Q & Ale – What causes skunky beer or why is my beer skunky smelling?

I had a skunky beer recently and I did wonder why it tasted like that. Thanks for the explanation.


Glassware Conundrum?

Very interesting thanks for the info.


Being a “bit” of a glass pedant, I often get asked questions by folk like “what glass do you think best suits this beer?” and such things.

Now I know there are no hard and fast rules, and to some folks, a glass is purely a method of shifting liquid from table to gob with no thoughts of what benefits using a suitable designed receptacle could bring to the party. Some don’t bother with glasses at all, but we won’t mention those…. 😉

Seriously though, if you are interested, there are loads of books out there on beers and beer styles that offer advice with the associated perceived enhancements to expect, or maybe purely just the historical reasons behind why a specific beer glass is the way it is.

You could also do worse than keeping theses two “info-graphics” to hand. Both of the attached articles were published by Jay Brooks…

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getting a working blog take 2

The first time I tried to do this was with postach.io which is the blog that comes with evernote. Now evernote is a brilliant program to use to jot things down with so that you don’t forget stuff much like OneNote from Microsoft. The advantage was that it worked on a kindle fire. Evernote food was also very good for pics of meals I cooked like a better version of instagram which integrates well being from the same company. However it doesn’t work well on the blog. I can’t figure out how to use it so after 4 months I’m giving this a go.

Ps. This is not the first blog I’ve had that was a msn one in 2004. 

beer blogging

Upon finally joining WordPress I was very surprised that there is such a thing as a beer blogging conference and they have them in Europe and the US. I know most of the newsletters, websites or anything else to do with beer is very US orientated which isn’t very helpful if you are in the UK. I do however know there are dedicated men in the UK drinking craft beer due to my membership of rate beer.com. There are other apps too like untapped on Facebook. Drew at the bottle shop in Canterbury has his own blog dedicated to reviewing all the craft beer he drinks and since he works there it’s quite a lot he gets to sample; especially with the monthly tastings. They have all kinds of different beers that are constantly changing and they have the good beer guarantee too. What this means is that if you buy a beer that they have recommended and you don’t like it they will change it for another. This goes a long way as craft beer is often bottle conditioned meaning the yeast is still alive and the beer is still developing. Also if your new to craft beer you might not know what style you like.