In part two of our USA Road Trip, we're heading east through Colorado, Michigan, Maryland and on to New York to meet some craft beer pioneers
Left Hand Brewing Co.
FOUNDED: 1994 BY DICK DOORE AND ERIC WALLACE We move east of California to another US craft beer hotspot: Colorado, and one of the most interesting American breweries right now. Left Hand Brewing are the pioneers of the present day. Their Milk Stout Nitro was the first brewery to master bottling nitro-conditioned beer without a widget. The nitro makes the beer super-silky and it’s something we’ll see a lot more of in the coming years. Left Hand have also nailed the milk stout market (if there is one), with their version often cited as one of the best in the world. A milk stout is a sweeter, richer and more luscious version of the dark beer. Their directions of ‘pour hard’ for the nitro beers have become a bit of a catchphrase. TRY:
Left Hand Brewing Co.
Goose Island Brewing Co.
Founders Brewing Co.
Flying Dog Brewery
FOUNDED: 1990 BY GEORGE STRANAHAN AND RICHARD MCINTYRE You just have to look at the Ralph Steadman- illustrated beer bottles to know that this is a brewery that does things very differently. It was founded in Colorado (it’s now in Maryland) by George Stranahan and Richard McIntyre. George happened to live down the road from legendary gonzo journalist and raconteur Hunter S Thompson, and became friends with him. Thompson wrote at the launch of their first beer: “There is an ancient Celtic axiom that says ‘Good People Drink Good Beer’. Which is true, then as now. Just look around you in any public barroom and you will quickly see: Bad People Drink Bad Beer. Think about it.” Now the legend continues with their great beer. TRY: SNAKE DOG / 7.1% Grapefruit, resinous pine and caramel flavours. TRY: GONZO IMPERIAL PORTER / 9.2% Dark chocolate, roasted malts and coffee.
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.
Father’s Day, 16th June 2019, is the special date in the calendar when we celebrate and give a nod to the Dads in our lives. It’s an excuse to spoil them with a little something to say thank you for being awesome. If you’re looking for inspiration for a craft beer -loving Dad, then check out our top 10 Father’s Day craft beer gifts.
If you find yourself reading this, it’s probably for one of two reasons. Either you’ve made the sound decision and invested in a Phillips PerfectDraft Machine and want to learn more about it; or it could be that you’re still on the fence and are asking yourself “Should I buy a PerfectDraft?”. Hopefully this nifty little guide will put your mind at ease and quell any doubts or concerns you have.
In case you missed the explosion of teddy bears and chocolate roses love is apparently in the air. And while you’ve been trying to decide on the perfect Valentine gift for other half this year, we've been busy scouring the shelves for the most tenuous Valentine’s Day-related beers we could find. Enjoy.
Mashing in is the process that extracts all the fermentable sugars from the malt. It's one of the most important steps for all-grain brewing and here's how to do it.