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Tips on serving beer properly

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For some people, serving properly draft beer is an art. If this is not so, you tell it to Javier Sánchez, winner of the II Estrella Galicia National Championship of Professional Beer Serving. Sanchez provides a series of tips to know how to serve properly beer on tap.

  • Experience and background. It is clear that, as in many other cases, to know how to serve beer some experience is needed. Sanchez works since 1987 in hospitality and has a long background in serving beers.
  • Several variables. To properly serve beer, you must take into account a number of factors, such as the difference between tap and bottle beers, and also the type and origin of the beer.
  • Preliminary steps. Before filling the jar or glass of beer, be sure to cool the glass. as it can avoid bad foaming.
  • Position of the glass. When we proceed to fill the glass of beer, it must be at an angle of 45 degrees and then we’ll gradually put it in vertical position. First you should keep in mind to create foam (We’ll leave this step for later).
  • The foam. It is important when drinking beer. It must be at the top and is usually obtained in the second step of beer serving. This is what clearly differentiates tap and bottle beers.
  • Draft beer. The popular “cañas” served in Spanish bars are among the most appreciated. To serve it, you must open the tap by 25%. And it is said that the best “caña” is the one that has three layers of foam.
  • Mistakes. When we see a very thick bubble in the beer, the serving has not been performed well. To correct this you have to remove the foam layer by pouring some more beer. It is quite common.

So, you see, it’s the beer is as important as how it’s served: mind it and… enjoy it!

 

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Brouwerij ’t IJ Ijwit

 

 

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Cerveza Brabante Oscura

 

Tips to make your beer tasting a success

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Almost everyone likes beer, but not everyone knows enough about this drink. If you want to discover the most interesting details to perform a beer tasting, it is important to review your technique step by step. Between a beer and another may be great differences that can be seen by comparing and tasting, such as yeast, colour, foam and taste.

To do so, here are our recommendations to make a success of you beer tasting:

  • Know the types: Read about the types of beer can help you recognize their features and choose which you want to try. Remember not to try more than 5 different each time.
  • Choose well the glasses: The ideal glasses for strong beer are rounded, while for soft beer square glasses are better. For tastings, you must use 2 glasses: one for the appearance and another for taste.
  • Don’t smoke: If you are a smoker, avoid to light up a cigarette before and during the beer tasting.
  • Maintain optimum temperature: Beer must be between 3 and 8 degrees (ºC) for tasting. Some recommend removing it from the refrigerator 10 minutes before, as it must be neither too cold nor too hot to enjoy its aromas.
  • Serve well the beer: While serving beer, the glass must be tilted 45 degrees and poured from a distance that allows foaming no larger than 2 centimetres, stir in circles to start.

Once you start your tasting, you must look at the following:

  • Beer colour: it can be white, reddish, toasted or black. Appreciate its colour by placing the glass against the light and see if it is cloudy or clear. The latter aspects depend on filtration.
  • Foam: While observing the foam, you can not only take into account its thickness, see also if gas pores are open or closed and the persistence of it in the glass, at a lower persistence, greater alcohol content.
  • Aroma: Aromas of cereal beers can be earthy, herbal or floral depending on the amount of malt or wheat used. Lagers tend to have a strong smell of hops and dark beers smell of malt, chocolate or coffee. You can also identify fruit or spice aromas and smell of alcohol on high fermentation beers.
  • Taste: Remember that sour tastes are perceived on the sides of your tongue, sweet ones on the front and bitter on the back. Search for toasted flavours of cereal, then the taste of bitter hops and sweet wheat, now the taste of fruits or spices, the taste of alcohol which produces a slight burning and finally the body that you can appreciate by the texture in mouth, either light or foamy.

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Buxton Rednik Stout:  a stout beer made in England with 4º of alcohol content.

 

 

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St. Peter’s Honey Porter 50cl:  porter beer native of England with an alcohol strength of 4º.

 

3 cocktails with beer that will cheer up your spring

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The advantage of beer cocktails is that you can drink them by day, with lunch and in good company over the weekend. And now, with the arrival of spring, is a good time to start enjoying them. Don’t miss them!

Brass Monkey

This cocktail is ideal to enjoy your lunch. Its citrus flavour will give freshness to your palate.

Ingredients:

  • 120 ml orange juice
  • 360 ml wheat beer
  • Angostura bitters

Directions:

  1. Pour the orange juice into a glass of beer previously cooled in the refrigerator.
  2. Add the beer gradually until filling the glass.
  3. Garnish the top with a few drops of Angostura bitters.

