On my way home from Dublin on Monday I persuaded my better half to make a wee pit stop in Lucan so that I could check out The Corkscrew at Kenny’s. It’s not a terribly big off licence but the selection of beers packed into the fridges is well chosen. I got chatting with Michael and he told me about their beer club so we had something in common straight away!
I spotted a pair of beers from Derry’s Northbound brewery and decided to try them. The first was 08 Kolsch Style. The name is inspired by the number on the European Brewery Convention’s colour chart that corresponds with the beers golden hue. It’s a ‘Kolsch Style’ as only beers brewed in Cologne can be called Kolsch. The beer is warm fermented like an ale but then lagered like, eh, a lager to produce a truly unique beverage. I found it a little sweet but it wasn’t cloying. A very pleasant beer for the warm spell we’re enjoying at the moment.
The 26 Pale Ale takes it’s name from the IBUs or International Bittering Units. I would consider 26 to be on the lower end of the scale for a Pale Ale but no matter, it’s dry enough to be drinkable. It’s not bad at all but in my opinion the Kolsch (Style) is the better of the two. Sláinte!
Only in Cologne you say? Well they better talk to North America then as over 50% of breweries make a Kolsch if I was to make a guess.
I just double checked two different ones available locally here and nope no style in the name just Kolsch.
The feckers! ( do you know that expression? )
Pretty easy to guess the meaning lol. Much like a Pilsner though too. They are not called Pilsner style they are Called a pilsner. I personally think it is ridiculous to say a beer can only be called a whatever if it is only made one region. No more West Coast any styles outside of British Columbia Canada or Washington, Oregon or California! I better start the Campaign. Also Cascadian as its the same region! Lol
I hear ya! I’m not too hung up on nomenclature myself… once it tastes good who cares! I just included that point to give some background…
Oh for sure. Same reason I bring it up. Its obvious noone in Canada or the US care.
Sure half of ye think ye’re still in Europe!
Haha not me! Commonwealth shmomenwelth lol.
I was in Montreal a few years ago, thought I was in France!
Never been to quebec but they like to play by their own rules. They have tried twice to seperate from Canada. Who knows. They make great beer over there though.
…and when we’re not political that’s all that matters!
Very true. Two subjects I don’t really like discussing publicly religion and politics. People get to crazy about it haha.
Oh, you don’t wanna get me started on religion anyway…
Haha thats usually my line haha.
( to make a huge generalisation! )