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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.
This week we launch the range of Salt Beer Factory beers on the site and what better way to introduce a new brewery to our beer hunters than to have a good 'ole fashioned interview with Nadir Zairi, Director of the Yorkshire based brewery in Saltaire.
It's that special time of year when the men don their Lederhosen and the ladies their Dirndl, Oktoberfest is upon us! If it's your first year attending the German beer festival you'll probably be wondering what it's all about. We've listed our top 10 essential things you need to know about Oktoberfest, whether you're booking a flight to Germany or planning your own Oktoberfest party at home, this will help you get into the Oktoberfest spirit!