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Hoegaarden Grand Cru is an original white beer (Weissbier) from Belgium, produced by low fermentation, with an ABV of 8%.

 

 

Ginger Shandy

This cocktail of slightly spicy flavour thanks to ginger, is a particular way of enjoying a cocktail over the weekend.

Ingredients:

  • 120 ml ginger beer
  • 180 ml Pale Ale
  • Candied ginger

Directions:

  1. Put ice in a shallow glass until halfway full.
  2. Pour the ginger beer in the glass with ice.
  3. Gradually add the Pale Ale until filling the glass.
  4. Garnish the cocktail with a little candied ginger on the edge.

You can replace the ginger ale, but look for one that is not too sweet, such as Bruce Costes.

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Coopers Pale Ale 375ml is a pale ale from Australia that has a 4% ABV.

 

 

Michelada

The Michelada is a cocktail that mixes different flavours. You can enjoy it right now just having the right ingredients.

Ingredients:

  • 120 ml Pale Ale
  • 120 ml tomato juice
  • 15 ml lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon celery salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon togarashi (optional)
  • Salt

Directions:

  1. Frost the edge of a whisky glass with sriracha or rimming salt. If they are not available, you can mix salt with cayenne pepper.
  2. Fill the whiskey glass with ice.
  3. Add all ingredients except beer and mix.
  4. Fill the glass with the Pale Ale.
  5. Serve immediately.

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Damm Inedit 75cl is a pale ale brewed in Spain by high fermentation, with 4.8% ABV.

 

 

* Image: Octavio Troncoso (flickr)

10 things you should know about St. Patrick’s Day

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As every year, March 17 is a very special date for Irish people, that has also been spread in many different countries. Saint Patrick’s Day, the patron saint of Ireland, is a day full of traditions, parties, lots of green and beer, of course! We recommend 10 things you should know about this day.

Lots of beer. On this day, usually a lot of beer is consumed worldwide. The data establish that on St. Patrick’s Day are consumed over 13 million litres worldwide.

Long live the green. On this day, much of the Irish people who live in several countries around the world dress in green, a colour which identifies the country. If you want to celebrate this day in an authentic way, we recommend you to wear a green t-shirt, although the national historic colour of Ireland is blue.

Meet at the pub or bar. As usual in Irish people, on this celebration day it’s also normal to visit the pub for a few pints. If you’re outside Ireland, just visit the Irish taverns in your city to enjoy the most the party.

Who was St. Patrick? St. Patrick was born in the fourth century and was abducted by attackers from Ireland. At the time it was held captive, he studied for the priesthood and established a religious doctrine based on the green four leaf clover. He died on 17 March 461.

What do you eat during this day? Irish typical dishes usually eaten are traditional sweets, and meat dishes such as roast chicken and Guinness stew.

The parades. They are traditional on St. Patrick’s Day. You can try to find out if the Irish community in your city celebrates some of these parades.

When it began to be celebrated? The celebration of Saint Patrick Day began in 1917.

It lasts several days. In many places, as in Ireland, although the celebration day is March 17, the festival lasts for several days focused on several parades.

Who is the leprechaun? It is related to this day and is said to be a little being that often appear, according to the legend, on some days of the year.

Celtic rhythms. Another way to celebrate is with Irish folk dances based on Celtic rhythms.

Let’s celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day! 

 

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Oharas Irish Stout 50cl a stout beer made in Ireland that presents an alcohol content of 4º.

 

 

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Oharas Irish Red 50cl an ale beer native of Ireland with 4º of alcohol content. 

 

 

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Guinness Draught is a black beer beer native of Ireland with warm fermenting with an alcohol proof of 4.1º.

 

Is it easier to pair cheese with beer than with wine?

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Cheese is a one of the foods with more sensory nuances that can be found in the gastronomy of any country. So, according to its flavour and aroma characteristics, it is included in many dishes of all kinds, from starters to desserts, and also when it’s consumed alone, and, therefore, is suitable for pairing, usually with wine.

The latest trend is to taste cheese accompanied by another drink result of fermentation, in this case of cereals: the beer, which lately is becoming protagonist of innovative tastings and pairings.

One of the greatest promoters of this trend is the New York chef Daniel Burns, whose restaurant Luksus in Brooklyn has a Michelin star. The co-owner of the restaurant (along with Jeppe Jarnit-Bjergso) has recently stated that “flavour spectrum” of beer makes it more appropriate than wine to pair it with cheese.

