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Beers of the World Issue 3

Published on 12/01/2006

Beer Tastings

A good vlue, red-amber beer that is full of character......

A strong copper ale for lovers of estery fruit flavours.....

An impressive British pilsener that would score much mo.....

A beer that used to be bottle conditioned but is now fi.....

A full-flavoured, robust beer with the distinctive Full.....

An easy-drinking golden ale that is very versatile and .....

A perfectly balanced, biscuity autumnal ale. Too bitte.....

An easy-drinking (for its strength), complex bottle-con.....

An attractive ruby ale with a chocolate orange characte.....

A nicely-balanced golden ale with a good hop presence. .....

A full-flavoured, bronze quaffing beer......

A fairly bitter mild, thin in body, as expected for the.....

A novel, copper-coloured brew the dryness and hoppiness.....

A dark ruby stout with a tart fruitness that, rather th.....

An interesting golden ale that could, perhaps, be just .....

A famous copper ale with a rather subtle finish for a b.....

A complex and fascinating, award-winning red ale in an .....

A famous amber-red Kentish ale with a pronounced bitter.....

An enjoyable, amber-coloured seasonal offering, present.....

A full-bodied, smooth, ruby beer with the character of .....

A bronze beer that would be better if the chocolate fla.....

A delightfully mellow yet complex old ale, but lacks th.....

A bottle-conditioned beer that seemed a touch young. An.....

A dark golden, bottleconditioned beer that needed more .....

An interesting and flavoursome, bottle-conditioned ruby.....

A tasty red-brown beer, just a little thick in the fini.....

A nicely balanced spiced ale that still comes over as a.....

An enjoyable chameleon beer that strangely changes its .....

A clean and pleasantly moreish beer, thanks to an initi.....

A full-flavoured red beer that is surprisingly bitter f.....

A somewhat frustrating red beer that keeps promising an.....

It doesn’t taste like Christmas pudding but it’s great .....

Contents

p5

As England and Wales brace themselves for the much hyped 24 hour drinking laws, Dominic Roskrow argues it need not lead to onslaught of drunken behaviour

It’s not often that you get to be part of history. But as we went to press with this issue England and Wales were taking the monumental step of joining the rest of the civilised world and allowing its...

By Dominic Roskrow in the section From the Editor

p7

There’s lager and lager – and Michael Jackson has discovered a gem

When Jack the Lad asks for Stella, is it the barmaid he’s after, or the beer? Come to that, how many lager-drinkers notice that their favourite beer has a girl’s name – or wonder why? If you are a ge...

By in the section

p13

A selection of postings from our forum www.beers-of-the-world.com

Big Ell Panda Bear Subject: Restaurants Does anybody know of a decent restaurant where I can turn up and not be affronted by a myriad of wine glasses trying to tempt me on the table. It never work...

By Dominic Roskrow in the section

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The sharp-eyed among you may have noticed that Wiltshire didn’t appear in our South West feature in the last issue. Printing gremlins were responsible, so here Andrew Tierney-Jones tries once more to get to grips with the county

The sharp-eyed among you may have noticed that Wiltshire was mysteriously removed from our South West feature in the second issue of Beers of the World. Printing gremlins were responsible, so here is...

By in the section Spotlight

p16

The United States is the greatest beer show in town. Ben McFarland goes ga-ga at the Great American Beer Festival

Where in the world can you find the most vibrant and exciting beer scene? In Britain where a real ale renaissance is gathering pace? No. Germany – land of lush lagers and wonderful weizens? Nein, Herr...

By Ben McFarland in the section Spotlight

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More and more people are taking the Eurostar train to Belgium to sample its beers at first hand. So how do you make sense of its many styles? Lewis Eckett reports

How did it happen? When did it all go right for Belgium’s beer makers? When did the beer world Cinderella get to go to the ball, dressed to the nines, leaving the sneers of ugly sister France in its w...

By in the section International Focus

p24

Few breweries dominate their locality the way Adnams does in Southwold. Adrian Tierney-Jones visited it

Early morning in Southwold and a massive plume of white steam pours from a tall chimney at Adnams. The first brew of the day is underway, supervised by head brewer Mike Powell- Evans and assistant Fer...

By Adrian Tierney-Jones in the section Brewery Focus

p28

Tim Webb compiled, wrote and edited the Good Beer Guide to Belgium. Rob Allanson spoke to him

Taking the plunge into another country’s beers, especially one with an array of strange styles, is often an exciting and daunting prospect. Thankfully for those beer lovers looking to expand their ta...

