Who’s the Newbie?

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There’s a new arrival at W&B for all you lovely ale drinkers! May we introduce to you to the Meantime Brewery Company – London Pale Ale.

With traditional notes of imported Californian hops (called centennial & cascade) this ale has a complex citrus aroma that makes it perfect with food. For even more complexity, ‘buckets’ full of Kentish goldings are added bringing a stimulating bitterness to it’s formula.

Meantime describe the flavours as a “heady mix of spearmint, grass and ‘hop sack’ aromas, fruity citrus flavours and a bitter finish that makes pale ale drinking a truly rewarding experience”.

We couldn’t agree more! Try it with our beautifully aromatic half roast chicken or our crispy roast chicken burger – the perfect combination.

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I love the idea of putting beer and chicken together.

Each is so common, vcialis 40mg so ubiquitous, find it gets taken for granted. Chicken is just chicken, case and beer is just beer, right?

Wrong.

Look a little closer at each, and the variety within them is astonishing.

Versatility is their strength. While we may think of, say, a plain roast chicken and a pint of lager in the UK, if you go around the world you see the same ingredients twisted into new and exciting expressions wherever you go. Both chicken and beer might be accessible to everyone, but what people do to them in different countries can become a source of national identity. Bring all these different expressions together in one place, and you have more variety and flavour than you could ever have imagined.

This is what fascinates me about the Whyte and Brown menu. If you’re used to seeing the chicken dish on the menu in a pub, a fast food chain, a curry house and a fine dining restaurant, this place turns that principle upside down and takes you around the world’s palate on the back of one humble bird. Having to choose between chicken skin crisps, wings and burgers, salads and slouvaki, you realise the possibilities are infinite.

And then you turn to beer, and find that hops, barley, water and yeast can combine to create a universe of flavours, from the spicy fruit of wheat beer to the zingy buzz of IPA to the warmth and complexity of stout and porter.

Britain has always been home to one of the world’s greatest brewing traditions. And just when it started to look like classic British ale was bowing out and making room for global lager, brewers have discovered other great brewing traditions from Germany and the Czech Republic, mixed in the new explosion of craft beer that was born in the US, and reinvented brewing and beer to give us the greatest diversity and complexity of flavour we’ve ever had.

So if beer and chicken are unsung heroes, capable of delivering unexpected greatness each in their own right, what happens if you put them together?

Beer and chicken love each other, both in the kitchen and on the dining table. In cooking, beer is part of the perfect marinade, glaze, sauce or flavouring. Beer can chicken is probably the ultimate coming together of the two, and a staple of my back garden barbecue this summer, the beer steaming up inside the cavity, keeping the meat deliciously moist as well as adding an extra layer of flavour.

When it comes to something to eat with the finished dish, the caramelisation in cooked chicken finds its perfect partner in the malty backbone of many beers, and zesty, fruity, aromatic hops play tunes with the spices and seasonings of many dishes.

I bet you’re feeling bad now for under-estimating the humble bird and the lowly beer. Don’t worry, no one is blaming you. We’ve all been guilty in taking these things for granted.

Look at it this way: there’s a whole new world of flavour to explore. And whatever new ideas are on the menu and beer list, there are many more to come.

Pete Brown is an award-winning writer, consultant and broadcaster specialising in beer, pubs & cider.  His books include the fantastic Hops and Glory and Man Walks into a Pub. Follow him on Twitter @petebrownbeer 

It’s National Beer Day!

We love National Beer Day (who doesn’t?).

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We all know that Britain is fond of a good beer but did you know that Britain has actually invented more styles of beer than any other nation?

National Beer Day is being run by Beer Day Britain and you can check out their website for lots of fun tidbits. Connect with them on Twitter or Facebook @BeerDayBritain and share what you’ve been up to on this special day.

We have always championed the perfect combination of craft beer and free-range chicken. We offer a fantastic range of beer from stout to draught to pale ale and ipa. If flavoured beer is more your cup of tea (or pint of beer!) we have the fantastic Hiver, cialis Honey Beer which is brewed using honey made from London’s very own Urban Bee Keepers.

So beat those Monday Blues and join us for a pint today. After all, it would be rude not to celebrate!

 

 

Eight Unexpected Health Benefits of Beer

The news you’ve all been waiting for is here – beer can actually be good for your health. Let’s look at the top health benefits!

