Craft Beer

Craft Beer 01: What's your beer taste like?

As this is my first journal post I thought I’d start with something close to my heart, something to get the writing muscles nicely lubricated. Something in the form of a Craft Beer blog.

You may or may not have noticed, but craft beer is a bit of a revolution in the world of drinking. It’s a movement, a culture and it's here to stay.

It can also be a daunting ordeal if you dont know what you're after, so I thought I'd tackle the subject of 'defining your taste' in this first installment.

For me, buying beer is a lot like buying music and walking into a bottle shop is a lot like walking in to a record store.

I suppose what I mean is (and I'm sure this applies to many other things) both are about choices, and the music business gets the whole choice/finding what you're after thing pretty right.

Think about beer a bit like music and I'm sure you'll start to define your taste. Here's how it works...

What's the genre: IPA, Stout, Saison or Wheats? — Artist: BrewDog, The Kernel, Mikkeller, Toøl? — Track: Dead Pony Club, Simcoe Mosaic, Nuclear Hop Assault or Liquid Confidential? Who's designed the sleeve: Alec Doherty (Partizan), Keith Shore (Mikkeller) and Karl Grandin (Omnipollo).

I'm not saying that this is the only way to catagorise beer, but it's a good place to start, especially if you've already tried something you like.

Give it a go next time you're in a bottle shop.

Here's a couple of my recent playlists (you'll notice a couple of fav's):

  • Black Jack: Beligian Red — Brooklyn: Anchore Ace — Northern Monk: Rhubarb & Rosemary Blossom IPA — De Dochter van de Formidable — Under the Arches: Brew 900 — Schneider Weisse: Aventinus Eisbock
  • North Riding: Equinox — Canopy: Ruskin Wheat Beer – Brew By Numbers: 01|08 Saison — Mad Hatter: Drink Me Dunkel Weizen — Black Jack: Belgian Red — The Kernel: IPA Black — Under the Arches Brew 900