Top 10 Craft Beer Pubs in Sheffield One of Britain’s great beer cities is celebrating the fifth annual Sheffield Beer Week – but in these pubs there’s an exhaustive range of craft brews on tap year round
The Beer Engine
This studenty pub has the conflicting, mismatched interior decor of a venue that has seen many incarnations down the years. But packed these days, even in midweek, the Beer Engine has clearly found its groove, thanks to its emphasis on good beer and its surprisingly accomplished food. The 17 taps cover all beer bases from the house bitter, Coniston Brewing Company’s iconic Bluebird, to piña colada sours and Belgian farmhouse double IPAs. Candles and good-lighting make the Engine a cosy place to linger and, out back, like many Sheffield pubs (Fat Cat, Rutland, Kelham Tavern) it has a neat, half-covered outdoor drinking and smoking area.
The Sheffield Tap
Reached via platform 1B of Sheffield station, the Tap has been instrumental in improving the quality of railway station pubs, not just in this city but nationally. Opened in 2009, it has since spawned several sister venues (most notably the Euston Tap in London) and, more generally, inspired an array of craft beer bars in and around travel hubs. Few are as handsome as this Grade II-listed space. Its rooms are an Edwardian feast of glazed tiling, ornamental plasterwork and polished wood. Some 23 cask and keg taps and a list of 200 bottles run the gamut of good beer, from brewers Atom to Wild Weather. In particular, expect to find plenty of Thornbridge and the pub’s own Tapped Brew Co beers, some brewed on-site. You will find a gleaming copper brew kit in the lounge.
The Fat Cat
Kelham Island’s industrial past is fading fast as it emerges as one of the city’s hippest food and drink destinations. But a handful of historic pubs bridge those two eras. Craft fans will gravitate to more hop-forward destinations, but visiting the Fat Cat for a pint of immaculately-conditioned, dry, citrusy Pale Rider (brewed by Fat Cat’s owner, Kelham Island Brewery), is a rite of passage for visiting beer fans.
If the “ferociously independent” Fat Cat (beer memorabilia, antique fire places, warmth and chat – not music and fruit machines), has the edge in terms of architectural character, its near-neighbour, the Kelham Island Tavern, distinguishes itself by its greater willingness to embrace beer’s future. It may have a rather 1970s lounge-bar interior, but among the Tavern’s more traditional cask beers you will find, for instance, beers from Welsh alchemist Heavy Industry and even a dedicated craft keg tap that was, recently, pouring a Buxton Brewery/Magic Rock collaboration. We can only guess what Camra members, who voted the Tavern their national pub of the year in 2008 and 2009, will think of that innovation.
The Bar Stewards
It opened more than a year ago but there is still a pop-up feel to this micropub and bottle shop. With its chipboard back-bar and huge wooden delivery doors, it is a bit like drinking in a brew-tap or workshop, albeit one covered in an ever-expanding collage of colourful beer labels. Its 14 keg/cask taps pour pure quality, from Magic Rock’s Dancing Bear (the house lager) to, a recent find, Suffolk brewery Burnt Mill’s exceptional, murky Citra Fog IPA. The bar’s friendly staff are beer lovers, ever-ready with advice and tasters. One other notable feature is that, in contrast to many specialist craft beer bars, Bar Stewards’ cask ales are keenly priced (this is very Sheffield; every good pub has a circa-£3 starter pint). Check the boards for relative bargains from Sheffield breweries such as Lost Industry and Abbeydale.
The Rutland Arms
Located in Sheffield’s Cultural Industries Quarter, this vintage architectural gem is layered with history yet decorated with quirky bric-a-brac – endless pump clips, protest placards, mannequins etc – and, outside, the work of Steel City street artist, Phlegm. Across its 20 lines all beer life is represented: from Blue Bee’s mainline pale ale to craft exotica such as Siren’s chocolate cake stout and Northern Monk’s big double IPAs. There are often new names on the bar (Liverpool’s Gibberish, for instance), while the Rutland’s tap-takeover events have included nights with such luminaries as Omnipollo. In summer, creatives from the surrounding studios spill out into the pub’s surprisingly green and leafy urban beer garden.
“Tasteless fizz-free zone” reads a sign at the entrance to this rather spartan, multi-roomed beer-hive. Its walls covered in promotional brewery memorabilia, Shakey’s is simultaneously committed to both affordable entry-level drinking (Stancill’s Barnsley Bitter and Abbeydale’s Deception are each £2.70 a pint) and the enthusiastic exploration of craft beer’s esoteric and expensive outer-reaches. You will find trendsetters such as Cloudwater and Verdant on the bar, and all the latest styles (pastry stouts, milkshake IPAs, oak-aged sours). Look-out for the Shakespeare’s spring and autumn experimental cask beer festivals, and its Stupidly Delicious events, which showcase aged imperial stouts and daisy-fresh double IPAs.
The Beer House
About a mile outside the city centre on Ecclesall Road – in Sharrow Vale’s cluster of indie shops and restaurants – this two-roomed micropub is worth hunting out. Plainly decorated in the stripped-back, Victorian beer house style, a log burner keeps the back room toasty in winter, while, on a warm summer evening, there are natty communal tables on the kerb outside. You may find the likes of Wild Beer and Thornbridge pouring on the keg taps, but the Beer House’s cask pumps are where it really shines. The clips are a roll-call of northern stars – Marble, Brewsmith, Vocation, Anarchy etc.
If you prefer such diminutive drinking spots beyond the city centre, you should also seek out Walkley Beer Co, a bottle shop where you can drink in (Thursday to Sunday), and Broomhill’s Itchy Pig micropub, up from the university.
The Bath Hotel
A back-street local in the heart of the city (top end of Devonshire Street, then dog-leg down Convent Walk), this handsome 1930s pub is now under the stewardship of Derbyshire brewery, Thornbridge. Naturally, its latest innovations dominate the pumps, from the opinion-splitting ice-cream porter, Strawberry Lucaria, to the terrific Green Mountain New England IPA, a hazy “juice bomb” that delivers as promised. Space is made across 12 keg and cask lines for a few guests, from breweries as far flung as Bristol Beer Factory and Rossendale’s Northern Whisper. Nurse a pint or two as you take in the Bath’s Grade II-listed interior: a modest, fuss-free combination of period wood-panel banquettes, glazed tilework and leaded windows.