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  • Rich in vitamins B3, link B6 and B9. These vitamins are vital for cell repair and cancer prevention.
  • Keeping stress at bay. Beer, viagra 40mg in moderation, has been shown to reduce stress levels.
  • A lowered risk of diabetes. Beer drinkers are about 30% less likely to develop type-2 diabetes.
  • Stronger bones. The occasional beer is thought to increase bone density.
  • Reduce the risk of heart disease. Studies have shown that moderate beer drinkers are actually less likely to suffer from heart disease than wine or whiskey drinkers.
  • Keeps your gut moving. Beer is a good source of soluble fibre which will keep your food moving on through the digestive system.
  • Helps ward off Alzheimer’s and parkinson’s disease. New studies show that a compound found in hops (female flowers of the hop plant found in beer) may help protect you from these diseases.
  • Boosts your immune system. Studies have shown that beer drinkers are three times less likely to catch a cold than non-beer-drinkers. It is thought that this is due to the antioxidants found in beer.

So go ahead and order that beer!

Our new love affair with coffee

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Go back ten years and the typical Saturday afternoon invite from a friend would have been “let’s go to the pub” rather than today’s usual summoning of “let’s try this new coffee shop.”

So how do we explain a nation of lager and tea drinkers surrendering to the milky seduction of the latte?

2013 saw a 15% rise in the opening of independent coffee shops in the UK, sale with London leading the way. By comparison, the Campaign for Real Ale says British pubs are closing at the rate of 31 a week. It seems the way in which coffee is being consumed has changed; now that people consider coffee shops as a social venue (even a workplace) they are in direct competition with pubs. The combination of ever-elevating alcohol prices and The Rise of The Health Junkie has rendered going out for coffee an affordable and healthy alternative. Couple that with background music, free Wi-Fi and Friends-esque conversation on slumpy sofas and you’ve got the same gratification of a pub visit.

Luckily, you can kill two birds with one stone here by wrapping your hands round a warm coffee, sipping on a cold craft beer or treating yourself to both!

See us for London Beer Week!

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London Beer Week is a celebration of craft beers, ales, lagers and ciders alike, set against the backdrop of the capital. Buy your wristband for £10 and enjoy pop-ups, parties, masterclasses and discounts in some of London’s best restaurants and bars.

We’ll be serving our delicious pale ale from London based family brewery, Fourpure, for just £3. 

The week long event starts next week (16th-22nd February) so buy your wristband and drink up!

Don’t bottle it up: Why the future of craft beer is canned

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For decades, drug canned beer didn’t get the attention it deserved. Considered to be inferior to its bottled counterpart, the humble tinny was left to the unsophisticated drinker.

Not any more. Today, sales of the canned variety have rocketed with all major craft beer brands adopting the can; Beavertown, Camden Town brewery, FourPure Brewing to name a few.

So what’s the big deal? Here are five reasons why the can is here to stay:

1. They make beer taste better. Natural light is beer’s worst enemy. Cans let in less light compared to bottles making ‘skunked’ beer less likely.

Quick tip: To prevent your lips touching the can (and tasting the metal), always pour canned beer into a glass. Cans have a water soluble lining which doesn’t react with the beer, meaning your beer should never taste metallic.

2. They’re better for the environment. Cans are lighter and take up less space compared to bottles. Therefore they need less energy to transport giving cans a smaller carbon foot print. Aluminium is more efficiently recycled compared to glass too.

3. They’re cheaper. It directly follows that lower transportation and distribution costs make cans cheaper than bottles.

4. They’re more practical. Ever dropped a bottle of your favourite brew just to watch smash into a million pieces? Ever tried to awkwardly stack bottles in the fridge? Point made.

5. They cool down quicker. Cans cool down quicker than bottles in the fridge – perfect for the impatient drinker.

 

Can convert? Still not convinced? Let us know what you think and leave a comment below.

 

Photo by Mark Walker/Flickr/CC BY 2.0

Top 3 weirdest beers ever made

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Like your beer to be a bit quirky? How quirky is too quirky? We’ve been on the hunt for some of the most curious beers ever brewed. It was a tough call, but here are the top three weirdest beers we found:

1.  Beard beer

Yes you heard right, beer made from facial hair. Or at least the yeast grown from the beard of the brewery’s master brewer, John Maier. This gives the hipster beard a whole new level of meaning…

Have you tried any of these beers? Or even better, seen any weirder? Let us know by popping a comment below.

