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BrewLDN 2020

Is London done with craft beer? - Hell No! Thursday, Feb 27th the Beers of Europe Team attended BrewLDN at the Old Truman Brewery, which is part of a beerathon, with a whopping 146 drink exhibitors! Originally called ‘Craft Beer Rising’, whose co-creator Danial Rowntree says that in keeping with the 2020 drinking landscape he wanted to throw an inclusive party, saying “Craft beer is no longer rising - it’s risen and not going anywhere!” with a potential of 8,000 partygoers attending, we think so too! ‘The Industry’s Gone Bonkers’! Craft beer is now fully mainstream and in London, there are now more than a hundred breweries and a major amount of pubs that have never even had...

Urban Artifact

Urban Artifact USA Catching up with Bret Kollman Baker Owner & Brewer at Urban Artifact Brewery, USA... Q: Who are you/what do you do?   A: Bret Kollmann Baker, owner/brewer for Urban Artifact. Handle recipe development, production management, and everything required to take beer and fruit from raw ingredients to a tasty fermented beverage. Q: What was the inspiration for starting the brewery?   A: Sour Beer! When we started the business in 2014 sour beer was funky, expensive, and a supremely niche product. I have loved sour beer ever since first learning about it during college, but it was never something that was affordable or approachable for most. We saw an opportunity there, to create clean...

BrewBoard Brewery

BrewBoard Brewery, Harston, Cambridgeshire Q&A Q: Who are you/what do you do?   A: Stuart Chambers. I am the head brewer and one of the founding directors of BrewBoard craft brewery. Q: What was the inspiration for starting the brewery?     A: Prior to BrewBoard I had been making small batches of beer in a brewery that I had built in an old converted Blacksmith Forge. At that time craft beer was a new and growing scene in the UK. With my passion to learn more about the art of brewing and to create vibrant hop forward beers, I went onto make several connections with brewers in the industry. The relationships I made spurred me on to join forces with my colleagues to form the business which finally de...

American Craft Beer and Super Bowl Sunday!

American Craft Beer and Super Bowl Sunday! The Super Bowl takes place this Sunday and what better way to celebrate than with an American craft beer!  As America’s most iconic sporting spectacle, the Super Bowl will decide the champion for the NFL’s 2019 and 100th season and takes place between the San Francisco 49ers and the Kansas City Chiefs in Miami Gardens, Florida at 11.30pm UK time. Around 100 million Americans, that’s approximately one in three, are expected to tune in to watch the game and UK fans can also enjoy the game live for free on BBC1, BBC iPlayer or  Sky Sports.  Broadcast in more than 170 countries, the Super Bowl is one of the most watched sporting events in the world and a l...

Does Beer Pair With Vegetarian Food?

Does Beer Pair With Veggie-Food? You Bet It Does! Think of American craft beer and food pairing and what comes to mind….let me guess?  Burgers, ribs, sausages and steak?  With vegan and vegetarianism on the rise, it’s time to cast aside those meaty overlords and look at how American craft beer can transform vegetables and vegetarian cuisine! Beer’s flavour spectrum contains a myriad of possibilities that make it the perfect partner for plant-based and veggie dishes.  When experimenting with your own ideas remember the golden rule of matching the intensity of the beer (derived from acidity, alcohol, bitterness, carbonation and residual sugars) with the intensity of the food (acidity, bitterness,...

Spirit of Motorhead

Motorhead Get Into The Spirit Motorhead has recently added 'Motorhead Bomber Smokey Shot' and 'Motorhead Iron Fist American Whiskey' to the range.  Beers of Europe catch up  Sari Wilholm from 'Brands For Fans' who help bands and artists create their own spirits! (from left to right founders of Brands For Bands -  Yvonne Wener & Sari Wilholm) Q: Who are you/what do you do?   A: We are Brands For Fans and we help bands/artists who want to extend their merch portfolio with spirits. Q: What was the inspiration for working in the distillery?   A: We do not work that way. We do all the tasting/profiling at our office in Stockholm and then produce the s...

Why Choose Independent Beer?

Craft v Crafty – Why Choose Independent Beer? Have you ever stopped to think exactly who makes your beer or where it comes from?  Do you even care? Over in the States, beer drinkers care passionately about who makes their beer.  They travel miles for a new release from a high profile brewery, queue for hours and are often restricted to only two bottles per person when they get there!  That’s dedication for you! In a recent survey, 53% of beer lovers in the States said that independent ownership is important to them when purchasing beer and transparency of ownership is a key issue. But, here’s the rub….having noticed the dynamic growth of the craft beer sector in recent years multinational...

The Best Low Alcohol Beer

Low alcohol beer  Whether you’re on a diet or you want to lower your alcohol intake, low alcohol beer definitely has its advantages. But how low is low, and what important things should you know about the amount of alcohol in so-called light beers? We’ll explore these topics and more in the following post. What exactly is low alcohol beer?  Put simply, low alcohol beer does what it says on the tin: it’s a beer that has a very low alcohol content. The idea is that the best low alcohol beer still tastes as delicious as a normal beer, only with a significant reduction in its ability to inebriate the drinker. Low alcohol beers like this are ideal for designated drivers who don’t want to be over the lim...