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Yellow Tail Merlot (Aus)
The Merlot jumps from the glass with crushed berry aromas and a touch of that typical Aussie spice. Soft tannins complement the ripe fruit flavours and deliver a fine fruit-driven wine which is rich, soft and simply delicious.
£7.55
Mc Guigan Black LBL Red
The McGuigan Black Label Red is an approachable, medium bodied style with a nice combination of ripe, soft fruit flavours and the perfect balance of tannin to provide some structure. Not only a great wine to have around great friends...
£6.36
Faustino VII Tinto
Bodegas Faustino VII Tempranillo; Light in body but loaded in crisp aromas and tasting notes. A wonderful red wine, perfect for all occasions, be it a dinner party or simply for unwinding after a long day.
£9.79
Jacobs Creek Cab/Shiraz
Vintaged from premium Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes, the skillfully blended varieties produce this excellent Australian red wine.
£7.34
Wolf Blass Red Shiraz Cabsauv
Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon combine to create a wine with a bouquet of fresh red fruits, spice, mint and balanced oak. Soft, fruity and full of flavour, this wine is best enjoyed young and fresh with rich, hearty dishes
£7.83
Echo Falls Shiraz
Echo Falls Shiraz Californian Red Wine 75cl Bottle
£6.85
Kumala Shiraz
This deep, full bodied Shiraz has dark, jammy fruit flavours and a touch of leather and spice on the finish. Perfection with hearty meat dishes or chunky tomato sauces.
£6.36
Camp Viejo Rioja Garnacha
Campo Viejo's dedication to Rioja winemaking (it's been around since 1959), alongside the most advanced winemaking techniques available, allows them to create modern twists on traditional methods, delivering progressive styles of Rioja that satisfy today's discerning modern palates and perfect...
£7.84

Everything You Need To Know About Beer

Beer is one of the oldest, and greatest beverages known to man. For centuries, humans have been downing mugs of frothy mead. Year ago, beer was even used as a form of currency. It’s not just a beverage — it’s a pastime.

Many early cultures grew grains and fruit, which were fermented and used to make beer. One of the most popular ingredients was barley, which has been used in beer since 3500 BC. But it wasn’t until the Europeans added hops to the mix in 822 that beer started to resemble its modern form.

In the 1500s the Purity Law was enacted. From then on, the only ingredients allowed in beer were water, hops and barley-malt. During the Industrial Revolution, beer became commercialized and brewed on a large scale. Today, more than 133 billion liters of beer are sold per year on a global scale.

How Is Beer Made?

Brewing is a complicated process. It starts by converting a malted barley into a sugary liquid called wort. The wort is mixed with hot water in a process known as mashing.

Malt is then added to the and processed in a mash turn for 1-2 hours. During this process, the starches are converted to sugars, and the wort is removed, leaving a sweetened pile of grains.

Next, the grains are washed in a process called sparging (I swear I’m not just making up words). After waking the grains, they’re separated from the wort in a process called lautering (seriously guys?).

Next, the wort is separated into a kettle and boiled. During the boxing process, hops are added as a source of bitterness to counteract the sweet, sugary flavors.

After the boiling process, the wort is cooled, it’s sent to the fermenter where the yeast is added. Over several weeks, the wort slowly turns into sweet, delicious beer. The length of the fermenting process varies depending on the type of yeast and the strength of the beer.

What Are the Different Types of Beer ?

Beer comes in many different styles. Some are light and fruity, others are dark and bold. Some are smooth as silk and others are grainy and rich. The best part? They’re all delicious.

Ale

Brewed using a warm fermentation method, which gives it a full-bodied fruity flavor. Originally, ale was brewed using gruit instead of hops, but that all changed when the Purity Law went into effect.

There are many different types of Ale, like the following:

  • Brown Ale: Lightly hopped. Mildly flavored. Earthy, nutty flavors.
  • Pale Ale: Bitter. Lighter color and body than traditional ale.
  • India Pale Ale: Extra hoppy. Strong, bold flavors. King of the homebrews.
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