With such a wide variety of styles, flavours, aromas and colours out there – you’d be forgiven for thinking that the list of what goes into making your beer is a long one. But in fact, the truth is much, much more simple.
So what makes beer such a great partner with food, and why are there so many different kinds of beer out there? Well, to start, many of the characteristics of the 140 different styles of beers in the world today derive from the same four ingredients – the key is in the individual recipe per brewery.
There are of course exceptions to this rule, such as Fuller’s Honeydew that has honey added to the final brew; or Young’s Double Chocolate Stout which (yes, you guessed it!) has real chocolate; and Brewdog’s Elvis Juice, with Grapefruit juice in for an extra bitter kick.
In fact, more and more breweries are experimenting with the flavours of their beers by adding in extra ingredients to influence the final flavour/aroma, but they will always use the same four ingredients to create their brews in the first place.
Read more about this vital ingredient here
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Take a closer look at yeast here
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