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What beer to drink in spring

What beer to drink in spring

Written by Oliver Coningham on 26 April 2015 in Seasonal Drinks

Spring is a transitional time of year and heralds the end of a cold winter. Along comes the hope of warmer and lighter days as the sun rises earlier and sets later. It's the time to come out of hibernation and embark on new endeavours with a zest for life.

To some it may seem an odd concept to change what we drink depending on the season, but take a moment to acknowledge how you already change your diet as you eat seasonally. You may be starting to replace the abundant brassicas and roots of winter with fresher vegetables including spring greens, salads and new potatoes.

The drinks to look out for are those that reflect everything we sense around us at this time of year.

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Beers for vegan picnics and BBQs

Beers for vegan picnics and BBQs

Written by Oliver Coningham on 25 April 2015 in Seasonal Drinks

Summer brings bountiful sunshine, long days and warm evenings. The garden furniture comes out of its relegation to the shed or garage, ready to be at the helm of many social occasions. The majority of our outdoor living at this time of year involves the consumption of food; whether freshly cooked on a BBQ, or a picnic prepared in advance. To accompany our summer gatherings with friends and family, we long for light, crisp and refreshing drinks - those that will quench our thirst in the heat and can be enjoyed without the fear of heady consequences the morning after.

Our fridges come into their own at this time of year; the quintessential summer drink has to be a cold glass of lager - light straw in colour with a refreshing crisp and slightly bitter taste, perfectly suited to summer salads and barbecues where other more intense beers can overwhelm the softer flavours. The word 'lager' originates from the German lagern which means to store. This refers to the longer maturation and conditioning that lagers receive which separates them from ale. Sadly this process is often missing from some of the mass produced lagers that have become synonymous with the name, leading to their reputation of being bland, yellow fizz. Look beyond this assumption and you will find a style that is both complex and diverse.

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