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We are finally getting a season that other countries would recognise as a summer. No doubt you’re all out working on your tan and enjoying a cold one with your BBQ. And while you should be taking good care of your skin with plenty of sun-tan lotion you should also avoid exposing your beer to the sun as well. No, liberal application of factor 30 to your bottle of beer won’t help.

While you may love it the last thing your beer wants to do is to sit out soaking in some rays. Your beer is being ‘skunked’ right before your eyes. The process can happen quite fast, quicker for more heavily hopped beers. The suns UV rays break down hop compounds to literally produce the same chemical that skunks spray out their backsides! It’s not as intense in the beer thankfully but it will still change it. Brown bottles are a good way to protect the beer inside but green and especially clear glass give little to no protection from UV rays.

We’ve done the side by side taste tests and for a moderate hoppy pale ale it only takes a few minutes for the beer to noticeably change flavour.

Enjoy the sun, but shade your beer!

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Have you ever wondered what’s the difference between Ales and Lagers? Why to barrel age a beer or why ‘hop bombs’ are only dangerous to your taste buds? We will be giving your a weekly beer education about what makes craft beer truly ‘Craft Beer’. Each week we will also post a new Beer Style of the Week.

There are currently 100+ different styles of beers out there and over the coming weeks and months we will go through many of these to give you a greater appreciation of the world of beer of beer and how immense it is.

We will also brush up your craft beer slang and terminology, brewing techniques, history of beer and the finer details that go into making a perfect pint. Pete, our head brewer, and your headmaster for this series will take you on this beer journey and first up is the first beer he brewed here: American Amber Ale.
Beer Style 1: American Amber Ale
A hoppy, moderate-strength American craft beer with a pronounced caramel malt character, ranging from amber to copper in colour.  It’s flavour and aroma showcases American and new world hop varieties and is supported by the malt sweetness of caramel malts. The balance between malty and hoppy can vary quite a bit depending in the brewer.

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It originated on the West coast of the States in the 1970’s during the early American craft beer movement and was originally called a red ale. While it origins lay in American Pale Ales it is closer to an Irish Red Ale in terms of appearance and mouth feel however it’s the use of citrus/floral accented American hops that give it it’s unique flavour.

ABV: 4.5-6.2%
IBU’s: 25-40
Commercial Examples: Wicklow Wolf American Amber, Rogue American Amber Ale, Brew Dog 5AM Saint, Rascels Big Hop Red
Food pairings: BBQs, meat dishes, cheese
Hops: Any combination of hops to showcase American hop character
Malt: 2-Row Malted Barley, Caramel Malts, Dark Malts, Specialty Malts

 

It’s time you became acquainted with Pete, our head brewer who moved from Colorado to Bray to manage the everyday duties in the brewery.

Favourite Beer: Too many to choose from. I’d have to say Yuengling. It was the first beer I bought when I turned 21(US drinking age) living in PA and has a certain nostalgic factor for being the oldest brewery in the US.

Favourite Style: What day of the week is it?? Porter, Sour, Hefe, Belgian, etc. Everyone’s taste buds change over time and I for one am more than willing to taste and enjoy new beers/styles. No point to limit ones self to less choice!

Best thing about working at a brewery: Creating something for people to enjoy! It’s really fun that I can design and make anything that I want brew. However, there is also a deep personal vulnerability in knowing that people will love or criticize these artisanal beers that are being made with my bare hands. A job of passion!

First Homebrew: Hopped Amber Ale I think.

Hope for 2016: Travel and explore more of Europe! Such a diverse landscape of culture, history, food and of course BEER!

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