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Beers of the World Issue 8

Published on 27/09/2006

Beer Tastings

It contains peach blossom and tastes too contrived for .....

An interesting concoction that would be good with a cre.....

The bitterness, smoky notes and tart fruit don’t really.....

Not the subtlest of fruit beers, but it will appeal to .....

A golden beer from Arizona, with a whole green chili in.....

A pleasant but sweet drink based around fresh blackberr.....

The key ingredient (somewhat obvious) is Scottish raspb.....

It doesn’t work for me, I’m afraid. It’s reasonably wel.....

A weird but sadly not wonderful Australian strong lager.....

A rather timid but refined and enjoyable Maltese lager .....

This is Foster’s spiked with lemon and lime juices, whi.....

A dark golden, English-style organic best bitter from N.....

On the whole a decent organic lager from New Zealand wi.....

The letters stand for Gluten Free Lager. This very pale.....

A nicely packaged, interesting and flavoursome beer tha.....

A smooth and full-flavoured, predominantly malty bitter.....

A tasty, well balanced strong ale described on the labe.....

This is a stronger version of the pleasant Taste the Di.....

A nicely balanced and tasty, if very dry, bitter showca.....

An unpasteurised brew, based on the Golding hop: for th.....

The very pale golden colour belies the depth of flavour.....

A very successful strong ruby ale that is complex but w.....

A well conceived, easy-drinking ‘gooseberry and wheat a.....

A rosé-coloured beer made with tayberries, a cross betw.....

Contents

p5

Sally Toms introduces herself as Editor

Here’s a shocker: I’m a girl (wait, that’s not it); I’m a girl who loves all kinds of beer. Surprised? Not really I guess. The beer world is changing and it’s an exciting time to take the helm of thi...

By Sally Toms in the section

p7

And what remedies to apply the morning after

Can you get a hangover from reading about drink? Our round-up of the beer scene in Japan stirred a wave of nostalgia for the many wonderful beers and brewery tours I have enjoyed there in my dozen or...

By in the section

p16

The Moorhouse's Brewery in the North West of England has survived through difficult times and is now branching out. Dominic Roskrow visited it

On paper at least, it was a good enough idea: travel to the depressed North West of England and report how the community was turning its back on its traditional past and embracing the future, symbolis...

By Dominic Roskrow in the section

p20

Nigel Huddleston visits the smallest beer bar in London

London’s Borough Market has found a new lease of life in the past decade with visitors attracted from across the city and beyond by the fine produce on sale from small producers. So when the first ne...

By Nigel Huddleston in the section Spotlight

p22

The Belgian town of Beersel is blessed with not one but two traditional lambic breweries. Roger Protz visited them

It’s a long, steep clamber up from the railway station at Beersel to the small town with its moated castle, built early in the 14th century by the Duke of Brabant to aid the defence of Brussels. When ...

By Roger Protz in the section

p26

The Netherlands has had a rough ride from beer aficionados but is it really that bad? Dominic Roskrow reports

Have you ever wondered whether Dutch beer is better than sex? Thought not. But some 15 years ago I did. Not any old sex, either – filthy, depraved, stoned backstreet sex with prostitutes. Perhaps I ...

By Dominic Roskrow in the section International Focus

p30

Dark Star is a British micro brewery with a difference. Nigel Huddleston reports

They say variety is the spice of life but it’s the other way round at Sussex brewer Dark Star. The micro uses cinnamon, coriander and ginger, among other exotic ingredients, in producing a range of al...

By Nigel Huddleston in the section Spotlight

p32

This issue, Nigel Huddleston looks at the history of the humble can

It all started for the can, as you might expect, in America. Brewer Gottfried Kreuger, of Newark, New Jersey, made a major breakthrough in packaging two beers in metal cans on January 24, 1935. The A...

By Nigel Huddleston in the section

p34

Adrian Tierney-Jones discovers the beers of England’s most northerly counties, Cumbria and Northumberland

Cumbria and Northumberland don’t immediately spring to mind when we think about the great beer counties of England. Southern neighbour Yorkshire makes a lot of noise about its best bitters, while the...

