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Beers of the World Issue 6

Published on 18/05/2006

Beer Tastings

A peculiar red beer featuring the Sheriff of Nottingham.....

A strong Spanish lager with plenty of hop character but.....

An enjoyable, but subtle golden lager with a moreish fi.....

A golden ale with good, interesting flavours if you lik.....

A golden lager with a pleasant aroma and a fair hop cha.....

An everyday quaffing lager, pleasant without being part.....

A pale golden Italian lager that has some character but.....

A curry beer with plenty of taste but without much to c.....

Surprisingly malty for this day and age, but could tast.....

A world classic barley wine that could easily be served.....

Lots of taste and an interesting emphasis on bitterness.....

The honey flavours are nicely restrained, leaving the s.....

A surprisingly golden-coloured, bottle-conditioned IPA,.....

A pleasant quaffing ale with an American accent. Not th.....

Surprisingly strong for a summer ale, but there’s plent.....

More akin to a Belgian wit than a Bavarian weissbier. T.....

An enjoyable golden German beer with plenty of taste. C.....

A refreshingly malty alternative to the current wave of.....

Contents

p5

The English don’t shout loudly enough about good news, says Dominic Roskrow, or stand up enough when it’s bad

Ask anyone from elsewhere in the British isles and they’ll tell you that the English are an arrogant race. I think this is a load of old poppycock. The English might be bellicose and aggressive when ...

By Dominic Roskrow in the section From the Editor

p7

How the West was won: part one

From Harrogate to Hollywood?” With a sub-heading saying: “From Betty’s Tea Room to Barney’s Beanery.” What do you think? I’m working on a title for my projected nose’n’tell book about my travels in th...

By in the section

p15

Pete Brown is the Stella marketing man who walked into a pub with a book of the same name a couple of years ago. Some members of the Campaign for Real Ale were unamused by his thoughts on the organiza...

By Adrian Tierney-Jones in the section

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Pilsner Urquell is among the greatest Czech beers and it helped define a category. Adrian Tierney-Jones visited it

The historic brewing centre of Pilsen is hardly Burton-on-Trent. While the home of IPA and Bass still shows off its bleached industrial roots, the place where pilsner lager was born remains a relative...

By Adrian Tierney-Jones in the section

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Sally Toms reviews the latest beer books

Beer Paul Barnett (Facts, Figures & Fun) A lightning tour of the world of beer. Barnett gives us an international survey of the facts and legends of the drink, including a wealth of history, health p...

By Sally Toms in the section

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Once the capital of British ale production, Burton-on-Trent was world-renowned for its beer-making resources. And as Glynn Davis reports, it still casts a long shadow

It is widely known that London’s St Pancras Station is undergoing a major redevelopment as it becomes the new terminus for Eurostar but what is less well known is that the beers of Burton on Trent are...

By Glynn Davis in the section

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British farmers’ markets and home delivered box schemes have become increasingly popular, but it’s a legal grey area. Andrew Burnyeat reports

Farmers’ markets are great. Rosycheeked, Wellington-shod shoppers arrive home brimming with satisfaction and unload their recyclable bags onto their oakwood kitchen table and admire their newlyacquire...

By in the section Spotlight

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South African beer is on the up. Rob Allanson looks at what is on offer

Let’s get it out of the way first. South Africa in previous decades or so has had a bad reputation when it comes to tourism. Which when you see this fantastic red earth country really is a shame. T...

By in the section International Focus

p28

Scotland has undergone a beer revolution in the last decade. Ben McFarland looks at what is on offer

When it comes to life-enhancing liquids, Scotland can proudly lay claim to both whisky and water. What few people know, however, is that Scotland is home to some of the United Kingdom’s most exciting...

By Ben McFarland in the section Regional Focus

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In the latest in our series Nigel Huddleston looks at the role of the cask in production

Speak to fans of British beer and they’ll tell you that cask conditioning produces beers with finer aromas, fuller flavours and deeper character than those that aren’t, but what nobody ever bothers to...

By Nigel Huddleston in the section

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Andrew Catchpole looks at the beers and breweries of Greater London, Middlesex and Surrey

London’s best known contribution to the beer world is the treacle dark, burnt-bitter edged, thirst-slaking beauty that is porter. This original London stout was possibly created by one Ralph Harwood ...

By Andrew Catchpole in the section Regional Focus

p38

With all the talk in England of metatarsals, talented teenagers and the threat posed by Trinidad and Tobago as we went to press you might be forgiven thinking that some sort of footballing event might...

