It has been a while since I posted, between planning a wedding, getting married, planning a honeymoon and travelling for a month I have been a bit swamped.
So, before I get back to the reviews I wanted to write a brief post about my thoughts on North American vs European brewing.
Both cultures have their pros and cons, after all nothing is perfect, and I think both sides of the Atlantic could learn from each other. In North America we have a very innovative culture within craft brewing and an stagnant, boring culture within macrobrewing. I will never be bored with beer in North America because of the constant experimentation, there will always be a new ingredient, technique or style coming out. I have my favourites and trying new beers is always fun (it’s why I’m on the blog), and we tend to deify the creative brewer, the adventurous brewer, the one willing to try something because it sounds like fun. However, one of the failings here is our macrobrews. As a craft beer snob I know it is taboo to say there are positive sides to macrobrew but there are; being able to find a favourite beer wherever you go has advantages, but our macros are all bland, adjunct-filled water with no interest. I have many beloved craft beers but if I go out to dinner I cannot always find them and I often skip beer with my meal instead of ordering the Molson on tap.
In contrast, Europe has relatively few innovative craft breweries but they have a good, solid base of tasty macros. German macrobreweries like Paulaner or Augustiner make pleasant, falvourful and smooth lagers and pilsners that I was happy to order with my meals or to sit on a patio and watch the traffic go by. What I really want here at home is an easily available macro I can get nearly anywhere that I know will be refreshing and flavour up for when I just want a simple pleasure.
These are my impressions of North American and European brewing. I know there are exceptions to both and I do not think either culture is bad, they both just have something different to offer and both could learn a little from the other.