PORTERS

Porters, everything you need to know:

You’d never think that the industrial revolution and porters to be connected, but they totally are.

The word on the street is that during this time, all the factories needed lots of goods to transport their goods. They did this by using men, known as a porter, to move goods from factory to factory.

The only thing is, these porters loved to have a cheeky little drink in between jobs. Their drink of choice was a local dark brown ale.

Over time, this beer became so widely associated with these factory workers that it eventually became known as porter.

When it comes to porters and flavours, as always, it can really vary depending on variation of style, and ingredients being used.

Generally speaking though, porters till be light brown in cooler, light to medium mouthfeel, sessionable alcohol content (4.5% abv-ish). Also, you should be able to taste light roasted coffee, a bit of easy going chocolate, toffee, caramel, and sometimes they can be nutty.

For us, porters are like the session IPAs of the dark beer world. They have plenty of flavour, but are low enough in alcohol content so you can drink all night long. It’s the beer of choice for the marathon drinker, not the sprinters.

You need this in your life. Go on give it a go.

Also, side note, but a really important side note. Another also, a porter, and a nice bit of cheese are an awesome match. Kinda like Batman and Robin.

STOUTS

Stouts and their history:

We like stouts. And we think some should brew a stout, and then call it Stouty McStout Face. It would be a stout load of fun. Sorry for our terrible patter, but you know you giggled on the inside.

Stouts are a great style, but they’re often underappreciated.

To understand stouts, you first need to understand porters.

We won’t go into too much detail, but a porter is classified as a dark brown ale. Also, it is typically sessionable in abv- about 4.5-5.5% abv.

Back during the 1700s, porter was a very popular style of beer, but stout didn’t exsist necessarily as a style. However, it was used as an adjective to describe any style of beer that was darker, more robust, and higher in abv as the beer it was describing.

For example, brewers started making a stout that was darker, higher than 5.5% abv, and bolder in flavour. This beer was known as stout porter.

The flavour, and variation of the style:

Over the years, the porter was eventually dropped off, and the style was called stout.

In terms of flavour, the beer style can really vary. Depending on how they’re brewed, a stout can taste like coffee, raisons, toffee, caramel or even bonfire.

We prefer the more fruity, caramel, and toffee ones.

Just like other styles of beers, stouts have a bunch of variations to them. Some stouts are brewed with adjuncts like coffee. And others have lactose in them to make them a “milk stout”.

There are also imperial stouts that can range from 8% abv and go upwards of 13% abv.

The world of stouts are pretty epic, and if you’ve not really ventured into them, then we’d highly recommend it.

Again, it’s all about finding the flavours that work for you. Give a few of them a go, until there’s one that stands out the most!

Black IPA (India Pale Ale)

The low down on Black IPA s:

In our Buba voice, “We go white IPAs, Red IPAs, Imperial IPA, Brown IPAs, IPAs with fruit in it, IPAs with milk in it, and Black IPA. That’s about all the IPAs I can think of right now”.

The world of IPAs are crazy right now, and there are so many variations of them.

But one of our favourite style of IPA is the infamous Black IPA.

This is a super new-ish style, and the first record of it being brewed was back in 1994 from a brewery on the east coast of American from a place called Vermont Pub and Brewery.

Although, there is a bit of debate, and slight tension between the East coast and West coast of American as to who actually “invented”.

If you ask us, we don’t really care. We’re just happy that someone did come up with the style!

So what is a Black IPA?!

That’s a damn great question!

Imagine if beers were actually meteors based in a fictional universe. And in this universe there were 2 special meteors known as Stout and IPA. One day in Beer Universe, Meteor IPA and Meteor Stout had a violet crash with each other, and then 2 became 1. That’s pretty much what a Black IPA is. Sounds great, right?!

Any ways, if we want to get into the nitty gritty of things, the style uses a special ingredient. That ingredient is called “carafe” which is a dehusked dark malt. Basically when the dark malt is dehusked, the malt gives the appearance of a dark beer without the big huge roasted flavours of a noramal dark malt.

