Despite the well stocked Virtual Tiki Bar here at the Virtual Hot Tub, it’s not that often that I actually drink cocktails. When I’m soaking in the virtual warm water, in reality I usually drink beer. So it’s about time I featured some beer on this blog.
I have grown to admire American beer over the last few years. In particular, a few of the less obvious brands that are now turning up in the UK.
Back in 2000, I made my first visit to the United States of America, after wanting to travel there for a long time. That first trip I was introduced to Samuel Adams Boston Lager. It was love at first taste. Unlike other American beers I was familiar with, Sam Adams has a full flavour. Now available in supermarkets such as Tesco, Asda and Morrisons, this beer is highly recommended. I was really happy to see this beer so readily available, it’s a definite favourite.
Visit the Samuel Adams web page here.
Another bottled beer that is now available on our shores is Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. This is a newer discovery for me, again it can be easily found in your local Tesco. Sierra Nevada is no fizzy lager either, rather you’re going to experience a quality drink with character.
Visit the Sierra Nevada Pale Ale web page here.
Finally, we have Brooklyn Lager. I’ve discovered this beer in the supermarkets; though now it is starting to appear in bars/restaurants, where it’s a great accompaniment to pulled pork burgers! Described as an amber lager, this beer has a great flavour far removed from the typical US beers we’re often exposed to. It’s easy to pick up in Tesco so give it a try – again, recommended. If you’re lucky enough to find this beer on draught, treat yourself to a pint. You can thank me later.
The web page for Brooklyn Brewery is here.
The USA is not a country famed for alcohol. Prohibition? What the hell is that all about? And just what is a “light” beer anyway? But these breweries are building on traditions that were long lost, delivering great tasting beer that is well worth investigating.
Iechyd Da, America!