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  • Rauchbier

    What to expect from… a Rauchbier

    Smoky beers are pretty unusual these days. However before 1700 or so they would have been much more common. So what changed? It’s all to do with the malt and how it’s…

  • #FOMO and the Instagram IPAs – SommBeer

    “I see these beers all over Instagram: tall cans next to stemless tumblers filled to the brim with little or no head, looking more like orange juice than beer, out in the…

  • craft beer

    Craft beer in numbers

    Blimey, craft beer just seems to keep on getting more and more popular, doesn’t it? But how popular is it really? Get ready folks, fact-bomb incoming. More breweries One thing that’s certain…

  • Ayinger, Celebrator

    Ayinger Celebrator, some of that Dunkles Bayrisches Starkbier, dawg. This doppelbock rocks, sweet, strong and malty; a clean lager character with a strong dark bite. German beer isn’t necessarily all that cool…

  • American IPA

    What to expect from… an American IPA

    If you’re reading this, the chances are I don’t need to tell you. American IPAs are perhaps the defining style of modern craft beer. New ones appear all the time, most of…

  • Hitachino Nest, White Ale

      A refreshing, zippy little beer this one. “Brewed with coriander, orange peel and nutmeg”, and yes you can taste them all in there. Just a hint of tartness from the wheat.…

  • Imperial Stout

    What to expect from… an Imperial Stout

    When the evenings get darker, so do the beers. And this is one of the darkest there is. Inky black, strong and indulgent. There’s plenty about an imperial stout to keep you…

  • Trappistes Rochefort 10

    Trappistes Rochefort 10 pours a dark opaque brown with a tan head, fairly large bubbles. Yeasty aroma with raisin, plum and vinous notes. Its flavour is rich and darkly malty, sweet raisins…

  • 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…

  • Westvleteren 12

    Westvleteren 12. Rich dark sugars and dark fruits, yeasty and packed full of esters, silky-smooth and balanced, hides its ABV well but you can find it in the vinous, viscous way it…