By in the section Spotlight

p30

The North-West of England is still a healthy area for quality beer. Andrew Catchpole picks out the best buys

Howls of protest greeted the closure of Boddington’s historic Strangeways Brewery last year and the later buy-outs of both Jennings and Burtonwood by Wolverhampton and Dudley Breweries further upset a...

By Andrew Catchpole in the section Regional Focus

p36

Portland, Oregon, is a beer mecca and one of its key players is the Rogue Brewery. Ben McFarland visited it

Undulating, drizzly and a little bit funky, Portland, Oregon, is unlike any other town in America. It may not have the endless hours of sunshine that brighten-up other cities on America’s West Coast ...

By Ben McFarland in the section

p40

Cheese is far more compatible with beer than wine, so why don’t we serve the two together more? Ben McFarland goes on a road test

Wine and cheese parties were all the rage in the 70s. That’s when wine and cheese first really got together. For years the two were joined at the hip and happening social gatherings. Back then, they s...

By Ben McFarland in the section Beer and Food

p43

Relaxing with a few beers – oh, and maybe a chicken – is part of the Bavarian way of life for men and women, young and old. Andrew Burnyeat reports

Imagine a public park filled with row upon row of tables and benches. Now imagine those benches heaving under the weight of the collective backside of the local populace. The weather is bright and su...

By in the section Beer Journeys

p46

The Boston Beer Company pioneered the current revolution in American beers, and spearheaded the growth of smaller brewers. But who was Samuel Adams?

The idea of these ‘beer legends’ pages is to champion someone who made an important contribution to the world of beer. So why are we writing about someone who was a rotten brewer and a poor businessma...

By in the section

p48

Nigel Huddleston investigates how brewers get the perfect pint from the brewery to the discerning beer lover

No matter how carefully the brewer exercises his craft, you are not going to get a decent pint or bottle of beer unless it arrives in front of you in tip-top condition. But how many beer drinkers kno...

By Nigel Huddleston in the section

p51

St Peter’s Brewery is about to celebrate its 10th anniversary but it’s up for sale. What’s going on? Dominic Roskrow reports

It’s a success story with the buttons stuck in fast forward mode. From nought to the end of the 90s in record time, picking up awards on the way, St Peter’s Brewery has been on a white knuckle ride fr...

By Dominic Roskrow in the section Spotlight

p52

Two Fat Cats – one a long time real ale mecca, the other CAMRA’s champion pub of Great Britain and the only pub to win the honour twice. Nigel Huddleston reports from Sheffield, Rob Allanson from Norwich

The night when the Fat Cat first opened its doors in 1981 there were people queuing outside to get in. The Sheffield public had been fed a diet of keg Stone’s and Ward’s by two of what were then the ...

By Nigel Huddleston in the section Spotlight

p54

What a difference a year can make! In the past year Everards Brewery has seen major make overs of its main brands and the launch of a new campaign ‘Support Your Local’. The pace of change looks set ...

By Dominic Roskrow in the section Beer Matters

p55

The world of marketing and promotions is littered with spectacular own goals, particularly when the ad men start messing around with foreign languages. So what will become of Nissan’s latest offering...

By Dominic Roskrow in the section Beer Matters

p55

Fancy brewing your own but can’t face the effort? Help, it seems, is at hand. The Beer Machine is a selfcontained, single-step brewer that makes brewing your own fresh premium naturally made beer as ...

By Dominic Roskrow in the section Beer Matters

p55

A Cumbrian landlord has been crowned the World’s Biggest Liar, an international competition to find the person who can tell the most outrageous whoppers. Beating competition from around the world, 49...

By Dominic Roskrow in the section Beer Matters

p56

Could a 150-year-old socialist ideal help keep small breweries and rural communities afloat? Alastair Gilmour thinks so

You’re sitting in the only pub in the village. The next-door micro-brewery is about to throw in the towel. The pub gets its beer from the micro. The nearest city is 12 miles away and the bus runs only...

By Alastair Gilmour in the section Spotlight

p58

In the latest in his series on the ingredients of beer Nigel Huddleston looks at the role of malted barley

What is malt? Malt is shorthand for barley that has undergone a process called malting. Malted barley is the main cereal used in brewing beer and the only one that falls within the German purity laws...

By Nigel Huddleston in the section

p61

Some global brands have their own following – and Guinness is among them. It even has its own collectors’ club. Andrew Burnyeat reports

Guinness is possibly the best known beer brand across the world. And it’s by far the most distinctive-looking pint. Its Irish heritage and a long history of smash hit advertising have helped to creat...

By in the section

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