The Bitter Truth About Sour Beer

first_img Rum 101: An Introduction to the Different Types of Rum and How They’re Made Are Fermented Pizzas a Trend to Watch? We Asked a Pro to Find Out Editors’ Recommendations The intense world of sour beer includes ales with creative stylistic names like lambic, geuze, Berliner weisse, wild ale and Flanders red ale. These beers rely on old-world techniques to create a tart, tongue twisting experience that is a welcome diversion from the hop-heavy trajectory favored by most American craft breweries.In the formative years of brewing, all beers had some sour component due to the inability to prevent wild yeast strains and bacteria from entering the brewing and fermenting processes. In the modern age, some adventurous brewers are resurrecting these additives to create a new generation of sour beers, not by accident, but to appease a growing class of discerning beer fans.Related Post: Wicked Weed’s FunkatoriumBrettanomyces, or “brett” for short, is a yeast strain that imparts a decided “barnyard” flavor to beer, often described as “horse blanket,” earthy or dirty. For beers celebrated for “funk,” brettanomyces is most often the secret ingredient behind the bitter mustiness. Beers that include brett are often straw dry and incorporate light-fruit flavors. For a fabulous brett-forward beer experience, try Russian River Sanctification, an American wild ale that is fermented 100% by brettanomyces yeast.Lactobacillus is a bacteria that, similar to yeast, consumes the sugars found in the pre-beer solution known as wort. Instead of converting sugar to alcohol, lactobacillus instead coverts sugars to lactic acid. Lactobacillus is the same bacteria used in kimchee and yogurt and creates the slight sour turn found in milder sours like goses and Berliner weisses. For a lactobacillus tasting, give Justin Blåbær by Evil Twin Brewing a try.Pediococcus is a bacteria as well, and also creates lactic acid. But it’s more of a souped-up big brother of lactobacillus and produces much more lactic acid in a shorter amount of time. That aggressive nature results in much harsher tastes and aromas. Seek out a traditional Belgian lambic or one of the Allagash Brewing Coolship-series beers which are fermented in a traditional open-air style to experience pediococcus at its fullest.For first time sour beer drinkers, the flavors can be very intense, sometimes shockingly so, but it’s amazing how quickly palates adapt and learn to appreciate new experiences. So, get out of your comfort zone and use your sour beer knowledge to impress your friends and try some new styles. Getting to Know the Lithuanian Beer Scene The Lazy Man’s Guide on How to Make Hard Apple Cider Helpful Wine Terminology So You Sound Like You Know What You’re Talking Aboutlast_img read more

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Car exports to India increase ninefold in five years

Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, has announced that the number of UK-built cars exported to India has increased nine-fold since 2009, with 2,836 British-built cars sold in the country in 2014.Much of this growth has been driven by demand for the UK’s premium and luxury vehicles. With India’s middle class set to quadruple over the next decade and the country’s new vehicle market expected to be worth £64 billion by 2020, demand for new cars in India is on course to boom over the coming years. The nine-fold increase in UK car exports to the nation and global reputation for high quality engineering demonstrate that the UK is well placed to take advantage of these opportunities.Mike Hawes made the announcement while attending ACMA Automechanika New Delhi, India’s leading international automotive trade fair. The SMMT Chief Executive attended a panel discussion on the Indian automotive aftermarket to give an international perspective on the component supply chain. A number of UK automotive companies also exhibited their latest products and services in the UK Pavilion hosted at the show.The increase in UK imports is a trend that has been seen across the Asia region, with exports to the continent more than trebling in the last five years. More than 220,000 cars were exported to Asia in 2014, which is now the UK automotive industry’s largest export market after Europe with 18.5% of all UK-produced cars destined for the region.For more information on the Indian automotive industry take a look at our Focus on: India feature.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

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On board Britains nuclear deterrent as Royal Navy submariners secret lives are

The “modest” submariners who spend months underwater with little news from home are set to be honoured by Prince William on Friday. The Duke of Cambridge is expected to pay tribute to the nation’s submariners in a reading during a Service at Westminster Abbey to mark 50 years of Britain’s nuclear deterrent submarine patrols. The service, hosted by the Royal Navy, will recognise half a century of the nation’s Continuous at Sea Deterrent (CASD), whereby a British nuclear-armed submarine has been on patrol somewhere in the world every day since 1969. It is unclear whether the new Defence Secretary, Penny Mordaunt, will attend the service. In one of his last official acts in office, Gavin Williamson…

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