Our Top Craft Beer Bars: Glasgow

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A spotlight on one of the best beer cities Scotland has to offer. With so many great bars, restaurants, and breweries to choose from we have selected 7 of our favourites. It is safe to say Glasgow is close to our hearts and think that it needs the attention it deserves as one of the most exciting and dynamic craft beer cities in the UK. Bloc+: 117 Bath St Bath streets basement bar is first on our list – its probably best known for its live music and its mad chef (his words not ours) But if slammin’ beats and Buckfast Ice Cream (again, he said…

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Meet The New Editor Of FERMENT – Richard

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We’d like to introduce you to our new editor Richard Croasdale. Richard is bringing a host of experience with him as he joins the team at FERMENT, after six very successful years at the helm of Unfilterd, the magazine for the Scotch Malt Whiskey Society. Richard has decided to take on a new challenge and help us take FERMENT to the next level and we couldn’t be happier. Richard tells us, “I love quality booze and everything that goes around it, particularly meeting the people who make, pour and consume my favourite drinks. FERMENT is a great magazine with a…

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Our Top 5 Beer & Cheese Pairings

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We love pairing up our favourite food with beer – we think it brings a whole new dimension to the meal. One of the most satisfying combos is cheese and beer, you can get really creative as there are endless amounts of variation. We’ve narrowed it down to our top 5 pairings and recommended a beer to go. All of the beers are available from the bottleshop and you can find them here. Goats Cheese and Get Wit Or Die Trying Fresh cheese like goats cheese or a Scottish crowdie pair magnificently with Wit beer. Our pick would be Mikkellers Get…

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Trappist Beer – What Is It and Who Do We Recommend?

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We had a beer school on Belgian beer last week, which was lead by Heather. We discussed at length the great trappist beers of that region. Trappist beers are some of the most sought after and arguably some of the finest beers in the world. Steeped in tradition and heritage today, we discuss what exactly they are and what our favourites are here at Beer52. The first thing that needs to be noted is that ‘Trappiste’ is an appellation. This is basically a trademark, that means that people cannot brew trappist beer out with certain conditions. These conditions are that…

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Beer of the Week – 19/08/16

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Another Friday – another beer of the week. A great week here in the office – as we were sent some awesome samples to try out which will be coming to a box soon (hush hush). We had a chance to sit down with Alan from Brewgooder and chat all about what their plans were and how excited they are to be featured in Beer52 boxes this month. But most exciting of all is our little excursion to Stewarts Brewing for a brew day. We headed out to the brewery on Thursday afternoon and in their beer kitchen we made our…

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Interview: Brewgooder – Clean Water Lager

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As the sun burned unfamiliarly bright here in Edinburgh the other day, we were delighted to meet with Alan Mahon, the founder of Brewgooder, for a chat about their flagship beer Clean Water Lager which is in your boxes this month. Brewgooder is founded on two principles – to brew good and to do good. The ‘brew good’ part is fulfilled by their partnership with Brewdog, in whose facilities they’ve made their first beer – a refreshing session lager. The ‘do good’? Well, Brewgooder donates 100% of its profits to clean water charities. So you can enjoy a delicious beer whilst safe in…

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What Is Bottle Conditioned Beer?

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Bottle conditioned beer is a live product that can change and enhance over time. When bottled a small amount of yeast is added that causes a secondary fermentation and maturation whilst the beer is in the bottle similar to what might happen in cask beer. This can cause a number of processes to happen: It can create a much more complex beer that has much more depth of flavour as subtleties in the beer are allowed to develop over time. This can create many layers of flavour which change the longer the bottle is left to age. It also cause a much…

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UK Craft Beer – The Fashion Statement

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There is a certain stigma which has attached itself to our beloved beer. It’s time to talk about Hipsterdom. From the outside, I suppose it is quite easy to designate craft beer as yet another hipster fad. One of those things that is clutched close for its ‘coolness’ and designated to only the hip streets of streets of London. You know the ones – where everyone is an ‘artist’, has a beard and smells faintly of hash. Sometimes in the community we don’t help ourselves. Lets confess some truths… We are quite elitist, as we stick our noses up to the most…

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