After brewing with this malt base, they then heavily hop the beer like an IPA.

If you were to close your eyes, and try a black IPA you would initially recognize it as an IPA. However, once that initial hop kick calms down, you’ll pick up on a subtle roasted characteristic.

It really is the best of both worlds. Or the best of both meteors so to speak.

PALE ALES

What the heck are pale ales?!

Pale ales: what’s not to love about them?!

They’re super easy drinking, and uber damn tasty.

Although we know they taste good, we’d say that it’s a bit difficult to classify them as one single style.

Different brewing methods, and brewing ingredients result in variations of the style. Especially in the modern day brewing world.

For example, BJCP (Beer Judge Certificate Program) recognise:

Belgian Pale Ales, American Pale Ales, English Pale Ales.

And within these styles there are sub categories!

Now, for the purpose of this blog, we’re going to go down the modern, American style-ish definition of a pale ale. It only makes sense to do this, since this is the most popular style out of all of them.

As a general rule of thumb, a pale ale should be:

  • 5-5.5% abv
  • Malt base can vary, but usually light golden.
  • And medium hop bitterness (hop flavours can vary depending on the hops being used, but typically tropical fruit).

We love a good pale ale, especially an American Pale Ale, because of their drinkability. If you’ve never tried Beavertown- Gamma Ray, then you’re missing out on euphoria.

The history of pale ales:

Now that is our modern day definition of the style, but when, and where did the style originate?

The word on the street is that style originated in Britain during the 1700. The term was associated with a beer that was brewed with malt that had been kilned* with coke (a type of fuel).

The idea behind using coke was down to the fact that it had few impurities. The low levels of impurities resulted in a cleaner malt, and ultimately, cleaner tasting beers.

Again, we can’t stress how tasty of a style Pale Ales are. The have loads of flavour, and are low enough in alcohol that you can enjoy more than one.

Have a browse are our selection of pale ales.

*Kilning is the process used to dry out barley. This process is converts the barley to malted barley, or malt for short which is used in the brewing process.

 

 

Sour Beers

Don’t be so sour. Sour beers are great!

Yes, sour, you read that correctly. Sour as in tart and acidic, or sour as in your terrible ex! Either way you look at it, sour beers make your cheeks pucker up!

So are they beer you ask?! Well, yes, absolutely.

Sour beers are brewed with 100% natural beer ingredients ie water, hops, malts, and yeast, but there is also one small secret ingredient- natural bacteria.

There are a couple of different types of bacteria that are used, but the most common type is Lactobacillus. Don’t worry, it is the same type of bacteria that is used in Yakult yoghurts.

Basically, what happens is that the bacteria feeds on the sugars in the beer during the absence of oxygen, and then converts the sugars into lactic acids which are the sour flavours that you pick up on.

The sour flavours in the beer can range great from style to style. Some beers taste like light lemon acidity and others are vinegar in characteristic. The flavours depend on the style, ingredients, and brewing methods being used.

Different styles of sour beers:

When it comes to styles of sour beers, the list can really vary.

The Germans have two popular styles called Berlinerweisse, and Gose (pronounced like goes-uh).

Berlinerweisse is a straight shooting sour beer with very low hop bitterness, and soft lemon sourness to it.

Gose is really similar, but it is brewed with salt. I know, salt in beer sounds totally weird, but it definitely works. It’s kinda the same way that a margarita with a salted rim works.

There are also things like a Flemish red ale (one of our favourites). This style basically tastes like drinkable balsamic vinegar.

Another popular style is gueze (pronounced like the goo in Goo Goo Dolls with a “z” at the end). This style is easily the more complex out of all the sour styles as it is a blend of 2 different beers that have been barrel aged with not only natural bacteria, but also natural yeast. We’re not gonna go into too much detail on this one, as it totally needs a full blog dedicated to it, but they are a must try!

