May we present: The battle for the craft beer crown, UK VS US at Chester Beer & Wine last night:
ROUND 1: LAGERS
US: Green flash: Sea to sea – 4%
California based brewery. Unclarified beer, has a light body with subtle sweet German malt and fruity hop flavours, notable German lager yeast, and a crisp, clean finish.
UK: Thornbridge: Lukas – 4.2%
Brewery is in Bakewell. Lukas is a crisp Bavarian-style Helles lager, brewed using only Bavarian ingredients. Balanced bitterness and crisp, grassy finish.
ROUND 2: RYE ALES
US: Westbrook: One Claw – 5.5%
South Carolina based brewery. Beer has refreshing citrus fruit from hops, a heavy handful of malted rye bringing slight peppery notes. Well balanced bitterness.
UK: Tiny rebel: Cwtch – 4.6%
Brewery based in Newport, Wales. The beer has a complex rye and malt base which compliments its big hop flavours. Hints of citrus from the hops. This been won Champion Beer of Britain in 2015.
ROUND 3: DIPA’S
US: Stone Brewery: Ruination – 8.5%
California based brewery. Hopped and then dry hopped to high heavens, this DIPA has piney, citrusy, tropical flavours.
UK: Buxton: Nth cloud – 8.2%
Buxton based brewery. This DIPA is sharp and intensely bitter, with full, malty, long lasting bitter aftertaste.
ROUND 4: STOUTS
US: Brooklyn: Chocolate stout 10%
As the name, brewery is based in Brooklyn, New York City. The stout has robust, deep dark chocolate flavour which comes from a blend of specialty roasted malts.
UK: Wild beer: Millionaire – 4.7%
Brewery based in Shepton Mallet. The beer has flavours of caramel, cocoa and lactose which give the stout it’s almost sickly sweetness, whilst the Cornish Sea Salts gives a savoury salty kick for balance.
The score board was fixed on 2-2, UK winning the race on lagers and stouts, and US boasting the best ryes and DIPA’s. The beer of the night for the vast majority was the Ruination, so I suppose we could say that the US gone done and won it.
Or we could just do it all over again. You know, for science