Despite its new-build setting, the Devonshire Cat is now a veteran of the Sheffield scene. This large, open-plan bar was pushing hoppy, modern brews before “craft beer” existed. In 2013, it was taken over by Sheffield’s Abbeydale Brewery, which has ditched its old Wetherspoons-esque look for something you could describe as post-Brewdog. A central bar is decorated with striking geometric tiles there is splashy beer art on the walls and a lot of hard edges, flat surfaces and large windows. The beer range is, as ever, A1. Core Abbeydale beers are supplemented by cutting-edge guests from mainly northern brewers (Track, Marble, Red Willow), and a vast array of cans and bottles. Note: on 6 and 7 April, Abbeydale is throwing its second Piss Up In The Brewery, a ticketed brewery beer festival (£8.10/£9.10).
A short walk from town up London Road, not far from Sheffield United’s Bramall Lane football ground, the new-ish Jabbarwocky (sic) craft beer and cocktail bar has taken a winningly low-fi, DIY approach to interior design. Who needs slick features when you’ve got fairy lights, several old sofas and flowers stuck, not in vases, but old Blackjack beer bottles? Seven keg lines and one cask pack in both the standards (Pilsner Urquell, Tyskie), and craft belters from, for instance, Thornbridge, Weird Beard and Buxton Brewery. Previously, you could have headed from Jabbarwocky to Hop Hideout, the lauded bottle shop and tasting room nearby, but it is about to reopen (22 March) in a new central location at food and drink hub, Kommune. At Hop Hideout, you will find beers from St Mars of the Desert, an exciting new Sheffield brewery owned by two US beer enthusiasts, who have recently opened a taproom at their Attercliffe HQ (open Thursday-Saturday “unless it’s freezing”).…
If You Love Beer, You’ll Love A Trip To These 8 Beer Cities More and more people are interested in beer tourism: drinking their way around the globe to find where the world’s best beer is brewed. From imported classics to craft beers, brewery tours to pub crawls, there is much to see and taste in a beer-lover’s city. Here are the top cities to visit for a cold one:
Like much of Prague’s cultural identity, beer is part of a deep-rooted history in this Czech capital. The first documented brewery was in 1400, housed in the Strahov Monastery founded in 1140. It closed in 1907 and was restored in 2000. In 1405, Prague’s U Tří Růží (The Three Roses) Brewery and Restaurant, known for their Vienna Red Beer, got their license to brew. But it is U Fleků, dating back to 1499, that is believed to be the oldest continuously functioning brewpub in the world, while U Medvídků, founded in 1466, is the city’s most famous tavern celebrated for its beer and cuisine (and for hosting Tchaikovsky in 1888).
Prague has 22 brew pubs, some of which offer as many as 48 varieties on tap like Zlý časy, known for their affordable prices. Don’t miss a visit to the BeerGeek Beer-Shop with 500 kinds of beers, Pivo a Párek (‘The Beer and Sausage’) Beer-Shop (self-explanatory!), and the Prague Beer Museum. There are even beer spas like BBB Prague Beer Spa, Spa Beer Land, and Bernard Praha Beer Spa that offer services like beer bathing in hops, brewer’s yeast and malt for the skin, hop saunas, and unlimited drinks. You’re welcome.
If you’re looking for what to do in Germany, don’t miss some of the larger cities like Munich. You’ll find trendy new neighbourhoods and historic architecture…something for everyone!
Home to the world’s largest beer festival locally known as “die Wiesn,” Oktoberfest is an important part of Bavarian culture. Over 5.6 million people visit Munich annually to consume over 6 million litres of beer throughout the 16-18 day festival, which takes place in mid-to-late September. Bavarian music, German treats, traditional dress (called Tracht), singing and dancing, and beer tents mark the festival, which first started in 1810.
But you don’t have to travel specifically for the festival; Munich is a place for beer-lovers year-round. There are lots of old-school breweries to experience, like the oldest Munich brewery, Augustiner, founded in 1328. Beergardens, or Biergarten take over the summer, attracting people to sip on fresh beer and enjoy a bite to eat outdoors. Some are affiliated with restaurants where you can place your order, and others are just benches where you can bring your own food and drink and sit down with strangers to enjoy 1L of beer (minimum). Be sure to visit the historic Hofbrauhaus Beer Hall founded in 1589 with a capacity to seat 1,300 guests!
In a place where visiting a cafe means you’ll be sipping on a pint — not a coffee, it’s obvious a strong beer culture is ingrained in Amsterdam living. Brown cafes, to be exact, are named after their cozy interiors. A number of beer bars like Beer Temple, with 30 beers on tap and over 100 bottled; Gollem, with four locations in Amsterdam; and In de Wildeman, housed in a 1960 former distillery, make finding your perfect brew faster than you can say proost (cheers!).
Amsterdam’s reputation as a beer city is built upon brands like Heineken, Amstel and Grolsch — but the city boasts many craft breweries too, like Brouwerij ‘t IJ, arguably the city’s most popular. While you can taste Brouwerij ‘t IJ beers in most pubs in the Dutch capital, the best place to try some is in the brewery itself, fittingly nestled below the city’s largest windmill. You can’t get more Dutch than that.
In 1759, Arthur Guinness signed a 9,000 year lease on a Dublin building to start brewing his ale – and the beloved Guinness brand was born. In 1821, the Guinness Original and Guinness Extra Stout you know and love today launched a preliminary version called the “Guinness Superior Porter.”
Any visitor to Ireland will naturally spend much of their stay pub-crawling at one of the 40+ craft breweries and endless pubs in Dublin. Porterhouse Temple Bar was the city’s first craft beer pub opened in 1996. Now there are three in Dublin and brewpubs in Cork, London and NYC – but their Temple Bar location is the spot for partying in Dublin. Get the famous Oyster Stout – made with, you guessed it. Galway Bay Brewing Company is another favourite, with 8 bars throughout the city. Some of our favourite pubs include The Black Sheep, run by Galway Bay Brewery, the gay PantiBar, and O’Donoghues for its traditional Irish music.
