Dubbels and Tripels
Despite the illusion to darts, this has nothing to do with a conference room full of lashed up punters watching slightly podgy athletes throwing arrows. These Belgian beers aren’t for the faint-hearted but once you’ve got the taste they can lead to some very interesting flavours and slightly hazy memories. Strong and fruity with complex spicy notes.
The beer to try – Konigshoeven – La Trappe
Cheese match – Morbier
Food – Cajun and Creole – The American deep south meets the Belgian lowlands? This works surprisingly well the spicy notes pick out the cayenne and aromatic flavours of this food it will also work great with fish – a chicken and shrimp gumbo would loves this beer. Alternatively Steak and Chocolate (yes together!) go well with the bolder Quadruppel.
Other recommended – Westmalle Trappist, Westvleteren 8
Part 1 available here and Part 2 here
Part 2 of our springtime recommends – today’s edition is aimed at some spring beers that work around the BBQ especially as the night draws in.
Smoked Beers – Rauchbier or a Smoked Porter
Smoky, malty and delicious. You can see why we love this style. I’ve given you the choice here as Rauchbiers are criminally under represented in even the most well stocked craft beer pub. Try a Smoked Porter if you can’t lay your hands on a Rauchbier.
The beer to try – Mikkeller – Beer Geek Bacon – I never hide my love for all things Mikkeller, this is a great smoked beer that works well with BBQ food. This is the smoked version of the classic Beer Geek Breakfast stout
Cheese match – Blue cheese especially when paired with…
Food – Dream combination that you can make at home. Make up some burger patties and stuff them with blue cheese grill on the barbecue and serve with some smoked bacon – heaven
Other recommended – Beavertown – Smog Rocket, Evil Twin – Ashtray Heart, Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier – Marzen
(Part 1 available here)
We’re powering into the bank holiday fest that is May and Spring is here, the Taylor BBQ got its first airing, so I thought I’d recommend some beer styles that will put that spring in your step. Enjoy these while the weather warms up, the days get longer and the sleeves get shorter.
Sour, fruity and refreshing perfect for a crisp afternoon in the sun. In Berlin when I visited in March they drink this style of beer with additions of a fruit syrup, typically raspberry or woodruff. Here in the UK though we have some great fruit infused or dry hopped versions that do a great job without hunting through the cupboard for a syrup.
The beer to try – Buxton – Far Skyline – dry hopped, not too over powering on the finish and a gateway drug to the world of Berliner Weisses
Cheese match – Soft cheese – I’d like a Chevre with this, to bring out the soft flavours of the cheese complemented by the refreshing sourness of the beer, also the high carbonation keeps everything fresh and the palate ready for more
Food – Fresh salads and fish go well with this – a nice fried white fish will lap up the fruit and sharp tastes of the Berliner Weisse while the high carbonation will deal with any oils.
Other recommended – Siren – Calypso, Berliner Kindl – Das Original (as featured above), Beavertown – Lemon Phantom
This is not exhaustive but should help you pick some new beers to try. If you’re anything like me you can get a bit obsessed with one style of beer and miss out on a whole world of tastes. By keeping it seasonal it gives me a nice motivation to try beers that wouldn’t usually be my first order over the bar.