We love beer and really enjoy trying different types around the world. In fact, it’s normally one of the first things we do. Because of this, the list of beers we’ve tried is ever growing. From lagers to stouts and not forgetting ales, IPAs and malts -most of which have there own unique tastes. We love sampling what each country we visit has to offer. Therefore, we’ve visited a number of bars, pubs and clubs to try their offerings. Of course, sipping (or knocking back) a pint is one way of drinking beer. However, if like us you prefer to savour and perhaps learn about the beer you are drinking, there are some great ways to enjoy beer around the world. If you do, we have put together a list of 3 ways you can get to know more about the fourth most consumed beverage around the globe.
Now we’re sure everyone has heard of wine pairing? It’s a commonly recognised thing, especially in high-end restaurants. On the menu next to each dish you will see a suggested wine to pair with it. Well now beer pairing is a thing and one we as beer drinkers can fully get on board with. We’re not throwing shade on the grape, but for us, the grain is where it’s at. Beer pairing is a concept that is taking the restaurant world by storm, especially when it’s companies such as Jai Ho’s goal to provide an exclusive service to the restaurant industry. A lot of restaurants are now producing beer pairing menus too, to ensure you pick the right beer for the right dish.
Did you know that approximately 40% of the 21+ population is now a craft drinker? (Source: Nielsen – Harris on Demand). Therefore Jai Ho Midnight is the perfect beer for pairing with spicy and savoury dishes from East to West. This is because Midnight’s bold hop bite paired with its light finish compliments food wonderfully. Jai Ho beer is a premium IPA which is slow brewed with organic barley malt, hops and the crystal clear water from the Scandinavian underground without a hint of corn syrup or pesticides in sight. It features a red-orange pour with a frothy white head and a smooth, citrus aroma, perfect for sipping while enjoying a great meal.
If you’re not a massive beer drinker or you’re still looking for one you particularly enjoy drinking, then beer tasting is perfect for you. It gives you the opportunity to try a range of beers, usually around 5-8 depending on where you do it. Often while learning about them at the same time either from a tour guide or accompanying literature. The major benefit of beer tasting is that the samples you receive are normally small. This gives you the chance to try something new or different before committing to buying a pint (or litre depending on where in the world you are) of it. After all no-one like wasting beer!
Personally, we normally opt for larger. However, whenever and wherever we have beer tasted we have always discovered at least one or two different ones (more often than not these are always fruity ones) that we would never have even considered ordering beforehand. You will find pubs, bars and clubs that offer beer tasting all over the world. Especially in mainland Europe, particularly Belgium, Germany and the Czech Republic, three countries that are known for their beers.
Maybe you’re interested in how beer is brewed? If so and where possible you must take a brewery tour. Over the years we’ve taken brewery tours all over the world from the XXXX Brewery in Melbourne, Australia to the Brooklyn Brewery in New York, USA and plenty in between – Munich, Copenhagen, Leiden, Dublin etc. We love learning about the process of turning the core ingredients into the final product (and getting the opportunity to try it of course). Some brewery tours are more in-depth than others (and some tour guides more engaging than others) but more often than not you walk away from the tour having learnt a thing or two about the brewing process and possibly finding a new favourite beer.
If you are a beer lover like us, have you ever taken a brewery tour? If so, please let us know where. We are always on the lookout for new breweries to our list. Also, have you come across a restaurant offering a beer pairing menu? Is it something that would float your boat?
- Written in collaboration with Jai Ho Beer