Themed Beer Tastings

Beer Tasting Theme - American is all about the taste. Find the beer you want to taste by searching through our comprehensive archive, and should we not have a beer you expect, just let us know and we will do our best to taste it. Just email Sophie Donovan.


Alaskan Smoked Porter 2005 Recommended - Winner

Alaskan Smoked Porter 2005
83A deep brown beer with garnet highlights, vintage-stamped and enjoying a cult following. An acquired taste but brilliantly constructed nonetheless.

Alaskan Winter Ale Recommended - Winner

Alaskan Winter Ale
80The piney additions enhance rather than dominate this sound, dark copper-coloured ale.

Anchor Liberty Ale Recommended - Winner

Anchor Liberty Ale
85A full-value, golden ale showcasing the best of American hops.

Brooklyn Recommended - Winner

85No shrinking violet, this copper-coloured brew is a hop feast yet very well balanced. All the flavours of an assertive hoppy ale but with the crisp, clean character of a lager.

Goose Island Honker's Ale Recommended - Winner

Goose Island Honker's Ale
88A clean, ultra-fresh-tasting amber ale, loaded with flavour.

Goose Island India Pale Ale Editors Choice - Winner

Goose Island India Pale Ale
90Astonishingly fresh tasting, outstanding pale beer. Will a UK supermarket please put it back on the shelves?

High Falls JW Dundee's Original Honey Dew

High Falls JW Dundee's Original Honey Dew
73A pleasant, but rather one dimensional golden brown, honeyed lager.

Rogue  Amber Recommended - Winner

Rogue Amber
80An old-fashioned style red amber beer, given an American twist with the inclusion of Cascade hops. Some of the proceeds go to charity.

Rogue  Younger's Special Bitter Recommended - Winner

Rogue Younger's Special Bitter
85The bottle describes this as ‘a classic English special bitter,' but there aren't so many British beers as bold and hoppy as this these days.

Samuel Adams Boston Lager Recommended - Winner

Samuel Adams Boston Lager
83Refreshing, tasty lager in the darker Vienna style. One of the pioneering beers in the US craft brewing revolution, now a national brand.

Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale

Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale
78A bold, fresh-tasting, deep amber ale, although the intense hoppiness is rather demanding and will challenge a lot of drinkers.

Sierra Nevada Pale Ale Recommended - Winner

Sierra Nevada Pale Ale
85A copper-coloured beer for hop lovers but with appeal to a far wider audience because of the excellent balance. An American classic.

Beer off a duck's back
Can beer really hack it at the poshest of dinner tables? Ben McFarland books into tthe three Michelin star eaterie Fat Duck and finds out

Set in stone
Ben McFarland attends a beer dinner organised by Stone Brewing, a San Diego microbrewery making some big beers

In hop heaven
Ben McFarland asks a panel of experts for their food pairings with the eminently hoppy India pale ales

Pale and Interesting
Our panel of experts give you their take on what to munch with pale ale.

The sweetest thing
This issue, our panel of experts look at how you can partner fruit beer with food.

Kolsch on the menu
Our panel of experts look at Kolschbier from Cologne, and what best to eat with it to pick out those delicate flavours.

From Burns to Welsh in an evening
Alastair Gilmour takes his place in one of the most unusual pub visits he has ever undertaken

The Philadelphia story
Jack Curtin spends a day discovering the beers and bars of this Pennsylvania city

If you're gong to San Francisco
There's more to this Californian city than meets the eye. Jeff Pickthall reports on a thriving beer culture

Toronto the good
Canada is a major player in the beer revolution that is sweeping North America. Robert Hughey seeks out the beer venues in its largest city.

New York, New York,
Intrepid beer hunter Zak Avery explores the city so good they named it twice.

a beer romp in wine country
Matt Kirkegaard embarks on a Sideways-style beer romp in Western Australia, an area more commly associated with wines.

Paradise city
Zak Avery leads us on a beer tour of Copenhagen, Denmark's capital city.

Drinking cerveja in the sun
Joe Strange goes beer hunting in Lisbon, which isn't as difficult as you might think.

Beer nirvana of the Midwest
Chicago is a beer lover's paradise. Mark Peters gives us a whistle stop tour of some of the city's best bars.

Everything you need to know about...cans
This issue, Nigel Huddleston looks at the history of the humble can

Bottles Vs Cans
The packaging of beer has become a rather controversial subject in recent years. Daniel Cooper looks at the differences between bottles and cans, and whether this makes any difference to the flavour o...

Blood sugar blues
Daniel Cooper looks at the problems faced by diabetic beer lovers.

