Let’s Taste Beer from the USA
Hello again! I hope you enjoyed trying your selection of American Beer. My little Belgian friends the Smurfs particularly enjoyed their favourite, Blue Moon. Here are my tasting notes:
BEER TASTING OF THE WEEK
BUDWEISER, KING OF BEERS
Appearance Pale blond – crystal clear
Origin USA, St. Louis, Missouri (brewed in the UK)
Style North American (natural adjunct – rice) Lager Beer
Serving Best served between 4 – 6°C in a straight glass
Tasting Crisp, fresh, light and easy drinking with refreshing biscuity, hoppy-dry & subtle malty-sweet flavours
Food match American-style hotdog with mustard & relish
Appearance Amber – crystal clear
Origin USA, Boston, Massachusetts
Style Boston (all malt) Lager Beer
Serving Best served between 4 – 6 °C in an outward flared tulip shaped glass
Tasting Well balanced yet complex, light & easy drinking with a smooth caramel-sweetness, fresh, citrusy/hoppy bitter-dryness & a lingering dry, slightly toasted finish
Food match A big, mean juicy steak
For more info http://www.samueladams.com
SIERRA NEVADA PALE ALE
Appearance Deep amber – crystal clear
Origin USA, Chico, California
Style American (all malt) Pale Ale
Serving Best served between 6-8°C in a straight glass
Tasting Rich and aromatic, medium-light and medium bodied with soft caramel & distinct, firm spicy hoppy flavours & a lingering finish
Food match Buttermilk Battered Chicken (see recipe link)
For more info http://www.sierranevada.com
GOOSE ISLAND IPA
Appearance Pale amber – crystal clear
Origin USA, Chicago, Illinois
Style American (single malt) English-style India Pale Ale
Tasting Balanced and drinkable, medium strong and medium bodied with sweet & malty flavours followed by solid, spicy bitter hoppiness finishing with blended malt, hops & spices
Food match Spicy Chilli Con Carne
For more info http://www.gooseisland.com
Appearance Hazy yellow – naturally cloudy
Origin USA, Denver, Colorado
Style North American (natural adjuncts – wheat/oats) White Wheat Ale beer
Serving Best served between 4 – 6°C in an inward flared tall glass (brewery recommends with a slice of orange but I say make up your own mind)
Tasting Smooth, creamy, light & easy drinking with fruity, orangey, marmalade-like bitter sweetness & a soft, spicy finish (Coriander, Navel and Valencia orange zest)
Food match Sweet, spicy pumpkin pie
BEER FACT OF THE WEEK
During the Prohibition period in the USA (1919 to 1933), when the sale, manufacture & distribution of alcohol were illegal, brewers were forced to create other drinks. Malt beverages known as “Near Beer” were invented using fermented malt sugar & containing no more than 0.5% alcohol.
As distributors & sellers also became more inventive, under-the-counter dealing was rife, inspiring such slogans as: “Near Beer sold here, Real Beer sold near Here” (The American Brewery by Bill Yenne).
RECIPE LINK OF THE WEEK
(If you can’t get buttermilk, try using low fat plain yoghurt)
Try it with Sierra Nevada Pale Ale (see tasting notes above)
SUPERMARKET BEER OFFER OF THE WEEK
Sainsburys (online or check your branch first)
Blue Moon 355ml
Buy 2 for £3.00
BEER CHALLENGE OF THE WEEK
What is the difference between a Beer and a Lager?
Well my little chums the answer is, they are both the same!
Beers are divided into different types (there are actually 5) based on the way they are fermented and by the yeast culture used.
Those that are often referred to in the UK as Beers are actually Ale Beers, which are made with a warm or top fermentation using a yeast culture that works at a higher temperature (between 15 – 25°C). This will deliver a beer with more complexity and body (not necessarily more alcohol) and rounder, fruitier flavours, in which the yeast is more prominent in the characteristics of the beer.
Lager beers are fermented with cold/bottom fermentation, using a yeast culture which works at a lower temperature (between 5 – 15°C). This delivers a crisper, less complex and easier to drink beer, with more well-balanced flavours in which the yeast is less prominent, allowing the other ingredients to shine.
It’s all BEER which is always good news! Bon weekend mes amis.