‘300 More Beers To Try Before You Die’! features beers from all over the globe, including British ales, Czech lagers, Belgian blondes and German wheat beers alongside more unusual brews from as far afield as Australia and Cuba.
The book’s author, Roger Protz, said: “New World beers can now challenge New World wines in their diversity and complexity, and Britain, with more breweries per head than any other country in the world, is once again the undisputed king of brewing nations.”
Protz selected his top ten beers at the Great British Beer Festival where the book was launched today (August 14):
· St Austell, Proper Job (England)
· Sierra Nevada, Torpedo Extra IPA (USA)
· Rudgate Brewery, Ruby Mild (England)
· Adnams, Ghost Ship (England)
· Dark Star, American Pale Ale (England)
· Triple fff, Alton’s Pride (England)
· Elland, 1872 Porter (England)
· Bartrams Brewery, Comrade Bill Bartrams Egalitarian Anti Imperialist Soviet Stout (England)
· Cumbrian Legendary Ales, Loweswater Gold (England)
· Brasserie Cantillon, Iris (Belgium)
The book is the sequel to Protz’s '300 Beers to Try Before You Die!' The new collection has been compiled personally by Protz and showcases traditional brews and new twists on classic recipes.
Here’s a run down of Protz’s favourites at the GBBF:
St Austell, Proper Job (England)
The beer takes its name from Cornish dialect: a ‘proper job’ means a task well done and refers to the role of the 32nd Cornwall Regiment in protecting the British residency in Lucknow during the Indian Mutiny of 1857. The regiment was raised to the status of a Light Infantry detachment by a grateful Queen Victoria. Proper Job has a powerful fruit aroma of grapefruit, orange and mango, with strong contributions from oatcake malt and tangy hop resins. Bittersweet fruit, chewy malt and bitter hops combine in the mouth while grapefruit comes to the fore in the finish but is beautifully balanced by biscuit malt and tangy, bitter hops.
ABV: 4.5% cask; 5.5% bottle
Sierra Nevada, Torpedo Extra IPA (USA)
The beer has a burnished bronze colour with a great waft of grapefruit and lemon jelly on the nose, with spicy hop resins and a ‘fresh bread’ malt character. The palate is shatteringly bitter, with touches of iodine and quinine, but the bitterness is softened by the rich bittersweet fruit and chewy, sappy malt. Grapefruit, lemon, passion fruit and even lime marmalade pack the finish with spicy hop resins and rich, slightly toasted malt.
Rudgate Brewery, Ruby Mild (England)
The beer has a rich aroma of roasted grain, creamy chocolate, burnt fruit and tangy hop resins. Chocolate, fruit and roast flavours build in the mouth but hops add a firm, piny and bitter balance. The long and lingering finish is bittersweet with a delicious creamy and wholemeal malt character, with contributions from chocolate, dark fruit and tangy hops.
Adnams, Ghost Ship (England)
The beer has a superb aroma of violets, citrus fruit, spicy hops and lightly toasted malt. Tart fruit, angy hop resins and a ‘malt biscuits’ grain note dominate the palate. The finish is long, complex, dry and bitter, but those characteristics are balanced by bittersweet citrus fruit, with grapefruit and lemon to the fore, and rich biscuit malt. It’s a beer that sends shivers down your spine.
Dark Star, American Pale Ale (England)
In order to give American Pale Ale an authentic character, Rob and his colleagues use not only American hops but a yeast culture imported from the United States. The beer is brewed with low colour Maris Otter malt and hopped with all-American varieties: Cascade, Centennial and Chinook. The pale gold beer has a profound aroma of citrus fruits – orange, lemon and grapefruit – with cedar notes from the hops and biscuit malt. Tart fruit builds in the mouth but is well balanced by