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.
There are signs that Non-Alcoholic beer is hitting the mainstream and is poised to hit the big time, but just how popular will it become? In this article I’ll look at some of the signs that show ‘NOLO’ (non or low alcoholic) beer is becoming a serious player in our industry, and how its development might progress in the UK.
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.
Ask someone down the pub for the reasons behind Britain’s recent Beer revival, and you’re guaranteed all sorts of different explanations. In 2017 the number of UK breweries passed the 2000 mark, which puts us well ahead of European neighbours. Most will have a reasonable argument for why, but you can bet your double-dry hopped DIPA that very few of them would mention Gordon Brown, ex-PM and former Chancellor of the Exchequer.
The UK's first Trappist brewery has launched with the delicious Tynt Meadow. Read the amazing story behind it here.
We’ll be working with BeerBods to help build the UK’s leading retailer of craft beer.