Beer with Vegetarian and Vegan Diets

Beer is principally derived from cereal crops and the only living thing involved in the whole process is the Yeast. The question of a beer being Vegetarian and Vegan friendly usually relies on the use of lactose (as a sugar e.g. milk stouts) or the fining agent Isinglass. Isinglass is a processing aid that is […]

Gluten Free Beer

Beer contains gluten due to the principle grains that are used i.e. Barley, Wheat, Rye etc. and although not present in huge amounts, it is above the 20 ppm (parts per million) level that is required to legally call a product “Gluten Free”. In order to manufacture a gluten free beer, a further step is […]

How to Store and Pour Bottle Conditioned Beers

Bottle Conditioned beers need a little more care than filtered beers. Here we tell you all you need to know. The traditional method of bottling beer involves retaining a small amount of yeast and sugars in the beer as it is capped. The yeast then consume the sugars and this carbonates the beer i.e. makes […]

8 Beer Tasting Tips

I’ve been professionally tasting for over 20 years and have some top tasting tips for you. The perception of flavour is actually more about smell. Sounds odd, but the taste buds in the mouth are only capable of fairly basic perception (i.e. salt, sweet, sour, bitter and umami) so around 90% of flavour perceptions is […]