When it comes to sour beers, we absolutely love them, but they’re definitely not for everyone. It’s easily the marmite of the beer world—you’ll either love or hate them, but it’s always good to give them a go. We always recommend trying the beer with dark chocolate. The oils in the chocolate cover up the front receptors on the tongue that pick up on acidity and help to mellow out the flavours- it’s pretty amazing!

As always, if you have have any other questions about sour beers, or want to know more, then give us a holler!

Here’s a list of different sour beers that we currently have in stock!

INDIA PALE ALE (IPA)

So here’s the low down on India Pale Ales (IPA)!

India Pale Ales, or IPA, are easily the most popular style of beer on the market right now.

But what the heck are they? Great question!

We’re gonna walk you through their flavour profile, and their past and present history.

India Pale Ales are known for their robust alcohol content (5.5-7.5% ish abv), and their huge hop characteristic.

Hops are known as the spice of life in beer because they are bitter. Hops also contribute to flavour, and aromatics.

Depending on where the hops come from, they can vary from tropical fruit, orange, lime, resinous, pine, coconut, bubblegum, pepper, floral, and so forth, and so forth.

Hops also have a natural antibacterial agent in them, and that’s where the story begins for IPAs.

During the Imperialism years of the British Empire, troops stationed in India were sent beer since they didn’t have the equipment, or ingredients to brew it there.

Since brewers knew that beer can spoil easily, they cranked up the ABV on the beers, and added more hops. By taking these extra steps, they were able to protect it during these long journeys by boat. And Ta-Da! We now have the famous IPA!

While this is how the story has been told for a good long time, there was recently some research done into this spiel, and it turns out that there is no empirical evidence to support it.

However, there is evidence to support the fact that many troops actually used to drink a local spirit known as Arak which was commonly over 60% alcohol! Could you imagine the hangover in that heat?!

Regardless of how the name came about, one thing is for sure, it is a damn tasty style of beer!

Different styles of IPAs:

Since the Imperialism days, the style has changed, and many people have done their own interpretation of it.

For example, West Coast style IPAs are known for have a clean malt base that is typically light golden to golden in colour, a bunch of tropical fruit hop characteristic, super bitter, and a neutral yeast (US05) that lets the hops shine through.

But on the flip side, the East coast of America has done something completely different. The brew an IPA that is super, super hazy, to the extent that it can sometimes look like fruit juice. Also, the hops are used in a different way that makes them very juicy. Plus, there is a different yeast variety that is used which adds to the juiciness!

While the East style IPA currently rules the throne, you can bet that someone will be there to innovate the style, and slay their way to the top.

It’s awesome to try different styles of IPAs, and see a brewers interpretation of the beer!

Let’s raise a cold one to IPAs and those crazy soldiers mental enough to drink Arak!

Wheat Beers

A wheat beer is an absolute must have style of beer!

The great, and all mighty wheat beer. The true gateway drink into world of beer.

This awesome style is super easy drink, thirst quenching, and really approachable to all beer drinkers.

Most commonly, people associate wheat beer with the Germans, but there are a few different variations on this style, ie German wheat beer, Belgian wheat beer, and American wheat beer.

Even though each style has a slight difference to the next, they all have one thing in common.

All wheat beers are, well, high in wheat.

Wheat is high in protein which causes the beer to be super hazy and cloudy in appearance. Wheat also contributes to the styles classic fluffy white head on the beer.

Now that we’ve chatted about what each variation of wheat beer has in common, let’s talk about what makes them different.

German style wheat beers:

The noticeable difference in this style comes from the yeast that is used during the brewing process. The German yeast variety for this style is known for its big banana and clove characteristics! It sounds unusually, but it’s super tasty!

Belgian style wheat beers:

The Belgians also use a unique style of yeast, but much of the flavour in their beer comes from the adjuncts* in the beer. These adjuncts tend to be orange peel and coriander seeds.

