar and the fridges are cluttered with colourful bottles competing for your attention, sometimes that decision can be a shallow one. Sometimes – and I hate to admit it – the beer with the prettiest label is the one that will first fill my glass for the night.
Do you know your Craft Beer from your Real Ale? I found out the difference the hard way about five years ago while sipping a pint of Brooklyn Brewery beer in an East London pub.
There’s a huge piece of graffiti on the wall of the Tiny Rebel Brewing Co in Newport, Wales, but the owners don’t mind. After all, they asked for it. Brad Cummings, who opened the brewery this year with brother-in-law Gareth Williams, is delighted with the handiwork of Bristol artist Dones One (right) – and if [...]
Ken Grossman is not a boastful man, despite having plenty to feel smug about. His Sierra Nevada brewery, founded in 1980, played a pivotal role – perhaps the pivotal role – in launching America’s craft beer revolution, and the flagship product, Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, has become an icon, inspiring countless brewers across the globe. [...]
There are few concepts quite as French as that of terroir. This idea – which, to put it as simply as humanly possible, suggests wine has a unique character dictated by the spot in which the grapes were grown – is both fanciful and beguiling, and thus deadly when it enters the head of the [...]
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