We decided to immerse ourselves in a single beer style for April and asked our Patreon subscribers to choose which one. They, the bastards, went for strong ale, barley wine, or old ale.
What this means in practice is that we’re going to make an effort to go to pubs where we think these styles will be on offer, rather than retreating to the safety of lager and bitter at our usual haunts, and will order them wherever available.
We’ve given ourselves plenty of room for manoeuvre: anything over 5.5% counts as ‘strong’; and if it’s badged as old ale, strong ale or barley wine, regardless of spec, it’s in scope.
But IPAs are out – this is all about the malt.
But its spring! you cry. Well, it’s raining right now, and it usually snows in April, so we’ll see who has the last laugh.
We’ll also be trying to read about these kinds of beers, perhaps putting together one of our virtual anthologies as we go.
What we’re hoping to achieve is:
- understanding this style, or these styles, a bit better
- trying some new beers
- revisiting some old classics
- finding at least one pub in Bristol that still sells Gold Label
- resetting our ability to discern hops ready for when May rolls around.
Tips, ideas and suggestions welcome, and do feel free to join in.