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Beers of the World Issue 4

Published on 27/01/2006

Beer Tastings

A very pleasant, unpasteurised, golden/orange beer with.....

An interesting recreation of a beer from the Artois arc.....

An interesting, very pale lager fermented with a Champa.....

A silky upgrade to the standard Budvar, lagered for no .....

Less hoppy and in your face than many Czech beers but c.....

A shallow Peruvian thirstquencher. There’s not much to .....

It’s not a bad session lager but it just lacks a little.....

A very drinkable but not especially exciting premium la.....

A low-sugar beer for special diets that certainly misse.....

A hazy yellow beer that keeps the honey in check. The s.....

A hazy yellow ‘triple’, laced with coriander and bitter.....

Beautifully-presented, unusual beer, aged for 77 days. .....

Slightly darker than the Cask Strength version (feature.....

A very light lager with notable hop character but littl.....

Plenty of hop character, but too dry. Needs a fuller ma.....

A decent, quaffing lager with good hop character. Some .....

A very good, nicely-balanced beer that – if there is a .....

An interesting alternative to the sweeter, more full-bo.....

It may lack depth and character, but this is still a pl.....

Excellent value, strong, amber bitter, an ‘own label’ b.....

An art treasure that needs a little restoration. Still .....

Plenty of taste but unfortunately not much class......

An adequate light lager with plenty of flavour. Could d.....

A flavoursome premium lager perhaps over-dependent on a.....

An enjoyable premium lager, medium bodied and well bala.....

Somewhat disappointing, lacking smoothness and ending r.....

A deep ruby ale designed to replicate the old Scottish .....

A fine, fresh-tasting, interesting creation (described .....

A well-balanced, intriguing, dark golden beer based on .....

Refreshingly, a quaffable bitter with a firm hoppiness .....

A well-made, classy beer, with a very unusual, subtle f.....

Contents

p5

Beer has become a topic of conversation at the dinner table. And, says Dominic Roskrow, that’s very good news

Writing about rock music, someone once said, is a bit like dancing to architecture. The same could be said with regard to talking about beer. There have always been a group of people who seem to talk...

By Dominic Roskrow in the section From the Editor

p7

What happens when you have a Mass at the mash-tun?

The priest had a glint in his eye, and was warming to his theme: the role of St Nicholas as the patron saint of bakers, brewers and distillers. My German does not stretch much beyond Maischpfanne, La...

By in the section

p14

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

Letters He wijns... I got my free copy via the Fullers club, and was very impressed – it’s just the kind of magazine I want. So I’ve sent in my form for a two year sub. However I couldn’t resist se...

By in the section

p16

Should it be a case of youth over experience, or is older better? Zak Avery considers the age of beer

Quote 1: “Fresh beer tastes better” Quote 2: “This will improve and last for at least 25 years” These are two quotes from opposite ends of the beer-production spectrum. The first quote comes from A...

By in the section

p20

Ben McFarland visits the Sierra Nevada brewery in California and explains why its Chco time

Chico is a town that rarely gets its knickers in a twist. To say Chico is laid back is like saying San Francisco, a four hour drive away, is a little hilly and just a bit camp. A small yet sprawling ...

By Ben McFarland in the section

p24

Wadworth’s has a highly renowned ale. But as Adrian Tierney-Jones discovers, there’s much to the brewery beside

If you want brewing tradition, then Wadworth has it by the dray load. The brewery has been a fixture of the Wiltshire market town of Devizes since the 1880s, when Henry Wadworth commissioned its gorge...

By Adrian Tierney-Jones in the section

p28

In the latest in our series Michael Jackson investigates the role of water and how important a quality sourse is to the overall taste of beer

Water has a significant influence on the flavour and body of beer, though not as great as the contribution made by malted barley and other grains; by hops; and by the brewer himself. If barley took u...

By in the section

p30

Andrew Catchpole looks at the brewers of Hampshire, Sussex and Kent

Evidence of brewing among the pastoral landscapes and rolling downs of South East England stretches back into the Middle Ages and beyond. Even today a visit to Kent and parts of Sussex reveals a very...

By Andrew Catchpole in the section Regional Focus

p36

Refresh UK has done exactly what it says on the tin – taken a motley crew of brands and kickstarted them back to life. Ben McFarland reports

Refresh UK is to building beer brands what Red Adair is to fire fighting and the Priory is to famous folk addicted to naughty drugs, excessive drink and hanky-panky. It’s a brands and brewing orphana...

