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While some so-called off-flavours can be appropriate in certain styles others are not and may kill a little bit of your soul. Here's a quick guide to the most common off-flavours.
Looking for an easy way to try out new craft beer without putting in any effort? The BeerBods Beer of the Month Club is the easiest, most affordable way to do just that! “The unexpected beers from BeerBods send you on a journey of discovery. I wouldn’t have tried half of the beers I have if they hadn’t come from BeerBods.” --Iain, BeerBods Subscriber
Planning to partake in Dry January this year? Good news! Low alcohol and alcohol free beer has evolved into a wide selection of beers with outstanding flavour profiles. So sit back, crack open an NA beer, and reset your body for the year to come!
Want an article full of terrible puns? No? How about these fangtatsic beers? Here's a list of the top beers for Halloween and the best scary movies to pair with them for the spookiest day of the year!
After trying out our very own World Beers mixed case for a beer tasting party, Christie Day, Brand Expert at money-saving website Savoo shares her tips for hosting a top beer tasting night on a budget.
The UK's first Trappist brewery has launched with the delicious Tynt Meadow. Read the amazing story behind it here.
Our top ranked and reviewed fruit beers by our customers plus a few of our favourites, including a collab between To Øl and Pohjala. Tantalise your tastebuds this Summer with these punchy fruit beers.
If you’re not already into craft beer then hopefully you’re thinking about it but may not know where to start, so if that’s the case then I’ve got a suggestion: start with Belgian beer as that’s exactly where my adventure began.
What is RateBeer and why should you care?
English vs US IPAs, Bohemian Pilsner vs German Pils, Belgian Witbier vs German Weissbier. How exactly do the same beer styles differ in different countries?
When we put a shout-out for the best beer sheds on the Perfect Draft Facebook group, we didn't expect this
We speak to Sierra Nevada's beer ambassador Steve Grossman about Sierra Nevada's amazing past and what the future holds for the brewery
The History of Beer – Part 2 – Commercial Brewing
The third part in an exclusive series of articles about the history of beer by one of the world's best beer writers
For most of our history, beer has been drunk on the same premises it was made: in homes, monasteries, inns, taverns and alehouses.
But naturally, some people are better at making beer than others, and from the Middle Ages onwards
Beer jargon buster
There’s a lot of jargon, buzzwords and terminology floating around the beery world. Beer Hawk is here to help make sense of it all
BEERAdmittedly, not jargon, but we know it is the oldest and most widely consumed alcoholic drink in the world. Brewed using cereal grains and fermented.
MALTThink of malt as the base of beer. It provides the sugar for alcohol, but also impacts on the colour and flavour.
HOPSHops are responsible for preservative qualities, imparting bitterness and giving flavour and aroma.
YEASTA group of organisms that ferment sugars to alcohol and carbon dioxide. It also can add flavours to a beer.
BOTTLE-CONDITIONEDNaturally carbonated in the the bottle because of an additional fermentation from sugar added in packaging.
ABVThis is the measurement of alcohol in a solution described as ‘alcohol by volume’, in percentage terms.
CBS is here! This is the 'Canadian' version of KBS, one of the most sought after beers in the world. Watch the Founder's film about it's world-beating barrel ageing programme
The History of Beer – Part 2 – From ale to beer
The second part in an exclusive series of articles by one of the world's best beer writers
Wherever humans settle, they have always managed to ferment the local vegetation into booze. Depending where on Earth they are, some plants grow better than others. And while the climate has changed quite a bit over the centuries, grapes have always grown well in southern Europe, while grain has fared better in the north.
So when the wine-loving Romans arrived in northern Europe, they were distinctly sniffy about the local beverage. The Emperor Julian is reputed to have written an ode to ‘wine made from barley’:
Who made you and from what?By the true Bacchus I know you not.He smells of nectarBut you smell of goat.
