Try something different, a craft beer?
Are you feeling crafty, grab a craft beer then? Yes beer or ale is not what it used to be. There’s a whole host of new and traditional brewers bringing interesting craft beer for us to try. It would be rude not to – so why not drop in for a swift one?
If you are a craft beer connoisseur, why not share your expertise with you friends? Visit one of our pubs stocking beers that are a little different from the usual suspects on the bar.
Or if you just want to explore some new options in beer this is a good place for you to start. There are pubs that are daring to stock something else, and stretching their range of beers so that you can give them a taste.
Here’s our quick heads up guide for the key craft beer categories so you can impress your friends with your crafty knowledge.
The most common wheat being Belgian Witbier but also includes German beer styles. A beer brewed with a large amount of wheat malt, it’s a refreshing style and blonde in colour with most likely a hazy appearance. Top-fermented wheat beers are bright, fruity and fragrant.
A bit more malt flavoured and paler than your standard lager. Pilsners are easy-drinking and delicate in flavour. It takes its name from the Czech city of Pilsen, where it was first produced in 1842 by Bavarian brewer Josef Groll.
A longer bottom-fermentation gives a crisp clean drink to lager. But don’t be fooled, craft lager is not bland. There are now a vast array of beers influenced by the German brewing heritage. There are a wide range of flavours and strengths in craft lagers to choose from.
Stout is the darkest of beers. It’s top-fermented and made with unmalted roasted barley which give it the rich bitter flavours. Whereas its cousin the Porter is made with malted barley and has a more citrus taste.
American Pale Ale
An American interpretation of a classic English beer. American IPA’s colour can range from very pale buttery to rich dark amber. Hops are the hero in this ale. And the delicious flavours tend to come from aromatic herbals, pine, and fruits.
India Pale Ale
IPA is going through a resurrection after the Americans took it and made the IPA their own. UK varieties tend to have high ABVs but still the distinct herbal flavours and balance of sweetness.
Pale ale is made mainly with pale malt, surprisingly. Many pale malts are just that, lighter in colour. The term ‘pale ale’ first appeared around 1703 for beers made from malts dried with high-carbon coke, and is another British export that has been adopted by American brewers.