By Ben McFarland in the section

p40

There’s nothing wrong with a quality lager as an accompaniment to Indian food, but as Ben McFarland reports, there are other options

Diners in the United Kingdom and a host of other countries have been in the throes of a love affair with the food and flavours of the Indian sub-continent ever since colonial pen-pushers and members o...

By Ben McFarland in the section Beer and Food

p43

Yorkshires unofficial capital city is the place for historic pubs, great nightlife and world class beer. Richard Jones went for a stroll

It may be home to hundreds of thousands of their ilk, but Leeds refuses to conform to clichés about Yorkshiremen. Whereas 20 or 30 years ago you might have found its streets (cobbled, inevitably) fil...

By Richard Jones in the section Beer Journeys

p46

John Smith and his family helped put Tadcaster on the beer map. Lewis Eckett reports

Two great pointers as to whether you’re winning the fame game. One: do you have a first name that everyone associates with just you – such as Elvis, Madonna, Arnie or Cher? Two: do you share a very ...

By in the section

p47

Will beers stored in casks previously used to mature another drink become increasingly popular, or is it just a fad? Adrian Tierney Jones reports

In the summer of 2003, former Caledonian Brewery head brewer Dougal Sharp unveiled Innis & Gunn’s Woodaged Beer. This was a stunningly flavoured 6.6% beer that had spent the first 37 days of its post...

By in the section Beer Trends

p51

Cotswold is a microbrewery with a difference – it makes lager. Nigel Huddlestone reports

Richard Keene takes a call from a pub in the Oxfordshire village of Churchill. It has run out of the beer he brews as a cottage industry microbrewer in a rented barn. Keene bundles a barrel into the ...

By Nigel Huddleston in the section Spotlight

p52

Juliette Banner is the partner of world-music loving disc jockey Andy Kershaw, and her cosmopolitan choice of food and drink suggests so. Andrew Burnyeat reports

It’s grim up north London, as the brief walk from Highgate tube to Banner’s restaurant reveals. Looking at the big cars behind the prohibitive iron gates protecting even bigger houses and flats, you ...

By in the section Spotlight

p54

The Celtic Beer Festival is odd in that it is held in winter. But as Adrian Tierney Jones reports, it’s a great place to taste something different

December in Cornwall and the tourists have gone. The beaches are empty apart from the most dedicated surfers, while the pubs returned back to the quiet embrace of the locals. Not the best time of the...

By in the section Spotlight

p56

Many of us have experienced Beer Goggles – the source of many regrets after a heavy night out. But now science can explain how it happens, from the first glimpses across the bar, to the bitter end. ...

By Dominic Roskrow in the section Beer Matters

p56

Despite fears that the United Kingdom would become engulfed by 24-hour binge drinking, new licensing laws came into being recently – with very little trouble. The British media predicted city streets...

By Dominic Roskrow in the section Beer Matters

p57

Want to play a beer game while enjoying a glass or two? Here are some of the best ones on line

BEER GOLF www.widmer.com/games/go lf.html This is a well-designed game that pops up quite a lot on the internet, but brewers Widmer have given it a welcome beer slant. The addictive game features ...

By Dominic Roskrow in the section Beer Matters

p57

www.samueladams.com For the discerning beer lover then a quick visit here is a must, particularly lovers of this great American beer. In the downloads section, the first thing of real interest is t...

By Dominic Roskrow in the section Beer Matters

p57

Well fancy that – we’ve been enjoying a high profile since we launched a few months back but it seeems that even the most serious establishment media are catching on. We were chosen as the London Dai...

By Dominic Roskrow in the section Beer Matters

p58

An international alliance is creating a world class wheat beer in the Ukraine. Roger Protz visited the brewery that is making waves across the globe

The Ukraine has gone from orange to white in a year. First, the Orange Revolution swept the old regime from power and ushered in a pro-Western government. Now a privatised brewing industry is widenin...

By Roger Protz in the section

p61

Playing cards have long been used to promote beer. And now, says Andrew Burnyeat, they are becoming collectors’ items

Adolf Hitler and scantily-clad women are hardly the words you’d expect to read at the start of an article about brewery playing cards. Yet Hitler is depicted in a card issued during World War Two wit...

By in the section

p62

Alastair Gilmour takes his place in one of the most unusual pub visits he has ever undertaken

Who could turn down the invitation to a pub crawl, a bit of banter and a good time? It’s a suggestion loaded with possibilities which the Edinburgh Literary Pub Tour delivers in entertaining fashion ...

By Alastair Gilmour in the section Beer Journeys

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