Vegan Beers

We all know the four ingredients in beer are water, malt, hops and yeast. None of those are animal products, so how come some beers are not vegetarian or vegan friendly? It’s all down to the finings. Some breweries use a substance called isinglass to filter their beer. During fermentation the isinglass, a form of collagen obtained from the dried …

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Oktoberfest beer: what to expect

It’s that time of year again: the summer’s over, the harvest is coming in (barley and hops included) and Oktoberfest is on the horizon. Don’t be fooled by the name though, it actually begins in mid-September and runs until early October. You should see Oktoberfest beers appear around the same time. You can probably find them year-round if you hunt …

Dual Runnings

Dual Runnings 

I tried two beers made from the same wort: Dual Runnings by the Kernel and Partizan. The quadrupel (Partizan) won it for me. It had marzipan and dates on the nose, and was boozy and fruity with caramel and big malt notes. I wonder whether I had mistreated the Kernel saison somehow as it was pretty lifeless. Too many temperature …