US beer vs UK beer
Just found this US craft beer: How it inspired British brewers over on BBC.
Today the US boasts more than 2,000 breweries – up from barely 50 in 1980.
It’s a remarkable turnaround for a nation whose beer was recently widely written off by consumers around the world as insufferably naff.
“Five or six years ago, if you were abroad and said you were an American brewer people would look the other way – they thought it was all yellow, fizzy water like Budweiser, Miller and Coors,” says Jim Caruso, CEO of Flying Dog, an award-winning microbrewery in Frederick, Maryland.
Years ago I would spit when we talked about American beer, even walked out of a bar when the staff served a Budweiser from the USA instead of the asked for one from Budvar.
Last year I was in Oregon and California and was very amazed to see how many beers that was on sale in the supermarkets and the amount of different styles, it was nearly impossible to choose one to drink. Lets just say that over the last two weeks there, I had two different beers each night and there wasn’t any worries that I would run out of choice. Off course sods law would also have it, that the summer ales were coming out of season and the winter styled ales were starting to arrived, just as I was coming to an end of one-off the shelves.
The beers are mainly very good though you need to get over that they are colder, they do like the gas and the extra hops.
It does take a wee bit to get used to when the staff in the bar you are visiting pulls out a bottled beer from the fridge – cellar cold naa, more cellar frozen.
The ales are gassy which isn’t the norm for ales brewed in the UK. I nearly sent the first ale back I had, when I got back from in the USA, New Zealand and Australia for being flat.
The alcohol content is also a fair bit higher than a British ale, a few times I was glad that I wasn’t driving, 6-8% isn’t unheard off. You can sometimes taste it but it is seldom that you find the alcohol content too over bearing.
Many ales are also VERY hoppy, which sometimes is too strong, I don’t mind some taste but it can be too much.
That said beers in the USA have come a long way and you will truly enjoy many of the breweries over there.
Clicking here will get you a list of the American beers I tasted on my visit to the USA. If only it was possible to get Ales from the USA over here, because there is many I would like to enjoy again.