It’s no secret Portland is proud of its beer, with more than 70 breweries and year-round festivals to honour its craft beer scene. In the last full weekend of July, the Oregon Brewers Festival comes to town with 80+ craft brews while the Holiday Ale Festival in December attracts 50+ breweries for a 5-day winter beer festival – two of the city’s largest festivals with about 20 different events. In March, sample beer pairings at participating restaurants during Portland Dining Month.
BridgePort Brewing and Widmer Brothers Brewing started Portland’s microbrew movement in 1984 when they opened facilities. Now some of the best known include Breakside Brewery, Hair of the Dog, Gigantic, Cascade, Hopworks, Upright, Laurelwood, and Widmer Brothers. Beer tours, bike-and-beer events, and even dog-friendly breweries with patios and dog bowls are common. Welcome to Portland.
Philadelphia has always been known for its watering holes, making its mark pre-prohibition with over 100 breweries and the title, “Cradle of American Libation.” Though most of its breweries were closed from the 1920s-80s, Philadelphia came back stronger — as more than just one of the best places for beer-lovers in the US, but in the entire world. To top it off, the annual Philly Beer Week welcomes over 50 breweries to celebrate late Spring/early Summer.
The oldest and largest brewery in Philly is the Philadelphia Brewery built in 1885. Other notable breweries include Yards, Victory, Doc Street, and Tired Hands. Do Good Brewing, named after its commitment to philanthropy, offers a limited variety but is celebrated for working with charities and running a communal artist workspace.
Known as the “city that beer built,” Milwaukee is celebrated for its big four: Blatz, Pabst, Schlitz and Miller but also its smaller microbreweries. Enjoy a brewery tour at MillerCoors to discover its 150 year history or visit Lakefront Brewery, Sprecher Brewing Company, Milwaukee Brewing Company, Brenner Brewing Co, and many more. Experience some of the best places to grab a brew: the favourite Milwaukee Ale House, Cafe Hollander for Belgian bier, or Estabrook Beer Garden modeled after the beer gardens in Munich. Don’t miss out on guided tours to delve into the beer culture and visit places like the Forest Home Cemetery with mausoleums of brewing icons and the restored Captain Frederick Pabst Mansion built in 1892.
On your Brussels vacation, you’ll find Belgium’s distinctly flavoured lambic beers that fermented differently and quicker than normal. Brussels’ UNESCO World Heritage Site, Grand Place or Grote Market, is in the center of town. It hosts the annual beer festival in September and has many beautiful buildings to get a beer year round, plus some with outdoor seating. A quick walk from the Grote Market is In’t Spinnekopke, a cozy spot with a beer-inspired menu. Other notable stops include Bier Circus with over 200 beers, A La Mort Subite 100+ year old bar (with a name that translates to Sudden Death), the brewery Cantillion, and Delirium, a cellar bar preserving 2000 beers, a world record.…
Ten Amazing Facts About Beer When it comes to trivia nights, or a friendly game of Trivial Pursuit, our very own mixologist and sommelier Kim Spence knows something about everything. Game night starts with a fight over who gets Kim on their team because he never lets us down with the fascinating facts he knows about all kinds of stuff. So, for St. Patrick’s Day we asked him to put away the manuals, to not geek out on the science of beer, and to share some of the most eyebrow raising facts he knows about this famous beverage. Presenting (in no particular order)…
Ten Amazing Facts About Beer
Beer is the oldest known written recipe.
A poem called “Hymn to Ninkasi” from around 1800 BC contains the instructions for brewing beer.
Beer is the 3rd most consumed beverage.
Beer is the most consumed alcoholic beverage, and third overall after water and then tea.
Lager is the dominant style of beer in the world.
Lagers keep better, and are produced in huge quantities by the major US breweries and enjoyed all over the world.
Cenosillicaphobia is the fear of an empty glass.
We promise we’re not making this up.
The world’s strongest beer is “Brewmeister’s Snake Venom.”
Most beer is about 5% ABV, this Scottish brew has 67.5% ABV. It’s made with smoked peat malt, and two types of yeast.
Beer prevents kidney stones.
A study found in the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology that beer reduced the risk of kidney stones by 41 percent!
World’s most expensive beer is Belgia Vielle Bon Secours.
Available at Bierdrome in London, a bottle costs $1,000 USD. It’s described as “a complex taste with citric, caramel and toffee flavours with an undertone of liquorice and aniseed.”
Japanese Sake is a type of beer, not wine.
The fermentation process uses grains, not fruit, just like beer.
The oldest still-running brewery in the world is in Germany.
Still in operation today, the Weihenstephan brewery has been making beer since 1040!
Pilgrims on the Mayflower stopped at Plymouth Rock because they ran out of beer.
Believe it or not, this one has some truth behind it.…
Craft beer: a guide for beginners Once there was real ale. It was safe, steady and you knew where you were with it. But now ale has a hip young cousin: craft beer. It even has its own festivals, such as this weekend’s Liverpool Craft Beer Expo. So what’s craft beer all about, beyond fashionable beards and American beers? For novice drinkers, we offer this guide. The next round is on you. Cheers!
Real ale solely relates to live, cask-conditioned British beer or its bottled equivalent. The craft crew, however, don’t care where beer is from, how it’s made or served, so long as – bit vague, this – it’s been made with love and it tastes great. Rules are very much there to be broken.
Unwieldy slang for those big, bold, tropically fruity and aggressively bitter beers, where the hops are less flavouring than high explosives. Also known as “hop bombs”.
West coast of …
America, that is, not Ireland. UK craft brewers are in awe of the US micros and their punchy, Californian double IPAs. A very healthy internationalism is central to craft beer, with Scandinavia and even Italy embraced as fellow craft hotbeds. This does lead, however, to …
Pricey halves/painfully expensive pints
Costly raw ingredients; smallscale production; export/import duties; the exploitation of gullible hipsters: there are many factors which have come together to make many craft beers bloody expensive. Bring your credit card – £3 halves and £6 pints are now common – or make sure you mix up those hop-forward speciality beers with some cheap, reliable, old-fashioned real ale.