In fact, the restaurant has 21 different beers on tap and no wine list. Again, according to Burns, “is easy, compared with wine, to make a correct pairing with beer, and even easier to get a great pairing”.

Although we are accustomed to pair cheese with wine, the new concept of this restaurant (the first in the world to be awarded a Michelin star while specializing in beer), brings a new vision to take into account, especially considering their big hit among the demanding newyorkers, which usually fills this small spot in Greenpoint that offers a tasting menu for $ 95, which can be completed with a beer pairing for $ 45 extra.

So, do you want to join the fashionable pairings with beer?

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Gulden Draak is a pale ale beer from the Brasserie Van Steenberge brewery made with cool fermenting made in Belgium with 10º of alcohol strength.

 

 

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Kasteel Donker is the producer of this Kasteel Donker (£1.39), a black beer beer made in Belgium with an alcohol proof of 11º. 

 

 

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The 10 oldest bars in the world (II)

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Today we continue with the oldest bars in the world. In this second chapter we will see the ones located outside the UK, which stand out for their unbelievable stories and stunning interior designs. Don’t miss these small temples devoted to the enjoyment of good drinks in good company and, if you have the chance, visit them!

Lafitte`s Blacksmith Shop Bar:

Located in New Orleans, this pub has 292 years of history. At the time it was refuge of pirates, passing by to refresh and continue their journeys. It gets its name from the privateers Jean and Pierre Lafitte.

De Sean Bar:

Located in Athlone, Ireland, this pub has 1114 years of history and the Guinness Book of World Records itself has recognized it as the oldest of Ireland bars. It was known about its approximate age in 1970, when during a remodeling, remains of adobe and wicker from the tenth century were found among its walls. Drinking a Guiness there seems a good plan, for sure.

Zum Riesen:

Located in Mittenberg, Germany, this pub is 864 years old and is the oldest in the country. It’s a hotel with bar built in 1150, which has hosted many customers of royalty such as Frederick III. Today is part of the real estate but it hides among its walls, stories of witches and landowners sentenced to death at its doors.

Al Brindisi:

Located in Ferrara, Italy, with 914 years this pub is known as the oldest osteria by the Guinness Book, ie as the oldest Italian restaurant serving food and wine in Italy. It had remarkable customers such as Pope John Paul II and the astronomer Copernicus. A very interesting place, right?

Cave Bar:

Located in the wonderful city of Petra, Jordan, this bar is over 2000 years old. It is one of the oldest bars in the country and by its peculiar location, inside a cave, has been the scene of the adventures of Harrison Ford in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.

And, as we said in the first part of this post, we can always imagine that we are in one of these magnificent bars with a glass of wine or a beer in our hand 🙂

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Bachata Rum Beer

 

 

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Buxton Tsar

The 10 oldest bars in the world (I)

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From the oldest inns to caves, these bars take over 1000 years standing, serving all the people who come to try the local beers and drinks.

Each one of these bars has a story, and all claim to be the oldest. In this first chapter, we’ll know those located in the UK, with ghost stories and historical characters that will surprise you. Know them and… why not? get motivated to travel and visit them!

Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem:

Located in Nottingham, this pub has 825 years standing. It was an old inn build upon a cave network. Some archaeologists indicated after an excavation in 1970 that the caves were built in the twelfth century.

Old Ferry Boat:

Located in St. Ives, in the UK, with 614 years this pub has a reputation for the ghostly presence that accompanies its customers. Supposedly it’s a jilted teenager named Juliet. This inn is located by the Cambridgeshire river, and the site was founded in 1400.

Ye Olde Man & Scythe:

This 763 year old pub was first mentioned in 1251. In this site was murdered James Stanley, Earl of Derby and guilty of the murder of 1644 people. It is said that his ghost haunts the pub… Another interesting detail is that the pub has been remodeled several times, but his cellar remains intact.

The Bingley Arms:

Located in Leeds, in the UK. this pub is 1061 years old. Mentioned in the Domesday Book, this pub was refuge of many during its earlier stages. It was called like this because it served as a rest to traveler priests who moved from the Abbeys of Leeds and York.

In the next chapter of this article we will know the next 5 bars… Meanwhile we can imagine what a drink there will taste, guided by these beers 🙂

 

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Bachata Rum Beer

 

 

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Tullibardine 1488 Whisky Beer

Is beer fattening?

