Tuesday, 29 August 2017

Ostentatiously opaque beer

Here’s a brief thought on the ostentatiously opaque beer saga, which seems to be excising so many fine minds at the moment. Last week, at a Mikkeller in Copenhagen I noted men and women enjoying glasses of ostentatiously opaque orange-coloured beers— they were sniffing like pros and sipping with ease and enjoyment. As I watched I wondered if these IPAs (of a kind) were the beer version of bucks fizz or sangria and then continued to ponder whether there was a time when wine purists went gaga over such a mix. This is a completely unscientific overview but from my observations (and at Warpigs as well) it did seem to me that a lot of women and men were interested in these kind of ostentatiously opaque beers and also that these drinkers were different from those who drink beer as a badge of honour. Perhaps it’s a case of these drinkers having a liking for ostentatiously opaque alcoholic fruit juice and breweries being businesses have to respond (recently I have heard from two brewers who were rather dismissive of well-received and popular beer styles they have produced — think fruit IPAs amongst other on-trend styles), so getting annoyed over ostentatiously opaque beers is a waste of time and effort perhaps. But back to the beers being drunk in Copenhagen, one of my favourite beers that night was a juicy and lustrous, muscular in its mouth feel, Dank & Juicy IPA at the marvellous Fermentoren (above). Ostentatiously opaque naturally. 

4 comments:

  1. If there is a better place to drink on a warm summer's evening than the Vesterbro corner of Central Copenhagen, then I have yet the find it!

    The beauty is that the three bars that you mention are no more than 5 minutes stroll (perhaps stagger!) from one-another.

    I am lucky enough to be there at least once a month on business trips.

    Roll-on next week....!

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    1. I need to get back, sooner rather than later, though I do need to save my pennies…

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  2. Aaaah! "Juicy" - the mot de jour. What does it actually mean in the context of a muddy "IPA"?
    (*not* a rhetorical question btw, Adrian).

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    1. Hi Rod, I’m always minded to relate the juiciness with the mouthfeel, a lustrous feeling, the kind of childlike simplicity you get with fruit juice, bucket and spade holidays and fruit gums, whilst I would also counter-ask what does muddy mean? To me, muddy is like peering into the insides of the loos when I went to Glastonbury.

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