From barrel-ageing, wild yeasts and smoked malts to spirit-laced ‘speers’, via stouts and porters made with oysters and passion fruit, brambles and coffee grounds (possibly all at the same time), experimentation, innovation and constant change are the hallmarks of craft beer. As are stylistic hybrids. If you want to pass as a confident craft drinker, order a black IPA. It’s black beer with a big hop payload and a residual stout character.
The primary bone of contention between the craft rebels and Camra traditionalists. This is good beer, but served colder and fizzier from long-life kegs, just like big brand lagers.
IBU or international bitterness units (yes, it really is a thing!)
Basically, the higher the better. The ultimate craft beer would be almost unbearably bitter, like sucking on a handful of rusty nails and paracetamol that still taste of beer.
The perfect medium or marketing chicanery? Novices probably don’t want to get embroiled in that debate. The key thing to note is that, suddenly, cans are cool and bottles are history. If you want to look the part/easily led, grab a tinnie.
Trendy, confrontationally tart beers inspired by farmhouse/saison Belgian brewing styles and usually made – drop this in for instant credibility – with Brettanomyces (or Brett) yeasts.
Faddish concentration on using a single hop variety in a beer, not a blend, so that you can learn about and appreciate its true character, in that slightly knobby way more commonly associated with wine drinkers. It’s fine if the hop, say citra (praise its lychee, grapefruit and gooseberry notes), can carry the beer, but often it leads to meek, one-dimensional beers.
Forget Guinness. Serious craft drinker have to be across stout’s many milk, imperial, baltic, export and chocolate stylistic variations. Or at least pretend to be. Drinking good stout is a rite of passage, a sign that the craft drinker has graduated from the nursery slopes of sunny pale ales and frivolous IPAs. Drinking is good, just know your limits so won’t end up spilling in your comfy mattress.
Experimental & collaborative beers
Breweries creating limited-edition beers, often in collaboration with other breweries, is one of the craft scene’s defining characteristics. It’s a boon for the blagger, as there are far too many to keep up with. “Have you tried that Kernel/Marble oak-smoked barley wine? Or the Thornbridge/Magic Rock mint chocolate stout?” you can ask, confident that, if that beer doesn’t exist now, it soon will do.
Boring brown bitter
The ‘classic’, nondescript English bitter that your dad drinks. Brewed by a big regional brewery. It’s everything that craft beer drinkers hate, basically. Although, complicating matters, several micros, such as Marble, Grain and Liverpool Organic, now brew their own excellent best bitters.
No, not a stick you lick, but three third-pints on a handy carrying device, so you can taste several beers in small quantities and pretend you’re a connoisseur, not a beer monster.
If you want to impress craft nerds, you need to name-drop creatively. You can’t just big up Brewdog because you’ve seen its beers in Tesco. Mikkeller, a roving Danish brewery possibly imagined into life by Franz Ferdinand and David Shrigley, is the last word in indie cool, but for that very reason you’re probably best avoiding it. It’s a bit obvious. Instead, drop in a few lesser-known foreign brewers (fellow Danes Evil Twin, America’s Left Hand, Italians del Borgo) or a niche British barnstormer (Red Willow, Summer Wine). You like Brooklyn lager? Fine, but best keep it to yourself. It’s 2013, not 2009.
After drinking we always end up in our beds. Knowing our limits is a must cause it will be a waste if you end up throwing up in one of your favorite mattress.
Drinking beer can cause weight gain of any type — including belly fat. Keep in mind that the more you drink, the higher your risk of weight gain is. So if you’re a drinker then don’t forget to exercise, if you’re not into it try do waist training using corsets. It will not be as tedious as doing sessions of exercises.…
Beer Types and Styles So, you want to know more about beer… Well, pour yourself a cold one and get comfortable because there’s a whole lot of great stuff to learn about your favourite beverage.
Brewed with top fermenting yeast at cellar temperature, ales are fuller-bodied, with nuances of fruit or spice and a pleasantly hoppy finish. Generally robust and complex with a variety of fruit and malt aromas, ales come in many varieties. They could include Bitters, Milds, Abbey Ales, Pale Ales, Nut Browns, etc.
Ales are often darker than lagers, ranging from rich gold to reddish amber. Top fermenting, and more hops in the wort gives these beers a distinctive fruitfulness, acidity and pleasantly bitter seasoning. Ales have a more assertive, individual personality than lager, though their alcoholic strength is the same.
Ales are 30% of all beer sold in Canada.
Lager originates from the German word lagern which means ‘to store’ – it refers to the method of storing it for several months in near-freezing temperatures. Crisp and refreshing with a smooth finish from longer aging, lagers are the world’s most popular beer (this includes pilseners).
A lager, which can range from sweet to bitter and pale to black, is usually used to describe bottom-fermented brews of Dutch, German, and Czech styles. Most, however, are a pale to medium colour, have high carbonation, and a medium to high hop flavour.
Lagers are 56% of all beer sold in Canada.
Stouts & Porters
There’s very little distinction between a Porter and a Stout, but they do have their differences.
Porter is a dark, almost black, fruity-dry, top fermenting style. An ale, porter is brewed with a combination of roasted malt to impart flavour, colour and aroma. Stout is also a black, roast brew made by top fermentation.
Stout, not as sweet to the taste, features a rich, creamy head and is flavoured and coloured by barley. Stouts often use a portion of unmalted roasted barley to develop a dark, slightly astringent, coffee-like character.
Generally dark and sweeter in flavour, malts contain hints of caramel, toffee, and nuts. They can be light to full bodied.
In addition to type, a beer’s character can be described by its style. Listed below are some of the many different styles of beer carried at the Beer Store.
A very versatile beer, Amber beers are full bodied malt aromas with hints of caramel, these beers could be either lager or ale.
Blonde ales are very pale in colour and tend to be clear, crisp, and dry, with low-to-medium bitterness and aroma from hops and some sweetness from malt.
Dark amber or brown in colour, brown ale have evidence of caramel and chocolate flavours and may have a slight citrus accent or be strong, malty or nutty, depending on the area of brewing.