By in the section Beer Matters

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Now in the last edition we featured a sublime beer game based on the fabulous Splinter Cell games. This edition we are moving slightly towards the ridiculous with a very tough little game. This is re...

By in the section Beer Matters

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Each issue we’ll feature some of the stranger and funnier stories as well as all sorts of other nonsense

Just tops! Drinkers and school pupils are not two sections of society you would say often go well together. However in Chester the two social groups have been collecting beer bottle tops together in...

By in the section Beer Matters

p38

Bungling thieves recently raided Little Downham's Fenland Brewery - and left half their haul behind because they couldn't fit it in their van. They used wire cutters to slice through a six foot fence...

By in the section Beer Matters

p39

Jack wakes up with a huge hangover after attending his company’s Christmas party. Jack is not normally a drinker, but the beer was particularly palatable. He didn’t even remember how he got home from ...

By Dominic Roskrow in the section Beer Matters

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Beer can make a great accompaniment to salty seafood. Ben McFarland reports

Don your flip flops and Ray-Bans, squeeze into those skimpy Speedos and pack your bucket and spade because, this month, Beers Of The World’s voyage of beer and food discovery is taking your tastebuds ...

By Ben McFarland in the section Beer and Food

p43

Norfolk boasts some of the best barley and the best golden ale in Britain. But the county’s Iceni Brewery is offering much
more. Nigel Huddleston reports

If the alchemist’s art was to turn base metals into gold, then the modern brewing equivalent seems to be the desire of brewmasters to turn hops and barley into golden ales. But if you’re tiring of ba...

By Nigel Huddleston in the section Spotlight

p44

At long last the beer and food link seems to be gaining ground. One of the people driving the move is celebrity chef Richard Fox. Rob Allanson met him

This year the revolution is going to happen, and it will be on the hob rather than the television. Beer and food is going to take off in a big way. In fact the joy of matching great food and greater ...

By in the section

p48

The London brewer Young’s is a fine mix of the old and the new. Lewis Eckett plots its history

It’s Christmas at the Young’s Brewery in Wandsworth, South London, and a journalist has just arrived for a day’s pub visits in support of the brewery’s nomination as regional pub chain of the year. H...

By in the section

p51

Manchester might have lost its 'cream' in the form of Boddingtons Brewery, but the self styled 'Capital of the North' remains a prime destination for beer lovers writes Richard Jones.

It may not quite inspire the ‘love it, hate it’ extremes of Marmite or Laphroaig Single Malt Whisky, but Manchester is a city that arouses mixed emotions. Supporters argue that only London competes w...

By Richard Jones in the section Beer Journeys

p55

Sharp's is challenging St Austell as Cornwall's biggest brewer. Roger Protz visited it

My wife and sons are all too familiar with the following episode during our annual summer holiday. It begins with my saying: “On the way to the beach, can we make a small detour to look at a new micro...

By Roger Protz in the section Brewery Focus

p57

Brewery pin badges are in big demand. Andrew Burnyeat reports

Patrick Keogh has been a collector all his life. Indeed his mother once told him: “If there’s more than one of anything, you’ll collect it.” He started off as a boy scout, collecting the kind of badge...

By in the section

p58

How do you make sense of the United States and all its breweries? Gary Monterosso picks 10 favourite beers

With more than 1,300 breweries operating in the United States today, it is astounding to realise that there were only 40 in existence 30 years ago. Then, most of those breweries were large and genera...

By in the section Beer Trends

p60

Vaux Double Maxim enjoys iconic status. And according to Alastair Gilmour it’s going from strength to strength

One of the country’s most historic beers not only continues to perform well, but its ‘big brother’ is sharing its takehome spotlight. For more than a century, Vaux Double Maxim has been one of the No...

By Alastair Gilmour in the section Beer Trends

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Does it matter that we can trace the history of our beer? Adrian Tierney Jones weighs up the evidence

We live in a world where children think that chicken nuggets and chips grow on trees, while some adults prefer to gloss over the reality of the shrink-wrapped meat from their local supermarket ie, it ...

By Adrian Tierney-Jones in the section

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Andrew Burnyeat visits the Running Horse in Hampshire, England

The Running Horse in Hampshire, England, is a prime example of a former country pub enjoying a new lease of life as a restaurant. Who do we blame for the decline of the good old British rural pub? - ...

By in the section Spotlight

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