By Adrian Tierney-Jones in the section Regional Focus

p38

Each issue we’ll feature some of the stranger and funnier stories as well as all sorts of other nonsense in association with the Little Beer Company

This edition of Beers of the World we bring a couple of cautionary tales about being desperate for a pint. Our first little tale comes from the vaults of the Darwin Awards. For those yet uninitiated ...

By Dominic Roskrow in the section Beer Matters

p39

Yet more goggles Those of you who read these pages closely will know in the beer lovers’ world there is a certain fascination with beer goggles. Normally these refer to men being lonely at the end o...

By Dominic Roskrow in the section Beer Matters

p40

A great deal of thought goes in to the Fuller’s beer and food menu. Purely in the interests of research, Ben McFarland went along to a tasting session

London brewer Fuller, Smith & Turner has a selection of pubs called the “Fuller’s Ale & Pie Pubs.” In these pubs you can get lovely ale. And you can get lovely pies. Put them together, and you’ve got ...

By Ben McFarland in the section Beer and Food

p44

Christine Green looks at the bizarre world of beer legislation

In the words of the inimitable scholar, Oscar Wilde: “Work is the curse of the drinking classes,” or perhaps it was the eminent Ben Franklin who captured the true meaning of beer when he said, “Beer i...

By in the section

p47

No visit to Munich could ever be complete without a trip to Europe’s first public park – the Englische Garten in Munich. Andrew Burnyeat reports

The beer flows almost as quickly as the river which runs through the centre of Munich’s Englische Garten. Despite being one of Europe’s biggest public parks, you could visit Munich without realising ...

By in the section Spotlight

p48

A day out in Masham is always a pleasant occasion made even more so by the company you’re in. Barrie Pepper recently spent a day with Simon Theakston to talk about the renaissance of the family firm

I always enjoy meetings with Simon as I did with his late father Michael. For me they epitomise the real spirit of Yorkshire and in particular the Dales. Such meetings usually start with a smile, a f...

By in the section

p50

Jack Curtin spends a day discovering the beers and bars of this Pennsylvania city

Sitting at the Standard Tap in Philadelphia on a Sunday morning, happily sipping a pint in an establishment which serves only local beers, and only on draught, it is easy to understand how this city c...

By in the section Beer Journeys

p54

Some of England's regional brewers are establishing brewery outposts far from home. Glynn Davis reports

It’s not exactly surprising that breweries look to open pubs that are relatively close to their brewing operations. This makes delivering their carefully crafted beers a simple exercise and simplifies...

By Glynn Davis in the section Beer Trends

p57

The love of pub darts is being kept alive by two collectors named Patrick. Andrew Burnyeat reports

When the King and Queen dropped in on Slough Community Centre for a game of darts in 1937, the event made the front pages of many of the national dailies. More importantly, darts had taken off as a n...

By in the section

p58

Once upon a time these heavier style American beers were only produced seasonally – now some are available all year round. David Gilbert reports

It is easy to forget that there was a time not long ago when we looked forward to the winter months for the heavyweight styles of the beer world to arrive. The founding fathers of the craft brew move...

By in the section Beer styles

p62

Tiger has established itself as the leading Asian beer but what do we really know about it? Dominic Roskrow found out

If Tiger beer is ever looking for a slogan it could do a lot worse than adopting and adapting the opening line from Jeff Beck’s Hi Ho Silver Lining: “We’re everywhere and nowhere baby, that’s where we...

By Dominic Roskrow in the section

p64

Kent was once the heartland of British hop production. Andrew Catchpole visits the Faversham Hop Festival to report on the future of this vital beer ingredient

There was a nice spot of irony at work as the 8.20 Spitfire Hop Pickers Steam Special chugged into life and pulled out of London Victoria on route for the September hop festival at Faversham in Kent. ...

By Andrew Catchpole in the section Spotlight

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