Beer & brewing
Brewers and Growers Working Hand in Hand
While there are many ways to add flavor to beer, hops have been the top choice for brewers for millennia. Hops are the “spice” of beer, and without them, different beers would not have their distinctive balance of flavors, bitterness or aroma. To brew truly great beers, it is crucial for brewers to have access to different varieties of the highest quality hops.
Vintage Strains of Yeast
Depending on environmental factors, barley malt and hops will vary a bit from year to year, making the work of a Brewmaster that much more challenging. But yeast is the one element that always stays consistent and true to the original yeast strain with which our beer brands were first brewed. Much of our company’s success is due to our ability to brew beers that consistently reflect the same taste characteristics – and this is due in large part to yeast.
Become a Beer Barista
Pouring a beer into a glass is almost the same whether you’re doing it from a bottle, a can or a tap in a bar. But to make sure you are able to experience all the flavors that brewers have worked hard to craft, it is important to practice your beer pouring technique.
One of the most important parts of a perfect pour is to aim for the perfect ‘head’ – the foam on top. Poured hastily or incorrectly, a beer will foam up too much, sometimes spilling over. On the other hand, beer poured without a decent-sized head will affect appearance. A proper head will vary between beers; a traditional classic lager or ale should be between one to two fingers in depth, and for wheat beers, much deeper.
The World of Extreme Beers
Plato hit the nail on the head with his observation that it was a wise man who invented beer. From the umqombothi of South Africa to the sahti of Finland, beer in all its forms has been part of human culture for thousands of years. Yet beer has its extreme side too, and time has seen the creation of many unusual brews.