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Beers of the World Issue 1

Published on 26/08/2005

Beer Tastings

Robust and surprisingly challenging......

A garnet-coloured brew that is far too quaffable for it.....

Splendid re-creation of the imperial Russian stout styl.....

A somewhat thin ruby beer, not as smooth as it could be.....

Totally undemanding beer for a specialist segment of th.....

Delicious, easy to drink and perfectly balanced. Teasin.....

Not very full bodied but otherwise faultless. Conveys c.....

Easy-drinking, pleasant but uneventful......

Everything that should be is in this hazy yellow beer, .....

Spoiled by the rough alcoholic notes......

Clean and tasty but a little thin for its strength......

A well-balanced and interesting mild, combining sweet a.....

A robust beer for hop lovers, probably not balanced eno.....

A bold, demanding beer for the Battle of Trafalgar comm.....

An explosive ale to commemorate the 400th anniversary o.....

Disappoints a little, lacking the flavour its cloudy am.....

A smooth, flavoursome stout. Full bodied and good value.....

Multi-faceted strong beer that is surprisingly crisp fo.....

A fine, dry and bitter, ruby-brown stout with a fruitin.....

A touch light in the body for its strength and not as t.....

An organic offering that delivers more than its nose pr.....

Flavour-packed and a revelation for anyone who thinks a.....

A sharply refreshing, muddy-yellow-coloured beer......

A murky brown beer that, unless presented in the proper.....

Mellow and easy drinking. No great character but pleasa.....

A clean and quaffable bright beer, but perhaps a touch .....

A full-bodied, complex ale, perhaps too bold for some d.....

An unusual twist on the stout theme, but lacks a little.....

Well-constructed and reliable beer from the world’s old.....

Unusual and adventurous but just fails to set the palat.....

Marred by a touch of papery, oxidation character......

A nicely balanced beer sadly spoiled by light pervading.....

Remarkably easy-drinking strong ale. The restrained fin.....

No shortage of flavour but perhaps not crisp enough for.....

Attractively packaged, flavour-packed beer that may be .....

An uncompromisingly bitter and roasted stout. A good al.....

Contents

p5

It’s been months in the planning but it’s finally here - a consumer magazine devoted to beer. And, argues Editor Dominic Roskrow, about time too

Welcome to the first issue of Beers of the World, the international consumer magazine dedicated to celebrating beer and the people who make it. We’re well aware of how ambitious we’re being by taking...

By Dominic Roskrow in the section From the Editor

p7

Michael Jackson doesn’t drink Pepsi. He muses about brews (but who interviewed whom?)

Being called Michael Jackson is a mixed blessing. I have been accustomed to it for many years but recent months have been a trial, as you can imagine. So let’s get that endlessly-raised question out o...

By in the section

p13

The Great American Beer Festival Denver, USA September 29 – October 2 2005 According to the Guinness Book of World Records, The Great American Beer Festival offers more beers than any other in the wor...

By Dominic Roskrow in the section

p16

As Britain prepares to mark the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Trafalgar and the death of its greatest naval hero, Mark Nicholls looks at how brewers will salute Lord Nelson in his bicentenary year

There have been many glasses raised in honour of Vice-Admiral Horatio Nelson, without doubt the greatest of all British naval heroes. But this year, the 200th anniversary of his death at the Battle o...

By in the section Beer Trends

p20

The beers of the Czech Republic have long been revered but in recent years they have become widely available, too. Are they still as good? Ben McFarland reports

The Czech word for beer is pivo. If you’ve been to Prague it’s a word you’ll no doubt be acquainted with. Not knowing the word for beer in the Czech Republic is akin to not knowing the word for sun b...

By Ben McFarland in the section International Focus

p26

London brewer Fuller’s is launching innovative new beers while keeping its core drinkers happy. Dominic Roskrow reports

When London brewer Fuller’s decided to launch an all-new permanent cask ale to its core range for the first time in more than 20 years it was fitting that it called it Discovery. For what it set out ...

By Dominic Roskrow in the section Brewery Focus

p30

Theakston’s has gone from hero to zero and back again. Will the real Theakston’s please stand up? Nigel Huddlestone reports

When four Theakston brothers got together in 2003 to buy back the brewery with the family name from the mighty Scottish & Newcastle, it completed one of the biggest turnarounds in British brewing hist...

