I often get asked, what’s your favourite beer style? For me that’s like asking which child you love the most, it will often depend on my mood, the occasion or even the weather.
The style of a beer is affected by so many factors but will fall in to either ingredients or brewing process. Beer in its simplest form is made from water, hops, malted barley and yeast and every one of these can be changed to impact the overall taste and style.
Malts will vary from very pale (hence pale ale) to dark heavy roasted (porters and stouts) it’s the type and the level of roasting that will affect the colour of the final product along with the level of sweetness.
Now, hops are certainly a hot topic with so many varieties being grown across the globe and new strains being created all the time to impart certain characteristics like tropical or earthy flavours. The bines can grow up to 20 meters high and are key to imparting aromas and bitterness to beers, which are so dominant in styles like IPA.
With so many combinations, it’s not hard to see why there are so many beer styles for you to try, and try you must! “I don’t like beer” is not a statement I can agree with, you have just not found the right one yet!
Oh, and if you were wondering, right now I’m really into crisp, refreshing Pilsners but come the end of the month I will be switching to anything German to celebrate 500 years of the Reinheitsgebot which I will talk about later this month.
We'll be showcasing our Boutique Beers range at our Birmingham #Uncovered next Tuesday 19th and then the following Tuesday in Manchester.
Head to www.theexperiencematters.co.uk to register
I hope to see you there!