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The dreaded beer belly may be a myth if you consider recent studies, which state that beer consumption, by itself, isn’t fattening.

A research published by the College of Physicians of Asturias states that this myth is false and, moreover, beer is good and recommended, in moderation, when combined with a healthy diet such as the Mediterranean.

Another US study also disproves this myth, since weight gain may be related to the increased consumption of drinks and also with the unhealthy food that accompanies the ritual of drinking beer on many occasions.

And there is more data: in the VII Congress on Beer and Health, held in Brussels, this drink is attributed certain benefits, such as the prevention of cell ageing. Drinking a glass of beer daily may help protecting the heart and decreasing the risk of cardiovascular diseases, as long as the doctor recommends it. Beer polyphenols act on blood pressure and provide multiple antioxidant properties, both for the body and the skin in general.

Other studies claim that, far from what was thought a few years ago, a glass of beer has 90 calories, being lighter than other beverages with sugars and gas, not advisable for the body in general. Others claim that beer contains between 75 and 100 calories, and about 40 calories when it’s alcohol-free.

Beer also gives us other benefits that are associated with the intake of vitamins. Beer contains barley and wheat, providing vitamin B, zinc and other minerals that help us stay fit and it’s beneficial for people who often have low blood pressure.

¿Is there any doubt after reading all these beneffits? Then, remember that beer drinkers go to heaven

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Iki Beer

 

 

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Newcastle Brown Ale 50cl

 

 

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Kasteel Donker

Let’s celebrate Saint Andrew!

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The 30th of November is a very special day for Scotland, since Saint Andrew is celebrated and it is the national day of Scotland. Although they have not achieved independence, Scots, true to their customs, will go out on the streets to celebrate this day with parades, music and, of course, drink.

This day is celebrated with great fervour and patriotic exaltation, and the famous flag with the X (St. Andrews Cross) is taken out to the streets to venerate St. Andrew, the patron saint of Scotland. Traditional parades are everywhere, especially in large cities such as Glasgow and Edinburgh. The participants in the parade wear traditional kilts and bagpipes with the oldest tunes.

On this day it is essential to celebrate in pubs and at home with the best Scotch whisky, the traditional drink of the place. The origin of whisky in Scotland is old, since it goes back to the IV or V century, and it’s due to the monks who firstly performed the distillation of this drink. In the nineteenth century its use becomes more popular and spread to many countries.

In addition to whisky, on this day the pubs are filled with people who tasting beer, also totally traditional in the UK. The best known and drunk beers on Saint Andrew are ales, dark and malt- flavoured beers. These include Belhaven, Tennents and Caledonian. And if you do not want to drink alcohol, Scots toast with Irn-Bru, a popular soft drink.

During this festival take place music-related activities, food fairs, exhibitions and shows, as well as religious meetings in honour of the patron.

With such a celebration, drinking a glass of the best Scotish whiskies or a bottle ale beer is a must, isn’t it? We strongly reccomend you: 

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The Famous Grouse 1L

 

 

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Grant’s 1L

 

 

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Dark Island Reserve 75cl

 

 

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Belhaven Scottish Stout 50cl

Getting beer with the power of the mind

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Interaxon, a Canadian technology company has developed a helmet to serve beer at will without using the arms.

Called ?The Muse?, this new invention consists of a smooth helmet which detect, through brain waves, the emotional state of those who use it.

Once ?The Muse? reads those brain waves it’s able to translate them into computer signals to put into action different gadgets.

One of the most amazing gadgets so far enables those who carry it to pour beer without lifting a finger, like a remote beer tap, just watching a picture of a glass of beer.

Beer consumers have the option, thanks to ?The Muse?, of drinking beer by submitting their desire through their brain waves to the computer so it can interpret them.

?Developed independently in the world, beer is the drink that has been present during the times of the greatest and most influential thinkers known to mankind?, says company information.

?And we like to think that a beer or two had something to do with the innovative concepts and philosophies that have shaped the world?, says.

?And besides, we are Canadians. Our society owes much to beer, so a beer tap controlled by thought is just our small way of giving something back to this drink, which gives reason for our way of life?.

So do not be surprised if in a relatively short time you begin to see around you places to sit and drink beer without lifting a finger, where your wish is your command, literally. Will it work only with Canadian beer? Should we desire it in English? We will continue investigating, always with a beer close to us… Today we recommend:

 

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Duff Can

 

 

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Leffe Blonde