A very mild, sweetish, golden style of ale.
Dark ale is a British type beer, combining hops, yeast and a blend of malts. It’s a medium chestnut brown colour, with a delicate fruity smell and robust, malty character.
Most fruit beers are ales however, they typically do not carry an ale character. In order to allow for the fruit flavor to come through nicely, the malt’s flavor is not dominant and there is a low bitterness level to the beer.
First developed in the UK, Golden ales are straw coloured with a slight hint of citrus and vanilla. The beer can sometimes contain spicier flavours.
A full-bodied beer with a creamy texture and copper colour. Honey beers are slightly sweet with hints of caramel.
India Pale Ale
A hoppier version of pale ale. Originally brewed in England with extra hops to survive the journey to British troops stationed in India.
Extremely light in colour and mild in flavour. Light beer has fewer calories and/or lower alcohol content.
Typically light in flavour with a refreshing lime taste. The intensity of the lime can differ from very subtle to strong.
Pale ale has a fruity, copper-coloured styler. It originiated from England. Pale ales are robust beers that can be enjoyed with strongly spiced foods.
Made with neutral and hard water. Tend to be golden in colour with a dry, crisp, and somewhat bitter flavour. Pilsner stands out from other lagers due to its more distinctive hop taste.
Red ales can either be red or light brown in colour. They are moderate to heavy in flavour and contain hints of caramel that is offset by the predominant hop characteristic of the beer.
This is a broad grouping that can describe any beer over 7% ABV. Strong beers are typically dark in colour, some are almost black. Different styles can include old ales, double IPAs, and barleywines.
Light and easy to drink with very little aftertaste. Wheat provides a soft character to beer and is sometimes hazy or cloudy with a touch of spice notes.
Other cool stuffs that you might not know yet, beer squishies is a thing now, often serves as souvenirs or gifts. It is a soft squishy thing commonly use as stress reliever or as a toy.…
Everything about Icelandic Beer Many visitors to Iceland are surprised to discover a plethora of Icelandic breweries and artisan micro-breweries, seemingly, an impossible number for such a small population. There is even an Annual Icelandic Beer Festival.
My personal favorite? Einstök Hvítt, an award-winning craft white ale, brewed in Akureyri by Ölgerðin Egils Skallagrímsson. I no longer have to miss out when I travel overseas, some discerning bars in the UK and other countries are selling this refreshing beer with a subtle orange tang. I even found it in Sennan, one of the remotest villages in South West England!
Icelandic beers have won some impressive prizes at the prestigious World Beer Awards:
Boli by Ölgerðin Egill Skallagrímsson won 1st prize in the lager category (2017)
Bríó by Borg Brugghús won 1st prize in the German-Style Pilsner category (2012)
Sólveig by Borg Brugghús won a prize in the wheat beer category (2013)
Gull by Ölgerðin won 1st prize in the standard lager category (2011 and 2015)
10 Popular Icelandic beers
1. Kaldi 5% alc./vol. Pilsner
The first blonde beer Kaldi brewery made. Sold mainly in bottles or on tab (very hard to find), the original Kaldi is a blonde lager beer but brewed in the famous Pilsner tradition, so it is classified as such. The beer is a blonde copper golden color with a soft filling of roasted malt, slightly bitter but very gentle.
2. Úlfrún 4.5% alc./vol. SESSION IPA
This beer has a very distinct fruitiness to it, infused with Sorachi Ace, Centennial and Simcoe hops, the result is a tropical delight of mango with a hint of pineapple.
3. Einstök White Ale 5.2% alc./vol. White Ale
Wheat malt, pilsner malt, oats and Bavarian noble hops spiced with coriander and orange peel. Best served with a slice of orange, it really brings out the orange flavor of the drink. The perfect summer drink!
4. Einstök Pale Ale 5.6% Pale Ale
Brewed with a combination of Cascade, perhaps the most quintessentially American hop, and Northern Brewer and Hallertau, which add a more English and Central European vibe. Kind of a mix of an American-style pale ale, English-style pale ale and a European-style pale ale or lager. In the flavor department, pale and light caramel malts form the essence, while hops contribute to a profile which is well-balanced among those floral & citrus Cascade notes and earthy, woody, and herbal tones.
5. Bríó 4.7% alc./vol. Pilsner
Has a light malty flavor but the main feature of this beer is a crisp, bitter hop flavor with a little citrus fruit, like an orange peel. It has won numerous awards and it was the very first beer Borg Brewery made!
6. Garún 11.5% alc./vol. Icelandic Stout
Chocolate, licorice and coffee taste, a rich dark beer with an aroma to match. The fresh Icelandic water plays an important role in giving this damsel its smoothness, and the double fermentation infuses it with a taste that is at once pungent and mild. An unusually light dark beer!
7. Víking Gylltur 5,6% alc./vol. Classic Premium Lager
A classic lager beer, brewed in the Old-school tradition of craftsmanship. Proven brewing methods make it a refreshing premium beer with a refined finish
8. Pils Organic 5,0% alc./vol.
A super-light delicious beer recommended in the summer. Made from 2-row organic spring barley. The Pilsners flavor is usually described as slightly nutty and biscuity.
9. Úlfur 5.9% alc./vol. India Pale Ale
Úlfur meaning Wolf, is dry hopped with American hops that give a bitter yet fruity aroma. The beer has a citrus fruit (particularly grapefruit) kind of taste and a delightful crispness. This is the winner for many Icelanders!
Every year Borg Brewery makes a new queer beer for the Reykjavík Pride Festival so we can’t put out any alcohol level or even define it by type! Every year it’s new and every year we try to love! We recommend you do the same!…
Best Nesting Dolls You Didn’t Know Existed Russian nesting dolls is one of the main associations with Russia for foreigners. Themes for the painting of Russian nesting dolls in our time are infinitely varied – they depict animals, birds, fairy tale characters, action figures, politicians and other intricate patterns and plots. Russian nesting dolls are loved not only in our country; such a souvenir is of great interest among foreigners! Do you know what the largest nesting doll is yet? Do you want to know more? Then follow the following information.
