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Archive for July, 2011|Monthly archive page

CAMRA

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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