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  • So you want to get better at describing beer

    There’s no getting round it, if you want to become a better beer taster you need to learn how to describe the stuff clearly and accurately. Flavour is wrapped up in language, and you need to identify and understand what you’re tasting.

  • What is ‘mixed ferm’ beer?

    I’m rather annoyed with myself. In a recent newsletter I lazily referred to saisons as being ‘mixed ferm’. That was wrong. They are not. Or, at least, they don’t have to be.…

  • Talk your way to better beer tasting skills

    We all taste beer in the same way, so how come some of us seem to be better at it than others?

  • Ageing beer is easy: how to get the best from your bottles

    First things first: I’m not just talking about how best to store your beer for a few days before you get around to drinking it. This is about thinking long-term – keeping…

  • How to store beer at its best

    Beer is a natural product that contains, and is hugely influenced by, a host of living micro-organisms. (That’s the yeast!) This living beer will continue to develop over time. Sometimes the changes…

  • Do you know your beer’s recommended serving temperature?

    Some people like their beer cold. It’s how beer drinkers have been taught to enjoy our brews for years. This is particularly true if you prefer a lager. But did you know…

  • How to taste beer like an expert

    Do you struggle to pick out flavours in your beer? Do you want to talk about what you’re tasting but find it hard to put those flavours into words?

    Your sense of taste isn’t fixed at birth. Tasting is a skill like any other, and with practice you can improve.

    I’m going to share with you the simple technique that professionals use for tasting beer.