The Right Dolls for the Occasion
Of all the folk toys Russian nesting dolls is the youngest. In Russia, it appeared only at the end of the 19th century, and Japanese figurines of the god Fukurum became its prototype. The word “Matron” in Latin means “noble lady, mother of the family.” This doll with a secret: in the big nesting dolls there is a smaller doll, in it there is another smaller one, and so on. This doll quickly gained wide popularity and nationwide love. The rapid popularity of the new toy could not leave indifferent the inhabitants of many regions of Russia; it began to spread everywhere, where wooden crafts were in use.
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The 1970 Art Exhibition
At the All-Union Exhibition of Decorative and Applied Art, which was held in 1970, a 72-doll nesting dolls doll was exhibited, and it was slightly over one meter in height, and about half a meter in diameter. It is easy to determine the height of any doll, as well as the thickness of its walls. The shells of these figures shone through, and the thickness was no more than half a millimeter. Such fine work can be done only from soft woods. Basically it is linden, less often alder or birch. To avoid cracking the material must be well dried. And one more surprising detail: the figures start to sharpen with the smallest doll, with each subsequent size increases.
The Door to the Nesting Dolls for You
If you were looking for where to buy nesting dolls, as well as in any other city, then you came to the address. These dolls will be an excellent educational toy for your child or an original gift in the form of a Russian folk souvenir. Russian nesting dolls have long been the preferred gift for any foreigner.
Now you can buy a nested doll is not a problem at all. The shopkeepers have collected a lot of unique products, among which you will surely find what you like! A doll that you can buy from the online shops will delight you with its beauty, refinement and originality. Here you can find a souvenir for every taste and color there will be both ordinary 3-puppet and unique 25-puppet toys with different types of painting. You can buy any doll you like in one click on this site, as well as by calling or writing to an email.
Russian nesting dolls are probably the most popular Russian national souvenir. She gained wide fame far abroad. All the major exhibitions, fairs, festivals held in different parts of the world were visited by funny funny dolls, enchanting the audience with their unique Russian look.
And it seems that the nesting dolls came to us from hoary antiquity, from the world of legends and fairy tales. In fact, this wooden doll is “only” about a hundred years old. There are many versions (versions), how and when she was born, but it is known (for certain) that the prototype of it was served by brightly painted Easter eggs (Easter eggs), which have long been turned (turned out on a lathe) and painted by the Russians masters. They were hollow (hollow) inside; less was placed inside a larger one. A similar toy was in Japan, it portrayed a good-natured gray-eyed (gray-whiskered) old man Darum and consisted of five figures, inserted one into another.
The Legends Talk
Once, as one of the legends says, the famous Russian artist Sergey Malyutin was holding a Russian painted egg and a Japanese toy. These two different toys, made in different parts of the Earth, led him to an interesting idea. He quickly sketched a funny doll on paper, then more and more. At the request of the artist, turner V. Zvezdochkin carved (had turned out (on a lathe)) a tree form, and Sergei Malyutin painted it. So a girl in a Russian sundress was born: in a headscarf, with a black rooster in her hands. There were seven more figures hiding in it, a little smaller (one smaller then ofter), the last, the eighth, represented a swaddled baby. Someone, having seen her, exclaimed in admiration: “Well, directly Matryona!” So the girl was called Matryona, or lovingly, affectionately – Nesting dolls, Matryoshechka. Later, the ditties were put about her, for example:
Girlfriends walked along the path
Another legend that you might not heard yet is Mexico’s Infamous Island of Dolls. Just south of Mexico City, between the canals of Xochimico you can find a small island with a sad background which never intended to be a tourist destination. The island is known as Isla de las Munecas (Island of the Dolls).
There were a few of them (few):
Nesting dollss are made from hardwood, birch or linden. The wizard chooses the material for the doll (looking in choice), looks for one that doesn’t have a bitch (no knots), no cracks (no cracks), and only after making sure of the quality of the blank ((piece of) rough wood), to work. First, the smallest doll is sharpening; sometimes it is very tiny, less nail, then more, more. Sometimes the number of such dolls goes beyond fifty.
Then the nesting dolls gets to the artist, who dresses her in a bright sundress, ties a scarf on her head, and decorates with flowers.
The first nesting dolls appeared in Abramtsevo, not far from Moscow at the end of the last century. And since then these funny pupae have fled across Russia.
First, the nesting dolls came to SergievPosad (now the city of Zagorsk). Manor Abramtsevo very close. Here, the Russian beauty is painted with gouache, the pattern is simple, the tones are soft, very similar to the nesting dolls doll created by Malyutin. Sometimes drawing is burned, and then tinted watercolor. Russian knights in helmets and with spears are also made here.
Much later, the nesting dolls came to the Volga region, in the Nizhny Novgorod region. In the city of Semenov the doll is dressed in a red sundress, in a white apron, tied on its headyellow scarf with a floral border, give a lush bouquet in hand. On her cheeks she has a bright blush ((high) color).
Polkhovskie nesting dolls slimmer (are more graceful) of their girlfriends from other edges. In the village of PolkhovskyMaidan, nesting dollss are made by whole families. Behind the lathe is usually the head of the family (head of the family), and his wife and older children paint their nesting dollss with bright aniline paints, decorating the dress with large flowers, red, white, yellow.
Mordovskaya nesting dolls-erzianochka dressed in a typical national costume with a high hat and rows of beads around the neck.
They make their nesting dolls in Lipetsk and Voronezh, Kirov and Bashkiria, and each of them has its own peculiarity, its own characteristic, which makes the sisters different from each other.
Nesting dolls received her first diploma in 1900 at the International Exhibition in Paris. Since then, she has repeatedly received prizes and gold medals in Brussels, Montreal, Toronto, and in Tokyo, the seventy-unit Semenov nesting dolls was shown in one meter.
