Read Ron on Amber Beer

Ron Pat­tin­son has just pub­lished a real­ly great blog post about “amber beer”.

We’ll admit it: we some­times strug­gle with the lev­el of schol­ar­ly detail on Ron’s blog. This post, though, is real­ly illu­mi­nat­ing.

It’s inter­est­ing to us for a cou­ple of rea­sons.

First, because when we first start­ed brew­ing, we tried to make some­thing called an amber beer based on a recipe we found on some cor­ner of the inter­net. It did­n’t work, but the malt smelled incred­i­ble.

Sec­ond­ly, Ron talks about pun­ters with a fixed idea of what a beer should cost  – 3d. That remind­ed us of the Czech Repub­lic, where we got the impres­sion that big­ger brew­ers were dumb­ing their beer down to keep to a mag­ic price point that local pun­ters demand.

In the UK, we seem to have smashed through £3 a pint with­out blood on the streets, but we were wor­ried there for a while.