2. Bilk (AKA milky beer)

Forget omelettes, souflé or milkshakes. No, when you have surplus milk make Bilk –  one part milk and two parts beer.  The Japanese brewery named Hokkaido had the brain child last year when farmers threw away vast amounts of milk due to rock bottom prices. We’ve been told that Bilk has a fruity tasty that goes well with sweets. Interesting…

3. Vitamin enhanced beer

Whilst slurping down that after work pint – why not kill two birds with one stone? Stampede brewery does just that by fortifying their beer with folic acid and other essential vitamins. Perfect for the lazy drinker.

 

 

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Meet Pete Brown, a friend of Whyte & Brown

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Beer Writer of the Year 2009 and 2012, Pete Brown, is a British writer and broadcaster who specialises in making people thirsty. He wrote a series of books including the highly acclaimed ‘Man walks into the pub: a sociable history of beer’ and has worked with us to create a beer menu that we’re really proud of.

We caught up with him for a quick chat:

Can you remember the first beer you ever tasted?

Yes, I was 14 when I drank a half of Kestrel lager (with a dash of lime cordial). I remember spilling it all over our Cluedo board – it’s stunk of beer ever since!

For someone who doesn’t drink much beer, what is a good beer to start off with?

Typically people recommend starting off with a light, non-challenging beer but it really depends on what you already drink. For example, I’d recommend a big, aggressive stout to someone who already enjoys dark, heavy wine.

With so many mainstream breweries making ‘craft beer’, has the term ‘craft beer’ lost its meaning?

Personally I think word ‘craft beer’ has more to do with the integrity of the beer than the brewery it came from. There are plenty of huge breweries that make fantastic craft beers that aren’t labelled as ‘craft’. Just like there are plenty of small breweries that make ‘craft’ beers that are poor quality.

Have you got any quick tips for matching food with beer?

There now exists an established framework for beer and food matching. A beer must either contrast, compliment or cut through the food it’s being matched with. For example cheese is well matched with a lively carbonated beer that cuts through the flavour.

What’s your favourite dish at Whyte & Brown?

I had your hot and sticky chicken wings the other day and they were delicious – very moorish!

Quick fire round: 

Granny Smith or Pink Lady?

I love Granny Smith for their sharpness.

Rolling Stones or Elton John?

Oh that’s easy, Rolling Stones.

Green tea or hot chocolate?

Green tea – it balances all the beer I drink!

Kew Gardens or Harry Potter museum?

My next book is on apples (check out his fantastic books here) so it would have to be Kew Gardens.

Beer bottle or beer can?

Beer bottle. My eyes have been opened to the pros of cans for maintaining the integrity of beer.

Starter or dessert?

Starter every time.

True Detective or Breaking Bad?

Haven’t watched either. However I have been watching Battle Star Galactica recently – if you’re not already, watch it!

Meet our gluten free beer supplier – Nick

Nick McNally, gluten free beer supplier

At Whyte & Brown we firmly believe there’s no reason why gluten free food and drink shouldn’t be delicious. That’s why we are so delighted to be serving CELIA beer, supplied to us by the lovely Nick McNally.

CELIA is traditionally batch brewed in the walls of a 14th Century castle using the local Saaz hops, famous for their clean, spicy aroma – making CELIA the perfect companion for quality food. CELIA is brewed from just three locally sourced ingredients: malted barley, Saaz hops and water from the Žatec foothills to create a beautifully light Czech pilsner.

Low in calories and free from additives, CELIA lager has the benefit of being gluten-free and naturally carbonated – reducing bloating to give a truly light feel.

This brilliant beer has won Best Free From Beer 2013, was hailed by celebrity chef Anthony Thompson and featured by Evening Standard and Daily Mail as one of the best craft beers on the market.

Read on to discover Nick’s answers to our quick fire questions:

Beach hut or log cabin? 

Beach Hut.

Bus or tube? 

Cycling.

Picnic in the park or three course meal? 

3 course meal.

Fleetwood Mac or Elton John? 

Fleetwood Mac.

Eton mess or strawberry cheesecake? 

Eton Mess

Wheat beer or IPA? 

Neither, CELIA lager please!

You can sample this delicious beer for yourself at Whyte & Brown now.