A lot of people seem to see the 30th birthday as a bit of a negative milestone… no longer in your 20s, over the hill, time to start growing up?! Personally, it didn’t seem too daunting at all and in fact created a great excuse to have a bit of a get together with friends and a few beers. The Bavarian Beer House http://www.bavarian-beerhouse.co.uk/ seemed as good as place as any and drinking steins of beer in good company made for a great night.
Beer – Krombacher pils
Brewery – Krombacher
ABV – 4.8%
Description (from website) – With Krombacher Pils you enjoy a distinctive, finely bitter taste and a full-flavoured aroma – this is a genuine premium pilsner beer with an alcohol content of 4.8 %. Our modern production processes enhance the traditional recipe whilst complimenting the natural products that have been used for generations to create the unique brew that is Krombacher Pils.
A pleasantly drinkable pilsner which was particularly nice accompanied with pretzels and bratwurst. Fresh and tangy and somewhat dangerous when consumed in 2.5 pint steins!
Thankfully many of my friends share the same love of beer as I do and as a result, many hours of discussing and evaluating beers is a common pastime. Coupled with this, when it comes to birthdays, beer always seems to be a prominent influence on presents. My father in law kindly booked a brewery tour for me to attend (at the Bath Brewery) which I thoroughly look forward to and one of my best mates (Joe) got me the beer equivalent of a chocolate selection box! Please see some of those beers below…
Beer – Karwendel Hell
Brewery – Baruerei Mittenwald
ABV – 4.9%
Description (from website)- Pouring a clear deep gold, this is as light and fresh a Helles Lager you will find. Pouring with a small head the taste is of spicy hops with a slight granular body. Perfect for a summer’s day and barbecue!
A nice light German lager which is fresh and fizzy on the palate. Poured smoothly into the glass with a nice amount of life. Really reinforced to me how much better German lagers are to the vast majority of the samey English ones.
Beer – Kriek Lambicus
Brewery – John Martin and brewery Timmermans
ABV – 4%
Description (from website) – Another Timmerman’s fruit lambic, this time cherry-flavoured! Produced in the same manner as the Framboise and Strawberry, the Kriek has rather sweet aromas of cherries, almonds, and maybe even Dr. Pepper. The flavour is not as sweet as the nose implies, rather there are some hints of acidity alongside the sweet cherries. Highly-carbonated and dry, expect a rather sweet beer with a touch of tart.
The beauty of this selection box from Joe was that it really introduced me to a number of beers I would otherwise unlikely try. The cherry beer from Timmermans certainly fits this category and was certainly interesting! It poured very much like a fizzy lager but the aroma and taste were extremely strong with sweet cherry. It tasted when immediately sipped like cherry coke and a slight bitterness came through later on ending in something a bit more like beer. A very interesting beer but certainly an acquired taste which makes it quite niche.
Beer – Orval
Brewery – Abbaye d’Orval
ABV – 6.2%
Description (from website) – This Belgian Trappist brewery only makes one beer, but it is one of the most sort-after beers in the world. Brewed by monks within the walls of the monastry, Orval is an orange-hazed Belgian pale ale bottled conditioned with a special yeast called brettonomyces. When fresh the beer is sherberty sweet with a herbal hop profile and a hint of funky, farmyard-like brett. But after around six months the beer changes character completely, becoming dry and pithy almost like a Negroni, lifted by that lovely hop hit and remaining hint of sweetness. Truly one of the world’s most enigmatic and brilliant breweries.
Very zesty with prominent hoppy and herbal undertones. Was certainly full in body and packed a punch with a complex profile of flavours.
Beer -Broken Dream Breakfast Stout
Brewery – Siren Craft Brew
ABV – 6%
Description (from website) – A 6% breakfast stout with a gentle touch of smoke, coffee and chocolate. Broken Dream is deep and complex. She lurks in your imagination. She binds smoke and coffee aromas with chocolate, milk and oats to create something thick, velvety and slick.
The beer selection box really makes you deviate from your tried and trusted ‘go to’ beers and sample some you probably otherwise wouldn’t. This Breakfast Stout certainly fell into this category. Despite not being a huge Stout fan, I was pleasantly surprised. The coffee and chocolate flavours were rich and it had a nice hint of smoke in the background too. It was lovely as a one off drink and certainly one to sup in the winter months.
Beer – Doggie Style Pale Ale
Brewery – Flying Dog Brewery
ABV – 5.5%
Description (from website) – The alpha of the pack, Doggie Style Pale Ale complements a wide range of foods. Flavor notes: Grassy, citrus, and slight perfume hop aromas with subtlety sweet malt body Pairs with: Cheddar cheese, burgers, barbeque, Thai, Mexican
Definitely one of my favourite of the selection. An extremely well balanced pale ale with a lovely blend of citrus and hop flavourings. Certainly one I will be looking to buy again!