The culture club
Alice Whitehead explores the importance of yeast by taking a walk around the National Collection of Yeast Cultures.

The nitro-keg revolution
Daniel Cooper discusses the use of nitrogen gas in beer – abhorred by some, loved by others.

The final course
Ben Mcfarland British beer writer and regular BOTW columnist Ben McFarland has written extensively about beer's culinary kinship with food. Six things you shouldn't do at the dinner table: 1) Pick ...

Czech Republic: It's Czech, mate
The beers of the Czech Republic have long been revered but in recent years they have become widely available, too. Are they still as good? Ben McFarland reports

USA - Welcome to the house of fun (The New Belgium Beer Company)
They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. At Colorado brewers The New Belgium Beer Company they 're looking to Europe with a big smile on their faces. Ben McFarland reports

South Africa - Out of Africa...
South African beer is on the up. Rob Allanson looks at what is on offer

Japan - Land of the rising sun
Although the big brewers still dominate, new regional brewers are springing up all the time, reports Andrew Burnyeat

Mexico - One upon a time in Mexico
The Aztecs claim to have invented beer, and Mexico's modern brewing scene is thriving. Gary Monterosso reports

USA: American Beauties
During the last few decades the USA has experienced a beer revolution. Gary Monterosso reports

Australia - The brewers of Oz
For years we've been told that Australians wouldn't give a XXX

The Netherlands - Refreshing the parts other beers cannot reach
Roger Protz goes behind the scenes at the gigantic Heineken brewery in Amsterdam

Belgium - Beer country
Charles D cook explores Belgium, the ultimate destination for any beer fan.

Canada - The great white north
Don Tse takes us on a journey to discover the beers and breweries of Canada.

The Netherlands - Beer in the Netherlands
Des de Moor shows that the Dutch have more to offer than just Grolsch and Heineken

Czech Republic - Thank you for the pilsner
The Czech Republic gave the world its most popular beer style. Alastair Gilmour sends his thanks

Germany - Bier culture
Andy Neil reveals all about the beer styles and culture of one of the world's greatest brewing nations.

USA: The American revolution
What the heck is going on with craft beer in the USA and who is responsible? George Lenker gives us the low-down.

Italy & Spain: A brave new world
Italy and Spain might be best known for wine, or for cold lagers suitable for quenching a Mediterranean thirst, but there's a lot more going on. Adrian Tierney-Jones reports.

Japan: Big in Japan
Matthew Knott gets to grips with the beer scene in Japan.

South West: Beer booming in Hardy country
The South West of England is associated with cider production but it has a thriving brewery industry too. Adrian Tierney-Jones acts as tour guide

Och aye the brew (Scotland)
Scotland has undergone a beer revolution in the last decade. Ben McFarland looks at what is on offer

London calling
Andrew Catchpole looks at the beers and breweries of Greater London, Middlesex and Surrey

Border brews (Cumbria and Northumberland)
Adrian Tierney-Jones discovers the beers of England's most northerly counties, Cumbria and Northumberland

Scotland's true new Irn brews
Scotland has undergone a real ale revolution in recent years. Dominic Roskrow reports

Where the heart is (Central England)
Dominic Roskrow sees what's brewing in Bedfordshire, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire, Northamptonshire and Oxfordshire

Far from Middling (East Midlands)
Several regions of Britain could lay claim to be its most fertile beer producer. One of the least celebrated is the East Midlands. Dominic Roskrow grew up there

Northern exposure
Prosaic images of England's north west – rain, flat caps, black pudding, Vimto, hot-pot, meat-and-potato pies – are easy to bring to mind but are evidence of lazy thinking. Exploration of the nort...

God's own country
It covers 6,000 square miles, but does its beer measure up? Alastair Gilmour sets off for Yorkshire.

On a voyage of Discovery (Fuller's)
London brewer Fuller's is launching innovative new beers while keeping its core drinkers happy. Dominic Roskrow reports

The beer that time forgot (Hook Norton)
Hook Norton in Oxfordshire is part visitor attraction, part brewery. It also makes great beer. Sally Toms went for a look round

Marston's of the universe
Pete Brown visits Marston's Brewery in Burton upon Trent home of the legendary Burton Unions.

Achel Trappists
Roger Protz turns his attention to Achel brewery and the ‘famous five' Belgian Trappist breweries

Scotland's new national drink
The opportunity to drink a few beers in Scotland has Alastair Gilmour on a ‘high'.

Scotland's biggest little brewery
Ben McFarland visits Harviestoun, a brewery at the forefront of craft brewing in Scotland.

Black Magic
Roger Protz travels to St James's Gate Brewery in Dublin to celebrate the iconic brand's 250th birthday.

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