Session #129: None of Our Beer Styles Are Missing

A pint.

This month’s edition of the Session, hosted by Eoghan at Brussels Beer Cityasks us to consider ‘missing local beer styles’ and for us, still coming to grips with a new city, this has been rather heartening: Bristol has all the beer styles.

First, there are the stan­dards. There are tons of bit­ters, best bit­ters and pale-and-hop­pies – too many to men­tion. Brew­pub Zero Degrees (of which more in a moment) has a decent pil­sner while Lost & Ground­ed pro­duces a wide­ly avail­able Keller Pils that has just a whiff of craft about it with­out being scary or weird.

Then there’s the sec­ond tier styles. To pick just one exam­ple, Moor brews a straight-up cask stout, called Stout, pri­mar­i­ly for the Ital­ian mar­ket, which we think is just won­der­ful. Bris­tol Beer Fac­to­ry has its Milk Stout which is also bor­der­ing on ubiq­ui­tous, not only cask and keg in pubs but also bot­tled in delis, cafes and restau­rants. And there are oth­er local milk stouts avail­able. Milk stout!

In fact, here’s a (no doubt incom­plete) list of styles cur­rent­ly being pro­duced on a reg­u­lar basis by brew­eries in and around Bris­tol, and fair­ly easy to find:

  • Bar­ley Wine
  • Black IPA
  • Bock
  • Brown Ale
  • Brown Porter
  • Dou­ble IPA
  • Dubbel
  • Dunkel­weizen
  • Eighty Shilling
  • Farm­house ale
  • Gose
  • Impe­r­i­al stout
  • Kölsch (terms and con­di­tions apply)
  • Kriek
  • Porter
  • Rauch­bier
  • Sai­son
  • Stout
  • Table Beer
  • Tripel
  • Weizen
  • Wit

And remem­ber, that’s just what’s being brewed here – once you get into spe­cial­ist bars, Brew­Dog, the flag­ship Fuller’s pub or Wetherspoon’s, you can prob­a­bly tick off every oth­er style that might come to mind if you have a par­tic­u­lar crav­ing for, say, dubbel or alt­bier.

If there’s some­thing we’d like to see more of (stuck records that we are) it’s mild, although we’ve man­aged a few pints of that here and there since arriv­ing in town, too. And, of course, we’re keen for some­one to explore Bris­tol Old Beer. But, real­ly, what do we have to com­plain about with all that lot list­ed above to explore?

This post would be quite dif­fer­ent if we didn’t live in a city although even Pen­zance, a short ride from Land’s End, where we lived until the sum­mer, had its own porter, mild, impe­r­i­al stout…

The point is, if you’re inter­est­ed in the full range of beer styles – not every­one is – then 2017 is a hell of a time to be alive. It’s just not much of a time to be writ­ing plain­tive blog posts about miss­ing beer styles.

6 thoughts on “Session #129: None of Our Beer Styles Are Missing”

  1. That looks tremen­dous. Keller pils, mmm. Needs some alt­bier and ruby mild. Scotch Ale? Giv­en the prox­im­i­ty to the grow­ing areas, does any­one in Bris­tol brew an apple ale? Also, you prompt­ed me to lis­ten to A.C. Marias “One Of Our Girls Has Gone Miss­ing”.

  2. Would miss­ing local beer styles for your loca­tion not be more indica­tive of the demise of styles like Boy’s Bit­ter?

    1. Nobody’s using that descrip­tor that we’ve noticed but there are plen­ty of low ABV bit­ters around.

  3. No Lam­bics in evi­dence… but expect some brew­ery in Briz­zle area will invest in a cool­ship soon :-). Wild Beer (not too dis­tant) would be my best guess as a brew­ery to be tempt­ed down that route.

  4. Craft beer Rev­o­lu­tion, init. How many of these beer styles could you find in a main­stream pub, 20 years ago?

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