Given the early recorded origins of beer in the Middle East, many have speculated how it made its way from there to northern Europe,
Delve into the dark side
If it is a dark, winter ale that you’re pining for...
Beer Writer of the Year Adrian Tierney-Jones writes about the importance of the first beer that opened your eyes
If there’s someone who doesn’t love at least one of Founders Brewing Co’s beers, we’re yet to find them. Maggie Cubbler visited Grand Rapids, Michigan, to find the secret of its adoration
Christmas beers are more than just modern marketing, dating back at least into the 1600s
Diary of a Christmas collaboration
Christmas CRCKR is a new collaboration between Beer Hawk, Fourpure and North Brewing Co. But why are collabs so important for the beer industry? Daniel Neilson finds out on brew day
It’s 10am in Bermondsey, South London, and North Bar and North Brewing Co’s co-director John Gyngell and North Brewing Co’s Head Brewer, Seb Brink, are on their second cup of coffee in the Fourpure taproom. Meanwhile, James Johnson, our snapper, is getting in the way of the brewers mashing in. Bags and bags of malts – Belgian, German and British – are being thrown into the huge stainless steel tun. The grist, as the blend of malts is called, is about to be mashed. Brew day is here.
Best new beers of the week
Amazing new beers from Brewski, the highly-rated Alphabet, BrewDog and some continental beauties
Best beers we tried this week
Amazing beers have landed in the warehouse from De Molen, Fyne Ales, Brewski, Oud Beersel and Mondo
Brewing. Here are our tasting notes
Best beers of the week
Beer Hawk's Beer Sherpa Patrick Gengler picks out his favourite new beers of the week including Lost &
Grounded, De Molen, Founders, Haandbryggeriet and To Øl
Following on from last week’s Beer Hawk University: Navigating the taproom, our Beer Sherpa Patrick Gengler visits Magic Rock’s Huddersfield taproom, and with it, gets a little taste from home.
This week, we've seen some amazing deliveries to the warehouse, including these delights from Cloudwater, Thornbridge, Buxton, Rooster's and Arbor. Not bad eh?
Five best beers this week
Dip into this eclectic global selection from Ireland, United States, Belgium, and Berkshire.
In celebration of BrewDog's stunning Semi-Skimmed Occultist launch, we look at what makes dark beers so complex and delicious
Born To Die 13.05.2017: The Verdict?
BrewDog's Born To Die is back. BrewDog's 'Terminally hopped' beer comes out every few months, and is defined by its drink by date. Here's some opinions from us... and you
Here's what our team thought...
"Oh my. Brewdog's Born To Die is, well, to die for. This sparkling gold beer hits you with gorgeous aromas of grapefruit, citrus fruits and fresh-cut grass. Taking a sip, however, sends you to another world (pretty sure it's heaven.) Complex notes of passionfruit, mango, candied oranges and lemongrass are complemented by a fantastic earthy bitterness with a bit of spice whilst a firm bitterness nicely lingers. A medium-light body and a dry finish give this IPA a very refreshing drinkability that is surprisingly restrained. But those are just words. All you need to know is that this. Beer. Is. Fresh."
Ellie: "Super piney and resiny taste with an almost chlorophyll quality, a bit like cut grass.
The season for saisons
Beer Hawk's Beer Sommelier, Maggie Cubbler delves into the history of the saison
As is widely known, Belgium has a fascinating brewing culture and history. In fact, the stories of everything from Belgian Trappist beers to the Oud Bruins of Flanders will be forever preserved thanks to UNESCO’s recent declaration that Beer Culture in Belgium shall be inscribed on the list of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. The deliciously diverse beauty of Belgium’s beer is well deserving of this acknowledgment. One beer style that is a major contributor to Belgian beer lore is the celebrated saison. First brewed in the 1700s on the farms of Belgium’s French-speaking Wallonia, this original farmhouse ale was brewed for the seasonal field workers – les saisonniers – who performed manual labour under the hot summer sun. Considering potable water was hard to come by, les saisonniers
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