Beer Boutique

Meet the Ales

Ales are beers made with a different strain of yeast to lagers. In fact, in contrast to lagers, these beers are often defined by the flavours and aromas created by the yeast strain used. They are fermented at a warmer temperature than lagers, which allows the creation of chemical compounds called esters, giving these beers a fruity quality. Historically hops were used as a preservative in ales but more recently they’ve been used to provide the predominant aroma and flavour in ales.

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Porter & Stout

Stouts are historically a British ale with low hop bitterness which allows the coffee-like flavours of the roasted grains shine through. These are generally very dark beers but can have a whole range of flavours from dry and bitter to sweet and creamy, with the addition of lactose and oats. Porters are similar beers and indeed are the original dark beers from London in  the 1700s. They usually have more malt character. A stronger version of the original porter became known as the stout porter (now shortened to stout). Today the alcoholic strength of the beer is not enough to distinguish between porter and stout and some brewers mix up these terms willy nilly. But who cares what it's called, this is a wonderful collection of beer styles with an almost endless variation. The perfect after dinner beer - chuck away your port and forget about coffee. Have one of these.

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