This is the first episode in a series that we’re going to be running over the course of the next few months, and each instalment is going to take a closer look at a certain style of beer and find out what makes it unique. We’re also going to look into the history of each style as well, because many beers have a quirky or unique history that's very interesting; to beer nerds like us at least. After all, beer is around 9000 years old! There has gotta be some good stories hidden in there somewhere! Without further ado lets get into it.
IBUs have been up and coming in the beer world for some time now, especially around craft beer. They are now typically found on menus alongside ABVs and many breweries -including ourselves- are putting them on their cans and bottles. But what do they mean?
Footnote: We’re not here to express an opinion on the subject of same-sex marriage or on whether or not people should be boycotting Coopers. We’re here to give our two cents on how this whole and rather shameful farce has come about and, now that everything has died down, to take all of what we know and lay it out for people to read.
Would you like to be able to open your door in the morning to find some new and exciting craft beer sitting on your doorstep? Well in our modern world this has become a reality! The internet is a beautiful place -some say- and there are now a selection of different online retailers offering beer, wine and spirits straight to your doorstep, and whilst this may not be as instant as a short trip to liquor store it can be a sure fire way to keep your fridge topped up with fresh beer.
You’ve probably read our articles about what crazy things people are currently putting into their beers, but around the world, for years and years, people and bartender have been adding beer to a mixture of ingredients to make cocktails; or beer-tails as we like to call them.
Technology has infiltrated every part of our lives so there seems to be no reason why it wouldn’t have joined us during the old fashioned pastime of going for a pint. Nowadays all the kids and their grandaddies have got themselves smart phones and, unlike dinner time, it is purely acceptable for you, or your mate, or your grandad to use a phone during beer time.
Being known for having a love of beer means that our family and friends around the world will send us all of the beer related stuff that they find. Nowadays, being known as full-on beer enthusiasts, we don’t really get sent all the wishy-wash ordinary stuff (as they’re now used to us offloading that information onto them!).
With summer disappearing into the sunset we’ve been brushing up on our foreign language basics, just in case we (our wives) manage to drag ourselves out of the brewery and away to a desolate beach, sparsely populated by palm trees, to relax for a week or two...
Hops are often referred to as “the spice of beer”, with good reasoning. These small but powerful flowers pack a huge punch and, like a chef experiments with spices, brew masters worldwide are beginning to branch out in the ways in which they are combining and using hops in their brews. So what do we already know?
Grain is the essence of beer brewing –as grapes are to wine, grain is to beer- and of all the available grains barley is the one that lends itself best toward beer making; hence it being the most popular. This is how we began explaining grain in our last article [Hyperlink], and, surprise surprise, this still stands true!
Breaking Down Beer Beer, a four-letter word that has the same number of essential ingredients, these are: Grain Hops Yeast Water We say four essential ingredients because these are all you need to make great beer, but something as good as beer does not pass without experimentation and, nowadays, brewers worldwide are brewing beer with all sorts of different ingredients.