Fancy some refreshing craft beer to go with this hot and sunny weather? Of course you do. So what types of craft beer do you generally go for? Or do you prefer to try unique tastes to see if you can discover a new favourite?
There’s never been such a wide range of craft beers on the market as brewers enjoy experimenting and adding various flavourings to create new and imaginative drinks. Some flavours are more successful, and so more popular than others. Here are some you may have seen around.
American Pale Ale
American Pale Ale features that distinctive favour of hops that sets it apart from Europe’s craft beers and aligns it more with British ales. It’s a strong taste that goes well with sweeter and fruitier flavourings such as caramel and grapefruit. IPA stands for India Pale Ales, which are the most popular in American craft beers. Again, hops is the central feature in these.
Kolsch And Blonde
Kolsch and Blonde are varieties of ale from the southwest of Germany. These types of craft ale are easy to drink and are created from taking Pils or a pale malt, hops and yeast that’s chosen to give a crisp, clean finish. These are kept in relatively cool brewing conditions over a number of weeks to produce a really clear drink. Perfect for summer.
Belgium Pale Ale
Many of our most popular craft beers originated in Belgium. Belgian Pale is a great example. It’s easy to drink and can be brewed from pilsner or some of the pale malts. The characteristic fruity and mildly spicy taste of Belgian ale yeast adds to the distinct flavour. Monastries in Belgian gave rise to other authentic styles such as Dubbel, Tripel and the stronger Quadrupel ales.
Another kind of Ale, Saison, and the closely related Farmhouse Ales, also come from Belgium. This kind of craft beer is thought to have first been drunk in the 1900s. In recent times when sustainability and ecological factors have grown in increasing importance for craft beer consumers, these ales are becoming ever more popular.
Hefeweizen is from Germany, and its wheat flavour means it has a lot of similarities with American wheat ale. The German version has often been described as being like bubblegum or bananas.
Porter And Stouts
Have you tried Porters? Stouts? These two are very similar. Porters came about in Britain from the late 1700s, and its significance in history was helped along by the worldwide influence of the British Empire during the 1900s. Stronger porters were known as stout porters or stouts.
Brown ales rank alongside the other older craft beers, although these days the modern brain ale drink is very different from the original taste from back then. Modern English Brown ale is much milder, while American Brown Ale is stronger, on account of the hops.
Finally, amber ale, or red ale. This one is easy to drink, and fairly easy to make if you’re new to the art. It can be mild or strong, depending on where it’s brewed, and the Red IPAs are probably about the strongest in hoppy flavours.
With so many types of craft beers available, is it time to stock up your supplies with some new ones? We hope that gives you some refreshing ideas!