Alcohol-Free Alcohol: What To Know
Many alcohol-free wines and beers start out as “real” wine or beer before the alcohol is removed. Spirits are slightly different, but we will return to that later. Beer & Wine: How to get an Alcohol-Free version (De-Alcoholisation) The boiling point of alcohol (78°C) is lower than that of water (100°C). One of the most…
Beer Ingredients: What To Know
Though used in varying proportions depending on the style being made, ALL beer is made from grain, hops, yeast, and water. Grains The grains (barley, wheat, rice, corn, oats, rye, etc.) are much the same as those that are used to make many breakfast cereals. The barley and wheat must undergo a malting process before they can be used to…
Lambics: What To Know
Lambic beers are a little bit like blue cheese or marmite. No, it’s not because the flavor necessarily mimics the creamy stinkiness of blue cheese. It’s because lambics, like many of the best things in life, are an acquired taste. Lambic beers are renowned for their funkiness. They can be hay-like or cheesy or musty,…
Hoppy or Bitter: What To Know
From acidic and tart to floral and fruity to citrusy and sour – the world of craft beer has a wide variety of adjectives to describe the vast spectrum of flavours it has to offer. You’ll also come across the word ‘hoppy’ – a term that’s often used to highlight a beer’s bitter notes. Turns…
Stout: What To Know
Not all stouts—a style marked by the use of roasted malts and barley—are created equal, with alcohol levels, recipes, flavorings and textures running the gamut. From the traditional stouts that emerged after porter rose to popularity in England in the 1800s to today’s kaleidoscope of craft variations, the characteristics found within the category are myriad. To help demystify…
Beer Styles: What To Know
If you’re new to the beer scene, I have some bad news (but it’s good news really): There are a lot of different kinds of beer. Saying that you’d like a beer, isn’t going to get you very far. If you’ve ever had a slight panic attack in an Off Licence trying to figure out what…
How to Taste (and Drink) Beer
Tasting beer is about much more than a simple “open up and swallow.” In order to fully understand and enjoy the beer you’re tasting (and drinking), there are a number of simple strategies to employ, as well as some general tips and tricks for getting the most out of your brew.
You’re Drinking It Wrong: A Guide to Beer Glasses
Pouring your beer into a glass does objectively allow you to better appreciate it.