Saturday, 26 October 2013

ARTS AND CRAFTS/CUISINE REVIEW: Brewing Britain: The Quest for the Perfect Pint - Andy Hamilton

Release Date: 24/10/13
Publisher:  Bantam Press


With over 200 new breweries opening in the UK every single year, there's no excuse for sticking to 'a pint of the usual'. Beer advocate Andy Hamilton has tried literally hundreds if not thousands of pints in this avalanche of flavours, to make sure that you don't miss out on the perfect porter, an irresistible IPA, a super stout or that marvellous mild. You can discover how to tempt a lager lout off lager, which beer will win over wine lovers, the ideal temperature for serving ale, and the best glass to drink it from. You can experiment with 40 recipes from ancient times to the modern day, uncovering secret ingredients. You can hone your tasting skills at sessions in local pubs, breweries and beer festivals near you. This is the essential companion for our beer drinking nation on its search for that elusive perfect pint.


Whilst there’s a lot of people out there that enjoy wine, it feels to a certain degree that I’m a man out of my time. I love a good pint of bitter which for me has a great nutty flavour, a depth of richness and of course a taste that could accompany any number of meals that works wonderfully well.

SO when I had a chance to learn from a brew master about what hops and yeast to utilise for a cracking pint, I was more than intrigued. After all, I can take what I love from the various different types and tailor it to my taste buds. Add to this a comprehensive guide to some well-known brews out there alongside the chance to learn from years of experience all round has given me a confidence to try creating not only something from scratch rather than a standard brew kit, but will allow me to hopefully take a further step on a journey for my own perfect pint. Thank you Andy.

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