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Caldera – IPA

In Beer Review on September 20, 2011 at 2:07 pm

Caldera Brewing Company were established in 1996 in Portland, Oregon. For the first eight years draught beer was their focus until 2005 when they decided to can their pale ale. An interesting move which opened up the potential of a quality beer in can form. Can craft beer be as good in a can? I shall find out by tasting their IPA.

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Reasons to be Cheerful

In Blog Comment on August 18, 2011 at 3:11 pm

After reading this blog post http://www.beerbirrabier.com/2011/08/are-you-positive.html on Beer.Birra.Bier I thought I would get down my thoughts on the important balance between positive and negative.

As a relative newby to the beer blogging community it takes time to settle in and develop a writing style that is comfortable yet insightful. When starting out in the quest to document your beer experiences it is easy to concentrate on everything that you love about the subject. This is certainly how I have started in my first posts. I don’t think this is a bad thing at all, writing about the positive gives you a chance to settle in and gain confidence through writing something up- beat. Writing about negative elements of your passion is a much harder task and I believe takes a lot more skill.

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Magic Rock – Rapture

In Beer Review on August 15, 2011 at 7:52 pm

We have all marvelled at the good looking branding from this Huddersfield brewery but lets have a little taste because as we all know it is what lies within that counts. Up for review is Rapture – red  hop ale 4.6%.

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Beer Sommelier

In Trends on August 1, 2011 at 2:03 pm

As the world of beer evolves,I take a look at the lessons we could learn from the wine world.

Sommelier – trained and knowledgeable wine professional, commonly working in fine restaurants, who specializes in all aspects of wine service as well as wine and food matching. The role is more specialized and informed than that of a wine waiter.

If we take a look at the definition of a Sommelier there are aspects of this role which could be transferred into the world of beer. Through dissecting this definition and linking it to craft beer I hope to show that beer and wine can be appreciated at a similar level.

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In Trends on July 20, 2011 at 11:26 am

On the day after we were told that BrewDog’s Great British Beer Festival bar has been cancelled by CAMRA we take a look at the pros and cons of the campaign for real ale.

I want to start by stating that I am not a member of CAMRA so my views are from the outside looking in.

As described on their website –  CAMRA promotes good-quality real ale and pubs, as well as acting as the consumer’s champion in relation to the UK and European beer and drinks industry. As a beer lover how can I argue with that? Sounds like this organisation has got my back as a consumer and also as someone involved in the drinks industry. I’m going to look at how I think this organisation fits in to the beer scene at present.

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Goose Island – Pere Jacques 2010

In Beer Review on July 17, 2011 at 8:25 pm

Carrying on from the theme of my last post I thought I would review an American brewery’s take on a Belgian Style Ale. On Goose Island’s website it states that ‘Pere jacques’ complex flavors stand shoulder to shoulder with the Belgian Dubbels’. Well lets see shall we.

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Style Over Substance

In Trends on July 11, 2011 at 3:02 pm

Imitation is the highest form of flattery.

The trend of producing beers in the style of others is sweeping the beer scene and I want to ask you this question:

Why have a beer imitating the style of another when you can have the real thing?

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Star Spangled Banner or Union Jack?

In Trends on July 4, 2011 at 4:37 pm

A July 4th look at the influence of America on the U.K craft scene.

The special relationship between the U.S and the U.K is well known throughout the world and inspires comment and debate in its droves. In the spheres of politics and popular culture a trans-Atlantic swap shop is clear to see, these shared interests have also spilled into the craft beer scene. America has a love of our quintessential pub and ale culture and we in return have a love of their big-bold flavours and just as bold branding. This combination of the need for good ales, huge flavours and exciting branding has made the special relationship even more prominent in recent times.

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Goose Island – Honker’s Ale

In Beer Review on July 1, 2011 at 9:08 pm

As we here at inthefridges continue our review section of our blog you may be forgiven for thinking, why review beers that could be described as easy drinking or even boring?! As you may have noticed, the tone of our previous posts is of a call for more accessibility within the craft beer community to give those who want a way in a chance of finding somewhere to start. Therefore Honker’s Ale is going to get the once over and hopefully give someone out there a push in the right direction.

Chicago’s Goose Island Brewery was established in 1988 by John Hall. He opened a Goose Island brewpub in his home town of Chicago in an attempt to create beers to not only cater to his customers tastes but to challenge them as well. I’m not going to go into the current situation at Goose Island but who can argue with those humble beginnings?

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Port Street Beer House American Beer Festival

In Beer Event on June 29, 2011 at 11:22 am

If you haven’t already heard; Manchester has it very own beer haven. Situated on a back street in the trendy Northern Quarter, this unassuming establishment is a hidden gem for all who are searching for the next great beer. After a successful cider tasting event, PSBH’s first ‘beer school’ had an American theme. The launch night of the American Beer Festival gave 60 lucky people the chance to pack out the bar and get first dibs on the best of American craft.

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