Im not normally one to go into a full on rant, but quite frankly, I couldn’t be more annoyed at how slow and pathetic this country of mine is at truely getting on board this so called craft beer revolution. Why isn’t it being made more available? Other than Brewdog, there is no craft beer on our supermarket shelves other than what is imported from America. I want to see the mass amounts of microbrewery beer on our beer shelves to be true craft beer, not the same old boring malt overdosed bitters, milds, brown ales and golden ales. Dont get me wrong. I dont mind the odd one, but come on. Other than the pretty but typically boring old man type labelling theres not a lot to tell them all apart. Its as if the directive to the brewer was clairty and head retention. Completly overlooking the small details of flavour and aroma. Come on microbreweries of the Uk. Put some hops in your beer for heavens sake. Give us some flavour. And dont any of you realise that there are more hops available around the world. You can try something new world for a change instead of the usual Kent Goldings, or First gold. Which by the way pack about as much flavour as a bucket of cigarette butts. Dont they realise that people want more flavour in their beer. I recognise blending hops for bittering compared to blending them for flavour, aroma and bittering is a completly different challenge. Hence why beer that tastes amazing is known as ‘craft’ beer. So get crafty. I beg you. Look at Brewdog. They claim to use 40 times the amount of hops compared to the majority of uk microbreweries. Look at the success they have. Its not just the hip image and branding that makes their beer popular, its actually because its un fucking believably good beer. Take a lesson from them. And give us some other options. Dont get me wrong there are exceptions to the rule on this rant. I have a love for a good handfull of real craft breweries in this country. The Kernal, Alechemy, Meantime and Tiny rebel to name a few few. You all know who Im talking about. Some of my favourite microbreweries, Blacksheep for example,who make really wonderful real ales. I feel a brewery of this nature could and should be producing a top class high hopped IPA and give us something different to the norm,something thats slaps you around the face in hop flavour and aroma.
My brew buddy and I probably use more hops in our 5gallon brews at home than some of the bigger renowned breweries use. So come on. Pull your finger out. And dilute the shelf full of malty brown water and fill in the spaces with something a little more crafty.