Fermentation Beer & Brewing Radio returns to Radio Reverb at 3pm on Sunday 25 March – and this month’s show is not to be missed! Having lived… Read more “Fermentation Beer & Brewing Show – March 2018”
On Saturday 3rd March, the annual Radio Reverb fundraiser – Reverbathon – returned to the airwaves. Radio Reverb is a community radio station and, as such, relies… Read more “Fermentation X Frockabilly International Women’s Day Reverbathon Special!”
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With a swift kick from the billy-goat himself, my next dip into the menagerie of world beer styles is bock. Originally hailing from the town of Einbeck near Hanover, and apparently feted by Martin Luther as the ‘best beer known to man’, this clutch of beers, ranging from an comparatively paltry 6.5% to a boozy 12% abv were never going to disappoint in terms of character.
When a beer has been brewed with the sole intention of keeping people alive, you know it’s going to have a bit of body. In the seventeenth century the brothers of St Francis of Paula in Munich were granted papal dispensation to brew strong beer to sustain them during the fasting period of Lent. The result is the ‘liquid bread’ of doppelbock – a rich, caramel, malt-sweet beer made to satisfy the keenest of monkish appetites. And if you’re interested if it really is possible to survive on doppelbock alone, check out J. Wilson’s blog (now a book) ‘Diary of a Part-Time Monk‘.
Eisbock owes its existence to the fact that water freezes at 0ºC whereas alcohol does not solidify until -114ºC. As a result, removing the ice crystals from partially frozen beer (a process called freeze distillation or fractional freezing) leaves behind a concentrated and potentially very strong brew. Brewdog have used this technique a number of times in recent years to create beers such as Tactical Nuclear Penguin (32% abv), Sink the Bismark (41% abv) and The End of History (55% abv). Compared to these beers, my 12% abv Schneider Weiss Aventinus Eisbock sounds positively mild but, despite some mince pie richness, the alcohol warmth dominates in a way you can feel to right down to your toes. Definitely the kind of beer to have curled up in front of fire as a storm rages outside. And who knew lager could be that?
The full list of beers tasted is:
Helles Bock – Hirschbrau Hellerbock
Dunkles Bock – Monschoff Bockbier & Mittenwalder Weihnachts Bock Dunkel
Doppelbock – Paulaner Salvator & Weihenstephaner Korbinian
Eisbock – Schneider Weiss Aventis Eisbock
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I don’t need to feel the creeping nastiness of the belittling, objectifying, ridiculing, rejecting, grabbing, groping, saliva-spraying face of sexism, to know that it exists within the beer industry.
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The October 2017 issue of the US homebrew publication, Brew Your Own Magazine, featured my story and photographs about the contemporary London beer scene on the front… Read more “‘London Calling’ – Brew Your Own (BYO) Magazine – October 2017”
The August edition of Diva – Europe’s biggest selling lifestyle magazine for lesbians and bi women – contained a feature by me about the contemporary beer scene… Read more “‘Make Mine a Pint’ – Diva Magazine – August 2017”