I know I keep banging on about these beer tastings I host in Chester Beer & Wine, but man, last night kind of blew it out of the water. When I first jumped on the craft beer bandwagon what feels like a lifetime ago, the biggest and boldest and most outrageous beers came from America. Having said that, the UK quickly followed suit and now if I had to choose who makes the best craft beers… I could not tell you. So, I asked some beer lovers to decide instead.
May I present: The battle for the craft beer crown, UK VS US:
ROUND 1: LAGERS
US: Green flash: Sea to sea – 4%
California based brewery. Unclarified beer, has a light body with subtle sweet German malt and fruity hop flavours, notable German lager yeast, and a crisp, clean finish.
UK: Thornbridge: Lukas – 4.2%
Brewery is in Bakewell. Lukas is a crisp Bavarian-style Helles lager, brewed using only Bavarian ingredients. Balanced bitterness and crisp, grassy finish.
ROUND 2: RYE ALES
US: Westbrook: One Claw – 5.5%
South Carolina based brewery. Beer has refreshing citrus fruit from hops, a heavy handful of malted rye bringing slight peppery notes. Well balanced bitterness.
UK: Tiny rebel: Cwtch – 4.6%
Brewery based in Newport, Wales. The beer has a complex rye and malt base which compliments its big hop flavours. Hints of citrus from the hops. This been won Champion Beer of Britain in 2015.
ROUND 3: DIPA’S
US: Stone Brewery: Ruination – 8.5%
California based brewery. Hopped and then dry hopped to high heavens, this DIPA has piney, citrusy, tropical flavours.
UK: Buxton: Nth cloud – 8.2%
Buxton based brewery. This DIPA is sharp and intensely bitter, with full, malty, long lasting bitter aftertaste.
ROUND 4: STOUTS
US: Brooklyn: Chocolate stout 10%
As the name, brewery is based in Brooklyn, New York City. The stout has robust, deep dark chocolate flavour which comes from a blend of specialty roasted malts.
UK: Wild beer: Millionaire – 4.7%
Brewery based in Shepton Mallet. The beer has flavours of caramel, cocoa and lactose which give the stout it’s almost sickly sweetness, whilst the Cornish Sea Salts gives a savoury salty kick for balance.
In a surprise twist in the end, there was a tie! The score board was fixed on 2-2, UK winning the race on lagers and stouts, and US boasting the best ryes and DIPA’s. Even a room full of beer lovers from both sides of the big pond could not decide who makes then best beers! The beer of the night for the vast majority was the Ruination, so I suppose we could say that the US gone done and won it.
Or we could just do it all over again. You know, for science 😉
Have you tried these beats of a beer? Tell me about your favourite brews in the comments!