By Nigel Huddleston in the section

p33

East Anglia has emerged from the shadow of one large brewer and is producing some of Britain’s most exciting beers. Andrew Burnyeat reports

You could have counted breweries in East Anglia on the fingers of one hand in the 1960s. Dozens of small breweries closed as Watney’s Red Barrel ruled the brewing waves. But since the 1980s there has...

By in the section Regional Focus

p40

The phrase 'continental culture' is becoming commonplace. Is there a continental style, or do Europeans all approach beer in different ways? Andrew Burnyeat reports

London Lord Mayor Ken Livingstone would love it. If he were French, closing time would be a matter for him. When he’s finished his drink, that’s it, everybody goes home. (Not really – but the Mayor d...

By in the section Beer Trends

p44

Belgium’s Cantillon Brewery makes stunning beer using 6,000 year old technology. It’s an acquired taste worth acquiring says Andy Burnyeat

Mice?!!” As my order at a Brussels bar was repeated by the gentleman standing next to me, I thought I had met the real Arthur Dent. My fellow customer seemed just as dumbfounded by the concept of ord...

By in the section

p48

Tetley’s helped put Leeds on the map. Its founder is among Yorkshire’s most famous sons. Dominic Roskrow reports

I shall call it my Darth Vader moment. Remember the scene when Luke Skywalker finds out that his father isn’t dead but is in actual fact the black-helmeted one? In a manner of speaking that’s what it...

By Dominic Roskrow in the section

p50

For those in the know Meantime is Britain’s most exciting brewery and it makes worldbeating beer. Ben McFarland speaks to the maverick behind it

A non-descript former tramshed in an unexceptional industrial park in Greenwich, South London, is hardly an obvious setting for a cutting-edge microbrewery. Yet within its deliberately unimposing wall...

By Ben McFarland in the section

p53

Football and beer… for Britons it’s a marriage made in heaven. Alistair Gilmour looks at the link between sport and beer

MOST of us are familiar with those three little words that mean everything to a relationship. They’re a symbol of affection, an underpinning of trust and a measure of unstinting loyalty. They are oft...

By Alastair Gilmour in the section

p56

Belgo Restaurants have played a key role in helping to promote the concept of food with quality beer. Nigel Huddleston reports

Interest in speciality beers has spawned dozens of pubs where you can sample authentic Belgian lambics and fruit beers, but if you want to experience the Full Monty of Belgian cuisine and beer then Lo...

By Nigel Huddleston in the section

p58

Increasingly people are experimenting with flavours and serving food with beer. Ben McFarland introduces our food column

It wasn’t too long ago that merely uttering the words “beer” and “gastronomy” in the same sentence would have men in white coats knocking on your door – and we’re not talking about curious chefs eithe...

By Ben McFarland in the section Beer and Food

p62

In the first of a series on the brewing of beer Nigel Huddleston looks at the role of the hop

What is a hop? The hop is a wild, sprawling plant – humulus lupulus in Latin, meaning wolf plant, so-named because the Romans said it grew wild among willow trees like a wolf among sheep – tamed by h...

By Nigel Huddleston in the section

p65

The collecting of beer memorabilia has become highly popular. In each issue we’ll have a look at some of the trends. Andrew Burnyeat reports

Some of the most expensive beer cans in the world are being bought and sold on the internet every day. The law of supply and demand operates with the same force in this market as it does in most othe...

By in the section

p66

The quality of packaged beers has improved dramatically in recent years. Richard Jones looks at what’s on offer

They cover many things at parenting classes, but bottled beer isn’t one of them. In my younger, fancy free-er days, I firmly believed that a decent pub was the only place to drink beer. Not just for ...

By Richard Jones in the section

p69

When a group of 20 Poles started a regular Sunday drinking session in the Rising Sun, manager Ian Gardner could tell something was missing. “We like your pub,” said one of the group, almost all of wh...

By Dominic Roskrow in the section Beer Matters

p69

Ah, the internet. Our office has just managed to pry itself from a baseball game when we discovered an amusing game from Milwaukee’s Best Light, brewed by Miller. It’s called Beer Ogle-Meter and it f...

By Dominic Roskrow in the section Beer Matters

p69

American-based spirits writer Gary Regan found himself in the middle of an unholy row when he ran a joke competition on his website recently. He chose what he thought was the best joke and awarded th...

By Dominic Roskrow in the section Beer Matters

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