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Lost and Grounded Brewers

Lost and Grounded Brewers

Written by Oliver Coningham on 1 September 2016 in Beer Tasting

Previously, there had been little sign of life, let alone a brewery at the anonymous looking warehouse in Whitby Road, Brislington. Tonight as we arrived in our Uber, driver bemused by the industrial location for a "pub", the shutters were raised and the inviting glow of soft fairy lights and candles on wooden benches beckoned us in.

We were warmly greeted by Annie, co-founder of Lost and Grounded Brewers, remembering my name from our social media interactions. The first beer, Keller Pils, was placed in our hands as we made our way to the seating. The yellow radiance of the beer shimmering through the gaps in our fingers around the glass. On the tables were branded pin badges, postcards, notebooks and stickers along with an information sheet detailing each of the beers we would try; from the base ingredients to tasting notes.

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Do our palates change over time?

Do our palates change over time?

Written by Oliver Coningham on 24 February 2016 in Beer Tasting

Richard Taylor of The Beer Cast published a thought-provoking article entitled Smoked Out examining whether we need to try every beer style and if there are some that we will never truly enjoy, no matter how hard we try.

In his example Richard questions his enjoyment of Rauchbier, the German smoked beer. It's a personal favourite of mine with smoky, peaty flavours upfront followed by oak and a caramel sweetness. It's an interesting beer for vegans too as is portrayed by many as tasting similar to smoked ham or a bacon sandwich. It is said that a few years ago a reporter from the Chicago Tribune described Schlenkerla smoked beer as perfect for vegetarians who miss the meat flavour as its smokiness reminds many people of ham!

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