Fullers Vintage Ale, three year vertical

Fullers Vintage Ale 2015Fullers Vintage Ale is a beer love story that goes back a long way for me. I have always had a weakness for good barleywine, strong beers with a vineous quality and a sweetness like dessert wine – other than that, I don’t like sweet beers at all. No sugar or caramel taste for me, please.

As the name suggests, Fullers Vintage Ale is a beer worth keeping, and furthermore, it’s a beer that changes a little from year to year. It’s always a matter of taste how long to cellar such a beer, but it certainly needs a little time. Some years I have had it when it debuted at the Great British Beer Festival i August, and it’s been too fresh, too sharp at that time. Just half a year helps it to a more rounded character. Læs mere Fullers Vintage Ale, three year vertical

Book Review: The Home Brewer’s Guide to Vintage Beer

The Home Brewer's Guide to Vintage Beer by Ron PattinsonA new book called The Home Brewer’s Guide to Vintage Beer presents beer history in a new and very tangible way, through homebrew recipes of historical beers. Home brewing is one of the beer enthusiast’s ultimate joys – not just because you get to enjoy the fruits of your effort, but also because you learn so much about beer. And what better way to learn, than through this book about historical beer for home brewers.

Ron Pattinson has studied historical beer for years, and he has now put together The Home Brewer’s Guide to Vintage Beer full of old recipes from British breweries, “translated” to modern home brewing. Divided into nine broad beer styles, the book takes us through numerous recipes used between 1800 and 1950. In most cases, they are based on the brewer’s actual brewing log from the brew day. You don’t find a much more authentic recipe on an early 19th century porter, an 1850s India Pale Ale, or mild ale or Burton Ale as they were served at the time of the First World War.. Læs mere Book Review: The Home Brewer’s Guide to Vintage Beer