By Helen Wilson | Editor
Drinking a beer is never an unaccompanied experience; whether you’re chatting with friends, watching TV or enjoying the scenery, beer is there to enhance these experiences. One of the best and most ancient combinations has to be music and beer. History time: Humans have a fundamental connection to music, we have evolved alongside it since our origins in Africa, and beer has been produced as early as the 5th century BC in ancient Sumeria, now Iran.
So, the next natural step in our beer-drinking matches is music and brews. We’ve curated a few pairings to get you started on your new favourite pastime
Abbeydale Brewery – Unbeliever (Guava Gose, 4.4%)
Based in Sheffield, this eccentric brewery love to experiment, blending tradition and creativity; they even have a Funk Dungeon for their barrel-aging and souring projects. So, what better music to pair these guys with than that of the genre-breaking pioneers of electronic music, The Prodigy. The song choice for this beer fits perfectly with the theme of Unbeliever, lively and a bit of fun, it’s Out of Space.
Appearance: An unfiltered, very attractive hazy peach hue, topped with a delicately carbonated head that leaves plenty of lacing.
Aroma: Bold guava nose, tropical and juicy, bounces off the clean malt. Gets your mouth watering.
Flavour: A crescendo of tart, fizzy guava and passionfruit is mixed with mineral and lime. A refreshing and gently malty finish. Thirst-quenching.
A clean gose that packs a punch, a fitting, spiky beer to raise a glass for Keith
Take your brain to another dimension here.
Sadler’s Brewing Co. – 1861 (White Beer, 5.3%)
It doesn’t get more British than a pop/rock group from Liverpool and long-established family-run Black Country brewery. This brew was inspired by The Reinheitsgebot, a German Purity law which insists all Bavarian beers must be brewed using just 4 ingredients. The combination of Sadler’s 1861 White Beer and The Lightning Seeds first single, Pure, brings the image of lazy, British Summertime. And with over 100 years of crafting beer, and plenty of awards along the way, Sadler’s know how to bring the feel-good vibes!
Appearance: Pours a hazy, golden orange, with a frothy head that reduces gradually to linger on the glass.
Aroma: An upfront hit of banana chips, with spicy lemongrass and subtle floral notes – altogether, a distinctive Belgian-style wheat beer yeast.
Flavour: The spice takes centre stage, adding peppery notes, which compliment a subtle bitterness from the hops. Gives a refreshing, slightly fruity finish.
A flavourful and hoppier-style white beer, drink in the sunshine. ♪Pure and simple everytime.
Bring on the summer here.
Ossett Brewery – Yorkshire Blonde (Fruity Pale Ale, 4.5%)
Founded in 1998, this family-owned independent brewery is located in the town of Ossett near Wakefield. They also have four microbreweries; Riverhead Brewery, Fernandes Brewery, Rat Brewery and the well-renowned Salt Beer Factory. And what could be a better match for a blonde beer from a brewery based in the heart of Yorkshire, than Heart of Glass by Blondie. This track is currently ranked at number 66 in the UK’s official list of biggest selling singles of all-time!
Appearance: Crystal clear, pale straw, with a good head and body retention and a few bubbles slowly making their way to the surface.
Aroma: Sweet, malty straw, with a touch of fruit and wheat.
Flavour: The fruity sweetness is followed into the flavour and is met by a crisp and slightly dry, bitter finish.
A fresh, crisp, easy going brew, with a sweetness that is as delicate as a heart of glass.
To try the real thing you can contact the sales team on [email protected] or alternatively ring the brewery on 01924 261333.
We hope you enjoy playing around with this idea with your next beer; try out these combinations and let us know what else you’re listening to with your own picks!
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