Below is a list of the top bottled India Pale Ales that I have tasted;
Here is a list of bottled English-style bitter that I like (I've not included anything with less than 6.5/10) - blonde, pale & golden ales are also not included;
Below are the top (beers scoring <6/10 not included) bottled Scottish ales I have tasted;
I discovered a homebrew shop in St Helens today whilst at work & had to pop in to check it out.
Below are some of the bottled Belgian beers I've tasted. I've not included the specialist gueuzes or lambics.
My ranking of bottled Czech lagers;
Below are some bottled German lagers that I have tasted - not included are wheat beers, Altbiers & Kolsch;
Below is a list of the bottled stouts & porters I have tasted. Many are given poor marks for being oxidised or infected, which is not necessarily the beers fault - I just had a bad
I've made some great Saisons in the last year or so and decided to get back into making more. I split the wort made into two, with the first half making Cockermouth Kolsch. The second half made this beer.
Mash no.1: 1 hour 30 mins at 65°C falling to 63°C for the final 30 mins
4Kg extra pale Maris Otter malt
Since the winter is upon us and the nights get down to almost freezing but not subzero, I thought I'd brew a lager that can be conditioned using this cold source. However I don't want to buy another yeast in specially for it and I also want to trial a beer that I may brew at work next year where we have proper chilling facilities. This Kolsch is made with extra pale malt, hops with a nod towards a Noble variety and ale yeast from the