pale ale

What to expect from… a Pale Ale

Think of this as IPAs little brother if you like. It has a similar pale appearance and refreshing character with malts and hops in good balance, but it’s all pitched at a gentler level. It should pour a pale golden to light amber colour with a good head of white foam. It should range from clear to slightly hazy. Any …

kölsch

What to expect from… a Kölsch

Kölsch is a bit of an inbetweener. It’s an ale that thinks its a lager – or maybe that’s the other way around. Expect brilliant clarity, a golden colour and a creamy white head. So far so lager, right? But when you smell it you should find some fruitiness there. It’s brewed with an ale yeast and has the characteristic …

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 dried. The smoke aroma comes from the wood used to kiln the malt. Before the invention of direct-fire kilns all malt would either have been smoky or air-dried. …

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 which shine briefly and disappear just as fast only to be replaced by another. These are brewed to be drunk fresh while the pronounced hop characters are at …

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 warm on a winter’s night. Historically these beers were brewed strong for export to the Baltic States and Russia, where they were said to be popular with the …

Oktoberfest beer dray wagon

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 …