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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.…

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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!

Craft beer

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.

Hop-forward

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.

Black IPA

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.

Craft keg

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.

Cans

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.

Sours

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.

Single hopping

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.

Stout

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.

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.

Tasting sticks

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.

Name-dropping

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.…

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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.

Beer Types

Ales

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.

Lagers

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.

Malts

Generally dark and sweeter in flavour, malts contain hints of caramel, toffee, and nuts. They can be light to full bodied.

Beer Styles

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.

Amber

A very versatile beer, Amber beers are full bodied malt aromas with hints of caramel, these beers could be either lager or ale.

Blonde

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.

Brown

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.

Cream

A very mild, sweetish, golden style of ale.

Dark

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.

Fruit

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.

Golden

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.

Honey

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.

Light

Extremely light in colour and mild in flavour. Light beer has fewer calories and/or lower alcohol content.

Lime

Typically light in flavour with a refreshing lime taste. The intensity of the lime can differ from very subtle to strong.

Pale

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.

Pilsner

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

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.

Strong

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.

Wheat

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.…

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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!

10. Ástríkur

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!…

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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.

Grab your own couple bracelet for you and your loved one only from https://braceletworld.co.

And to love his charm band, there are many reasons

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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

You have selected the individually matching accessory from a large number of bracelets in silver and would like to give it an individual touch? Or do you want the bracelet to give away as silver on occasions such as Christmas or birthday? Then take advantage of our engraving service and assign the silver bracelet with a personal dedication, which makes the piece of jewelry to a unique and forever a very special keepsake. As your competent and reliable online jeweler, we promise you fast processing of your order. If your order reaches us before 2 pm, we will ship your new wish bracelet on the same day. Let the great variety of high-quality jewelry inspires you and find at the jeweler exclusive and high-quality accessories that leave nothing to be desired.…

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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?

*Customization options

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.

*Style options

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.

Types

*Braided

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.

*Woven

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.

*London links

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.

*Engraved

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

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.

*Beaded

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, those made of durable stones, those shaped like animals, hearts, and more.

*Shamballa

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.…