The Top Five Craft Beer Trends we’ll See More of on 2017
I’ve scoured the internet, trawled through social media, and devoured every beer magazine I can get my hands on to bring you the beer predictions of 2017! The theme this year is innovation; while consumers want the wilder, the weirder, and the more extreme, this year is also focused on revisiting classic styles to create solid standard brews that push the boundaries of deliciousness. Without further ado here are the top five predictions for what’s going to be hot in the beer world in 2017:
[su_note note_color=”#eeede9″]1. IT’S ALL ABOUT COFFEE[/su_note]
Mocha. Espresso. Americano. With the rise of artisan shops and high quality brews, coffee infused beer is on the rise. Indeed, the Great American Beer Fest saw the introduction of the coffee beer category with some 168 entrants. Expect coffee to infiltrate your beer from IPA’s to stouts and everything in between.
BEER TO TRY NOW:
Dungarvan Coffee and Oatmeal Stout
Available for €3.49 at Martin’s Off-Licence
Run don’t walk, to pick up this limited edition yearly brew from Dungarvan. They work with Brock Lewin from Badger and Dodo, boutique coffee roasters, to create this artisan beer and this year’s version is made with filter brewed Guatemalan Finca Velasquez.
The caramel and chocolate flavours of the coffee meld beautifully with the roasted barley and oatmeal making this a gorgeous beer to drink on a cold winter’s day!
Mikkeller Beer Geek Breakfast
Available for €4.99 at drinkstore.ie
A lovely oatmeal stout with a touch of gourmet coffee makes this the perfect addition to your winter brunch.
Made with 25% oat-based ingredients and with undertones of chocolate this is truly one for the coffee lovers!
[su_note note_color=”#eeede9″]2. JUICE IS ON THE LOOSE[/su_note]
You’re probably used to seeing fruit added to your lambics and sours, but in 2017 fruit will be invading the rest of the beer world. From IPA’s to Wheat beers, fruit, and even veg (looking at you- beetroot!) will be making their way into your favourite brews. I say juice, but these produce additions can be made with oil, puree, juice or even zest. For example, in an IPA, brewers can use fruit flavours to play off the hops or play them up depending on which fruit is used. When done correctly this produces a flavourful beer that doesn’t taste like you just chugged a bottle of Ribena.
BEER TO TRY NOW:
Magic Rock High Wire Grapefruit
Available for €3.60 at Martins Off-License
This is a pink grapefruit infused version of their classic American Pale Ale. They used all natural pink grapefruit to highlight the malty character of the beer and impart sharp citrus flavours which adds layers to the overall tasting experience! There have been quite a few Irish breweries to make their foray into this style this year, but these have all been limited editions. Keep an eye out though, as this year should -hopefully- see a large influx of this style!
[su_note note_color=”#eeede9″]3. LAGER, LAGER AND MORE LAGER[/su_note]
While the popularity of ale is never in dispute, lager is starting to return to the spotlight. With amazing breweries creatively engineering some fabulous lagers, expect these to line the shelves of your off-licenses. From German inspired Dunkels to Pilsners and especially styles like kölsch, 2017 will see lager return with a vengeance.
BEER TO TRY NOW:
St. Mel’s Helles Lager
Available for €3.79 at Martin’s Off-License
This beer is lagered for four weeks and finished in the bottle with an ale yeast, adding a complexity of flavours. The result of the addition of the ale yeast is banana, spice and orange flavours, complimenting the bready maltiness and German noble hops which add a dry bitterness, rounding off the beer. Delicious. BONUS: While it isn’t out now, they will be re-releasing their Spring Bock Lager in February. This lager won gold in its category at Killarney Beer Festival in 2016!
Trouble Brewing Kill Lager
Available for €3.25 at Martin’s Off-License
This is a fantastic Vienna-style lager.
Malty with caramel notes, this one is conditioned for six weeks resulting in a soft hop flavour with a malty sweetness. This is a clean beer full of flavour.
Everything you want in a lager.
[su_note note_color=”#eeede9″]4. SOURS AREN’T GOING ANYWHERE[/su_note]
According to the American Brewers Associations, sours are one of the styles to look out for in 2017. And that is certainly clear here in Ireland. From kettle soured Berliner Weisse and Gose, Irish breweries are stepping up their mark for sour beers for 2017, and with just cause. While it may be jarring to a new taster, sours are an increasingly popular market with many people converted.
BEER TO TRY NOW:
Eight Degree’s Brewing Wayfarer
Available for €2.75 at Baggot Street Wines
This is a gorgeous session sour IPA, coming in at 4% ABV.
Dry hopped with Amarillo and Citra hops, the tart citrus flavours mingle with gooseberry and green mango notes delivering a clean, sharp, delicious drinking experience.
Metalman Brewing Co. Razzbeer
Available for €3.05 at Molloys.ie
Sour. Spicy. Complex. Innovative.
Metalman knocks it out of the park with this one.
The tartness of the raspberries works really well in the sour style and the heat from the chillies add an extra kick at the finish. Fantastic.
[su_note note_color=”#eeede9″]5. BARREL AGED EVERYTHING[/su_note]
In my recommendations for Christmas beer I mentioned a few fabulous barrel-aged brews, and even wrote about barrel aged cider recently. This year will see new types of beer and cider, infused in a variety of containers that formerly housed everything from rum and tequila to wine and claret. It’s going to be an excellent year for those who love the complexity that can be added from this aging process.
BEER TO TRY NOW:
O’Hara’s Barrel Aged Leann Follain
Available for €12.50 at drinkstore.ie
Leann Follain itself is one of the standards to which I judge all other Irish Stouts. They take the already fantastic Leann Follain and mature it for 90 days in Irish whiskey barrels.
The result? An amazingly smooth beer with notes of alcohol warmth and a deeply complex flavour profile.
Stone Bourbon Barrel Aged Arrogant Bastard
Available for €5.69 at Martin’s Off-License
This is the barrel aged version of their Arrogant Bastard, an American Strong Ale. The nose on this will be coconut, toffee sweetness, vanilla and wood flavours with oh-so-subtle bourbon notes. The taste mimics the aroma with the additions of dark fruits and some alcohol warmth.
A 96 on Ratebeer, this one is not for the faint of heart, clocking in at 8.1% ABV. A fab beer for this time of year.
Well, that’s my round up for 2017! What are you most looking forward to sipping?
[su_note note_color=”#eeede9″]ARTICLE BY CHRISTINA WADE[/su_note]
A historian by trade, Christina founded the Ladies Craft Beer Society of Ireland to have some semblance of a life outside of her Ph.D. An academic at heart, she then went on to turn her love of craft beer into something a bit more formal and has become a BJCP (Beer Judge Certification Program) Beer Judge.
With this background, she is devoted to educating the consumer on the history of beer styles and brewing, as well as what makes up the perfect pint.
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