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UK beers

 TAGS:The UK beers subject is world apart and almost enough for writing half encyclopedia (ah, you no longer have … well, then to write an eBook) because there are really many varieties of beer, centuries of history, and always differences regarding the ingredients, that’s not counting external aspects so you, see it’s needed to spend a good while to get to understand just a small part of this interesting source of flavour and good times.

To simplify and not go crazy, let’s make a small classifications based on easily recognizable features. First, the colour. It is the most basic element and here are three different types: Pale Ale, Brown Ale and Old Ale. From lighter to darker, we could say that the first is an amber tone beer, the second presents stronger hues approaching brown tones and the last one is the darkest (although this does not mean it’s necessarily the one with higher alcohol content, since those are known as Strong Ale).

Depending on the intensity of its flavor and body, we could talk about Mild, Bitter and Porter. Being the first one the softest and less bodied one and the last one the most bitter and nutritious at the same time. We must also say that, within each class of beer, there are different varieties, especially in the Bitter which is the most widely consumed in the UK today (though for decades the most common beer was the Porter precisely for its satiating properties).

We cannot end this UK beers fast (and simple) review without mentioning one of my favorites: the Scotch Ale. These kind of beers are quite powerful and they use to show a hint of sweetness in their taste, which could remind the Belgian beers.

Finally, a couple lines on the Irish beers which have more fruity taste than the ones before and also more pronounced malt notes, all I could say here today in the practice will be reduced to two words: Dry Stout, which is the most common type, and moreover, the one they make best, because you must admit that they really know what they are doing there.

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3 beers to finish the Euro 2012

 TAGS:I always write about wine: which wines are my favorites, curious things about wine, new wines or wines I want to try. But truth is that I also love beer. In fact, there are times when a beer replaces any other option. That happens for example, when we are at home with friends, ready to see any of those football games that end up making history, in and out of the screen.

There is no better excuse to try a new beer together with the pizzas, olives and chips. That?s the atmosphere. I propose three different ones, each with its inspiration for you to try them if you do not know them yet or to remember them if they were already in your list of favorites.

As the final match of the Euro 2012 has a clear Spanish character, I decided on a Damm Inedit. Despite its name, this beer is made in Spain. In fact its production started 60 years ago. At first it was only produced from October to March, to comply with the March beer character of its true German style, but its launch success got that a few years after it started to be available throughout the year. It will be the right choice for all those who like lagers and also to those who usually prefer brown ales. The last Damm berr, Damm Inedit, was created by Ferran Adria, the great spanish chef.

Italy vs Germany -not played yet when I was writing this. The second semi-final of the Tournament inspires me to suggest to you another beer. My choice has nothing to do with the team I support, but it has more to do with my love for wheat beers. Franziskaner is a classic and, to my taste, the perfect beer to watch a football game. Its generous flavor, its long 50cl and its persistent foam makes this beer perfect for an afternoon watching a game. But before getting started on it you should know that, even if you get a pint, one is never enough.

Finally, I wanted to finish my beer proposals with one of my favorites: the Peroni Gran Riserva. This italian “birra”, with its soft flavour, delicious foam and history make it an almost unbeatable beer. Of course, I prefer a draft beer, but to drink it at home I always choose the bottle, as it is the only guarantee of the quality of the foam as we expect.