American style wheat beers:

American style wheat beers are little bit more unusually when it comes to the more traditional styles above. The use a clean yeast variety known as US05 that contributes practically no flavour to the beer, but then, contrary to tradition, they heavily hop the beer for a more bitter profile.

Each of these beers have their USP, and are good in their own right.

You just need to try them all the figure out which one is best for you.

Here’s a list of different wheat beers that we have in stock at the moment.

Double India Pale Ale (DIPA)

DIPA are always double the fun!

For us, Double India Pale Ales (DIPA) are life! We love everything about them, and they tend to be on trend at the moment.

We love them because everything is (pretty much) double up.

Double the alcohol, double the hops, double the fun!

Now before we get into this style of beer, let’s talk about alcohol. A lot of times we come across folks that would rather not have a beer over 7.5% alcohol, as is the case for DIPA, and we totally get that.

However, alcohol is good when it comes to beer, especially DIPA. Alcohol is the flavour in beer, and without it, there wouldn’t be a strong enough base to add other flavours to it such as big hop profiles, or crazy yeast varieties. Remember, less is more when it comes to these styles!

Anyways, let’s get back on track.

There really isn’t a big history when it comes to DIPA given that the first one was brewed during the 1990s.

Classically, this style is over 7.5% abv, and can range from golden in colour to amber to super hazy orange juice, it all depends on the style that is being brewed. Also, expect a huge hop profile both on the nose and palate.

One thing to touch on when talking about double IPAs is freshness. When it comes to anything really hoppy, it should always be drunk as fresh as possible. While hops are really tasty, they are also super unstable, and lose their profile really easily. It’s also helps to keep the beer super cold in order to prevent any additional hop loss when waiting to drink the beer.

Now here’s a break down of things to remember:

DIPA are:

Double the alcohol, but also double the flavour

Less is more

Drink super fresh

Keep refrigerated

Try as many as you can!

Here’s a list of DIPA that we have in stock!

LAGERS

The beautiful world of lagers!

Ahh- lagers, the understated style of the craft beer world.

But let’s be honest here, there is nothing better than a crisp, clean, super easy drinking lager. Eespecially on a hot summers day.

Lager has a great long history, and can be very difficult to brew.

First, let’s talk about the history.

While lagers are brewed in most parts of the world, the Germans are the ones that they are mostly associated with.

The German word “lager” actually translates to “cold store”, and this is exactly how the style is brewed. Lagers are fermented at low tempratures for a long period of time. In addition, a bottom fermenting yeast known as Saccharomyces Cervisiae is used to brew the beer. This style of yeast gives the drink its crisp, clean, and slightly dry flavours.

Even though many people associate lagers with being light yellow in colour, there are many styles that are not this colour.

For example, Dunkel is a famous German dark brown lager. This beer’s darker malt base makes it taste of raisons, dried fruits, and lightly nutty. However,  regardless of the malt base, the lager still finishes with a dry, clean characteristic because of the yeast.

There are even some lagers that taste of smoked bacon! Yes, it’s the bacon frazzles of beer industry! They’re known as Rauchbier. Some German Rauchbier brewers claim that you can’t truly appreciate this style until you’ve drank 2 litres consecutively.

Brewing faults, and off flavours:

Some brewers may be divided on opinion when it comes to lager, but most of them will agree that it is a super difficult style to brew.

Because lagers have a low level of hop bitterness, and clean flavours from the yeast makes it difficult for an faults to be covered up.

One of the main faults in lagers is a compound known as DMS. This compound can be recognised by its creamed corn flavours and aromatics. And while there are many reasons for DMS in lagers, there is 1 main reason for it; time. Many brewers rush the process, and do not lager for a long enough period of time.

If you’ve made it this far down the blog, you can tell things are starting to get weird. We don’t want to throw around to many jargons, so we’ll stop there.

If you’ve got any more questions, then definitely give us a holler, and we’ll be more than happy to help out.

Click on the button below to check out our range of lagers that we have in stock.

Also, check out this website here for a longer list of lager style beers.