The rise of Craft Beer clubs
Published Thursday, 01 October, 2015 by James Bailey
So there has been a shift in recent times, a shift that is no more visible than down at your local boozer. Amongst all the unrelenting negative press surrounding binge drinking, cheep supermarket alcohol deals and the like, there is a new trend forming surrounding ‘Craft Beer’.
Craft Beer; noun; A beer made in a traditional or non-mechanised way by a small brewery.
As popularity has grown, respective Craft Beer clubs are cropping up. Where upon a subscription, they will send you a selection of small batch beers each month. Its a great solution for those of us who like to try new beers frequently and get tired of drinking the same old Stella/Carlsberg/Guinness/etc.
One of which, Beer52 sent us a crate of their finest expertly selected Craft Beers to try out. We thought, well, why not?
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On to the beers. Whilst I’m a keen drinker, I’m no connoisseur. I like light, refreshing beers that you can enjoy without feeling like you’ve had enough after your first pint. Some of the below fit the bill perfectly, others, less so. A few nice surprises too.
6.6% Belgian IPA. Brewed in Scotland (6 degrees north of Brussels).
Layman’s thoughts: Strong, full, heavy beer. Type that after a pint would want to go home. Drink slowly to enjoy to fullest.
4.7% Large Lager. Spanish.
Layman’s thoughts: A lighter, more enjoyable beer. Almost sweet. Again one to drink slowly to fully enjoy.
5.5% Mead. Brewed in London.
Layman’s thoughts: This one came as a bit of a surprise. Not had a mead before. Brewed with honey and water. Sweet like a dessert wine but more drinkable. Lovely taste for those with a sweet tooth.
Layman’s thoughts: Light, refreshing, summertime beer. My favourite amongst the selection. Very ‘drinkable’. Would recommend and will definitely be having again.
Layman’s thoughts: Strong but sweet after taste. Despite what the name suggests, I found it much more drinkable than typical strong ale. One to try again if I can find it!
Caterpillar Pale Ale
Layman’s thoughts: Strong and but more enjoyable than 6°n. Would recommend and will enjoy this again.
Layman’s thoughts: American pale ale. Nothing too spectacular about this one I found. Whilst enjoyable, it wasn’t memorable.
Heart & Soul
Layman’s thoughts: Very enjoyable.