In Zagorsk, in the Toy Museum, a unique collection of toys from different eras and nations is collected. And of course, there is a whole kingdom of nesting dolls naughty girls, funny harmonists, gray-bearded boyars, and beautiful brides.…
Unique Onesies That Will Make You Standout In Your Next Party Lately, pajama parties have become very popular. They are held not only at home, but also in the most famous clubs in America. At such parties is required dress code: pajamas, slippers and accessories for sleeping. If on the street you met a company in pajamas, fighting with pillows, without panic. Most likely, somewhere in your area is a noisy pajama party. So, Onesie is just created for such cases. Today, you can flaunt in soft and warm pajamas not only at home, but also people. Particularly relevant are Onesie in the family look style, that is, the same pajamas for a boy and a girl.
Another reason to wear Onesie is Halloween. No need to bother with a suit, invent makeup and hair. You put on a Onesie, put on a hood, and here you are already a finished character. The image of Hello Kitty or Stitch from famous cartoons will not leave you unnoticed. Do not be afraid to stand out from the crowd.
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Pajama Party in Onesie
Even the most avid fashionista sometimes wants to take a break from fashionable things in a relaxed atmosphere with family or close friends for example, to hold a pajama party, but not just a pajama, but a party in Onesie. Onesie is cozy and comfortable. This is more than just Japanese pajamas, stylized as animal costumes. Onesie comes from a combination of two Japanese words: kiru (“carry”) and nuigurumi (“soft toy”). In Japan, Onesie suits are worn as a way to break the conventions of traditional clothing or as comfortable pajamas.
The shape of the Kigirumi resembles a loose-fitting suit that hides all the flaws of the figure, which does not hinder your movements at all, which makes it an excellent choice for a lazy Sunday, away from business suits and office dress codes, which you must comply with during the entire working week. Onesie provides instant comfort and warmth. Looks like a walk in a wrapped blanket.
Most Onesie are made of high quality soft polyester fleece. Fabric keeps warm well, so in such pajamas you will be comfortable even in harsh winter. Along with fleece there are Onesie lighter and thinner, which makes them ideal for warmer weather and dance parties! They are made from a towel-like material that is slightly rougher than fleece material, but still comfortable.
The cuffs on the arms and legs are elastic enough to make you comfortable in them. Most models come with a hood that resembles an animal’s face. Some of the Onesie have pockets. Fasteners along the body are represented by any buttons, any zipper. In my opinion, zipper is more comfortable to wear, it is easier to unbutton or fasten. In spite of their cartoon look, they are intended for Onesie for both children and adults. Quality made Onesie can be easily washed in a washing machine, without fear that they will lose their appearance.
Onesie is fun and exciting. The huge variety and intricate details of the design make it a multifunctional outfit, which serves as street clothes, sleep and even ideal for long-distance flights. There’s no question that these attractive onesies will make you standout from the crowd.
Don’t you have a Onesie yet? Are you still shy? Then know that most celebrities do not bypass this seemingly childish thing. Bring a piece of joy to our dull everyday life, give pleasure to your family and friends, pamper your child, and buy yourself a Onesie.
Initially, Onesie are costumes for life-size puppets representing popular cartoon and comic characters. Subsequently, artists began to dress like this for an anime show, and the character was supposed to entertain the public with pantomime: it was forbidden to speak. Funny baggy costumes pleased their parents, and manufacturers began to produce small-sized Onesie as home clothes or pajamas for kids.
However, soon the demand for Onesie also arose in adults: comfortable voluminous clothes were perfect for wearing at home during the cold season. Now Onesie of various designs can be purchased both in regular and online stores, choosing almost any character or animal. Winnie the Pooh, Unicorn, Pikachu and Panda costumes are considered the most popular. Onesie is sewn from fleece or velsoft, the suit is fastened with buttons and without fail has a voluminous hood. By the way, this is a great idea for a gift to loved ones.
Onesie is not just universal clothing, but a suit of fun and joy. If you are anime lover or just a person who loves warmth and comfort, then the Onesie pajamas are just for you. Wearing Onesie, you become a soft toy, which reveals the name of this Japanese dress, consisting of two words to wear and soft toy. This pajamas suit enhances your mood and fills you with tenderness and goodness. In it, you can not only sleep and sit at home, but also go to carnivals or work for example, if you are an animator.
Many anime lover dreams to buy Onesie Pikachu or pajamas with other heroes of Japanese cartoons. For the first time, Americans learned about Onesie in the form of a Pikachu, many YouTube users made small videos in the form of a yellow Kawai Pokémon. Even then, people were looking for places where you can buy onesies. Now Onesie is sold in a large assortment at anime fairs, in specialized stores and on the Internet.
The entire Internet was filled with cute rabbits, kittens, pandas and, of course, raccoons. People who are indifferent to the anime, who are not part of the anime lovers’ subculture, acquire Onesie in the form of kittens and pandas, other little animals.
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Onesie pajamas Panda looks very cute. In cool weather, it can be worn as home clothes. You can always take the help of the internet to buy the unicorn onesies.
Onesie for children
Cute pajamas in the form of various little animals are great for kids. They are not only cute and soft, but also very warm and comfortable. A child dressed in Onesie can safely walk on the street, and parents cannot worry about his health.
Slippers in the form of paws with claws are attached to some onesies. If they are not in the set, then it can be purchased separately from the suit of any color.…
Trending Couple Bracelets That Shook The Market Clink, clink, my bracelet always clinks a bit when we work on the computer or make-up in the morning, for example. And every little Klimper pendant is a very special memory for me. In the USA the popular bracelets with many small charms are called Charm Bracelets. Especially in the 60s, the Gold Silver Plated Couple Bracelet were popular. No matter where you went on holiday, there was a little reminder from everywhere in the form of a charm pendant.
Their comeback experienced the charm bracelets a few years ago. Companies like Pandora, Thomas Sabo or Esprit made the charm bracelet again the favorite piece of jewelry. And now you can buy many charms for every occasion.
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And to love his charm band, there are many reasons
Every pendant has a memory: Whether it’s a little charm for the baby’s birth or a nice visit to a new city, there is the right charm bracelet for every moment. And every charm reminds us of a beautiful moment.
Charms are the perfect gift: If we do not know what we want, a pendant for the bracelet is the gift that makes us happy. It’s totally easy to get. We have to send our husbands to the store, and he comes back with a new charm bracelet.
My charm bracelet never goes out of fashion: If we fancy summer and bright colors we use the appropriate pendant. In winter, we often like it a bit glittering and with more gold. That too is not a problem for my bracelet.
Charms are perfect as a gift: we not only like to get charms but also give them away as a gift. Some small symbol always connects us with the person we are giving, and with a small pendant, we can express that perfectly.
What else is there to say silver jewelry is simply stylish and much more subtle than the many golden jewelry creations that you can find online? Also, a silver bracelet has this reflecting beauty and delights both in quality and design. The latter is very diverse due to the large selection of top brands. Inspiration learns each brand different, in the silver bracelets. The great nuance of a luxury brand becomes immediately visible. But also the classics around S. Oliver shine in real 925 sterling silver. In addition to gold, silver is one of the most popular precious metals and is suitable as sterling silver with a 92.5 percent purity ideal for jewelry making and thus the creation of charming ladies and men’s bracelets made of silver. Pure silver is not processed in silver bracelets, because the eliminated 7.5 percent copper content results in a significantly reduced degree of hardness.
Great selection of beautiful silver bracelets on online shopping
Jewelry fans will not be disappointed in the online shop, because for every preference there is the matching silver bracelet and that also from their favorite brand. If you love pearls, a silver bracelet can be your dream jewel, with many white zirconium crystals are bracelets made of 925 sterling silver of the traditional brand decorated. A gold-silver connection can be found on wonderful Esprit Collection silver bracelets. The combination of 925 sterling silver and the trendy shade of rose gold blends in splendidly and make her wrist shine. When choosing their silver bracelet, it is important that the style and colors of their jewelry match their clothing. If you are not sure about a style question, feel free to contact the consulting team. Whether by email, chat or phone, you are guaranteed to find the right jewelry and can order it online today.
Silver bracelets have a timelessly elegant effect and are absolute combination talents. They make a casual outfit, a classic business dress, but also a festive look a good figure. In our assortment, you will also find sterling silver bracelets, which are provided with high-quality gilding or rose gold plating and bracelets with cubic zirconium, pearls or other jewelry and gemstones. Thus, a silver bracelet is always a good choice. Discover the wide selection of silver bracelets in the online shop.
Silver Bracelets: Fashionable jewelry for him and her
In the field of jewelry, bracelets can undoubtedly be counted among the most popular accessories ever. Whether a bracelet for the lady or accessory for the Lord. The great jewelry not only flatters the wrist but also underline the personal style and can enhance any outfit so simple perfectly. Elegant and high-quality bracelets in silver which are held at the jeweler end in large numbers for you. Starting with royal bracelets and armored bracelets and cord bracelets to children’s bracelets and name bracelets. For every need and every occasion you will find in the context of our wide range of matching silver bracelet guaranteed. Immerse yourself in the world of jewelry and choose your individually fitting piece of jewelry. No matter which silver bracelet you choose. The highest quality is guaranteed at all times and not only with the material silver see for yourself from a selection.
Silver Bracelet: Timeless Elegance
With a silver bracelet, you are always trendy because silver convinces with a timeless elegance that never goes out of fashion. Convince yourself of the wide range of selected pieces of jewelry and find bracelets in silver that leave nothing to be desired. Trust in an online shop and immerse yourself in the world of dazzling jewelry. No matter whether you are looking for a bracelet for a very special occasion or everyday life with a silver bracelet you will always make the right choice, for example with one of our stone-studded models. All collections in different bracelet lengths and widths are available, so you are guaranteed to find a perfect matching piece of jewelry. Stamped and 100 percent nickel-free, each 925 silver bracelet embodies the highest level of quality and good compatibility.
Silver Bracelets in a large selection
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Best Friend Bracelets Sometimes, you need to show your appreciation for people you love. Whether it’s a partner in crime, or a shoulder to cry on, you should do something sweet for them from time to time. And you can start with these bracelets – a small token of appreciation that goes a long way.
If you didn’t notice, these bracelets are quickly becoming a global trend. Millennials, teens, kids – everyone loves it. These symbolic bracelets are perfect appreciation gifts for friends because you just can’t go wrong with them. So, we made a quick guide to help you to choose matching best friend bracelets.
Why would you buy a best friend bracelet?
The fact that you can mix and match and alter most models is simply perfect. That means that the bracelets you take will be unique. A combination of charms, designs, and quotes that only you and your friend share will mean more than any other piece of jewelry.
Unlike most other accessories, these come in all imaginable shapes, sizes, and styles. That means that you can certainly find a model that will fit your and your friend’s taste and personality.
*Great party favors
Since these are usually very affordable, they can be the perfect choice for party favors. They can be favors for wedding events or birthdays. Just choose a model that fits the purpose, and you’re good to go.
*Marking a special day
When something extraordinary happens in your friendship, you need to mark it somehow. These bracelets are great birthday, graduation, and anniversary gifts. Express the love you feel for your friend and your gratitude for having them in your life with these simple, yet lovely bracelets.
Fantastic and inexpensive, these bracelets offer many options. You can choose the color your friend likes as well as the material. However, if you don’t know how to make one of these yourself, you can order it, or look up a YouTube tutorial and learn how to do it.
These bracelets are made of thin strands woven into patterns, words, or designs that say something about your friendship. If your friend loves colorful accessories, this will be the perfect gift for them.
These bracelets are made of sterling silver chain links that are interwoven with thread. However, unlike most other models, these are more mature, and are meant (mainly) for adults.
Timeless and classic, with one of these you can’t go wrong. After all, engraving just the quote that means the most to your friend on their present makes it really special.
Charm bracelets are among the most popular for a good reason. The fact that you can find a charm that will signify any pattern, object or message you want to give to your friend, makes them truly unique gifts. Finally, that’s just the kind of gift you should give to a dear friend.
A simple combination of beads you like and an elastic band, that’s why these models are simply irresistible for anyone. After all, there are beads with letters, bracelets made of seashells, those made of durable stones, those shaped like animals, hearts, and more.
These are made of clay beads and embellished with shiny and sparkly details like stones or gems. Inexpensive, fun, and interesting, Shamballa bracelets are fit for both children and adults.…